Meet RJ Harris

Family,

Here is the Liberatarian candidate.  I’m having a few issues with the downloads of Newt and Rick but as soon as we get things figured out, they will be up.  A huge thanks again to Eillen who has done ALL of the leg work..

RJ Harris

Declared 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
3-Tour Combat Vet, Philosopher and Law Student

 

Background

Full Name

: Richard Jason “RJ” Satawk Harris

Date of Birth

: (1943-06-17) November 16, 1972
Born: Riverside, California,

Political Party

: Libertarian

Parents:

Dr. Richard Michael Settainte (White Bear) Harris and Deborah Jill (Rochelle) Barnes

Children

: 5

Mercedes

Georgia

Wyatt

Peyton

Braxton

Spouse(s):

Jennifer

Residence

: Norman, OK

Alma mater

: University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma College of Law (Juris)

Occupation:

Military

Air Traffic Controller in the Federal Aviation Administration

Small Business Owner

Religion

:

View Video Clips:

Estimated Wealth:

Unknown

 

RJ Harris is a 2012 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate and a career Army National Guard Officer, aviator and 3-tour combat veteran. His 2010 Congressional Campaign was endorsed by Senator Rand Paul along with many prominent Libertarians and Conservatives both in the Libertarian and Republican Parties. He has run a small business, worked in the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller, graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Philosophy, and he is a third-year J.D. Candidate at OU Law. RJ and his wife Jennifer of 20 years flourish with their five children in Norman, Oklahoma.

In response to the media’s insatiable appetite for grilling Libertarians on the supposed desperate need for social services and welfare’s to be provided by the federal government:

Under the Constitution the federal government does not have the power or authority to provide social services like healthcare or education. But the Constitution DOES leave these powers to states and individuals. Thus, social services can and should be available but it is up to states and their citizens to determine if, when and how these services should be provided. As President, I will work to prevent the federal collection of monies for social services so that these resources are left available to the states, private charities and or private citizens to raise to provide their own social services without having to beg for them from the often inept and inefficient federal government.

Harris has a

Certificate of Indian Blood. His parents split while he was still young, and he settled with his mother, Deborah Jill in Arizona

, where she remarried and renamed him Jason Sam Barnes after his stepfather.

In the early 1990s, Barnes married Jennifer Friend, with whom he has five children.After learning about his name change early in life, Barnes decided to adopt his birth name and permanently moved to Oklahoma, where he currently resides. His wife and children changed their names as well.

Harris has worked as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard since 1989, and has had tours in

South Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller from 1997 to 2006,[1] and opened two gaming stores in Gilbert, Arizona, which closed in 2001, a fact Harris attributes to the post-9/11 recession

. As a result, he was forced to file for bankruptcy, which was cleared by 2004.

Harris has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the

University of Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing a Law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law

.

 

On the issues

 

Abortion

  • In replacement of judicial interpretations, I propose a Constitutional Amendment defining the word “person” in the 5th and 14th amendments. This action should finally establish the people’s consent to be governed on the issue and settle this generation’s long debate.
  • The due process and equal protection provided by the fifth and fourteenth amendments to all persons, including unborn persons, makes abortion unconstitutional. What is in order then is not an activist court ruling, but a Constitutional Amendment defining the beginning of personhood. Until such time as this well overdue legislation is passed, I will use the full power of my office to protect the lives of the unborn Citizens of this Republic.

 

Budget & Economy

  • Eliminate all unconstitutional spending and federal agencies
  • Restore free markets and eliminate government intervention.
  • I will work to remove all federal intrusions into the free market. “In this present crisis government is not the solution to our problem; government IS the problem” Ronald Reagan.

 

Civil Rights

  • Constitutional Amendment which states that the Constitution is henceforth intended to apply to all Citizens of the United States regardless of class, race, gender, sexuality, creed or religion, even if such was not the original intent of the Constitution’s framers.
  • I will work with the Congress for an amendment which states that the Constitution is henceforth intended to apply to all Citizens of the United States regardless of class, race, gender, sexuality, creed or religion even if such was not the original intent of the Constitution’s framers.

 

 

 

Corporations

 

 

 

Crime

  • Pro-life beginning, middle and end. The only justifiable use of lethal force is in the immediate defense of Life, Liberty or Property.

Drugs

  • I will end the decades long and completely unconstitutional Civil War on our citizens over what ingestible substances they choose to use. I will issue a new emancipation proclamation pardoning all those whose liberty and property has been infringed by this Civil War.
  • Return healthcare back to the states, tribes and citizens. Put all active duty, guard, reserves and wounded veterans on Medicare, thereby eliminating the inter-service and VA medical systems, and allow service members and veterans to seek care from the best providers.
  • I will end the War on Drugs. If the federal government can tell us which drugs we can’t use then next it will be telling us what food we can’t eat or drink which religions we can’t express and what things we can’t say. This has to stop! The Creator made us free and our Founders intended for the Constitution and the Republic to protect that birthright.

