Champion of Conservatism and the Culture War Enters Eternal Life On 4th of JulyFormer Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, the great champion of conservatism and fighter of the Culture War long before the nation came to understand that we were in the midst of one, has entered the Glory of the Lord on the 4th of July:
"Today we lost a senator whose stature in Congress had few equals," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate's Republican leader. "Sen. Jesse Helms was a leading voice and courageous champion for the many causes he believed in."
"Helms helped broaden the party to include religious conservatives and people who drank not just Chablis but sweet tea, and who drove not just BMWs but pickup trucks," the paper wrote when he announced he was going to retire.
"In doing so, Helms played a pivotal role in moving the Republican Party to the right -- changing the GOP from the party of Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller to the party of Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich."
When the GOP was the majority party in the Senate, Helms was chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee, consistently moving U.S. policy toward the right, especially regarding the United Nations and Cuba.
Jesse Helms makes our so-called conservative "leaders" of today-you know, the ones who endorse pro-abortion former Massachusetts Governors-look cowardly and shameful. Helms was the one thing the conservative movement needs now more than ever-Jesse Helms was a true believer.
Jesse Helms didn't think we should be engaging in free trade with the Communist Chinese while that regime imprisoned and murdered Christians wholesale and destroyed Tibet. Helms was not afraid to call a spade a spade, he said that the federal government ought not make a practice of endorsing sodomy and those who practice it, and suffixed that notion by saying "if you want to call me a bigot, fine."
A large part of the reason that the Clinton Administration was able to do very little damage to our national judicial structure was because Jesse Helms personally saw to it that so many of Bill Clinton's judges were blocked. For standing so stalwart against every pet liberal cause known to man from gay rights to so-called "affirmative action," the Left called Jesse Helms "Senator No."
Praise the Lord for Jesse Helms and everything that he stood for. For all that the Left has done to destroy our Republic, we would likely be nearly unwound were it not for the reality that Jesse Helms was around for so long to stop it.
God grant us more like that man.