Archive for October, 2009

Tom Cole and Lindsey Graham’s GOP; the Party of Failure.

October 20, 2009

By RJ Harris, U.S. Congressional Candidate Oklahoma 4th District

Tom Cole and Lindsey Graham’s GOP; the Party of Failure. Ron Paul and the Liberty Candidate’s GOP; the Party of Freedom!

Coming off of stinging defeats in the last two national elections, the GOP has done all it can to convince everyone from the party faithful to the skeptical media to the previously disillusioned and now to the awaking body politic that the GOP can restore itself to its founding glory while leading the fight to restore our republic. Against this backdrop of promised “hope and change” remain bailout voters and big government progressives like Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Republican Congressman Tom Cole. Both of these “Republicans” voted for bailouts and for stimulus packages prior to the financial collapse. Both of them have voted to fund un-declared wars and both of them have continued to support unconstitutional federal infringements into education and state sovereignty as well as unconstitutional expenditures on foreign aid. Cole has even gone so far as voting for Obama’s GIVE Act, which will eventually turn all of our college students into involuntary servants to the state. With people like Cole and Graham holding high office under the Republican banner, it is no wonder the Tea Party Patriots and 912 Marchers have shown the GOP as much contempt as they have the Democrats.

Fed up with the rhetoric and tyranny from these men, a primary challenger has emerged against Cole and a hostile crowd greeted Graham at his recent town hall meeting wherein he claimed that he was attempting to grow the GOP’s ranks while at the same time blasting the largest segment of new Republicans in a generation; the Ron Paul supporters. The media and GOP apologists zeroed in on the unruly behavior of the Paul supporters but the story only begins there. Congressman Paul has inspired more than one Congressional Candidate to challenge Cole and a few rabble-rousers to harass Senator Graham. Websites, facebook groups and local conservative groups are sounding the arrival of the grass-roots Liberty Candidates–Rand Paul, Adam Kokesh, RJ Harris (challenging Cole), Peter Schiff and many more. These candidates are popping up on the web and in the districts. It is almost as if a second “Grand Army of the Republic” is mustering to fight on behalf of individual liberty and state sovereignty one more time. So what Paul has actually inspired then is a genuine movement to retake the Congress and restore the Republic and not merely a handful of malcontents as some would have you believe.

In contrast we should ask what have Cole and Graham inspired? Where are the crowds and the candidates rallying to them and their message? How are men like these supposed to convince the Tea Party Patriots and 912 Marchers to rally to the GOP? When Cole, Graham and Co. were selling out their conservative principles one man among them stood out against the rising tide of socialism which is now rushing at us like a flood. By his example are the Liberty Candidates now able to distinguish themselves from the pretenders in the GOP ranks. Without Paul, and those he has inspired, the awaking body politic would be forced to vote third party to find new guards for their liberty. Without Paul; Cole and Graham would be getting away with their hypocrisies unchecked. Without Ron Paul the GOP would continue to be the party of failure instead of having the chance to restore itself as the party of Freedom.

About RJ Harris:

RJ Harris is a currently serving nineteen-year Oklahoma Army National Guard Officer, two-time Iraq War Veteran and U.S. Congressional Candidate for Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District. He is a University of Oklahoma graduate in Philosophy and a second year law student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. RJ is a Constitutional Conservative Republican and the first 912 Liberty Candidate in the nation. He has appeared on Fox News’ Freedom Watch twice with Judge Andrew Napolitano and been the featured guest on conservative/libertarian talk-radio programs across the country.

What Would Gen. George Washington do in Afghanistan; Lose the Battle, Win the War?

October 9, 2009

By RJ Harris, U.S. Congressional Candidate Oklahoma 4th District
What Would Gen. George Washington do in Afghanistan; Lose the Battle, Win the War?

For over 200 years we Americans have fought and died for our freedom. It then comes as a shock to us when others will not do the same for their own freedom. The lesson to re-learn here is that freedom is not free. Neither would we have it if we were not willing to sacrifice considerable blood and treasure to earn it, and to keep it, nor will other peoples appreciate it if they have not paid its heavy price.