 

Education

  • Return education back the states, tribes and citizens
  • Article I section 8 allows the Congress to provide for the general welfare “of the United States,” not individual citizens thereof. Education is an individual welfare and as such it is supposed to be left to the states or the people to provide in accordance with the 10th Amendment which leaves all such powers to the states or the people respectively. Thus, I will work for the elimination of the Federal Department of Education and to send all of its funding back to the states. Complete privatization, vouchers, charter schools and other education initiatives are issues for the state legislatures NOT the Congress. None of this should be construed or interpreted against GI Bills or student loan repayments for service in the Militia, Navy or Marine Corps. The Republic needs educated professionals to provide for its common Defense and a like for like exchange is NOT charity or welfare…it is commerce.

 

 

Energy & Oil

  • Restore free markets and eliminate government intervention. Replace or convert the entire federal ground fleet of vehicles to run on Natural Gas.

 

Environment

  • Protect access to the courts, expedite judicial handling of environmental tort actions and replace or convert the entire federal ground fleet of vehicles to run on Natural Gas.
  • I will work to divest all federal lands back to the States or Native Nations to whom they rightfully belong. This action will eliminate the need for the DOI and the EPA at the federal level. I will use the U.S. Marshalls to enforce the environmental protection laws passed by the Congress applying to what remains of only those federal properties and waterways mentioned in the Constitution.

 

 

Families & Children

 

 

 

Foreign Policy

  • Peace through strength in International Waters and at home; free trade, honest friendship and the cessation of entangling alliances abroad. Empower privateers to serve abroad through Letters of Marque and in accordance with the Law of Nations.
  • Eliminate all its foreign aid. Deploy naval and space based missile interception systems. Deploy U.S. border and coastal radiation detection networks. Make Iran nuclear weapons program financially unachievable and obsolete before it can grow any further.
  • Return all forces from
  • Iraq
  • back to the United States in a safe and efficient manner. Give our heroes the homecoming so long overdue.
  • Stop preventing
  • Israel
    • from defending itself as it sees fit and cease providing foreign aid to all its enemies. Empower privateers to serve abroad through Letters of Marque and in accordance with the Law of Nations.
    • End the interventionist foreign policy which involves the United States into every regional conflict around the world. Focus on the common Defense of the People and the Republic to include a robust maritime service, National Guard, border security and missile defense.
    • Eliminate all North Korea foreign aid. Deploy naval and space based missile interception systems. Deploy U.S. border and coastal radiation detection networks. Make its nuclear weapons program financially unachievable and obsolete before it can grow any further.
    • Peace through strength in International Waters and at home; free trade, honest friendship and the cessation of entangling alliances abroad.
    • Peace through strength in International Waters and at home; free trade, honest friendship and the cessation of entangling alliances abroad.
    • I will use the Navy and Marines to project a robust yet extremely precise outer DEFENSE of the Lives, Liberty and Property of our Citizens wherever they are in the world. I would never use these forces offensively for invasions, retaliations or occupations without first receiving by 2/3 vote a Declaration of War or Letter of Reprisal from the Congress.
    • I will return all Army and Air Forces back to the United States and not request their deployments again unless and or until the Congress approved by a 2/3 vote a Declaration of War or Letter of Reprisal whose scopes are greater than the Navy and Marines could execute together.
    • I will return the Standing Army and Air Forces to the Army and Air National Guard from whence they were called up and restore to them their historic duty of homeland Defense thereby allowing for the dissolution of the Department of Homeland Security.
    • I will use the Coast Guard to secure our shores and coastal shipping lanes to include interdiction operations to prevent the smuggling of people or WMDs.
    • I will seek officers having achieved Flag Rank and encourage them to apply to the Congress for Letters of Marque which will then allow Citizens of the Republic to serve abroad for the causes which are on their conscious. This action will allow those that want to fight for freedom around the world or provide humanitarian aid to do so WITHOUT cost the U.S. Taxpayers OR forcing those sworn only to defend the Republic and its Constitution to fight for other People’s and/or other Sovereigns.
    • I will return the CIA back to Naval Intelligence and cease its nefarious operations which have produced dubious security at best and seriously exposed the Republic to foreign aggression at worst.
    • I will seek to move all funding for the Space Program over to the Navy which is both constitutionally allowed to be continually funded and which is best positioned to deploy and continually maintain a land, air, sea and space based defense system against ICBMs and Near Earth Objects.
    • I will shrink yet modernize our ICBM arsenal looking to make it MUCH more precise and MUCH less population target centric.
    • I will return the direct security of our airports and transportation hubs to the entities which operate them and use the U.S. Marshals backed up by the National Guard to secure the system NOT individuals by way unconstitutional physical contacts and dangerous x-ray photography. Moreover, I will encourage every single Citizen to be prepared to use force in their own and their fellow Citizen’s Defense should an incident arise while in transit which requires that action.
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Free Trade

  • Restore capitalism and free markets, including a free labor market
  • Peace through strength in International Waters and at home; free trade, honest friendship and the cessation of entangling alliances abroad. Match Chinese tariffs dollar for dollar, otherwise support free trade and open markets so long as China reciprocates with the same.
  • Peace through strength in International Waters and at home; free trade, honest friendship and the cessation of entangling alliances abroad. Cease all trade sanctions.

