I was amazed that the only reference in the press that I could find to this interview was in the Sacramento Bee where it quoted him on a minor matter without reporting his anti-empire presentation.
Long-time readers of Political Outcast may remember that Jones was one of the Representatives in Congress who was singled out and demoted by John Boehner in his effort to marginalize Tea Party influence. As I wrote then,
Boehner removed them from positions of influence:
“Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it’s the latest instance of the Ohio Republican’s clamping down on his fractious conference. The decisions were made by the GOP Steering Committee at a Monday meeting, which reviewed a spreadsheet listing each GOP lawmaker and how often he or she had voted with leadership, three sources said. Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina were booted from the Financial Services Committee. Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were removed from the Budget Committee. According to a source, Schweikert was told that he was ousted in part because his ‘votes were not in lockstep with leadership.’”
So at the time when the Establishment Republicans have led the party from disaster to disaster, they are still pursuing the same course. They are doubling down on defeat rather than allow any real influence for “the Tea Party.” Worse, they are playing politics at a time when the nation has been brought to the brink by politicians who can’t understand that the debt pyramid we’ve constructed is about to come down.
At the time, I was thinking of the Tea Party in a generic way. But with the new impulse to re-fight Iraq, I think we now see how there is much more grassroots support for anti-interventionist conservatism—a conservatism that tries to conserve or restore our Constitutional republic.