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Jesse Helms Dead at 86

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Posted on Jul 4, 2008
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Helms, originally a Democrat, switched his partisan affiliation to Republican during the civil rights debates of the 1960s.

White separatist, U.S. senator, GOP darling and otherwise racist stalwart Jesse Helms died Friday after a bout with both metaphorical and actual heart problems. For his supporters and detractors, Helms’ persona as a race-baiting Southern politician defined many debates around civil rights in the 1960s.


The L.A. Times:

Jesse Helms, the former U.S. senator from North Carolina who for half a century infuriated liberals with his race-baiting campaign tactics and presidents of both parties with his use of senatorial privilege, died today. He was 86.

Helms, who won election to the Senate five times before retiring in 2003, died in Raleigh, N.C., of natural causes, his former chief of staff, Jimmy Broughton, told the Associated Press.

A registered Democrat in the years before he ran for the Senate in 1972, Helms was not the only Southerner of his generation to defect to the GOP after his party championed the cause of civil rights and, as he put it, “veered so far to the left nationally.” Nor was he, at his death, the only politician defending the traditional values of a rural South that had long since been suburbanized.

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By jamesnimmo, July 10, 2008 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

Jesse Helms, now deceased, the role model for Sally Kern? 

(OKLAHOMA CITY) “Jesse Helms is DEAD—Arch Homophobe Goes to Just Reward!!!”

This is the headline I gave recently to a posting from the New York Times I made on a yahoo group.  A criticism leveled at me about this choice of words was that I was no better than Sally Kern and even though Helms was not generous to our LGBT cause he deserved respect as a human being. 

I have to ask in this dawning of the age of Orwellian newspeak aren’t adults still responsible for their words and actions unless it can be proven the adult in question is mentally deranged or under the influence of reality-altering substances?

Former Republican Senator Jesse Helms, from North Carolina, was a vociferous, vocal, vehement homo-hater (probably first among his favorite hatreds, with African-Americans being a close second) and he died earlier this month on the Fourth of July, the same day as Presidents Adams, Jefferson and Monroe.  Tell me the sky gods and goddesses don’t love campy humor!!

In the 1980’s on the floor of the Senate Helms lead the fight against adequate AIDS-HIV funding, among other anti-gay gambits, for education when it would have made a difference in getting the news out about this deadly disease and what was known about it at the time.  Remember that even President Reagan wouldn’t say the “A” word until the last of his eight years in office.

The only equality Helms showed in his lifetime was his balanced disdain for all minorities, be it gender, skin color, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.

As many of us know from the now famous YouTube video monologue, Oklahma Republican Rep. Sally Kern has blasted gays as being worse than terrorists and Islam.  She further amplified her analogy by comparing gays to toe cancer.

I have to wonder if Mrs. Kern used Senator Helms as a role model for her own intemperate remarks which she is sticking to as a tick sticks to your groin.

It’s odd she never, ever, says the “L” word referring to lesbians.  What are we to make of that?  Does she approve of the same-gender female sexual orientation?  If she could have her own way, oh Lord, would she only outlaw man-to-man sex?  I’ll leave that interpretaton to the licensed psychiatrists. 

I think one important difference between Kern, Helms, and myself is that I’m not advocating mental or physical violence or defamation against anyone.

Nor am I comparing Kern or Helms to disagreeable diseases or activities that bring death and suffering to innocent people who only want to live a life much as others do, that is with security, responsibilities, and the benefits of the laws, justly drafted and upheld.

I’m only advocating for the full equality and protection of the law, both Federally and in the 50 states, for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation or gender presentation. 

What bible-bangers pound in their own or others privacy is none of my business and I want them to leave me and my LGBT brothers and sisters alone!

But I can and will continue to comment on the actions of our LGBT movement’s enemies, be they alive or dead, which they knowingly make, despite available knowledge that shows them to be as wrong as a sharp stick in the eye. 

If our enemies prefer to stick their heads where the sun doesn’t shine and remain ignorant, promoting this ignorance as the final word of their religious belief, insisting that this medieval dogma be passed into civil law, than I will speak and peacefully act out my firm disagreement.

The glass homophobic ceilings built by the backwardly religious or the double-speaking politicians and candidates of any party won’t break unless they’re pushed.

It’s up to us and our allies to apply that pressure until the ceiling becomes a kaleidoscope.

It won’t be done by others; it has to be done by us!

