Archive for July, 2010

Tom Cole Personally Attacks RJ Harris Through Okie Pundit?

July 25, 2010

Having completely defeated Cole on the issues, supporters of my opponent have decided to “dig for dirt” rather than win in the arena of ideas. Okie Pundit (OP), which openly supports Cole and has taken every opportunity to attack me personally, has now launched a new personal attack about my former name— Jason S. Barnes –and my status as a former resident of Arizona. As most of you already know my mother and father split up when I was very young and my mother settled in Arizona while my dad remained in Oklahoma; after traveling a bit due to being in the military. My mom took a new husband, had my name changed, and allowed my stepdad to adopt me. Later, I discovered what had been done…that I had been taken away from my real dad; my state and my tribe, the Kiowa, and I then took action to repair the damage thirty years in the making.

I am a native son of Oklahoma. My ancestors were both Boomer Sooners and Kiowa and neither my dad moving about due to his service in the military, nor my mother’s action to allow the erasure of my heritage, changes that fact. I have a certificate of live birth from March AFB, where my dad was stationed at the time, which proves that my name change was a change BACK to the birth name taken from me by my step father. I also have a Certificate of Indian Blood from the BIA in Anadarko which establishes my native heritage, and I have my father, who is a card-carrying member of the Kiowa Nation and the physician at the Indian Health Services clinic in Carnegie OK for our tribe, who can personally vouch for my Oklahoma and Kiowa heritage. As the final act of my reclamation of that heritage, I have petitioned the State of California to release my adoption records and my sealed birth certificate so that I can finally and fully “come home.” Having restored my name to that at my birth, it then became necessary for my wife and children to have their names changed as well. This is something Jennifer did with dignity and aplomb, and OP should be ashamed of itself for insinuating otherwise.

Growing up, I have lived back and forth between Arizona and Oklahoma and have always thought of them as my two homes. However, such was my horror upon discovering what had been done to me that I fixed everything about my recorded identity so as to restore that which had been taken from me, my dad, my tribe and my children. It is then absolutely despicable of OP to make an issue of such a massive personal tragedy over which I had no control of at the time it occurred.

It is not surprising at all that OP would try and make a connection between all of this and my failed Game Stores business— given their record of subpar reporting, analysis and research – except that I have never hid from that failure. I have openly stated on my Facebook page, as well as my biography on my main website, that my small chain of game stores did not survive the economic downturn of 2001 which was brought on by the attacks on 911. I included this, against advice from consultants, because I am proud of my attempt at achieving the American Dream of business ownership even if that venture did not turn out as successful as I had hoped. Of course OP wants you all to think that businesses failing are extraordinary occurrences when those of us that have had to sign a pay roll check and risk our entire personal fortunes on our small businesses know that it is a fact that businesses fail; even good ones.

Additionally, my personal Facebook page has my old name in parenthesis next to my original name so that my old classmates and Army buddies can find me on Facebook if they are looking for me, which is more proof that I am NOT hiding from any past, as OP claims, but am in fact reestablishing my birthright as RJ Harris just as I assert here.

Even worse of OP is its claim that I received some kind of bailout when the fact is that we repaid all of our vendors AND our tax debts. The biggest debts that were discharged, and the only reasons I had to file in the first place, were the un-paid leases on the business properties. The owners of those properties had those returned to them in good order and they were re-leased shortly thereafter.

One of the greatest things about the United States, and our capitalist system, is the opportunity for common people like me to work hard, take risks and rebound after a failure. This is nothing to hide from and nothing to be ashamed of. Unfortunately, politicians like Cole would rather manipulate the system and bailout companies with public money than allow for the healthy restructuring that I and many other small business owners have had to go through. The re-allocation of capital through bankruptcy is a central piece of a free-market economy. Yes my business failed, yes I have had financial difficulties chasing my dreams just as have millions of other American entrepreneurs…but I never asked for or received any bailout. I took my lumps along with the rest and now I am happy to be fighting to restore our federalist system which will halt governmental manipulations of the markets and make it easier and more profitable for other small business owners to stay in business and for those who want to take their shot in the arena to do so.

The biggest thing to take away from all this ugliness is that we must really have Cole on the ropes if his supporters at OP are willing to make such vicious and personal attacks even before having all their facts in order. However, don’t expect Cole to distance himself from any of this as it is highly likely that it came from him to begin with. Isn’t it tiring watching politicians trying to hold onto power by personally attacking their opponents rather than defeating them through honest debate?

