Let's face it, folks - Jesse Helms was a racist, homophobic, bigoted bastard who would have been happy if the South had won the war. In fact, he never changed his opposition to the civil rights movement.
It is absolutely nauseating to see how Bush and Elizabeth Dole, among others, are now kissing his rotten dead ass - as if he was a decent human being.
The only realistic rememberances I've read about him are as follows:
"At the height of his power, he fought for the values of the old confederacy. He resisted the new South. He resisted the opportunity to fight for a more perfect union."
_ The Rev. Jesse Jackson.
"Jesse Helms' legacy is one of hatred, homophobia and racism. Although not its intent, that legacy has made our community stronger and more able to forcefully respond to bigotry and prejudice. As a community, we are more committed than ever to securing full equality for all GLBT people."
_ Joe Solmonese, president of the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign.
When you look at the numbers, the old guard (read: assholic pricks) like him are the generation that fought violently against integration, and are fighting now to keep GLBT people second-class citizens.
If we can't change their minds by appealing to them as human beings - because they clearly aren't - I can't wait until the rest of them are either outed or kick the bucket.
Mr. Riot Kitty says he probably jerked off to dreams of African American men.
What do you think?