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By jamesnimmo, July 10, 2008 at 11:01 am Link to this comment

Jesse Helms, now deceased, the role model for Sally Kern?

(OKLAHOMA CITY) “Jesse Helms is DEAD—Arch Homophobe Goes to Just Reward!!!”

This is the headline I gave recently to a posting from the New York Times I made on a yahoo group.  A criticism leveled at me about this choice of words was that I was no better than Sally Kern and even though Helms was not generous to our LGBT cause he deserved respect as a human being. 

I have to ask in this dawning of the age of Orwellian newspeak aren’t adults still responsible for their words and actions unless it can be proven the adult in question is mentally deranged or under the influence of reality-altering substances?

Former Republican Senator Jesse Helms, from North Carolina, was a vociferous, vocal, vehement homo-hater (probably first among his favorite hatreds, with African-Americans being a close second) and he died earlier this month on the Fourth of July, the same day as Presidents Adams, Jefferson and Monroe.  Tell me the sky gods and goddesses don’t love campy humor!!

In the 1980’s on the floor of the Senate Helms lead the fight against adequate AIDS-HIV funding, among other anti-gay gambits, for education when it would have made a difference in getting the news out about this deadly disease and what was known about it at the time.  Remember that even President Reagan wouldn’t say the “A” word until the last of his eight years in office.

The only equality Helms showed in his lifetime was his balanced disdain for all minorities, be it gender, skin color, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.

As many of us know from the now famous YouTube video monologue, Oklahma Republican Rep. Sally Kern has blasted gays as being worse than terrorists and Islam.  She further amplified her analogy by comparing gays to toe cancer.

I have to wonder if Mrs. Kern used Senator Helms as a role model for her own intemperate remarks which she is sticking to as a tick sticks to your groin.

It’s odd she never, ever, says the “L” word referring to lesbians.  What are we to make of that?  Does she approve of the same-gender female sexual orientation?  If she could have her own way, oh Lord, would she only outlaw man-to-man sex?  I’ll leave that interpretaton to the licensed psychiatrists. 

I think one important difference between Kern, Helms, and myself is that I’m not advocating mental or physical violence or defamation against anyone.

Nor am I comparing Kern or Helms to disagreeable diseases or activities that bring death and suffering to innocent people who only want to live a life much as others do, that is with security, responsibilities, and the benefits of the laws, justly drafted and upheld.

I’m only advocating for the full equality and protection of the law, both Federally and in the 50 states, for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation or gender presentation. 

What bible-bangers pound in their own or others privacy is none of my business and I want them to leave me and my LGBT brothers and sisters alone!

But I can and will continue to comment on the actions of our LGBT movement’s enemies, be they alive or dead, which they knowingly make, despite available knowledge that shows them to be as wrong as a sharp stick in the eye. 

If our enemies prefer to stick their heads where the sun doesn’t shine and remain ignorant, promoting this ignorance as the final word of their religious belief, insisting that this medieval dogma be passed into civil law, than I will speak and peacefully act out my firm disagreement.

The glass homophobic ceilings built by the backwardly religious or the double-speaking politicians and candidates of any party won’t break unless they’re pushed.

It’s up to us and our allies to apply that pressure until the ceiling becomes a kaleidoscope.

It won’t be done by others; it has to be done by us!

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By PatrickHenry, July 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

re: Conservative Yankee, July 9 at 11:49 am #

You got me there.

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By Conservative Yankee, July 9, 2008 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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By PatrickHenry, July 7 at 5:30 pm #

“As long as “senior” members chair comittees which affect legislation which affects me, then yes I do care about how long other states senators serve.”

The above is the reason you will never see me post as “liberal Yankee” the hyprocracies about “freedoms” and “rights” are just wondow-dresing for these folks.

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By Canis Lupus, July 9, 2008 at 12:01 am Link to this comment
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Jessie was a peice of human garbage so vile that it makes me wonder how a loving God could allow such a thing to live so long.  Jessie Helms was the embodiment of hate in all its most antisocially malignant forms.  Jessie Helms was no southern gentleman he was an misantropic activist whose every word, thought, deed and poluted society and its body politic.  Why the very air about Jessie Helms stank of the rotting corpses that were the strange fruit hanging from southern trees of which Billy Holiday sung.

