July 4, 2008 | News Releases on Political Thought
WASHINGTON, July 4, 2008--Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner today issued the following statement on the death of U.S. senator and conservative champion Jesse Helms:
"Jesse Helms was one of the most consequential figures of the 20th century. Along with Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, he helped establish the conservative movement and became a powerful voice for free markets and free people. The defeat of Soviet communism and the rise of Ronald Reagan would not have happened without his intrepid leadership at decisive times.
"July 4, 2008, like July 4, 1826, and July 4, 1831, will long be remembered as a very special day in the history of American independence. On the Fourth of July 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died. On the Fourth of July 1831, James Monroe died. On the Fourth of July 2008, another great American patriot, Jesse Helms, died.
"He was the longest serving U.S. senator from North Carolina and a great friend to The Heritage Foundation. Although America has lost a great Patriot, his legacy will live on."
Helms was awarded Heritage's highest honor, the Clare Boothe Luce Award, in 2002.