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U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms has died
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Posted on 07/04/2008 7:30:57 AM PDT by jern

jesse helms has passed away

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: congress; electionuscongress; electionussenate; helms; heritagefoundation; independenceday; jessehelms; obituary; ussenate
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To: jern
RIP, Senator Helms. You served your country so well.

Following is from a 1974 interview with Senator Helms:

Well, I think it's sheer folly to try to expand the base on any ethnic ratio. I would hope that we would expand the base by attracting all people, whatever their race, whatever age, religion, and all the rest of it, who share the fundamental concerns of what I believe the Republican party should be . . . I think we should take our stand, win or lose, and let it all hang out. If we try to cajole and compromise, that's the road to defeat. The Republican party has no future because the Democratic party has demonstrated through the years, for a generation now, that it intends to buy votes any way that they can be bought. These give-away programs, welfare and all the rest of them. Now, I don't want to be a Republican, a successful Republican, on that basis. I would rather be a private citizen. The Republicans may as well make up their mind that the left-wing spectrum has already been pre-empted. It's not available to them. Furthermore, if they . . . even if they could move in there, it would be intellectual dishonesty.

Jesse Helms

51 posted on 07/04/2008 7:58:28 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: jern

Rest in peace Senator NO!

How fitting that he passed on the Fourth of July, one of the great patriots of the 20th century!

He was an enemy of Communism when other Senators embraced their leaders. He was a friend of Tibet when Richard Gere and other lefties were still in diapers. He fought the Panama Canal give away and now we see the Chinese controlling the ports.

It will be sad, but somewhat illustrative that what happens in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, North Carolina tonight will show the country just how tolerant the liberals of America truly are.


52 posted on 07/04/2008 7:58:51 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: jern

This truly saddens me. About a year and a half ago I began to play the piano for a choir from my church, who went once a month to sing at the nursing home where Jesse was a resident. Let me tell you, that man had joy shine through his face as he kept time with the hymns and sang along. He would often use his arm almost as if he were conducting right along from where he sat. He was a sweetheart. Last October was the last time that I was there as we ended up leaving that church. I have thought of him often since.

God bless you, Jesse. You touched my heart and I’ll never forget you.


53 posted on 07/04/2008 8:00:45 AM PDT by good old days
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To: STARWISE

Indeed.


54 posted on 07/04/2008 8:01:16 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: jern

Rest in peace, Mr. Helms. May the angels meet you at the door with East Carolina barbecue and cornbread.


55 posted on 07/04/2008 8:01:36 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets. Watch your extremities - we're hungry!)
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To: jern

Comfort to his family, and may he rest in the peace that he so deserves. Farewell, Senator Helms.....


56 posted on 07/04/2008 8:02:50 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Leaving the top of my ballot blank.)
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To: jern

R.I.P.


57 posted on 07/04/2008 8:04:06 AM PDT by littlehouse36 (This adjustable font brought to you by the free market.)
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To: jern
From Jessie's guiding principles... The United States of America must always measure its foreign policy against the faith guided tenets of our heritage, not against the vagaries of current opinion or selfish self-interest.
58 posted on 07/04/2008 8:04:15 AM PDT by Notasoccermom (.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
I like your tagline. I'm another conservative in Abbeville. Folks around town have been telling me that it is mostly Democrat (I'm new here). So, I guess there are at least two of us.

RIP, Jesse.

59 posted on 07/04/2008 8:04:44 AM PDT by PalmettoMason ("Ted Baxter" lost his credibility when he lied about FR & continues to let the lie stand!)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen
In his 1962 classic, Capitalism and Freedom, the Nobel-prize winning economist Milton Friedman rightly declared: "Government power must be dispersed. If government is to exercise power, better in the county than in the state, better in the state than in Washington. [Because] if I do not like what my local community does, I can move to another local community... [and] if I do not like what my state does, I can move to another. [But] if I do not like what Washington imposes, I have few alternatives in this world of jealous nations."

Nice speech. RIP Senator.
61 posted on 07/04/2008 8:05:45 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: lainie

“Passed on the 4th of July.”

The was m;y first thought, too. Totally fitting. Both Jefferson and John Adams also died on the Fourth ... fifty years after the signing of the Declaration.

My favorite thing Jesse did, or tried to do, was in the early-mid 80’s, suggesting a buyout or takover of CBS to get some conservative perspective in the media. Wonderful he lived to see cable and internet give the MSM a run for its money.


62 posted on 07/04/2008 8:06:59 AM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: jern

How fitting that he died on Independence Day - he was a true patriot and we certainly miss a man with principles these days.


63 posted on 07/04/2008 8:07:13 AM PDT by gramho12
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To: jern

We have virtually no stalwarts like him left today.