If Jessie Helms is not right this minute roasting for eternity in the fires of hell like muffins and kippers then there is no good reason to have a devil at all.  Jessie Helms was a most evil social parasite for which his death was the only true cure.  Sure there will be those who will pick up the banner of evil and in so doing they will hold the innocent blood soaked standard that was his life up high in empty praise.  But let me not be inhumane.  Even in death a man must do some good and Jessie Helms is no exception.  In death Jessie Helms if finally doing one good thing.  In death the ugly bloated body of Jessie Helms rots feeding Earth’s wee organisms.  What joy to know feasting themselves are maggots, worms and bacteria all of which proved to be far more educated compassionate forms of life than Jessie ever was in life.

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By cyrena, July 8, 2008 at 12:04 am Link to this comment

rage re# 167546

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By Ed, July 5 at 5:36 pm # “I wonder if the possibility of a black president was just too much for the old fellow?”

“Well, first this young dark uppity Muslim, with his white-hating, Jesus twisting ways, from plum outta nowhere and nearly out the world, publicly whipped a good white woman, WITH WHITE SUPPORT, of all things unholy! Now, them dammed Democrats are turning that black demon loose on an old defenseless sinile white veteran of foreign aggression for what the good Lawd said was America’s by Divine mandate of Manifest Destiny and God’s Divine Will!”

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rage, this is absolutely hilarious. I can’t stop laughing. I’ve sent it around to everyone I know. smile

Thanks…

Ed, look what you started…too funny…

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By Shenonymous, July 7, 2008 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment

Just adding another voice to the tribute.  Somebody recently emailed me that Helms had died.  Of course I’d already heard about it on the news the day of his death.  The comment was made that he was 86 years old and that he lived 85 years longer than he should have, which I thought was prrettttty generous.  Seems like he lived 86 years longer than he should have.  There is no rejoicing that a zero of a person lived or died.  We do know a hefty portion of racism and bigotry died right with him.  So that’s a double plus for America.

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By PatrickHenry, July 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment

re: Conservative Yankee, July 7 at 3:07 pm #

As long as “senior” members chair comittees which affect legislation which affects me, then yes I do care about how long other states senators serve.

I still believe the 17th amendment was wrong and states legislators should elect and replace senators.

I wish San Francisco would get rid of Pelosi and we can get on with impeachment.

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By Conservative Yankee, July 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment
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By PatrickHenry, July 7 at 1:13 pm #

“term limits and mandatory retirement are needed to get America moving again and to flush out entrenched encumbents who are owing to various PAC’s for their continuing existence.


We have “term limits… Every election. What you are really saying is “Those guys in Maine elected Senators I don’t care for, and I have no way of getting them out of office…. They are called “Maine’s Senators” for a reason.. AND personally, I hope they will be there for life!

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By rage, July 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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By Ed, July 5 at 5:36 pm # “I wonder if the possibility of a black president was just too much for the old fellow?”

Well, first this young dark uppity Muslim, with his white-hating, Jesus twisting ways, from plum outta nowhere and nearly out the world, publicly whipped a good white woman, WITH WHITE SUPPORT, of all things unholy! Now, them dammed Democrats are turning that black demon loose on an old defenseless sinile white veteran of foreign aggression for what the good Lawd said was America’s by Divine mandate of Manifest Destiny and God’s Divine Will! Helms just couldn’t get over how a bunch of filthy pagan, Prius driving, Birkenstock wearing, war hating, Brie eating, pot smoking, tree hugging, elist hippies could let the likes of this terrorist rascal be the President of our beloved United States of America! Land’s sake!!! It’s called the White House for a good damn reason!!!

Helms shouted at God, “OVER MY DEAD BODY!!!!”

God shouted right back,“As you like! OBAMA 2008!”

RIP, Jesse, RIP!

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By PatrickHenry, July 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

Damn, I though Jesse was still in power as nothing has changed.  You would think new blood in office would affect some change.

I always thought Helms was in the same league as Sharon, pull the plug tomorrow and I would happily toast their passing. 

Helms had dementia while in office, and he, Strom, Byrd, Dole, Hatch, Lott and yes, Kennedy amongst many others have proven to me that term limits and mandatory retirement are needed to get America moving again and to flush out entrenched encumbents who are owing to various PAC’s for their continuing existence.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 7, 2008 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

The Shepherd, July 7 at 7:09 am #

Inherit, so all you have to do is say your sorry and all is well?
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Want me to get philosophical here? OK. There’s only two meaningful things you can say about a dead person.

