Jesse Helms

Hates those homos. Not too fond of negroes, either.

Jesse Helms is a 33rd degree Freemason: "To me, Freemasonry is one form of dedication to God and service to humanity."

Towards racial understanding

CALLER: And Mr. Helms, I know this might not be politically correct to say this thing, but I just think you should get a Nobel Peace Prize for everything you've done to help keep down the niggers.
NOVAK: Oh, dear.
HELMS: Whoops! Well, thank you... I think.
NOVAK: That was a bad word. That was politically incorrect. We really don't condone that kind of language, though, do we?


18 Oct 1921 Jesse Helms born, Monroe NC.
1942 U.S. Navy until 1945.
1963 Jesse Helms: "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."
Nov 1972 Elected to U.S. Senate.
1980 Legislator of the Year Award by Christians for a Better America.
1986 Jesse Helms, concerning the protests during his visit to Mexico: "All Latins are volatile people. Hence, I was not surprised at the volatile reaction."
1987 Jesse Helms: "The only way to stop AIDS is to stop the disgusting and immoral activities that continue to spread the disease."
1988 Jesse Helms: "There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy."
1990 Jesse Helms offers an amendment to the Hate Crimes Statistics Act stating that "the homosexual movement threatens the strength and survival of the American family" and "state sodomy laws should be enforced."
1991 A 35-foot condom is inflated atop Jesse Helms' roof by AIDS activists.
4 Jun 1991 The News & Observer quotes Senator Jesse Helms as saying: "There have been 248 different U.S. senators in the 18 years and 5 months I have been there. None -- none -- have been more capable than Dan Quayle."
19 Jul 1991 The News & Observer quotes Senator Jesse Helms as saying: "I'm so old-fashioned I believe in horsewhipping."
1993 Jesse Helms on his opposition to HUD nominee Roberta Achtenberg: "She's not your garden-variety lesbian. She's a militant activist-mean lesbian, working her whole career to advance the homosexual agenda."
1993 Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Jesse Helms: "He saw me standing there, and he started to sing, 'I wish I was in the land of cotton.' And he looked at Senator Hatch and said, 'I'm going to make her cry. I'm going to sing Dixie until she cries.' And I looked at him and said, 'Senator Helms, your singing would make me cry if you sang 'Rock of Ages.'"
1994 Jesse Helms, on the President's unpopularity in North Carolina: "Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He'd better have a bodyguard."

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