Aids "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 State." Jesse Helms Anti-Gay 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 Arts "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.
Caveman 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 "...in the l8 years and 5 months I've been in the senate, none, none have been more capable than Dan Quayle." Democracy "Democracy used to be a good thing, but now it has gotten into the wrong hands." Senator Jesse Helms Error 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 Hate Crime Bill We are now considering legislation based on statistics that include name-calling at public rallies as crimes. Are we going on to the school yards of this country and when two kids get angry with each other and call each other names -- what are we going to do, cart them over to the reformatory or add them to the list of 'hate crimes' perpetrators? This is ridiculous. -- Jesse Helms (1921-2008), US Senator (R-NC), 1973-2003 Source: in opposition to the Hate Crimes Bill which criminalizes name-calling and motives, the Bill passed the Senate and the House and was signed by Pres. George Bush, Congressional Record, February 8, 1990. 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. Senator Jesse Helms Homosexuals "If homosexuals would only stop doing what they're doing, There wouldn't be any more AIDS." Latins "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) Liberalism "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) Negro "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. Smoking 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". Voodoo 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
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