The reason I respected Jesse Helms, is that he never lied about what he was. Modern fundo-fascist politicians and religious leaders, hide the fact that they are racist, sexist, religiously intolerant, self loathing xenophobes, behind a carefully constructed screen of soothing rhetoric. Jesse never did that. Good for him.
Now that he's dead, I hope he has joined the rest of his hateful, backstabbing, blood brothers, someplace where they can all be together, free from the polluting influence, of those they so despised and that the rest of his ilk, still above ground, join him soon.