Daniel McCarthy wrote on 4 September 2001 (one week before "9/11"),
Jesse Helms has not been the best friend a constitutional conservative or a libertarian could have, but he's done better than most. He opposed forced integration, a federal MLK holiday, and countless socialist treaties and international accords. Best of all he's never apologized for any of it. In a collectivist America increasingly intolerant of dissent from "respectable opinion," that makes Helms a hero despite his faults – or perhaps because of them.