Ken Moore with the Oklahoma City (OKC) 912 Project attended Rep. Tom Cole’s (R-OK) town hall in Norman, Oklahoma – home of Oklahoma University and perhaps one of the districts with a higher number of registered Democrats than about any place in the state. He went prepared with handouts of Cole’s quotes on various issues. Mr. Moore said it was “one of the most contentious” town halls he has attended. I wrote about Cole’s Moore, Oklahoma town hall and how proud I felt as an Oklahoman, that the people turned out in large numbers and were high-information voters. Their community, devastated from an F-5 tornado in mid-May, homes literally blown off their foundations, and they showed up to ask the important questions (see a photo at end). Please, if you are short on time, scroll to the bottom and read Cole’s quotes on Benghazi. Do you think the death of four Americans and the theft of 400 Surface-to-Air Missiles by al-Qaeda DOES NOT reach the level of corruption of Watergate? Unbelievable!
Before moving to Kens remarks, I want to tell you about one woman at the Moore meeting. She asked Cole, who is against trying to defund ObamaCare, if the government shuts down, would Congress, the Executive and Judicial branches lose their paychecks during that time? He replied: “Absolutely” and she responded with something similar to: ‘well then the shutdown won’t last long.’ It was a great exchange and something we should keep in mind.
Begin portions of Ken Moore’s email:
Here are my comments from Rep. Cole’s Town Hall Meeting Wednesday evening in Norman:
…I gave out at least 100 copies of a handout containing quotes by Cole on recent and ongoing issues. (See these quotes at the end of this e-mail.) People read that before the meeting, so it probably didn’t help their already foul moods.
2. A guy came back after I had given him a handout. He said that he wanted 5 more, and he acted upset. I gave him 5, then he told me that he is Tom Cole’s brother! I told him that I was happy that he came.
3. One woman sat on the very back row, and she was very, very upset about the NSA/NDAA spying violations. She would yell out questions to him, he would tell her to wait, but she was determined, and then, when they were going to bring a microphone to her, she said she didn’t need any mic! She did this over and over all night, but she did get her points across. Rep. Cole had been dismissive previously, and his remarks about it are in the quote sheet that I handed out to all the people.
We had probably 15 illegals there, most of them in graduation caps and gowns, or just gowns to emphasize that they were students. They had stories of one man who was being ripped away from his family and deported in just a few days. Then the guy’s attorney was there continuing the story about how the illegal’s wife was ill, etc., and he was being ripped away from his small children who were legal because they were born here. It was a sad story, but all sad stories like this wouldn’t happen if illegals would just get legal! There has to be more to this story, because I have never heard of a deportation like that in recent years, without other extenuating circumstances.
One of the illegals spoke of the Indian tribe of all or most of the people in northern Mexico and how the lands of New Mexico, Texas, and other areas had been stolen from them.
I had not considered that aspect of Mexican claims to part of our land in the southwestern part of the U.S. being because of Mexican Indian tribal connections to it..
We didn’t steal it. First we won the war, and then we bought it. How the Native American connection squares with the “public service announcement” I’m inserting below by J. D. Longstreet, I’m not sure, but suffice it to say, Mexico thought it was theirs to sell – the cost? $24,250,000.00 (MILLION), in todays dollars, about $600 BILLION…and then we bought more:
The Mexican War between the United States and Mexico began with a Mexican attack on American
First, The Mexican War:
The Mexican War between the United States and Mexico began with a Mexican attack on American troops along the southern border of Texas on Apr. 25, 1846. Fighting ended when U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott occupied Mexico City on Sept. 14, 1847; a few months later a peace treaty was signed (Feb. 2, 1848) at Guadalupe Hidalgo. In addition to recognizing the U.S. annexation of Texas defeated Mexico ceded California and, New Mexico (including all the present-day states of the Southwest) to the United States.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed on February 2, 1848, by Nicholas P. Trist, for the United States, and by a special commission representing the collapsed government of Mexico.
Under the treaty, Mexico ceded to the United States Upper California and New Mexico (including Arizona) and recognized U.S. claims over Texas, with the Rio Grande as its southern boundary. The United States in turn paid Mexico $15,000,000, assumed the claims of American citizens against Mexico, ($3.25 Million) recognized prior land grants in the Southwest, and offered citizenship to any Mexicans residing in the area. Then a few years later, the US bought the land that is now Arizona and New Mexico from Mexico for another 6 million dollars. Read the entire story at Faultline USA with links to confirming documents.