 

Government Reform

  • Eliminate all unconstitutional spending and federal agencies. Begin a rapid deficit repayment program with the savings created by this action and the elimination of unconstitutional socialism at the federal level.
  • Protect individual Liberty and state Sovereignty. Provide for the common Defense of the Republic. Conduct foreign policy. Regulate (make regular NOT infringe or prohibit) foreign and interstate commerce.

 

 

Gun Control

  • I will pardon all Citizens whose only “trespass” was the exercising of their right to “keep and bear arms.” Also, I will work to repeal and/or nullify all laws which infringe, in any way, upon the People’s right to keep and bear arms.

 

Health Care

  • Return healthcare back to the states, tribes and citizens. Put all active duty, guard, reserves and wounded veterans on Medicare, thereby eliminating the inter-service and VA medical systems, and allow service members and veterans to seek care from the best providers.
  • I will work to remove all federal intrusions into the free market including the bio-research market. Implications of this issue in relation to abortion will be addressed with the promised amendment, defining personhood as that word applies to the 5th and 14th Amendments.
  • Article I section 8 allows the Congress to provide for the general welfare “of the United States,” not the individual citizens thereof. Health care is an individual welfare and as such it is supposed to be left to the states or the people to provide in accordance with the 10th Amendment which leaves all such powers to the states or the people respectively. However, the Republic is obliged to provide healthcare to its veterans for their injuries sustained in the service of the Republic, to Native Nations who negotiated such by way of ratified treaties towards the ends of the cessation of hostilities (protected by Article VI) and to those who have become detrimentally reliant upon the Medicare system by having been made to pay into that system for the bulk of their adult lives.

 

 

Homeland Security

  • Close it. Repatriate the PoWs and provide military trials, in the United States, for accused war criminals.

 

 

Immigration

  • Put all current immigrants on a path to citizenship, request from the Congress permissive and sustainable immigration legislation and immediately deploy the U.S. Marshals and National Guard to the borders to defend property owners from cross-border organized crime.
  • I will fight to eliminate the social welfare state and the high taxes required to pay for it which are chasing our jobs and prosperity overseas. Simultaneously, I will seek from the Congress a very robust and permissive immigration policy to help grow our middle class making us more competitive with other emerging markets around the world.
  • I will deploy the U.S. Marshals backed up by the National Guard to protect Border State property owners from violent cross-border organized crime enterprises and syndicates.

 

 

Jobs

  • I will work to remove all federal intrusions into the free market including the labor market.

 

Principles & Values

 

Social Security

  • Honor this debt obligation by providing the promised benefits, including inflation and cost of living adjustments, while simultaneously allowing the younger generations to opt out of it with buy outs and private retirement accounts.
  • These are unconstitutional social welfare programs and as such they must be eliminated eventually. However, they also represent debts because they are schemes which were paid into with the promise of return. Congress should work to end these programs responsibly by buying out those that want out, not allowing generations that have not paid into this system to enter it, yet continue to pay the promised benefits to those that have paid into it to their own detrimental reliance. Were we to end all other unconstitutional spending, we would be able to meet our obligations to the Seniors that have become dependent upon this system while at the same time moving the younger generations to the free markets where individual welfare belongs.

 

 

Tax Reform

  • End the personal income tax which pre-supposes the government’s ownership of our labor and is therefore counter to the 13th Amendment against slavery and involuntary servitude. Any replacement from the Congress will be constitutional or I will not sign it or execute it.
  • I will work with the State Legislatures to repeal the 16th Amendment and end all personal income tax; the collection of which presupposes the government’s ownership of the people’s labor which is directly counter to the prohibitions against involuntary servitude in the 13th Amendment. The federal government, operating within the natural constraints of its constitutional income, should not be levying direct taxes on the People. Instead the Republic should fund its minimal operations through user fees charged to the states for federal government services. Like for like exchange is not taxation; it is commerce.

 

 

Technology

 

War & Peace

  • Peace through strength in International Waters and at home; free trade, honest friendship and the cessation of entangling alliances abroad.
  • Return all our forces back to the United States in a safe and efficient manner. Give our heroes their long overdue homecoming.

