Friday, January 15, 2016
It was never my ambition to run for Congress. As pastor of Christ Church in Norman, OK and a middle school teacher, I have been happily living a quiet life with my wife, Rapheala. However, I can no longer sit on the sidelines as my Congressman, Rep. Tom Cole, has drowned our country in debt and is leading our country in the wrong direction.
That’s why last week I announced my candidacy for the 4th Congressional District in Oklahoma.
To know who Tom Cole is, just look below at Cole’s ratings from the leading conservative indices.
Heritage Action: 36%
Family Research Council: 75%
Club for Growth: 53%
Conservative Review: 40%
To be candid, Tom Cole’s liberal voting record does not represent the conservative values of the voters of the 4th District in the reddest state of the country. The people of the 4th District are strong conservatives who want lower taxes and fewer regulations.
Why, you ask, do they keep electing Tom Cole? It’s simple… they don’t know the real Tom Cole.
No candidate opposing Cole in the GOP primary has been organized enough to raise serious money. And as long as Rep. Cole has the “show votes” to say he cuts spending, ends Obamacare, etc. with no one to show the voters how liberal Rep. Cole’s voting record really is, he will continue his 13 year career path of voting for liberal programs like Planned Parenthood and debt-ceiling increases.
Tom Cole was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002. At the time, the national debt was 6 trillion dollars. After many votes to raise the debt ceiling that Tom Cole supported, today our debt is $19 trillion. Most recently, in October, Tom Cole voted to “suspend” the debt ceiling so that it can grow unchecked through March 2017, where the debt will balloon to over $20 trillion.
Cole’s vote to increase the debt ceiling also increased the budget and set up the Omnibus, a massive $1.15 trillion spending package that: fully funded Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Obama’s executive order for amnesty, sanctuary cities, the Syrian refugee resettlement program, and so much more antithetical to our beliefs and values.
This damaging budget process enabled Congress to eventually vote on a repeal of Obamacare that the President could veto. All sides could declare victory and change nothing. People are tired of politicians who say they are going to do one thing while campaigning and then do another when they are in office.
As a pastor, I believe God calls Christians to be active in the political arena. However, it’s vital that Christian voters choose a candidate who reflect their biblical values. This led me to write “It’s Biblical, Not Political,” which guides Christian voters on how to vet political candidates to ensure they will follow the Constitution and the intent of our Founding Fathers to limit federal power while protecting states’ rights.
After 14 years, it’s safe to say that Tom Cole has been vetted and it’s very clear that he will continue his liberal votes to increase the debt, fund Planned Parenthood, and do nothing to stop Obamacare. Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It is time to stop the insanity.
My name is James Taylor and I am running against Tom Cole; but I need your help. Eric Cantor’s defeat in 2014 set the stage for conservative victories across the country. Just imagine how the defeat of another John Boehner lieutenant such as Rep. Cole could reverberate in every race in 2016. But in order for that to happen, I need your financial support to deliver my conservative message to the people of the 4th District in Oklahoma. Please click here to give to my campaign.
The time has come for a conservative change in Southwest Oklahoma. Together we can be victorious and bring conservative values, and more important – conservative votes in Congress, to the 4th District.