What The Hell?
But his name lives on in Rachel Weiner's post at the HuffPo! Seems nutty Elizabeth Dole introduced an amendment to name an HIV/AIDS relief bill after the still deceased bigot, racist, segregationist, anti-gay buffooon Jesse Helms.
SA 5074. (pdf file) Mrs. DOLE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 2731, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: On page 1, line 5, strike "and Henry J. Hyde" and insert ", Henry J. Hyde, and Jesse Helms".
The blogger at Joe. My. God. recaps some of Jesse's finer moments in the fight against HIV/AIDS:
Jesse Helms, the man who in 1987 described AIDS prevention literature as "so obscene, so revolting, I may throw up."
Jesse Helms, the man who in 1988 vigorously opposed the Kennedy-Hatch AIDS research bill, saying, "There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy."
Jesse Helms, the man who in 1995 said (in opposition to refunding the Ryan White Act) that the government should spend less on people with AIDS because they got sick due to their "deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct."
Jesse Helms, the man who in 2002 announced that he'd changed his mind about AIDS funding for Africa, but not for American gays, because homosexuality "is the primary cause of the doubling and redoubling of AIDS cases in the United States."
Yes, let's honor those who have died from AIDS, those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, as well as the families who have had to bury loved ones and who now care for family members with the disease by naming a relief bill after a man who was filled with nothing but hate for everyone afflicted by the disease.
And let's not forget all the women and children in Africa trying to stave off this disease. I guess they asked for it, too... right, Jesse? But thanks for reversing your position on AIDS funding for the negrahs in Africa, I'm sure they 'preciate it.
Dear Elizabeth Dole... you are demented; please go away.
Dear Jesse Helms... do me a favor: please stay dead. Thanks.