One should always speak good of the dead...

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  • avishai

    Jesse Helms is dead. Good.

  • hamilcarr
    One should always speak good of the dead...

    That's a real challenge this time ...

  • Lady Zombie
    Lady Zombie

    Ah good. One less homophobe in the world.

  • Gopher

    I believe we should treat his legacy with the same disrespect he heaped on all who didn't kowtow to his bigotry.



    "There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy."
    (States News Service, 5/17/88)

    "I've never heard once in this chamber anybody say to the homosexuals, 'stop what you're doing.' If they would stop what they're doing there would not be one additional case of AIDS in the United States."

    This bill attempts to make sure that President Clinton is not allowed to do by Executive Order what Congress has declined to enact in the past two congressional sessions namely, to treat homosexuals as a special class protected under various titles of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Jesse Helms, introducing an anti-gay bill in January, 1999, quoted from Rhonda Smith, "Jesse Helms Introduces Anti-Gay Bill, " The Washington Blade, February 26, 1999

    "What is really at stake is whether or not America will allow the cultural high ground in this nation to sink slowly into an abyss of slime to placate people who clearly seek or are willing to destroy the Judaic-Christian foundations of this republic."
    Jesse Helms (1990, on funding for the National Endowment for the Arts)

    Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton "better watch out if he comes down here [to North Carolina]. He'd better have a bodyguard."
    -stated by Jesse Helms in regards to Clinton's supposive unpopularity with the North Carolina military.
    According to Helms (and refuted by military personnel), the military was likely to shoot Clinton if he came to North Carolina.

    I've been portrayed as a caveman by some. That's not true. I'm a conservative progressive, and that means I think all men are equal, be they slants, beaners or niggers.
    Jesse Helms, North Carolina Progressive, February 6, 1985, quoted from the Democratic Alliance, "Yes, They Really Said It!"

    Dan Quayle
    " the 18 years and 5 months I've been in the Senate, none, none have been more capable than Dan Quayle."

    "Democracy used to be a good thing, but now it has gotten into the wrong hands."

    The Lord did not make me impossible of error. All I've had to offer you is the total dedication in serving you as best I know how. And I've always leveled with you, and always will, knowing full well that everyone will not agree with me.
    Jesse Helms, campaign debate, News & Observer, July 30, 1984

    Hearing Aid
    "Let me adjust my hearing aid. It could not accommodate the decibels of the Senator from Massachusetts. I can't match him in decibels or Jezebels, or anything else apparently."
    Jesse Helms (1993 Senate floor debate with Ted Kennedy)

    Heart Valve Surgery
    It's no piece of cake, but it sure beats listening to Ted Kennedy on the Senate floor.

    "If homosexuals would only stop doing what they're doing, There wouldn't be any more AIDS."

    "All Latins are volatile people. Hence, I was not surprised at the volatile reaction." stated by Helms after Mexicans protested his visit to Mexico in 1986 to investigate allegations of political corruption."
    (Helms was investigating as to whether or not there might be communists in Mexico)

    "Atheism and socialism -- or liberalism, which tends in the same direction -- are inseparable entities. When you have men who no longer believe that God is in charge of human affairs, you have men attempting to take the place of God by means of the Superstate."
    Jesse Helms (1973)

    "To rob the Negro of his reputation of thinking through a problem in his own fashion is about the same as trying to pretend that he doesn't have a natural instinct for rhythm and for singing and dancing."

    "The Negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that's thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic, and interfere with other men's rights."

    When a caller to CNN's Larry King Live show praised guest Jesse Helms for "everything you've done to help keep down the niggers," Helms' response was to salute the camera and say, "Well, thank you, I think." (Wilmington Star-News, 9/16/95)

    New York Times and The Washington Post
    "The New York Times and The Washington Post are both infested with homosexuals themselves." The Post, he charged, "caters to homosexual groups. Just about every person down there is homosexual or lesbian."

    Metric System
    If God had wanted us to use the metric system, Jesus would have had 10 apostles.

    I was with some Vietnamese recently, and some of them were smoking two cigarettes at the same time. That's the kind of customers we need!
    Jesse Helms, US Senator from North Carolina, at a dinner to promote the state's tobacco industry, 1996 Source:BQ

    Tax Dollars
    "Your tax dollars are being used to pay for grade school classes that teach our children that CANNIBALISM, WIFE-SWAPPING, and the MURDER of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior.''
    Part of the text of a fundraising mailer sent out by the Helms campaign.

    University of North Carolina (UNC)
    "University of Negroes and Communists".

    Nevertheless, if the Administration insists on funding these programs I shall not stand in the way, so long as you agree to the following conditions: 1) that no funds be obligated to any affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) in Haiti, including PROFAMIL; and 2) that no funds be provided directly or indirectly to any group whose programs include producing material intended to be used in a voodoo ceremony ... A.I.D. is funding programs that endorse or legitimize what amounts to witchcraft."

    Jesse Helms, quoted in Mat Honan, "Jesse Helms' Political Voodoo," Mojo, March 23, 1999

  • avishai

    Yep, he was a real swell guy.

  • karvel

    good riddance.

  • Sparkplug

    reincarnation as a mosquito sound in order?

  • Gopher
    Yep, he was a real swell guy.

    And yet, the people of North Carolina kept voting him back into Congress. Sometimes we hear we should "throw the bums out". Other times we "throw the bums back in".

  • Warlock

    Everyone is entitled to their own truths and their own lies.


  • Preston

    Jesse Helms...... well...... from the standpoint of a gay dude.. I will try to say something good about him.

    His views changed a little toward the end of his career in the senate.

    - Preston

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