Try to explain him to a young person and they are all “but, he was a.....”

the social engineering left has thoroughly whipped our asses

brainwashed most conservatives as well

politics now can be judged on virtually one issue that affects only 11.8% of the population.


64 posted on 07/04/2008 8:10:17 AM PDT by wardaddy (these are dark days politically)
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To: jern
This is one reason the liberals hated him...I have tried at every point to seek God's wisdom on the decisions I made, and I made it my business to speak up on behalf of the things God tells us are important to Him. Jesse Helms
65 posted on 07/04/2008 8:10:46 AM PDT by Notasoccermom (.)
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To: jern
A great Man...we were fortunate to have him as long as we did.

Those in NC know just how good a Senator he was as Senator Helms' office helped a lot of individuals with problems from our government.

Commencement Address

66 posted on 07/04/2008 8:11:59 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Quix

May God bless him abundantly and encourage his family at this difficult time.


67 posted on 07/04/2008 8:12:25 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sruleoflaw

Schwarzeneggar has been about what I expected, or worse. It was sad that he was the only responsible choice a conservative could make at the time, as I explained at great length in a post devoted to that question. Sad state of affairs, when he’s the best viable candidate we can muster. Sad state, period.

And I don’t for the life of me see what that has to do with Helms’ passing. If you want an argument that Schwarzeneggar is no Helms, you’ll have to find someone other than me to argue with.


68 posted on 07/04/2008 8:13:26 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: jern

RIP to a great American and Patriot.


69 posted on 07/04/2008 8:15:12 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgement has come.)
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To: jern

On this Independence Day, may the Lord liberate His servant Jesse from all earthly cares, and welcome his spirit into His eternal Presence...

RIP, Mr. Helms


70 posted on 07/04/2008 8:17:58 AM PDT by mikrofon (No Yankee Doodle dandy, he.)
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To: jern

Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. will be recorded alongside the greatest senators in history like Daniel Webster and Henry Clay. He held his ground when lesser men and women played “go along to get along.” I’m sure that he will be shaking hands in heaven not only with the greatest U.S. Senators in histroy, but two other authors of liberty who crossed the bar to heaven on the 4th of July: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.


71 posted on 07/04/2008 8:19:10 AM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: metesky
As is to be expected, the discussion on Helms over at DU is getting ugly, and fast.
72 posted on 07/04/2008 8:19:27 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: jern
That was a patriot.
73 posted on 07/04/2008 8:19:49 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (We have people in power with desire for evil.)
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To: jern
Recalling the indispensable Senator No

74 posted on 07/04/2008 8:21:33 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: jern
What sad news to read on this Fourth of July.

Rest in Peace Senator Helms. My thoughts and prayers are with the good Senator's family today.

75 posted on 07/04/2008 8:22:04 AM PDT by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: tarheelswamprat
On the Fourth of July, as did John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

And James Monroe.

76 posted on 07/04/2008 8:25:14 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: jern

Godspeed Senator Helms. You have definately earned your rest in Heaven.


77 posted on 07/04/2008 8:25:58 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Soldier soon to be training other Army Soldiers)
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To: girlangler; jern

Thanks for the ping, Girl. Saddened to hear this, he was a great man.

May he Rest In Peace and God Bless his family.


78 posted on 07/04/2008 8:26:42 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jern

RIP, Senator Helms. Prayers for the family.


79 posted on 07/04/2008 8:26:50 AM PDT by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: Salvation

AMEN!


80 posted on 07/04/2008 8:26:50 AM PDT by Quix (WE HAVE THE OIL NOW http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3340274697167011147)
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To: weezel

Amen! Jesse Helms - a GIANT among our nation’s Senators - free from the corruption and selfish greed that dominates the US Senate today.

How we miss you, Senator Helms! How our nation needs more SERVANTS like you in our nation’s capital and our state’s capitals.

You embodied the very ideals of our founders, George Washington leading by his example in his day - of the citizen politician who did his job and then went home to be with his family.

Thanks to your love of our country and of our God, and of your life living out that love you had for both, millions today across this world live in freedom who were enslaved by communism.

You stood up and said, “NO”, to communism and along with President Reagan, whose election you helped ensure, the people of Poland, of Czechoslavakia, of East Germany, et all - and even the people of Russia - have had several decades of living out from the brutal boot of the communist thugs whom you so loathed.

You stood up and said “NO” effectively in the US Senate when most others of weaker stature and character would have folded to the waves of ridicule and criticism and liberal challengers who wanted to silence you and those whom you represented so well!

I am privileged to have known you since my youth and call your family friends. God bless and comfort all your beloveds today, especially your wife Dot.

May you be sharing the delight of all those who have gone before who are in the presence of our living, loving, Lord Jesus.

The world, our nation, our state, our city, our community have been made better by your having lived among us, with courage and boldness and a fierce love for freedom that touched multiplied millions. Your love of your fellow citizens of North Carolina, and your determination to serve them all, no matter what race, what gender, what economic level - was so effective that your example of what a U.S. Senator should be and do for his constituents is simply unmatched.

