There is no need to say anything at this moment because it is not nice to say ugly stuff about the dead.
Before coming to the US, as a kid not interested in politics, and certainly not in US politics, Helms was one of the rare American politicians I have heard of – mostly as an example how the US electoral system sometimes enables utterly unfit people to reach high levels of power. We laughed.
Ten years ago, one of the questions I had to answer when becoming a US citizen, was “who are the current US senators representing NC?” I said “Jesse Helms and Lauch Faircloth, hopefuly not for much longer.” A couple of months later, my first vote in any US election was against Faircloth who was defeated then by John Edwards. Helms resigned later.
What is interesting to watch today is how news media and blogs are trying mightily to say something, anything nice about the guy. For instance, Powerline blog starts a ridiculous eulogy with “Former Senator Jesse Helms, the great anti-Communist, has died.” Anti-Communist? Is that what is important? The ghosts of Red Scare? Who cares any more? How is that more important to point out than all the other “anti”s that Helms was?