Jesse Helms Dead At 86

While you may or may not be seeing numerous tributes to the 5 term Senator from North Carolina who died early this morning, Americablog reminds us about some of the lowlights from the man that President Bush once called an “institution”. Suffice it to say tolerance wasn’t one of his stronger attributes as evident by this somewhat candy coated quote from CNN.

Helms was known as “Senator No” for his staunch opposition to an array of liberal causes, including affirmative action, funding for the arts, gay rights, and a holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

While today is a day to remember a man who gave 30 years of service to his state and the nation, it should also be tempered by the faults that made him who he was.

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