Helms' holocaust rhetoric
August 30, 2005
What's this -- the crawl-out-of-the-woodwork month? Now we have Jesse Helms reminding us why his retirement was the best thing that happened to American politics:
He repeatedly introduced bills seeking to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and, in his book he defends his criticized comparisons of abortion and the Holocaust.
"I reject that criticism because this is indeed another kind of holocaust, by another name," he wrote. "At last count, more than 40 million unborn children have been deliberately, intentionally destroyed. What word adequately defines the scope of such slaughter?" [LINK]Funny, I've never seen Jesse Helms ever express such outrage at the death of "born" children across the world. And most definitely not for the black children of the South who suffered far more deeply than an aborted foetus from segregation and slavery:
Helms devotes an entire chapter to his views on race relations, defending his record challenging most of the nation's civil rights legislation as a 1960s television commentator and as a senator.
"I felt that the citizens of my community, my state and my region of the country were being battered by this new form of bigotry," he wrote. "I simply could not stay silent in the face of this assault Ã¢â‚¬â€ and I didn't."I can't wait for crawl-back-into-your-hole week.