No amount of whitewashing Helms' legacy can erase the stain of his reliance on hate-filled, divisive politics, or the hurt he caused so many people in the process.
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Helms poisoned the ideological well of politics, calling MLK, Jr. a communist and the 1964 Civil Rights Act "the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in the Congress."
Jesse Helms' legacy is one of strong opposition to women's reproductive freedom, gay rights, foreign aid for diplomacy, and public funding for the arts -- priorities that run strong in today's GOP.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former Sen. Jesse Helms, an unyielding champion of the conservative movement who spent three combative and sometimes caustic dec...
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