Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson (1767-1824), Lâ€™apothÃ©ose des hÃ©ros franÃ§ais morts pour la patrie pendant la guerre de la LibertÃ©.
[Apotheosis of the French Heroes Who Died for their Fatherland During the War for Liberty]
1802. Oil on canvas, 192Ã—184 cm
MusÃ©e National du Chateau de Malmaison, Rueil
Like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams before him, the contemporary patriot and former Senator Jesse Helms has died on Independence Day.
He was born in 1921, the son of a rural police chief. He served in the US Navy during WWII, and attended Wingate Junior College and Wake Forrest University.
In 1960, he began delivering conservative commentaries on WRAL television broadcasting from Raleigh. His editorials made him famous in North Carolina, and he successfully ran for the US Senate in 1972. He served until ill health forced his retirement in 2003.
Jesse Helms was colorful and articulate, and a fearless fighter for Conservatism. His willingness to crack politically incorrect jokes, to tackle highly-charged issues, and to fight for hopeless causes regardless of his prospects of winning absolutely infuriated the left, and he was unsuccessfully targeted for electoral defeat repeatedly by major national liberal organizations.
The Conservative Movement has lost another of its heroes.