Skip to comments.U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms has died
Posted on 07/04/2008 7:30:57 AM PDT by jern
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Prayers for his eternal rest, and for the comfort and consolation of his friends and family.
Had Fox on earlier and they had a lot about Senator Helms.
Agree with your observation.
Thanks for all the comments - off to do the July 4th dinner preparations.
So glad God saw fit to bring Jesse Helms to heaven on July 4th!
God is good and has a great sense of humor!
Take THAT you haters of God and haters of goodness and haters of freedom!
Here’s a few of those firebrand comments from Senator Helms (RIP):
“The destruction of this country can be pinpointed in terms of its beginnings to the time that our political leadership turned to socialism. They didn’t call it socialism, of course. It was given deceptive names and adorned with fancy slogans. We heard about New Deals, and Fair Deals and New Frontiers and the Great Society.”
“Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?”
Conservatism is a hard choice for a society that has become accustomed to big government and big entitlements promoted by liberals .I became a Republican when a very wise young lady asked me how I could remain a Democrat when I didn’t agree with what they stood for and did agree with what the Republicans supported.
Really it was the Silent Majority of North Carolina that kept sending Senator Helms back to the Senate. The lunatic left was the LOUD minority that tried to keep him from going back.
Jesse Helms was a great man and a great conservative. He protected American citizens’ rights and fought the traitorous liberals throughout his long and distinguished career. I hope he’s having a great reunion with Ronaldus Magnus. May God bless and comfort his grieving family.
How fitting! Like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Will miss him. His speech to the UN was the greatest.
I saw that at the DNC Times of Los Angeles (talk show host Larry Elder's description of the L.A. Times). Outside of their sports section (except when they talk about Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens) and their Sunday ads and coupons, there ain't a damn reason to buy that fishwrap.
RIP. Wasn’t as old as I expected.
God Bless a true patriot of our time.
Thank you for dedicating your life to serving our Nation so well, Senator Jesse Helms. May you Rest in Peace now.
Thank you for that keeper.
His death is a loss to all who benefitted from his service to the country. Still, it’s fitting that his last day on Earth was July 4. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d wanted it that way.
It is definitely the end of an era.
One of the greats has passed on.
I offer a slightly sarcastic tribute but one that comes from my heart and exemplifies those to whom Jesse was a thorn in their side.
“Run Jesse Run”
In 1978 I took part in my first election and had the privilege of voting for Sen. Helms. He had a long, distinguished and honorable life. I will mourn his passing but I will also celebrate his many accomplishments.
Just like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
The LA Times has a front page story where they just SHRED him apart. There are 22 comments on the story and all but one support the story.
Typical LA Times garbage.
Helms stood like a rock against the Martin Luther King Holiday.
He knew the things our whole population deserves to know from the politics of MLK to the scandalous side of King’s life. Why shouldn’t the people be told since they know about Bill Clinton’s affairs, Jefferson with the slave etc?
Lets not forget to tell them because the public education system’s racial brainwashing sessions never end.
Jesse Helms can rest in peace for a job well done.
Helms was a gentleman. He Paul Wellstone disagreed on just about everything politically, but they ate lunch together and went to each other’s family picnics and became good friends.
Helms made a point of going to Wellstone’s funeral even though he knew the kind of reception he would get. The disgrace was shown on national TV.
"We'll never forget how he battled, especially during those
first lonely years, to protect our liberties, preserve our family
values and keep America strong. There he was, standing
day after day to a government Goliath, crying out like a
voice in the wilderness. Bit by bit, he became more than a
lonely crusader. He grew into a lionhearted leader of a
great and growing army." --Ronald Reagan, 1983
Rest in Peace, Senator.
Bump to your comments...RIP
How fitting that he died on July 4. He was America’s greatest statesman of the second half of the 20th century, and I believe that (though he may have been wrong on the “fairness doctrine”).
Also James Madison, isn’t it — 1836?
Though it is easy to become irritated with voters in nearly all states because of their liberal tendencies, I always hold back on attacking NC, for they gave us thirty years of Helms.
