Shortly after Senator Helms left office, a void was created in the foreign policy debate. The Jesse Helms Center decided to launch a foreign policy program in 2005 entitled The Helms Principles. The programs that will utilize The Helms Principles include a grassroots foreign policy communications school, commentary on foreign policy issues, and various lectures and seminars with prominent speakers. The Helms Principles are comprised of three major components that the Senator used to guide his foreign policy.
THEY ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Protect Our National Sovereignty
Our founders understood from the first days of our nationhood that no one can speak for America, but America. We can never be a party to any organization or agreement that removes from this nation the absolute authority to make our own decisions. While it is appropriate to seek cooperation among nations with compatible goals, it is never in our national interest to be a party to agreements that would give any other entity authority over our troops, our trade, our tariffs, our citizens or our policies.
Promote a Strong National Defense
The pages of political history stretching to antiquity illustrate the truth that there is no virtue in ignoring the danger created by insufficient defenses. Nations who have lowered their defenses, with the best of intentions, inevitably found themselves vulnerable to attack by nations with the worst of intentions. Our nation must be firm in its resolve to never have its autonomy or freedom threatened by any enemy. That resolve must be demonstrated by a military force ready to respond to threats to our domestic peace and tranquility from any place, and of any kind. Our military must have the personnel and materials required for any contingency and our people must prize both freedom and the responsibility for insuring it.
Pursue a Moral Foreign Policy
The pursuit of a higher good has always been a part of the American ideal. We are a nation of immigrants, seekers of freedom who have made it our business to welcome the newcomer. We are a nation of idealists, who believe that every human hungers for the freedom we take as our American birthright. We are a nation of brave men and women who know that words of comfort without action are hollow and useless. We are people who cannot ignore the plight of the abused or the threats of tyrants. The United States of America must always measure its foreign policy against the faith guided tenets of our heritage, not against the vagaries of current opinion or selfish self-interest.
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Senator Jesse Helms was a constant voice for freedom during his 30 years in the United States Senate. He frequently blocked treaties that he believed undermined our nation’s sovereignty.
As chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1994 to 2000, Senator Helms not only protected our nation’s freedom but also worked to restore our foreign policy that put America’s interests first and not the interest of the United Nations. This project is new to the Helms Center and our goal is to help educate hundreds of thousands of Americans throughout this country on current events at the United Nations.
The founding of the Jesse Helms Center is deeply entwined with the life story Senator Jesse Helms. Helms, as a young man, had received a scholarship to attend Wingate College, a small liberal arts school just miles from his hometown. The generosity expressed to him through that scholarship lingered in his mind and was the impetus for Helms’ decision to donate his senatorial and personal papers to Wingate College. Around the same time, friends and family began urging Helms to consider blessing the creation of a non-profit center which would establish programs and opportunities for young people based on traditional American values. After Helms’ gave the go-ahead with the important directive that the center not be a “dusty old museum,” the center became the official repository of his papers, an interactive museum where people young and old can learn, and a hub for many engaging programs.
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