 

 

Welfare & Poverty

  • Eliminate personal income taxes and the burden of the cost of federal socialism. Reduce the costs of citizenship to the point that citizens will have the disposable income needed to fully fund and support private charity.
  • In response to the media’s insatiable appetite for grilling Libertarians on the supposed desperate need for social services and welfare’s to be provided by the federal government:
  • Under the Constitution the federal government does not have the power or authority to provide social services like healthcare or education. But the Constitution DOES leave these powers to states and individuals. Thus, social services can and should be available but it is up to states and their citizens to determine if, when and how these services should be provided. As President, I will work to prevent the federal collection of monies for social services so that these resources are left available to the states, private charities and or private citizens to raise to provide their own social services without having to beg for them from the often inept and inefficient federal government.
  • I will veto any and all un-constitutional and therefore tyrannical attempts by the Congress to promulgate bailouts, stimulus plans and social welfare schemes.
  • I will direct the Department of Justice to investigate past bailouts authorized by Congress to determine if its votes were “purchased” through campaign contributions to its individual members.

 

 

“The power of position does not exist to provide the office holder with profit, it exists to guarantee the freedom of the people.” RJ Harris

 

LP-Pres: Allegations From 2010 Concerning RJ Harris’ Past, And Harris’ Response

November 23rd, 2011 · Independent Political Report

IPR has recently been made aware of a 2010 dispute between then-Congressional candidate RJ Harris and the now-defunct blog

Okie Pundit, which was a vocal supporter of Harris’ opponent Tom Cole. Excerpts from Okie Pundit’s post and Harris’ response

are included below. First, we should note that the following facts are not in dispute:

– In 2000 and 2001, Harris opened two gaming stores in Gilbert, Arizona. Those stores closed in 2001, and Harris filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. By 2004, Harris had discharged all of his debts.

The following facts were disputed between Okie Pundit and Harris:
– Harris’ reason for changing his name, and
– Harris’ reason for moving to Oklahoma.

Here’s Okie Pundit’s take on those issues:

Okie Pundit has just received credible information that indicates RJ Harris, a Congressional candidate running against Republican Tom Cole, recently changed his name and moved to Oklahoma in order to conceal a mysterious personal history. …

But perhaps most troubling is Mr. Harris’s business dealings that indicate a striking lack of financial responsibility and business acumen. Harris has attacked his opponent for being fiscally irresponsible, so it will concern voters to learn of Harris’s disastrous fiscal history. …

Many families go through financial difficulties, but most don’t change their names and uproot their family to another state after doing so. So why would Harris change his name and the names of his children and then move his family to Oklahoma? Only Harris can say for sure, though the records indicate the multiple bankruptcies, home foreclosures, and tax liens, coupled with Harris’s political aspirations could explain it. …

Mr. Harris also had two homes foreclosed on and sold at public auction. On December 12, 2002, his home at 1091 Washington Avenue, Gilbert, Arizona was foreclosed on and sold to satisfy $139,885.71 in unpaid debt and costs. On December 3, 2008, Harris had another house foreclosed on and sold at public auction for $245,857.48.

In 2010, the Harris campaign responded to these allegations. I’m including Harris’ response below in its entirety, minus the two closing paragraphs.

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.

 

Two Party Madness
January 16th, 2012 by RJ Harris

 

The Libertarian Party and its Candidates are responsible for NONE of the $15t in debt and none of all of the un-constitutional activities of the Federal government. We owe NO favors to any special interests, socialists or corporatists which means that our loyalty can be freely given to We the People and the Constitution of this Republic. If you are serious about saving this nation from its current malaise and restoring your freedom in the process then it is past time for you to be supporting a LIBERTARIAN PARTY candidate for President.

[editor’s note: Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”]

 

Major Breaking….Records Indicate RJ Harris Changed Name, Attempting To Conceal Past Of Fiscal Irresponsibility

Jul 24 2010 Published by

Dr. Havel under Congress, Oklahoma Politics

Okie Pundit has just received credible information that indicates RJ Harris, a Congressional candidate running against Republican Tom Cole, recently changed his name and moved to Oklahoma in order to conceal a mysterious personal history.   While we are still attempting to locate the actual name-change document, evidence from public sources and people who personally know RJ Harris appears overwhelming. Questions are now arising as to what else voters may not know about Mr. Harris and whether he is fit to serve in Congress.

Records from multiple sources show that RJ Harris’s former name is Jason Sam Barnes, a former resident of Arizona with a history of multiple failed businesses, bankruptcies, and tax liens.   The records also indicate Harris’s wife changed her married name from Jennifer Rebecca (Friend) Barnes to Jennifer Rebecca Harris and had their five children undergo a similar identity change. 

Here is her Facebook profile.

Check her friend list and her listed former name.

To obtain this information, Okie Pundit reviewed dozens of documents from the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  In addition, records from Arizona State University, Mesa High School, and local Arizona media were examined.

These records indicate RJ Harris changed his name from Jason Barnes and then moved from Arizona to Norman, Oklahoma in 2006 when he began to pursue a degree at the University of Oklahoma.  Harris recently finished that degree and is now at law student at OU.  Here is what we know.

According to

Harris’s Facebook profile

, he graduated high school at Mesa High School in 1990 and then enlisted in the Arizona National Guard.   Coincidentally, a 1990 yearbook photo from Mesa High School shows a person listed by the name Jason Barnes who bears striking resemblance to RJ Harris.  Other photos are likely to surface, we are told.