Senator Helms, you will, indeed be missed...
I thought of that, and then “Free at Last” came to mind.
Perhaps an ominous omen.. that this American patriot and defender of life and liberty ends his days on Independence Day.
Oh, I mis-remembered. The campaign sticker said: “Give ‘em Helms, Jesse!” Sorry ‘bout that.
I turned 18 in 1984 and cast my first vote that November. I cast my first ever vote for President Ronald Reagan. The next race on the ballot was for US Senate (Helms vs. Hunt) and Sen. Helms received that vote. Does it get any better for your first ever votes to go to President Reagan and Sen. Helms?!
All the other votes I have cast since that day pale in comparison...
I had the honor to meet Sen. Helms on a few occasions and he was a good, honorable and decent man. America lost a true patriot today.
Jesse Helms put Sister Boom Boom and the San Francisco gays in the middle of his commercials against Jim Hunt in 1984. He ran the famous “hands” commercial in 1990. The left screeched and squalled. The media showed their fangs and campaigned for his opponents. He took their best shots. He beat “them,” meaning the political left’s establishment of evil and wickedness every single time.
In 1976, Gerald Ford had beaten Ronald Reagan in every single presidential primary. Ford was smugly repeating at campaign stops that Reagan should pull out of the race. Jesse Helms toured North Carolina with the Gipper, using the resources of his famed Congressional Club. Reagan won the NC primary, and beat Ford regularly from there on, barely losing at the convention.
The Gipper returned the favor. In 1984, the libs thought they had the good senator beaten at last. Jim Hunt was a very popular Democrat, a supposed centrist with a national following who had raised money from New York to San Francisco to defeat Jesse Helms. All year long, NPR ran interview with so called Republicans voting for both Jim Hunt and for Reagan. It was nothing but the usual media cheerleading for Democrats.
But as the Reagan tide began to build, Hunt made a prophetic statement. “If Mondale doesn't keep it under a twenty point loss, I'll lose. Every point over twenty is one point between Jesse and me.” Reagan won the state by 26 points, and swept Jesse Helms home by six, just as Hunt had predicted. Dan Rather publicly snarled when he announced the results. After one of his wins, Old Jesse gave it back, saying, “Hello Mr. Rather. Is tonight a good night for ya?”
The media will heap their snide and cruel insults into their stories. We won't get a week of tributes and accolades like when Ford or Tim Russert passed. When Ted Kennedy dies not only will we never hear the end of “the liberal lion” and such rot, but some liberals will probably gather at the grave to see if he rises on the third day.
I remember my late grandmother's opinion, “I vote for Jesse Helms because he's a Christian man.” The people of the towns and small cities of North Carolina never failed to come out for him, because he was for them.
Rest in peace, Senator. Say hello to the Gipper for all of us. We are eternally grateful.
Your words described perfectly what I felt and knew about this great man. We lost a true patriot today. He was a giant among men.
As a lifelong North Carolinian I am eternally grateful for President Reagan and Sen. Helms. Well done gentleman.
Truly the greatest Senator in the 20th century and a political hero. Prayers for Mr. Helms and his family.
Most apropos indeed.
A better comparison than Ted would be to watch the coverage when Robert (KKK Grand Wizard) Byrd dies. I can see it now-”He was a great statesman”.
Truly a great hero and leader. G-d rest his valiant soul.
OK, So Chapel Hill excluded.............
Sometimes polarization is not only desireable --- but essential!
That's what separates leaders from politicians.
I had forgotten that Helms was the catalyst that triggered that revealing face of kinder, gentler "progressive" socialism...
Perhaps in some cases. But the point is that the driveby media had that drivel up as soon as the news broke. And they would never eulogize a democrap in such a passive-agressive accusatory manner.
I've got to confess to a lifelong affection for Senator Byrd.
Of course, I need also to confess that I developed a deep affection for Foghorn Leghorn first.
I am certain there's a connection there.