Former Sen. Jesse Helms dies at 86

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    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Former Republican Sen. Jesse Helms, a leading conservative from North Carolina who served 30 years in the Senate before retiring in 2003, has died, the Jesse Helms Center said Friday. He was 86.

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    Despite what the nation thought of Mr. Helms he was well liked here in southeastern North Carolina. God bless him and his family. :praying:

    He joins a list of historical American figures who have passed on July 4. Remember that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826. President James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.
     
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    I can remember, as a child watching the new t.v. with my grandparents.....they loved to watch the Jessie Helms editorials,....... I think it was on WRAL TV. My granddaddy, in his 80's and 90's, changed from Democrat to Republican during that time, saying the National Democrat Party had left the Democratic values...

    Guess what goes around....comes around: Now I say the same about the Republican Party....... and the Democrat Party...... not a whits worth of difference in where they're leading our country!

    Helms was very hard and rigid on some issues..... some well worth it and others a little too harsh AND some may accuse him of being inflexible BUT they can't ever say he was afraid to tell it like he saw it and stand by it!

    A man who sticks by his word in and out of politics is rare today.
     
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    This is a tremendous loss for this nation. I can only imagine what he would have said about legalized gay marriage.

    love,

    Sopranette
     
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    Yep a real American hero all right. :rolleyes: This is the guy who blamed AIDS victims for their disease, including young Ryan White, opposed funding research, and referred to the University of North Carolina (UNC) as the University of Negroes and Communists. Yep, a real hero.
     
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    Sad to hear the news about Senator Helms. My first paying job was working in his Senate campaign in 1978 and I volunteered for his campaign in 1984. Certainly he had his faults, but he played a key role in saving Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1976.
     
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    His DIL is one of my best friends. She is dear and wonderful and precious to me. I taught two of his granddaughters who are also precious. What ever you think of him personally, he has a family who loved him.

    For them I ache.
     
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    What a blessing it must be to know personally some of the late Jesse Helms' family!

    With Jesse Helms, one seldom had to wonder where he stood on most any issue. While I'd didn't agree with him on some things, I admired his courage.

    If you're old enough to remember the Soviets shooting down Korean Airlines Flight 007 on Sept. 1, 1983 (the one on which GA Democratic congressman Larry McDonald was riding), you may be surprised to know that Jesse Helms was riding on its sister flight KAL 015.

    Both planes were at the Anchorage, Alaska, airport. Both were headed to Seoul, South Korea. Both Rep. McDonald and Sen. Helms were on their way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the treaty commiting the US to help defend South Korea. KAL 007 took off before KAL 015.

    But before KAL 007 took off, Sen. Helms had this to say about two very special little girls (3 & 5) that were accompanying their parents on that flight:

    "I'll never forget that night when that plane was just beside ours at Anchorage airport with two little girls [Stacy & Noelle Grenfell] and their parents...I taught them, among other things, to say 'I love you' in the deaf language, and the last thing they did when they turned the corner was stick up their little hands and tell me they loved me."

    Senator Helms will be missed.
     
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    Yup. Jessie Helms was against taking money from children's lukemia funds and giving it to AIDS research, his correct reasoning was AIDS is preventable, lukemia is not. Another reason was AIDS was the #9 killer in America, but recieved more funding than any other epedemic. He was right. A lot of hateful liberals will demonize him, but they demonize everyone who won't worship at the altar of secular humanism.

    And I think you are not being honest about Ryan White. Can you back it up ? Helms blamed the disease on gays, not sick children. he was right.

    We should have more like him. A guy who knew what was right, and wasn't intimidated by folks who hate God.
     
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    Definitely a hero of mine. Remember it was the Gay community that opposed blood screening in the early days of AIDS. The bottom line is with AIDS or any other STD there is a 100% effective means of prevention. Yet we spend more per case on AIDS then other more widespread killers. But that is what we do in America today, we defend the guilty and allow the innocent to suffer. It is not different with AIDS then it is with abortion.

    How about this from the original link MP
    Yes I have great respect for men who will speak the truth like Sen. Helms did.
     
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