RIP Jesse Helms 1921-2008

jesse-helmsSouthern politician Jesse Helms, who served in the U.S. Congress for 30 years, has died at age 86 of natural causes. He died around 1:15 a.m. this morning, Independence Day.

Full story at the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer. Also at the Washington Times, the Heritage Foundation, and the NYT. The AP has collected some quotes by Helms.

When I heard, the lyrics of the disappear fear song, Sink the Censorship, came to mind: “Hey, Jess, just take one black man / Or one lesbian, one Lithuanian / Or any U.S. senator / Cut open their hearts – it’s the same, it’s the same.”

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