Harris’s profile also states he has been married for eighteen years to Jennifer R. (Friend) Harris, a 1998 graduate of Arizona State University. On January 15, 1991, the State of Arizona issued a marriage license to Jason Sam Barnes and Jennifer Rebecca Friend.  Additionally,

ASU’s website

shows an alumna by the name of Jennifer Rebecca Barnes, who graduated in 1998 and now resides in Norman, OK.

In late 2003, the East Valley Tribune, an Arizona newspaper, ran a story about Arizona Army National Guardsmen returning from Iraq.  Mr. Harris was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom that year.  The

paper reported the following

:

“Eight-year-old Mercedes Barnes couldn’t wait one more second to see her daddy.  As the rest of her family and friends hung back Thursday to let Staff Sgt. Jason Barnes get in the door, Mercedes burst forward, dodging through the crowd and wrapping herself around his legs…Seconds later, her younger sister, Georgia, 3, and mother, Jennifer Barnes, 30, rushed in…”

Today, seven years later, Harris’s Facebook profile says Mr. and Mrs. Harris have five children, including a 15 year old daughter named Mercedes and an 10 year old named Georgia.

Fiscally Irresponsible?

But perhaps most troubling is Mr. Harris’s business dealings that indicate a striking lack of financial responsibility and business acumen.  Harris has attacked his opponent for being fiscally irresponsible, so it will concern voters to learn of Harris’s disastrous fiscal history.

Harris has previously openly spoke about opening a chain of “gaming stores,” including Arizona Gamer Incorporated and Ultra Gamer, Inc.  Both were based in the city of Gilbert, Arizona,

a city that neighbors Mesa

.

Records from the Arizona Corporation Commission show Arizona Gamer was incorporated in March 2000 and Ultra Gamer was incorporated in October 2001.  The corporate officers were listed as Jason Sam Barnes and Jennifer Rebecca Barnes.  Two months after opening their businesses, the city of Tempe, Arizona filed a tax lien against Jason Barnes in the amount of $802.33 (Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, December 14, 2001).  One month after that, the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service filed a federal tax lien against Jason Sam Barnes and Jennifer Rebecca Barnes, as well as Arizona Gamer Inc. in the amount of $8,186.87 (Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, January 31, 2002).

Almost immediately after the federal tax lien was filed, Jason Barnes and Jennifer Barnes filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  According to court records, that case was closed in 2004 and his debts to the IRS and other debtors were discharged (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Arizona Gamer Inc., Case #2:02-bk-01863).

Many families go through financial difficulties, but most don’t change their names and uproot their family to another state after doing so.  So why would Harris change his name and the names of his children and then move his family to Oklahoma?  Only Harris can say for sure, though the records indicate the multiple bankruptcies, home foreclosures, and tax liens, coupled with Harris’s political aspirations could explain it.

Harris has conducted a campaign against Tom Cole in part by bringing attention to Harris’s opposition of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), commonly referred to as “the bailout.”  Harris states that by passing the bailout, Congress stiffed the American taxpayer by forcing them to pay for the debt and irresponsibility of others.  Yet, court records indicate Mr. Harris failed to pay thousands in taxes on multiple occasions and had his debt to the IRS written off through bankruptcy.  In a way, you can say Harris received his own personal bailout from the American taxpayer.

Mr. Harris also had two homes foreclosed on and sold at public auction. On December 12, 2002, his home at 1091 Washington Avenue, Gilbert, Arizona

was foreclosed on and sold to satisfy $139,885.71 in unpaid debt and costs.  On December 3, 2008, Harris had another house foreclosed on

and sold at public auction for $245,857.48.

So once again we have a candidate running on how fiscally responsible he would be and how fiscally irresponsible his opponent is, yet in his personal life he has demonstrated on multiple occasions, over a long period of time, to be extremely fiscally irresponsible.  And then he has his debts, including a tax bill that the majority of responsible Americans pay every year, discharged.  Mr. Harris can’t be trusted with our tax dollars if he can’t even take care of his own.

We have contacted RJ Harris for comment, but have not heard back.

Update:

Harris’s campaign responds, but digs themselves a deeper hole.  Additional evidence shows his story doesn’t hold up.   Lastly, we will confirm that some of our information came from someone who knows RJ Harris/Jason Barnes personally; it did not come from any campaign.  Believe us–and we know this will be very, very difficult for RJ supporters–no one in the Cole campaign is afraid of Harris despite Harris’s narcissistic view of himself.  July 27 will show exactly why.

RJ Harris Responds to OkiePundit Post

Saturday, July 24, 2010

RJ Harris issued the following response to a

post by the OkiePundit blog

this evening.

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. 
We’ll continue to update this story/non-story if more unfolds.

 

RJ Harris

Written By: Stubborn Facts – Jul• 26•10

 

Updated April 22, 2011:

Unfortunately, Mr. Harris decided to leave the Republican Party. While frustration with the party is understandable, the move to the Libertarian Party is not. I had no idea that Mr. Harris would ever embrace a Libertarian platform; it doesn’t line up with what we discussed or what I thought I knew about him. I was clearly mistaken.

