Jesse Helms Quotes

Jesse Helms Quotes

North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms died on the Fourth of July 2008 at the age of 86.

America must be the moral leader. It is not enough to have power. Power must be used to protect freedom and give all people hope for the opportunity to see the fruit of their own labor.
– Jesse Helms

I was with some Vietnamese recently, and some of them were smoking two cigarettes at the same time. That’s the kind of customers we need!
– Jesse Helms

That is why I fought against abortion and that is why if I were still in the Senate I would be doing everything I could to defend the sanctity of marriage.
– Jesse Helms

I worked in the media from the late 30’s through the early 70’s. Politics in general became more liberal both nationally and within the state as the years passed.
– Jesse Helms

It has become more acceptable to describe yourself as a conservative, but not everyone who uses that term about themselves really is truly conservative.
– Jesse Helms

I’m so old-fashioned I believe in horse whipping.
— Jesse Helms During a debate in 1991 on an AIDS-related amendment.

It may surprise people to know that I advocate the reform of the United Nations, not its abolishment.
– Jesse Helms

Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He’d better have a bodyguard.
– Jesse Helms

I came up between the two world wars during the Depression. All the people around me emphasized working and savings and personal responsibility. They spelled out in one way or another the uniqueness of America. This has largely been lost. Nobody would have thought of turning to the government to solve all our problems.
— Jesse Helms 1984 interview.

In subsequent years the groups you named had important roles in educating people about the real issues in Washington and Raleigh, and within the Democratic Party.
– Jesse Helms

The interests of the United States are better served by demanding reform and seeing that reform takes place than by removing our influence from the UN.
– Jesse Helms

This is an area where North Carolina does excel. I have known more colorful North Carolina political figures than I have colorless ones.
– Jesse Helms

Such schemes take money from people who can least afford to spend it to support an unneeded bureaucracy that eats money people thought they were providing for education.
– Jesse Helms

The destruction of this country can be pinpointed in terms of its beginnings to the time that our political leadership turned to socialism. They didn’t call it socialism, of course. It was given deceptive names and adorned with fancy slogans. We heard about New Deals, and Fair Deals and New Frontiers and the Great Society.
— From a Jesse Helms editorial at WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

The big secret to winning elections is to get more votes than your opponent. My friend Representative Robin Hayes is a good example to study.
– Jesse Helms

The challenge is always before us. Whenever we lose sight of the principles that mattered to our founders we run into trouble.
– Jesse Helms

We can live our own lives in a way that does not bring reproach on the principles we claim to support.
– Jesse Helms

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