From “Freedom Fries” to Frying Cheney

I never would have dreamed I’d be writing in praise of Rep. Walter Jones (R, N.C.), formerly of “freedom fries” fame. But, well, here you go:

“Congress will not hold anyone to blame [for the Iraq War]. Lyndon Johnson’s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney,” Jones said at a Young Americans for Liberty conference in Raleigh, N.C. The group is a spinoff from former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) 2008 presidential campaign.

During his keynote address to the group, he praised Paul. “I want to give credit to the man who helped me understand if you’re ever going to send young men and women to die, it needs to be with the Constitution and debated by the Congress,” he said.

Elsewhere in his speech, he called the drone policy “absolutely unconstitutional,” eliciting applause from the crowd.

“I knew that those who do not fight like myself, it’s easy to be macho man, and declare war, get that son of a bitch… I am so fed up with people who do not understand the pain of war,” he said Saturday.

It’s always refreshing when anti-war sentiment and declaiming of things like our drone policy are not limited to one part of the political spectrum.

Personally, I’m very much intrigued by the points of crossover between the far left and libertarians. They’re often very different, of course, but now and then surprisingly well aligned. Probably because so many on the left are, contrary to the cartoon version of their views that’s often invoked, more civil libertarians than advocates for broader government.

I’m reminded of the Strange Bedfellows coalition of several years ago.

James Heflin

Author: James Heflin

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