|"It's just incredible that he would die on July 4, the same day of the Declaration of Independence and the same day that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died, and he certainly is a patriot in the mold of those great men," said former North Carolina GOP Rep. Bill Cobey, the chairman of The Jesse Helms Center in Wingate, N.C.|
One of the funniest moments I remember about Jesse Helms was when he guest-starred on The McLaughlin Group. The moderator asked him about his recent heart-bypass surgery. Doctors had used an artery from a pig to replace the diseased one in Helms's chest. McLaughlin asked the question somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
Helms, without missing a beat and with dread solemnity said,"Yup - everytime I pass a pig farm, I get teared up a little."
RIP Senator Helms. The world shall not see your like again for many years to come. God bless you for taking a stand when everyone else was turning on, tuning in , and dropping out.
Here's a nice summary of the esteemed senator's career. The Heritage Foundation tribute is here.