It is odd, and to her discredit, that Sen. Dole (the Elizabeth, not Bob) seems eager to honor her old deceased colleague, Jesse Helms, with a bill named after him. Sure people do this sort of thing all the time in congresses and parliaments. Why not?
Why not? Well, this is a bill about fighting against AIDS and HIV globally. So?
Well let's look at Helms history on this subject.
Indeed. What was she thinking? Does she think it is that easy to wallpaper ones past?
Why is this so unbelievably wrong on so many levels? Because of what Jesse Helms said about AIDS:Joe Jervis of Joe.My.God says it all: Jesse Helms, the man who in 1987 described AIDS prevention literature as “so obscene, so revolting, I may throw up.”I don’t know about you, but I smell a Worst Person in The World award going to one Liddy Dole for this crushingly insensitive move.
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.”