When the Taliban controlled the Afghan Government, there was reason for the Afghanis not to fight. They would have had little chance standing alone against that regime. However, lately there are more than 100k NATO soldiers in Afghanistan and still the people refuse to help win their freedom or secure peace in their own land. The simple question is why, and the simple answer, which is usually the most correct, is that they do not want freedom or peace badly enough to sacrifice for it especially when there are others willing to do it for them. Can you imagine the French fighting for us in our own Revolution, and then occupying us afterwards to make sure we didn’t mess things up? Unfortunately, this is exactly what have been doing in Afghanistan.

Now If we conclude that helping the Afghanis win their freedom from totalitarian oppression when they have been barely willing to aid us in that effort is not reason enough for us to be there, but winning the war on terror is, then the question becomes, ‘do we need to occupy Afghanistan to capture and kill terrorists that traffic their trade from there’? Certainly not! The rugged mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, heavily populated with people sympathetic to him, is the enemy’s ground and he is happy to fight us there. Conversely, movement abroad, outside of his safe-havens, is our ground and we have the combat power projection capability to make all of that our battle space. Add to that our Congresses authority to grant letters of Marque and Reprisal to bounty hunters and privateers and there will be almost nowhere a terrorist can travel without exposing himself to death or capture.

My detractors will say that we must stay in Afghanistan or else we will lose the “war on terror.” Whenever you hear someone utter these words realize that what they really mean is that mistakes must never be acknowledged lest they be exposed as mistakes. In General Washington’s day, there were many who argued that if he left New York, or left Philadelphia then he lost the war. But Washington knew that losing his army to push a horrible position would be what really lost the war, so he withdrew on both occasions. The best commanders know that you only commit your soldiers to the battle when the outcome is unquestionably in your favor before the first shot is fired. They also know that you should never fight on ground of the enemies choosing. And they also know that you should never be where the enemy expects you to be. General Washington employed this last stratagem to great effect crossing the Delaware on Christmas night to take the Hessian mercenaries un-aware. Currently, we are breaking all of these axioms of war in Afghanistan and we are paying the price for that in blood.

Moreover, Constitutionally speaking there is no war in Afghanistan. Our Congress has yet to declare one nor expressed their desired “end state” to the President. This dereliction of Constitutional duties regarding war making powers has led to considerable and unnecessary losses for our soldiers in the field and their families. Our founders knew that, left to their own, executives–be they kings or presidents–would engage in military adventures for the sake of their own aggrandizement. To prevent this, Article I Section 8 of the Constitution gives the power to declare war only to the Congress. The President may defend us and our property and he may do so vigorously. However, offensive military actions, invasions or retaliations are considered by the community of nations to be acts of war. Since acts of war commit a nation to war…only Congress can authorize them since, as mentioned above, only Congress can declare war.

Our nation’s foreign policy actions over the last decade have set horrible legal and unconstitutional precedents for future administrations and legislatures to exploit. One can hardly imagine President Washington sending an army to fight in Europe without a legal declaration of war from the Congress. At that time such an action was not the kind of thing that should not be done…it was an action that could not be done. These unconstitutional doors, opened on our watch and left open for the less scrupulous, must be closed immediately.

Lastly, when war is legally and constitutionally declared, we must not yield to arguments that define winning as only achievable by forcing the continuance of an untenable position. We must commit to battle only when we know the outcome in advance. We must fight on ground that we choose. And we must never, ever, be where the enemy expects us to be. Today in Afghanistan we are exactly where the enemy expects us to be. They engage us and withdraw at their discretion. They control the operational tempo and they have way more of our resources pinned down than we do of theirs. General Washington lost more battles than he won. But he won the Revolution because he learned that winning one battle is not worth losing the war. Knowing this, I believe that he would choose to withdraw from the battle in Afghanistan if it meant that he could win the war on terror…assuming of course that the Congress ever gets around to actually declaring said war.

About RJ Harris:

RJ Harris is a currently serving nineteen-year Oklahoma Army National Guard Officer, two-time Iraq War Veteran and U.S. Congressional Candidate for Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District. He is a University of Oklahoma graduate in Philosophy and a second year law student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. RJ is a Constitutional Conservative Republican and the first 912 Liberty Candidate in the nation. He has appeared on Fox News’ Freedom Watch twice with Judge Andrew Napolitano and been the featured guest on conservative/libertarian talk-radio programs across the country.