Jesse Helms Remembered
Posted by Ryan on July 7, 2008
It was very difficult writing any post that would push down Catherine Bell from front-and-center, but Marc Thiessen writes an informative piece today putting the late Conservative icon, North Carolinian Senator Jesse Helms (1921-2008), into a meaningful and positive historical context. He was a Conservative before it was popular even amongst Republicans, and was sometimes the only vote for or against certain issues.
I remember back in the 1990s, how Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond were incessantly used by the Left as examples about how racist and intolerant Republicans are (no mention from the Left about their hero, Robert Byrd, the current Senate Pro-temp and only member of Congress who used to actively recruit for the Ku Klux Klan!).
I miss those days when the Republicans were in charge of Congress and the old guys like Jesse Helms were keeping it real, getting bipartisan support on many conservative issues, allowing wiggle room for the Republican leadership back then. In the 1980s, he even criticized Reagan about adjusting taxes upward on occasion. That’s hard-core… and poetic that he died on the Fourth of July! Jesse Helm’s unabashed conservatism will be missed, as it is being less and less observed in DC these days.