1) What did he/she do that we can learn from to repeat or do more of?

2) What did he/she do that we can learn from to NOT repeat and do less of?

Rejoice in someone dying? Not my style. I leave that for the Klukkers and the right-wing-nuts and the religious fanatics who all claim “God” is on their side for whatever it is they want to force me to do or take from me.

Remember the old show “Kung Fu” where Kwai-Chang Cane says: “The taking of a life does no one honor”? I can’t see how anyone gets pleasure from another’s death.  I understand it bringing relief, but not pleasure.  In Jesse Helms’s case, he had been senile for 2 years, and out of power for 6.

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By JW, July 7, 2008 at 6:01 am Link to this comment
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In the words of Moms Mabley: “You shouldn’t say anything bad about the dead; he’s dead, good.

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By cyrena, July 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

By Ed, July 5 at 5:36 pm #
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I wonder if the possibility of a black president was just too much for the old fellow?

Ed
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Ed, thanks for the chuckle. (actually, I laughed out loud). smile

Yep, that might have done it. Wonder if it would work as well with the younger racists?

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By Lewis Beyman, July 6, 2008 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment
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>  but what good is hatred?

Honesty?

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By troublesum, July 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

I don’t mean to say that there was anything funny about Helms’ racism.  If I had lived in NC during his senate career I couldn’t have voted for him but what good is hatred?

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By Inherit The Wind, July 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment

The Shepherd, July 6 at 9:00 am #

What about the good ole Robert Byrd, grand wizard of the KKK, oh yea that’s right he is a Dem. so past ills are allowed… hippocrate asses..
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I don’t recall Sen. Helms recanting the way Sen. Byrd did.  I do remember Sen. Helms coyly saying both his Senate and campaign staff were lily-white because no Black person in North Carolina agreed with him on anything.

So….where’s the hypocrisy?

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By troublesum, July 6, 2008 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment

I’m sorry to upset most of the people here but to me Helms was a comic figure.  There was the NEA debate and another thing that stands out in my memory was his questioning of Pamela Harriman during her confirmation hearings for the post of ambassador to France.  She had noted her membership in the Monet Society an organization dedicated to the restoration of the artist’s home in France.  Helms mistook the group for some radical left wing group with a similar name and started one of his harangues.  It took some time to convince him that there really was an artist named Monet who lived in France…  Mark Twain would have loved Helms.

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By rowdy, July 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

just read an article in the times about energy and repub efforts to derail higher mileage for cars. the end of the article has this.                              An article today in Sunday Business about missed opportunities to reduce America’s dependence on imported oil refers to a 1990 effort by Senator Jesse Helms, Republican of North Carolina, to block higher mileage requirements for vehicles and notes that Mr. Helms did not return calls seeking comment. The section went to press on Thursday, before Mr. Helms’s death Friday morning.

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By Paul, July 6, 2008 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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Shepherd,

A few facts:

Byrd was never a Grand Wizard of the KKK. He was at one time a leader of his local chapter.

Byrd came to regret, accept responsibility for, and apologize for his involvement with the Klan…

“I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times… and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.” - Robert Byrd, 2005

I don’t ever recall Jesse Helms making an apology for any of his actions, but then Republicans always seem to be very sure of their own moral superiority—and are always eager to apply it to others in a very selective and convenient manner.

(Recall how “selectively” and “conveniently” unappalled they were over Larry Craig, or that other guy with the Congressional interns?)

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By Paul, July 6, 2008 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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I really enjoy listening to Republicans praise Helms. It’s hilarious to watch them give accolades and unquestioning loyalty to another one of the many hate-filled incompetent ignoramuses that ultimately destroyed the Republican party. Arrogance is a blinding poison—and the Republicans have swallowed an adult dose.

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By Marc Schlee, July 5, 2008 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment
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LIBERATE AMERICA

DIRECT DEMOCRACY

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By Ed, July 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder if the possibility of a black president was just too much for the old fellow? 

Ed
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By prthatrocksdotcom, July 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

A good start!

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By truthreader3, July 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, he was civil to his clleagues and adobpted a special needs child but his policies, attitudes
and racism hurt millions.

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By BobZ, July 5, 2008 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

I about gagged yesterday when someone referred to Helms as a “great American”. He was the worst of the worst in American politics. His obituary had a litany of the issues he was on the wrong side of and it was amazing. He may as well have been a slave owner. What does it say a about a state that continued to elect this man? The world is better off without men like Helms.