We love you, Jesse!


81 posted on 07/04/2008 8:29:32 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (communism killed 100 milion people in 20th century.only cause USA did not give it chance to succeed)
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To: jern

This is Reuters’ “tribute” to Jesse Helms:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Republican Sen. Jesse Helms, a leading conservative from North Carolina who served five terms in the Senate before retiring in 2003, has died, CNN said. He was 86.

Helms, a blunt-talking product of the Old South, was known as “Senator No” for opposing just about anything that obstructed his conservative view of the world.


That is their entire obituary.


82 posted on 07/04/2008 8:30:30 AM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: tarheelswamprat

Indeed, it is fitting for a patriot to die on the 4th of July.


83 posted on 07/04/2008 8:31:38 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: jern

May he rest in peace.


84 posted on 07/04/2008 8:34:11 AM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: jern

A man who did a lot of good things with his office. May he rest in peace.


85 posted on 07/04/2008 8:34:18 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.******)
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To: tarheelswamprat
On the Fourth of July, as did John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Yes. On the same day, 50 years to the day of the signing. I've always been astounded by that historical fact.

86 posted on 07/04/2008 8:34:54 AM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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hmmm...
these things come in 3s..
could the Grand Kleagle be next??
87 posted on 07/04/2008 8:35:21 AM PDT by evad (.!.)
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To: jern

The media and ivory tower spent decades trying to ruin him and his work by tying him to unsavory things, and they failed. RIP Mr Helms.


88 posted on 07/04/2008 8:35:43 AM PDT by M203M4 (True Universal Suffrage: Pets of dead illegal-immigrant felons voting Democrat (twice))
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To: jern

Stalwart patriot and senator...

Good and decent man.


89 posted on 07/04/2008 8:36:39 AM PDT by txrangerette (Just say "no" to the Obama Cult.)
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To: WilliamReading

Reuters = scum


90 posted on 07/04/2008 8:38:38 AM PDT by txrangerette (Just say "no" to the Obama Cult.)
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To: jern

Well done, thy good and faithful servant. Enter into thy rest that hast been prepared for thee.

Thank you, Lord, for Jesse Alexander Helms. Bless him for standing for what is right and true.

Thank You for giving him to us in trying times.

Please send more like him. We have no one in the US Senate of his caliber.

And thank You, that like Jefferson and John Adams, he went Home on the day that meant so much to him—the Fourth of July.

We got the message.


91 posted on 07/04/2008 8:39:02 AM PDT by exit82 (Are the environmentalists gonna pay my heating bill this winter?)
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To: good old days

So happy to hear that report from you on seeing Senator Helms in the nursing home where he spent his last few years. Yes, indeed, Senator Helms knew and loved his Savior Jesus Christ and reflected the joy of knowing HIM and serving HIM all through his life.

May his family rejoice in their knowledge that this giant of a man, this champion of freedom from communist butchery and from the damage that liberalism/socialism has done to this nation and to the world, was also their loving, doting grandfather, father, husband, uncle, brother - and that he was a shining witness to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ...right up to his last days on this earth.

Well done, Senator Helms, good and faithful servant of your Lord.


92 posted on 07/04/2008 8:39:49 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (communism killed 100 milion people in 20th century.only cause USA did not give it chance to succeed)
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To: jern
Rest in peace Senator Helms



On Oct. 26, 1982, President Reagan joined Sen. Jesse Helms at the Raleigh Civic Center to bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on singer Kate Smith, who lived in Raleigh.
93 posted on 07/04/2008 8:40:22 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: jern

A decent and courageous man.

One of the good guys.

RIP, Mr. Helms.


94 posted on 07/04/2008 8:40:22 AM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: jern

I am sorry to hear this.


95 posted on 07/04/2008 8:40:23 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Bahamas!)
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To: jern

RIP Jesse Helms.

A fitting day for a great conservative and great American to pass on.


96 posted on 07/04/2008 8:43:20 AM PDT by Reagan Man ( McCain Wants My Conservative Vote in November --- EARN IT or NO DEAL !!!)
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To: metesky

The left are already out calling him a racist..


97 posted on 07/04/2008 8:48:09 AM PDT by YankeeMagic
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To: jern

On the 4th of July. Appropriate.


98 posted on 07/04/2008 8:48:39 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: LS

I think I am going to cry. What a great American. He was an inspiration to me as a young conservative in the 1970s and 80s. He always stood up to Soviet tyranny and I will forever admire him for that. He loved his country so it is indeed appropriate he be called from this life on Independence Day.


99 posted on 07/04/2008 8:50:15 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: All

Prayers for the family....


100 posted on 07/04/2008 8:50:25 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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