Tuesday is IT in Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District. There are two candidates on the primary ballot – Progressive incumbent Tom Cole and Constitutional stalwart RJ Harris. The choice is clear.

Tom Cole is the epitome of all that is wrong in politics and government today. His entire career has been spent in academia and politics. That explains much about Cole’s troubling connections, funding sources, and voting recording. In addition to voting to fund Planned Parenthood, for the TARP bill, and participating in the record spending Congress (up to that point) while Bush was still in office, Cole wrote a direct appeal to the Obama Administration’s Secretary of Transportation in support of the NASCO highway. Such an appeal is a direct endorsement of the Stimulus Bill and open borders. Cole appears to get

a lot of funding from outside of Oklahoma and is heavily tied to the Progressive and globalist Aspen Institute. Inside Oklahoma, he has the very helpful support of establishment party officials, particularly in his home county of Cleveland. Finally, his Wikipedia page

, updated July 22, 2010, includes a report that his wife recently filed for divorce due to infidelity.

In contrast, RJ Harris is a long time member of the National Guard with two (very soon to be three) active tours of duty, is a devoted husband of eighteen years and father of five. Having personally experienced the effects of an economic downturn and market changes on a business, RJ put his skills as an air traffic controller to work for the FAA and ultimately decided to pursue a career as an attorney. He returned to his home state and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and is working towards the completion of a law degree while still serving in the National Guard as an air traffic control Chief.

I first spoke with RJ in March 2009, when he agree to appear on my radio show. I was immediately impressed with his ability to articulate core principles and provoke thought in a discussion of them. I was also struck by his firm conviction. I was glad to have RJ as a guest on the show on several occasions during that spring and summer.

When contemplating potential interview subjects for the documentary, A New America, RJ was at the top my list. I knew he would provide an articulate answer to any question on core principles I posed. I wasn’t wrong – we ran out of tape interviewing him and while editing, if we wanted a point to be made clearly in Ronald Reagan fashion, we’d go to RJ’s footage.

I have come to know RJ better since that time and even walked through a couple of high stress situations with him. In one instance there are few people who could have kept their cool (I barely did myself), but RJ remained focused, level-headed, and solution oriented. Although he was in the midst of the stress and I was a distance away, in the middle of all, he called to make sure I knew the situation was under control to alleviate my concerns.

Besides going out of his way in his concern for others, I have noticed that RJ always does the right thing. There are few people who have such character and honor in today’s world. In a republic, character is paramount in the people we elect to represent us. Under stress, they must keep their heads and do what is right, even when it is difficult.

Too many people dismiss the importance of Congress members’ votes on the TARP bill or too easily forgotten. It is precisely the kind of high stress situation during which only level-headed, clear thinking men of honor and principle will do the right thing. Members of Congress were called to the White House and told by the Secretary of the Treasury and others that America hung on the edge of total financial collapse, that failure to take drastic measures would likely result in chaos and could ultimately lead to the implementation of martial law.

Who among the Congress withstood that pressure? Who among them stepped out in front of the news cameras stationed outside and reported the high pressure tactics and raised their objections to the barely-veiled threats? Who among them recognized that the system they were being told was on the verge of collapse was the one constructed by government in the first place so even more government tinkering was idiotic?

I believe that RJ has the kind of character, ability to reason under pressure, and courage of conviction that put him on the short list – alone if necessary – in doing what is right. Until we elect more men like him to Congress, we will only continue down the road we’re now moving at warp speed.

 

Oklahoma (R.J. Harris)

I’m sure you’ve heard stories about musical groups who struggle for years, playing in backwater bars, until suddenly they become “an overnight success”. I am hoping that 2012 is the year I finally go from rags to riches, and I may end up owing all of it to

R.J. Harris who is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President of the United States. There are currently fourteen people

who have thrown their hat into that political fight, and my next newsletter article asks your opinion on this multi-faceted argument.

Kaye Beach

is the woman responsible for this event, and when I called to ask where this class was to be held, I couldn’t believe my ears. She had just reserved the floor of the State House in Oklahoma City! I asked her twice to make sure that I understood her correctly. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, on Saturday, January 14th I will be standing behind the same lectern used by the Speaker of the House.

But Wait! You Also Get The Ginsu Knives!

The plan keeps getting better.

State Representative, Charles Key

, is doing his best to make sure that a large percentage of Oklahoma’s legislative body is in attendance! Make that PAID attendance. BE STILL MY HEART! I feel like I’ve been breathing nitrous oxide when I think about the possibilities. I am already planning to have this session professionally recorded, and I will offer it in DVD format shortly thereafter. As soon as the class is over, while the seats are still warm, I will mail out letters to each of the 49 other states inviting them to host a class – so they are not out done by Oklahoma. We wouldn’t want any state to appear unpatriotic now, would we?