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By well..., July 5, 2008 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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If you’d rather not speak ill of the dead, take this moment to reflect on the great ill of a country where a “moderate” Republican state would vote a man like this into office again and again for over three decades.

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By dick, July 5, 2008 at 8:29 am Link to this comment
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I never thought of him as someone to look up to. He had some admirable qualities, but in balance, was not a person of sterling character, but rather the typical politician.

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By Grousefeather, July 5, 2008 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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It’s a waste of time and effort to list the numerous ways that Jesse Helms disgraced our country. There’s very few men in politics who have given us more to be ashamed of than he has. But, in the final analysis it’s not really about Jesse Helms, it’s about the people of North Carolina. What’s wrong with with the people of North Carolina that they could elect such a moral cripple and intellectual midget over and over and over again?

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By Eric Barth, July 5, 2008 at 6:54 am Link to this comment
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Where to begin with the story of this despicable human being. The last thing I remember about Helms when he was in the Senate was his tightening of the Cuban embargo so as to bring continued misery and hardship to the Cuban people. This is the guy that Ronald (Morning in America) Reagan was so close to. The only thing you can say is that at least he was publicly honest about his racism (unlike Strom Thurmond or George Wallace)to the very end. I’m not a believer in supernaturlism, so I don’t believe he will be burning in Hell. Oh well.

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By Conservative Yankee, July 5, 2008 at 5:42 am Link to this comment
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A month before my 21st Birthday, Sirhan Sirhan shot Robert Kennedy in Los Angles.

I was working for a close family friend who happened to be a Republican, in New York City.  This man (who was also my Godfather) said “Thank God that socialist is gone. I walked out of his office without giving him notice, and never spoke to him again. ..

Jesse is dead, his influence has long-since ceased to be a factor, his death should be irrelevant to his enemies, and only a concern to his family, It is a (undeserved IMHO) tribute to his legacy that so many of you see this man as still important enough to pillory.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 5, 2008 at 4:12 am Link to this comment

Outraged, July 4 at 9:23 pm #

I’m curious…why “shouldn’t” we speak ill of the dead…?  I’m glad Hitler and Mussolini are dead. In fact many, many, many, many others.  History has shown their detriment to society..so enlighten me..where’s the downside?
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At least wait until the family buries the guy.

There’s a time and place for everything—like at the dinner table you don’t talk about vomiting and excrement (at least not at MY table!)

At some point, usually a year or more after the person dies, historical analysis can begin and should be disinterested.

Of course, politicians then become iconic—notice that Republicans like to hold up Reagan as “ideal” but not Nixon, though Nixon was probably more competent.

As for Hitler, he was our enemy and we were at war with him when he died.  Even when Stalin died our leaders expressed sympathies.

Ask me in a year what I thought of Sen. Helms.

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By cyrena, July 5, 2008 at 1:11 am Link to this comment

ITW..

•  “When I was 8 years old and in 3rd grade, John F. Kennedy was murdered.  A boy named “Jason Geofreyman” (not his real name) said “Good! I’m glad he was shot.  My parents voted for Nixon anyway!” Little “Jason” was lucky to survive that afternoon.”

With only very minor changes in the details, this exact same thing happened to me..at school, the day after Martin Luther King was assassinated. I was in the 9th grade, and a 12th grader in my first period class that morning, (speech/debate class) said of MLK’s death, “Oh, no great loss”. I would have cheerfully ripped her a new one, and was working up to that when the teacher walked in. That’s the ONLY thing that saved her ignorant ass, and probably mine as well. If anybody was likely to get into hot water behind that, it would have been ME. That’s just the way it was.

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By Outraged, July 4, 2008 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment

I’m curious…why “shouldn’t” we speak ill of the dead…?  I’m glad Hitler and Mussolini are dead. In fact many, many, many, many others.  History has shown their detriment to society..so enlighten me..where’s the downside?

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By Inherit The Wind, July 4, 2008 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

When I was 8 years old and in 3rd grade, John F. Kennedy was murdered.  A boy named “Jason Geofreyman” (not his real name) said “Good! I’m glad he was shot.  My parents voted for Nixon anyway!”  Little “Jason” was lucky to survive that afternoon.

I thought he was a turd and my opinion never wavered through to HS graduation, after which I never saw him again.

