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Rep. Walter Jones, Rest in Peace

Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina died [1] earlier today:

Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., an Eastern North Carolina congressman who made it his mission to atone for his vote sending U.S. troops into Iraq in the early 2000s, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. Jones, like his father, served his district for nearly a quarter-century.

Rep. Jones was one of the finest men in public service, and he distinguished himself from many of his colleagues by taking full responsibility for his mistakes and doing everything he could to prevent similar mistakes from being made again. The tributes from his colleagues and admirers testify to the sort of man he was:

Jones was a longtime friend of TAC, and he delivered the opening remarks at our 2017 foreign policy conference [15]. Listen to what he said here:

He not only acknowledged early on that his initial support for the Iraq war was wrong, but spent the rest of his career fighting for a more restrained and peaceful foreign policy. Rep. Jones was one of the original Republican co-sponsors of the first House antiwar resolution [16] to end U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen [17]. He co-authored an op-ed [18] with Reps. Khanna and Pocan in 2017 in support of their resolution:

We believe that the American people, if presented with the facts of this conflict, will oppose the use of their tax dollars to bomb and starve civilians in order to further the Saudi monarchy’s regional goals. Our House resolution is a first step in expanding democracy into an arena long insulated from public accountability. Too many lives hang in the balance to allow this American war to continue without congressional consent. When our bill comes to the floor for a vote, our colleagues should consider first the solution proposed by the director of Unicef, Anthony Lake, for stopping the unimaginable suffering of millions of Yemenis: “Stop the war.”

It is unfortunate that Rep. Jones did not live to see the House pass that resolution to end U.S. support for the war, but when a new version of that resolution passes later this month it will be thanks in no small part to his leadership.

Jones became a reliable scourge [19] of unnecessary and unauthorized foreign wars wherever they happened to be [20]. He saw the continuation of open-ended and illegal wars as an attack on the Constitution and an abuse of the men and women who volunteered to serve their country. His opposition to these wars earned him the enmity of Republican hawks [21], who repeatedly [22] and unsuccessfully sought to unseat him through primary challenges. Whatever their disagreements with him may have been over the years, his constituents recognized and appreciated his integrity and his dedication to the country.

The cause of peace and restraint has lost one of its great defenders, TAC has lost one of our good friends, and America has lot one of its most honorable and decent public servants. May his memory be eternal.

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12 Comments To "Rep. Walter Jones, Rest in Peace"

#1 Comment By SeanD On February 10, 2019 @ 11:43 pm

Lord rest and keep him!

#2 Comment By Longtime TAC Reader On February 11, 2019 @ 3:14 am

The loss of Walter Jones is devastating.

I hope that good and true Americans inspired by his example will pick up the colors he carried so long and faithfully, carry them forward, renewing his dogged efforts to rein in military intervention and preserve true freedom.

God bless you, Walter Jones.

God bless you.

#3 Comment By Johann On February 11, 2019 @ 7:16 am

RIP Congressman Walter Jones.

#4 Comment By Tony On February 11, 2019 @ 7:37 am

Sad news!

#5 Comment By cka2nd On February 11, 2019 @ 7:48 am

Rest in Peace, honorable sir, from a respectful Trotskyist with family living in his district.

#6 Comment By RIP On February 11, 2019 @ 8:52 am

This is a blow, and no denying it.

For all that, you may be certain that somewhere the vermin are jumping for joy, because when it comes to their vile wars and meddling they brook no dissent, and Jones’s voice was strong and sure, grounded in truth and “the better angels of our nature”.

Very sorry to have lost this good and valuable American. Hats off also to the people of his district, many of them soldiers or families of soldiers, who kept sending him back to Washington. May they find someone to replace who has the same gumption, character, and commitment to basic Americanism.

#7 Comment By Virginia Catholic Girl On February 11, 2019 @ 9:36 am

If there were more people like him in Washington, we wouldn’t be in the state we’re in. I wrote him a “fan” letter back in 2006 or thereabouts, about his regrets about the Iraq war and writing to all the families of those KIA. Also appreciated him being one of the few in Congress that actually tried to follow the Constitution and do something about our national debt. He also was all about constituent service,especially for veterans and those in Eastern North Carolina affected by the recent hurricanes. Eternal rest, grant him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

#8 Comment By Fran Macadam On February 11, 2019 @ 11:32 am

Ask not for whom the bell tolls – it tolls, for us.

#9 Comment By polistra On February 11, 2019 @ 1:09 pm

We should also thank the voters who continued electing him despite the universal screeching of the neocon hawks. His voters showed that ordinary people prefer peace when they get a choice. Very few voters get the choice.

#10 Comment By Minnesota Mary On February 11, 2019 @ 3:12 pm

May Walter Jones rest in peace. He was one of the very few in Congress who was truly principled. He will be sadly missed. He was a great patriot and servant of Our Lord.

#11 Comment By One Who Knew Walter On February 11, 2019 @ 4:14 pm

Representative Walter B. Jones was truly a kind and honourable man, living out in belief in Christ in word and deed.

He met with anyone who scheduled an appointment with his office, and went out of his way to help his constituents in any way he could.

He kept his word. He was a people person, and a real human being, not engaged in politics to further himself, but truly and honestly, to help and be of service to those he represented.

If Walter was still around, the antics going on in the House of Representatives wouldn’t be occurring. That was the strength of goodness that Walter had, and was.
May God grant his family peace and comfort, knowing that their loved one served God, and left a legacy of pure goodness.

#12 Comment By Donald On February 11, 2019 @ 6:07 pm

I am guessing that since he was a Republican I would have strongly disagreed with him on some issues, but he sounds like he was a sincere Christian and a great man and most extraordinary of all, a genuinely honest and decent politician. We could do with several hundred more like him in both parties. God bless him.