Sheriff Mack is making every effort to help county sheriffs understand their oath of office, and their responsibility to defend the Constitution, Add to that a nation of state legislatures who understand that power flows from them to Washington, and life in the United States could look very different to what we’re experiencing now. Things are definitely looking up. Those of us who have been fighting for Liberty for many years have a tendency to be cynical and short tempered, but there are many signs that things are about to change significantly for the better. Either way, this is a very exciting time to be alive.

 

Potential 2012 LP Presidential Candidate, RJ Harris, on the Issues

May 29, 2011

Department of Justice:

My nomination for Attorney General will be the MOST Constitutional Libertarian Attorney available; hopefully Judge Andrew Napolitano.

I will direct the AG to investigate and prosecute any possible human rights abuses committed by our government or government officials at any and all levels. Following orders will not be a defense.

I will direct the AG to re-open the investigations of the events preceding, during and subsequent to September 11th 2001, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the attack on the U.S.S. Cole and the first attempted bombing of the World Trade Center. Any and all information kept from We the People WILL be discovered and fully disclosed through these investigations.

I will direct the DoJ to cease ALL persecutions of Citizens, whose actions are not infringing upon the lives, liberty or property of others and which are based solely upon the exercise of their Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.

I will merge ALL federal law enforcements agencies back into the U.S. Marshal Service eliminating those which are no longer required in the process; namely the DEA and the ATF.

The AG will have this standing order; “NEVER breach the Constitution or the Natural Rights of the People in the effort to seek Justice.”

Monetary Policy:

I will direct the Department of Justice to audit the Federal Reserve and to make public all findings. If the Federal Reserve refuses to comply, I will seek all legal means to cancel its charter with the United States which includes executing the buy-out provision contained in the legislation which authorized its employment as the Central Bank.

In accordance with Article I Section 10, I will direct the Treasury to conduct ALL transactions with the States in gold or silver bullion.

I will direct the Department of Justice to take up the cases of those Citizens being forced to conduct their transactions with states in an unconstitutional fiat tender.

I will direct the Department of Justice to investigate the widely speculated manipulations of the monetary metals market by a few large entities.

I will direct the U.S. Mint to return itself to compliance with the law that requires it to produce enough U.S. Gold and Silver Eagle Bullion Coins to meet public demand. Non-availability at the suspected manipulated prices WILL NOT be an excuse for non-compliance. Thus, the Mint will be directed to acquire the necessary bullion reserves at whatever market price offerings are required to obtain them.

Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid:

These are unconstitutional social welfare programs and as such they must be eliminated eventually. However, they also represent debts because they are schemes which were paid into with the promise of return. Congress should work to end these programs responsibly by buying out those that want out, not allowing generations that have not paid into this system to enter it, yet continue to pay the promised benefits to those that have paid into it to their own detrimental reliance. Were we to end all other unconstitutional spending, we would be able to meet our obligations to the Seniors that have become dependent upon this system while at the same time moving the younger generations to the free markets where individual welfare belongs.

State/Native Nation Sovereignty:

I will work with the state legislatures to repeal the 17th Amendment which removed the election of Senators from their power. It was intended that the House should represent the people and the Senate represent the states. Since the passage of the 17th Amendment, during the upswing of the progressive movement, state Sovereignty has been dealt a major blow. Given that EVERY state in the Republic was against Obama Care, there remains little doubt that had the state Legislatures been able to put pressure on their Senators as was intended under the original Constitution, Obama Care would NEVER have passed the Senate.

Further, I will order the repatriation of ALL Native American artifacts, taken by the Republic in its race across the continent, back to their Nations of origin. Every care will be taken to ensure the transfer of custody occurs without damage to the artifacts. However, even if the argument that certain tribes are unable to fully care for these artifacts is sustained; if those same tribes demand the repatriation of the artifacts anyway the transfers will occur. Many Native People believe that to keep forever the power given by Nature to the artifact and its original owners through the object, past when that power should have returned whence it came, is immoral and it is not for the Republic to dispute that belief or practice.

Lastly, I will proposition the Congress to grant full representation to our Native Nations by extending to their confederation of the 500+ federally recognized tribes two Senators and one Congressperson appropriated by the same census process as the states. The end result of this legislation would be 2 additional Senators and between 4 or 5 additional Congresspersons. Most Citizens of the Republic do not know that we are more than 50 states and a collection of territories. We also include more than 500 Native Nations whose sovereignty has been recognized both by treaties as well as the actions of past Presidents and Congresses. Having built our Republic upon the land taken from these Nations it is WELL PAST TIME that they received the same level of representation as the states which have postdated them.

Reading Bills:

I will propose a Constitutional Amendment making it a high crime (felony) for a Congressperson to vote affirmatively for a bill or for the President to sign into law the same that they have not personally read in its entirety. It is past time to end tyranny caused by the careless and or willful ignorance of the legislative and executive branches.