Fidel Castro said after the assassination something to the effect that only a fool would rejoice, because systems, not men are the enemy.

I refuse to rejoice in Jesse Helms’s death. I despised the man when he was alive, voted against him in 1978 (when he outspent his opponent by 28x and won by 3 or 4%, and I lived in NC) and could not understand HOW he could be re-elected.  But it’s not a condemnation of Helms, rather of NC for electing him.

Just like it’s every American’s fault that George W. Bush is president, even if he stole both elections, WE LET HIM!

So I won’t cheer Helms’s death. I expect, for his family, it’s a relief since he’s been senile for 2 years and out of politics for 6.

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By lodipete, July 4, 2008 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

RIP Jesse! Rot In Perdition….....4 EVER!!!!!

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By sns, July 4, 2008 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment
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So long you smelly SOB.

Too bad the best religious guilt trip construct isn’t a reality because Helms would freeze for an eternity and it’d still not be enough punishment.

Oh well at least the bastard is finally dead.

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By Alejandro, July 4, 2008 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment
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Best we forget about Mr. Helms. May God have mercy on his soul and lets get on with the business of cleaning up the cesspool in our Capital, and I mean both Republican and Democrats. They are all dirty and have our nations sons and daughters blood on their hands. We need a Hero and it isn’t Obama nor McCain. They are both chameleons.

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By Paul, July 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment
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Helms was always ready to drag the name of Jesus through the mud in order to bestow an alleged righteousness to his hate-filled missions. A disgrace to the state and people of North Carolina.

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By dale Headley, July 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment
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Jesse Helms was alive?

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By Spinoza750, July 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

HOW SHOULD PEOPLE BE JUDGED?

By what they have contributed to the betterment of mankind.  This man harmed people on purpose as part of his ideology. Probably people should dance on his grave.

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By troublesum, July 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on tv was
Jesse Helms on the senate floor inveighing against re-enactment of the NEA.  He was distressed about funding for performance art, much of which he considered obscene.  He described an example of performance art which had been funded by a grant from the NEA and consisted of a woman covered head to foot in chocolate while a man performed a body cavity search on her.  He called it a “gynecological examination” and got hung up on the pronunciation of “gynecological.”  He was an American original.

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By Lytton, July 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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Ah, the smugness of the morally self-righteous. Throw in 2-3 trigger words like ‘separatist’, ‘race baiting’  and ‘civil rights’, and you start foaming at the mouth on queue like pit bulls off your leashes. As if any of you had the balls to do something that wasn’t politically correct and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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By xyzaffair, July 4, 2008 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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I guess he’s up (or down) there whistlin’ Dixie.

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By Ed Harges, July 4, 2008 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

Rid at last, rid at last, great God almighty we’re rid at last!

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By rowdy, July 4, 2008 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

i feel the same sense of loss,i feel every time i watch the brown banana swirl to the bottom of the bowl and down the sewer. let’s just flush this turd too.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 4, 2008 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

It appears to be the only way to unseat encumbents now days.
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Helms hasn’t been in office since 2002…for the last 2 years he’s been in a home for senile dementia. 

I hate to speak ill of the dead, even though it just got hotter today…...  I’ve been trying to find something nice to say about him and I found this:

Helms and his wife, Dorothy, had two daughters and a son. They adopted the boy in 1962 after the child, 9 years old and suffering from cerebral palsy, said in a newspaper article that he wanted parents.

I have enormous respect for ANYONE who adopts, but especially adopting a Special Needs child.

He was also reputed to be very gentlemanly to his colleagues even when they were vehemently opposed to him.

He also worked with Jim Hunt to save the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Since I can’t think of anything else nice to say about Jesse Helms I’ll just extend my condolences to his family.

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By Chapeau, July 4, 2008 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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What a waste. 

This is truly a funeral that deserves to be picketed by those lunatics from Westboro Baptist Church.

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By Fadel Abdallah, July 4, 2008 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

Good riddance! I hope he will end in the “eternal inferno” his policies and ideology have caused many unfortunate people to suffer in this world of mortals.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, July 4, 2008 at 10:24 am Link to this comment

I can only hope Jesus puts him into rehab and therapy when Helms gets up there.  A dead life is a terrible thing to waste.

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By PatrickHenry, July 4, 2008 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

It appears to be the only way to unseat encumbents now days.

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