The last American Statesman?

Jesse Helms, conservative Republican Senator from NC for 30 years, died early this morning. He was a controversial so-and-so, but no one can deny he was consistent, hard-hitting, and fair. He was granted numerous awards during his public service, including recognition in one of his final years as one of the most-respected (albeit disagreed-with) members of the Senate. I’m having a hard time finding the link to that; maybe one of you will point me in the right direction?

We’re in an election year where no candidates for public office appear to be genuine statesmen. This is terribly sad for our great Nation, whose 232d birthday we celebrate today.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and may Perpetual Light shine upon him –

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