NPR had someone from the Heritage Foundation praising Jesse Helms, and when I Googled â€˜Conservative Iconâ€™, pages of his obits popped up.
For a long time Iâ€™ve wondered what conservatism has to do with conserving anything. If Jesse Helms, radical racist, was the heart of conservatism, then he represents a politics that should be buried along with himself.
Weâ€™ll spend the first century of this new milleneum repairing the damage that racial discrimination has inflicted on our country. We canâ€™t go back and repair the lives that were stunted, the opportunities denied, the dreams murdered. We just have to live in today.
On this Fourth of July, 2008, letâ€™s renew our commitment to freedom, justice, and equality for all.