Back to Ken’s comments:
…And by the way, Cole says that the Senate bill is NOT amnesty because they have to wait a number of years and meet certain requirements before gaining citizenship. The problem with that kind of thinking is that progressives in both parties will just do away with those requirements right after the bill becomes law! Can you say, “Cole is getting ready to cave on immigration” at some point in the future? And when he does, his shadow Lankford, will cave.
5. One woman spoke to the audience. She talked about how progressive Republicans were helping to destroy the country. Then she asked us if there was anyone, ANYONE, who might run against this man (Cole) in a primary next year. Nobody replied, but she did get a loud ovation from the crowd. She is a descendent of Patrick Henry! I was happy that Rep. Cole was cordial in his response to her.
6. One woman was a professor (I, suppose, from OU.), and her concern was pollution and the global warming hoax. As I recall, Cole did not tell her that he supports coal mining and coal generation plants, like he had said the day before in Moore! If we allow all the coal plants to be closed and changed to natural gas, I predict electricity rates of at least 25 cents/kwh within 5 years, and then up from there because of the push that is coming for CNG (natural gas) use in cars and trucks. So metro residents can multiply their present electricity bills by 2.5 to see what they could be in the near term…
Ken said Cole’s town halls have been “very good” because “people are energized like they were in 2010. He said Cole allows everyone to speak, making the meetings fair and I would say productive. I noted in his Moore town hall he told the people he would stay until everyone had a chance to speak or ask a question. The video was three hours long. You can read that story here and/or see the video.
Ken ended his email with quotes from Cole, and handed out at least 100 flyers:
ON NSA SPYING….
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., says he recently voted to keep a controversial National Security Agency data collection program in part because he trusts lawmakers who know it best.
“I’m going to go with the people that actually know the program and looked at it,” he said.
ON DEFUNDING OBAMACARE….
Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican, said Wednesday that the ongoing fight inside the Republican party over defunding Obamacare isn’t the right one to have, and that Maj. Gen. George Pickett had a better chance in his unsuccessful attack during the Battle of Gettysburg that ended in retreat for Confederate forces.
“I guess I’m just in the same foxhole with Tom Coburn,” Mr. Cole, Oklahoma Republican, said in response to Sen…..
ON TRYING TO REMOVE FOOD STAMPS FROM THE FARM BILL….
Republican leaders might commit “political malpractice” if they separate food stamps from farm policy to move the critical legislation through the House, Rep. Tom Cole said Friday.
ON THE DEBT SHOWDOWN….
Rep. Tom Cole said Thursday Republicans could risk losing control of the House in next year’s elections if they move to shut down the government or default on the debt during budget negotiations with President Barack Obama.
“The only way Republicans will lose the House is to shut down the government or default on the debt,” the Oklahoma Republican told Politico. “Shutting down the government is not in the best interests of the American people and it makes you look politically irresponsible.”
“I’m not inclined to jeopardize the crown jewel, and the House of Representatives is the crown jewel in this election cycle,” added Cole, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
ON THE TEA PARTY…
“It’s a little like a dysfunctional family right now, where everybody knows old Uncle Joe at the end of the table’s an alcoholic, but nobody wants to say it. And somebody needs to say it. We need to get Joe some help. Come on, he’s ruined too many Christmas parties!”
While fellow Republicans are making comparisons to Watergate and even calling for impeachment, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) declined to back that spin on the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attacks.
“I don’t think this is the equivalent of Watergate or Iran-Contra,” he told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Tuesday. “There’s a big difference when literally somebody in the White House was ordering these things. This is not something anyone ordered; this is not an outcome anybody intended.”
How others view Rep. Tom Cole….
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Thanks to fellow-Okie Anita – follow her on Twitter @redrivergrl
Thanks to fellow-Okie BC at I’m a Man, I’m 41 for staying on the Cole story. He has a unique way with news, making it fun even when it isn’t. Read Is The Left’s Outrage Actually Fear That Obama Really Is A Clown? and Racist! Obama Wore Obama Mask in 2007!