On the Highway to Helms

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United State Senator Jesse Helms (R-What’s Wrong With You Sick, Frothing Morons?) is finally dead. Happy birthday, U.S. of A.

Helms was a hate-slathered cretin, whose campaigns and governing showed American democracy at its worst. “White people, wake up before it is too late. Do you want Negroes working beside you, your wife and your daughters, in your mills and factories? Frank Graham favors mingling of the races,” thundered just one of many Helms’ attacks over the decades.

Conservatives are saddened by the news. ”Ol’ 27 percent” George W. Bush was soiling his White House crying towel, calling Helms “kind,” “decent” and “humble.”

And while he had some admirers in Wisconsin, most notably Supreme Court Justice-Elect Mike Gableman’s ad-writing team, Helms was a racist thug and the world mourns, simply because it took him so, so long to exit the world he befouled for over eight decades.

For my dough, I’m hoping Wonkette Editor Ken Layne has penned in “Jesse Helms: American Garbage,” what will be a waterfall of appropriate tributes.

Feel free to add even better ones to the comment portion of this blog. Helms deserves it for all he did to people of color, gays, the poor and this nation’s sense of decency.

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Scot Ross served as Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now & the Institute from 2007 to 2019.