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Helms Soon to Go, But Not Forgotten

Tuesday, 04 September 2001 12:00 AM

So, when critics like Guy Friddell and Ida Kay Jordan of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and prima donna cartoonists like Pat Oliphant jump on Jesse, my question is: "When was the last time you did something worthwhile for your country?"

Famous historian Francis Schaeffer had a wonderful response for critics-without-portfolios: "If you can do it better, please do so."

The people of North Carolina respect Helms and his record. They sent him to the U.S. Senate five times – something of a record for the Tar Heel State.

Probably few political leaders in recent history have been more scorned and maligned than Jesse – but, like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps on going because he firmly believes he's right.

Wouldn't it be nice if today's critics noticed? Hardly! Guy Friddell, the Pilot's potentate on tomatoes, strawberries and anything liberal, must be in seventh heaven. He has another year and a half to jump on Jesse.

His latest tirade included Jesse's defense of the patent for the insignia of the Daughters of the Confederacy – and his joshing with a reporter about President Clinton's need for bodyguards in North Carolina, later blown out of proportion to embarrass Helms for his hyperbole on Clinton's unpopularity.

Next, the great cartoonist Oliphant: His Universal Press insult had Jesse scowling in a beat-up rocking chair, shotgun in lap and hound dogs slobbering at his feet, defending his longevity as a U.S. senator: "clean Christian living, defendin' what's right and a devoted hatred of liberals and commernists [sic]."

Instead of ridicule and smears, our media and the rest of us should be praising the man who, often single-handed, has been defending our sovereignty and freedoms against all comers, especially the arrogant and expanding United Nations crowd.

This was news for the U.N. Council, where the French, British, Russian and Chinese ambassadors stared in slack-jawed silence as Helms warned:

When Ida Kay Jordan calls Helms "a rare bird, probably the last of an almost extinct species," she may be right. Who is left with the courage and determination of this patriot?

He deserves retirement, in his beloved North Carolina – but he will not be forgotten. And, for sure, he'll not be forgotten by those lesser souls who make their living finding faults!

Senator Jesse Helms' record of statesmanship and accomplishments, courage and good judgment will be revered by future Americans long after the Jordans, Friddells, Oliphants and other detractors are buried and forgotten.

After all, "There is nothing so powerful as truth" (Daniel Webster, April 6, 1830) – nor more enduring.

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