2nd Amendment:

I will pardon all Citizens whose only “trespass” was the exercising of their right to “keep and bear arms.” Also, I will work to repeal and or nullify all laws which infringe, in any way, upon the People’s right to keep and bear arms.

1st Amendment:

The 1st Amendment provides freedom OF religion, NOT freedom FROM religion. Free expressions of religious beliefs should never be infringed upon and prayer, regardless of the faith from which it is offered, should never be prohibited in ANY public venue.

Moreover, I will not allow the Department of Justice to be used as a weapon against the press, bloggers, whistle blowers or any other Citizens practicing their rights to free speech, assembly and/or expression.

Marriage:

The 1st and 9th Amendments protect the freedom of Citizens to marry whomever they choose. And since the Constitution was intended to constrain the Government, not We the People, I am not in favor of an amendment or legislation which abridges this freedom in any way.

4th Amendment, Rights to Privacy:

I will direct the Department of Justice to cease all domestic spying on We the People and I will work to nullify the USA Patriot Act. Any Government Official claiming that it is not possible to provide for the common Defense while upholding the Constitution at the same time should be considered unqualified to hold Office by We the People.

Unions:

I support the 1st Amendment rights of Citizens to freely assemble into Unions. However, no Union will receive any privilege or immunity from my office NOT constitutionally obliged to any single private citizen.

 

RJ Harris Wins Illinois Libertarian Straw Poll, And Other Updates On LP Presidential Nomination Campaigns

October 28th, 2011 ·

According to

http://rjharris2012.com/

, Harris won a straw poll of attendees at the recent Illinois LP state convention (revolving story at the top of the page, I see no way to link to the story directly). The site also has video from that convention of Harris debating fellow candidates for the Libertarian presidential nomination: Roger Gary, Lee Wrights, Carl Person, and Bill Still. The video was also supposed to be live, but from what I have read there was a glitch. However, it appears that it is now available.

Harris was also at one point leading in an internet straw poll

at LPMNDC.org

. However, as of this writing it appears that Jim Burns has jumped back ahead. The current numbers are:

Jim Burns 137 34.2%

R. J. Harris 124 30.9%

Lee Wrights 64.16%

NOTA 27 6.7%

Angela Keaton 19 4.7%

Wayne Root 9 2.2%

Roger Gary 5 1.2%

Bill Still 5 1.2%

Carl Person 4 1%

John M. Finan 0 0%

Joy Waymire 0 0%

According to

the latest update of presidential candidates at LP.org

, Gary, Harris, Person and Wrights are the candidates filed with the FEC, along with James Ogle (who is not listed as having a campaign website).

The non-FEC filing candidates listed are Burns, Waymire, Robert Milnes and Bill Still. All of those except Still are listed as having campaign websites.

Of the remaining candidates in the LPMNDC poll, Wayne Root says he has not made up his mind as to whether he will run, although other people widely regard him as a candidate. Keaton announced a candidacy for 2012 back in 2008, but has since stopped her active involvement in LP leadership (and possibly the party as a whole), has not actively pursued the candidacy, and it appears that the announcement was likely to have been either a joke or that she has thought better of it. John Finan was a candidate for the 2008 nomination; if he is running again this time, this is the first I can remember having heard of it.

Also, at one time the poll listed Tom Knapp, who was previously an announced candidate for the nomination but has now quit the LP and electoral politics and had his name removed. He had some votes in the poll prior to being removed; I don’t know what was done with those votes.

Other candidates who had at one time been running for the 2012 nomination include Michael Jingozian, who has since announced that he will not run, and Jim Duensing, who may or may not have dropped out (I have been unable to find out for sure).

 

RJ Harris: Running Ethanol In Our Cars Is Costing Us Dearly

Updated: 1/12 10:59 am

Gas prices are up again. Yes the activity with Iran in the Straight of Hormuz is the supposed culprit for the price hike this time, but did you know that your gas is going up 4-cents per gallon permanently?

Ethanol is the culprit.

Subsidies that we tax payers have been paying are gone, so we get to pay 4-cents more per gallon for the privilege of running ethanol in our gas. Better yet, soon our government will require 20% ethanol.

Now I’m no economist, but twice the ethanol will mean twice the cost, so we’ll pay 8-cents per gallon more… permanently! Here is another case where the fed talks out of both sides of their mouth. Why? Because we will get less gas mileage with more ethanol. So our government forces café standards on automakers to squeeze better gas mileage out of every vehicle, only to force us to burn ethanol and get pooper gas mileage. Plus, ethanol ruins small

engines.. and nobody is talking about that.

It’s costing Americans millions per year because the ethanol eats the plastic fuel lines and such on lawn mowers, garden equipment, and the like. America still feeds the world… and salute to our farmers in town this week. But corn for ethanol needs to end. Feed people and live stock with the corn. Drill for gas and oil for our vehicles

now.

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One response to “Meet RJ Harris

  1. Family,

    The latest TOTD:

    http://noleftturnztotd.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/forget/

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

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