Patriots, this is where the steel meets the steel and Liberty hangs in the balance. Will you fall for these same old tricks or will you show OP and Cole that you want your Liberty back and that you are ready to vote for a real Liberty Candidate to make that happen? The Spirit of the Founders is counting on you to choose in the affirmative.

FOR LIBERTY!

RJ Harris

PS: My deepest apologies to my mother for having to air our family laundry in public like this. It should be noted that I have forgiven her for her role in all this and we are happily reconciled.

PSS: I encourage you all to think very carefully about voting for a man who would attempt to personally destroy a decorated veteran and esteemed son of our state JUST so he can hold on to the last vestiges of his power.

RJ HARRIS FUNDRAISER FINALE

July 21, 2010

RJ HARRIS FUNDRAISER FINALE
12pm Wednesday (July 21) – 11pm Friday (July 23)

Time is zeroing in on the election to send Constitutional Conservative Republican, RJ Harris, to the U.S. Congress to represent the people of Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional district. There is less than one week left and RJ needs just $2,000 to complete his message dissemination to the Republican voters of Oklahoma’s 4th district.

We ask of all of you to make just one more small sacrifice to help send RJ Harris to D.C. Harris’s incumbent and Liberal Republican Opponent, Tom Cole, has launched a series of television and radio advertisements to try and trick the constituents of the 4th district into thinking that he is a Constitutional Conservative who listens to the people. All around the district there are grassroots organizers and supporters canvassing and spreading RJ’s message loud and clear. Every single voter who hears the message turns in favor of RJ Harris. The message is winning, and the people are waking up to the truth about their current Representative. RJ needs to complete this delivery to combat Tom Cole’s misinformation and to ensure a strong victory on July 27th.

We ask of you again to help us raise just that $2,000 to help finish RJ’s message dissemination over the airwaves and the like, so that we can send one more Constitutional Conservative Republican to U.S. Congress.

Please make your most generous donation at http://www.rjharris2010.com . This fundraiser will last from 12pm on Wednesday July 21 until 11pm on Friday July 23. It is absolutely critical that RJ receives this last $2,000 to ensure complete message delivery.

Let’s do it for Liberty – the RJ Harris Finale Fundraiser! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zicL3fUYxEk

RJ Harris has received the endorsements of the following Liberty Candidates:

John Dennis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKkNby7nYdI
Debra Medina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83l0ycE41Pc
Howard Houchen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkVx-XmmmJo

An advertisement RJ Harris will be airing to the Republican Voters of Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOXPhWSGh6w .

Nancy Pelosi Challenger, John Dennis, Endorses Tom Cole’s Opponent RJ Harris

July 13, 2010

“RJ is a unique candidate in the Republican Liberty Movement in that he is a serviceman, he has done two tours of duty in Iraq, he is currently being called up again, and he actually understands what it means to put your life on the line to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution.” John Dennis, Republican Challenger to Nancy Pelosi

You may watch John Dennis’ endorsement on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKkNby7nYdI

RJ Harris has provided an endorsement for John Dennis as well.

“I am pleased to announce my endorsement for fellow Liberty Candidate and Constitutional Conservative Republican John Dennis against Democrat bailout voter Nancy Pelosi for California’s 8th U.S. Congressional District. John has proven his commitment to restoring the Constitution and the Republic, and it will be my honor to serve in Congress beside him. Together, and with the help of other Liberty Candidates who are currently winning their own elections around the nation, we will build a caucus to take on the big spenders in both parties, fight the current progressive-socialist agenda and restore constitutional governance to our Republic.”

Debra Medina will speak on behalf of RJ Harris

July 9, 2010

Former Candidate for Texas Governor, Debra Medina, will speak for RJ Harris on Saturday, July 10

Former GOP primary candidate for Texas Governor, Debra Medina, will be making a guest speaking appearance for RJ Harris at Saturday’s “Meet Your Candidates” event. The event will be held at the Great Plains Technology Center, Bldg 100 (4500 SW Lee Blvd. Lawton, Oklahoma) from 10A.M. – 2P.M. this Saturday, July 10. RJ Harris has provided the following comment about the event.

“It is quite an honor to have a liberty candidate of Debra’s stature come to Oklahoma to speak on my behalf, while I am away training for my upcoming Afghanistan Deployment.”

