Quotes from an Arch-Conservative, Jesse Helms

Ex-Senator Jesse Helms

Former Senator North Carolina Jesse Helms died today. Known as an arch-conservative, 86-yr-old Helms served five terms in the Senate.

Helms opposed abortion, communism, gays, liberals, the United Nations, and Fidel Castro. He was considered racist and homophobic. He opposed Jimmy Carter's selling out the Panama Canal in 1977.

DBKP has rounded up some quotes of Helms who served in Congress for 30 years.

"Many support the the court's abortion decision do so by describing the constitution as a "living document" which the court must be permitted to interpret with the widest possible flexibility. But, when they say the constitution is a living document, they really mean that the constitution is dead, and that the Supreme Court as a supreme undertaker may dispose of the corpse as it pleases." Source -Address by Jesse Helms at the National Pro-Life PAC Banquet, Chicago Illinois, May 5, 1975

I know Mark's death was a devastating blow to you. As far as homosexuality, the Bible judges it, I do not. As for Mark, I wish he had not played Russian roulette with his sexual activity. I have sympathy for him and for you. But there is no escaping the reality of what happened. Source - Patsy Clarke, Ralphmag.org

The National Endowment for the Arts cried "censorship" when a U.S. Senator protested the use of the taxpayers' money to reward "artists" who had produced nauseous photographs of men's genitals in clear advocacy of homosexual conduct. Another "artist," Andres Serrano, received $10,000 in federal funds for filling a glass jar with his own urine and sticking a crucifix in it. A photograph of his "art," given the title Piss Christ, won acclaim throughout the art community. I was the senator who protested, and I was promptly subjected to the fury of editors across America who joined the cry of "censorship," which of course it is not. Source - Jesse Helms article published in the Scottish Rite Herald, "We Are What We Condone"

Now I won't delve into every point of frustration, but let's touch for just a moment on one - the "deadbeat" charge. Before coming here, I asked the United States General Accounting Office to assess just how much the American taxpayers contributed to the United Nations in 1999. Here is what the GAO reported to me:

Last year, the American people contributed a total of more than $1.4 billion dollars to the U.N. system in assessments and voluntary contributions. That's pretty generous, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. The American taxpayers also spent an additional EIGHT BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE MILLION DOLLARS from the United States' military budget to support various U.N. resolutions and peacekeeping operations around the world. Let me repeat that figure: EIGHT BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE MILLION DOLLARS.

That means that last year (1999) alone the American people have furnished precisely TEN BILLION, ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE MILLION DOLLARS to support the work of the United Nations. No other nation on earth comes even close to matching that singular investment.

So you can see why many Americans reject the suggestion that theirs is a "deadbeat" nation. I resent it too.

Source - Jesse Helms Center

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!"
Source - Home.Att.net

"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) Source - Home.att.net

"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,"
Source - Home.att.net


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