Jesse Helms is dead

As we are not supposed to say anything bad about those who have passed on, I will rely on reminding you of his character by his own actions as commented on in the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages.

Mr. Helms has also made his views on race clear through a series of merely symbolic actions. Soon after a Senate vote on the Confederate flag insignia, Mr. Helms ran into then-Sen. Carol Mosely-Braun of Illinois, who is black, in a capitol elevator. Mr. Helms turned to his friend, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, and said, “Watch me make her cry. I’m going to make her cry. I’m going to sing ‘Dixie’ until she cries.” He then proceeded to sing the song about the good life during slavery.

That is the kind of man that passed on yesterday.

-Josh

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