Debra Medina has been described as a self-made businesswoman and nurse who learned self-reliance early on a South Texas ranch. Debra has dedicated a considerable amount of her adult life to the pursuit of public policy that promotes limited government and the protection of the freedoms and prosperity envisioned by our nation’s founders. Most recently, Debra ran as a candidate for governor in the Texas Republican Primary. She manages a healthcare consulting firm and serves as the chairman of We Texans, promoting public policy and legislation that advances and protects private property, personal and economic liberty, and the legitimate role of the states and their citizens within the framework of constitutional government. Debra stands in strong support of RJ Harris as the next U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma’s 4th district. While she’s a strong advocate of state sovereignty, she also understands the extreme importance of electing Congressmen who will weigh every decision according to the guidelines of the U.S. Constitution.

Tom Cole – a democrat in disguise?

July 8, 2010

Tom Cole voted for the 700,000,000,000 Bailout Vote

Proof of Tom Cole’s Vote – HR 3997 http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=22428&can_id=46034

Tom Cole voted to give Taxpayers Money to Planned Parenthood

Proof of Tom Cole’s Vote – HR 4818 http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=8197&can_id=46034

This was part of an $821.9 billion spending bill; even higher than TARP! Under Title II – “Department of Health and Human Services” this bill provided $288,283,000 for family planning projects which funded Planned Parenthood. Tom Cole claims to be pro-life but how can he be pro-life if he has voted to fund Planned Parenthood? This bill, enacted in 2005, the same year that Planned Parenthood performed more than 264,000 abortions (The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission), was clearly a great friend of the democrats and pro-choice advocacy groups. Read the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commissions article on this bill for more information http://erlc.com/article/planned-parenthood-indictment-fuels-efforts-to-defund-abortion-providers/

Tom Cole voted for the Nancy Pelosi Sponsored Stimulus Package

Proof of Tom Cole’s Vote – HR 5140 http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=16935&can_id=46034

This was not only a spending bill, but it also perpetuated the coming mortgage crisis in the fall of 2008 by increasing mortgage limits for federal lenders (i.e. granted more credit for subprime borrowers). This bill was fully sponsored and co-sponsored by Democrats.

Tom Cole supports Federal Intrusion into Oklahoma’s Education – Support for Jimmy Carter’s “Dept. of Ed”

“I’d like to see No Child Left Behind get re-authorized. Many people are critical of it. But it’s been broadly successful. Test scores are up,” Tom Cole. This quote can be found here http://duncanbanner.com/local/x2138916023/07-political-reflections

HR 1388 – OBAMA’s GIVE ACT – http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=24251
Another bill sponsored and co-sponsored completely by Democrats.

Analysis

It is clear from studying just the few votes above, that Tom Cole is only a Republican in name and behaves as a Democrat. In fact, it is clear that Tom Cole has been a staunch ally to the Democrats since beginning his service in 2003. It only gets worse when you analyze Tom Cole’s financial sources http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00025726&type=I

July 8, 2010

“Republican” Tom Cole Attacks Steele and Defends Obama’s War in Afghanistan?

July 5, 2010

Challenger to Tom Cole, a 19yr Veteran— who has been activated for the Afghanistan Surge – RJ Harris, has issued the following response to Cole’s call for Steele’s resignation and Cole’s support for Obama’s Afghanistan Strategy.

“We should not be surprised when Tom Cole, one of the Democrat’s staunchest allies in the Congress, comes to Obama’s aid as the President’s inability to perform as Commander-in-Chief is called into question by GOP Chair Michael Steele. Clearly, the Chairman’s comments have been taken out of context by the Left and its liberal/progressive allies in the GOP, to deflect from their collective lack of foreign policy leadership over the last decade. Putting conventional forces directly in harm’s way and making them easy targets for terrorists, who can now walk-to-work rather than expose themselves, has NOT made the Republic safer and has in-fact stretched the military, and the Republic’s, limited resources past the breaking point. In all things, elected officials need to be good stewards of the people’s resources; Chairman Steele was right to point out that what is going on in Afghanistan today is a giant example of Obama’s waste of our blood and treasure due to political inexperience and lack of effective leadership. Of course, having voted for bailouts, stimulus and funding for Planned Parenthood, Tom Cole would know a thing or ‘three’ about government waste.”

RJ Harris has written extensively on constitutional foreign policy, the War on Terror, and the Battle in Afghanistan. Harris’s blog “What Would General George Washington do in Afghanistan; Lose the Battle, Win the War?” more fully addresses this issue and was published well before this current grandstanding attempt by Tom Cole. You can read this blog here http://www.rjharris2010.com/whatwouldwashingtondo.asp.