How have we ended up where we have ended up?
As an aide to the 1950 Senate campaign of North Carolina Republican candidate Willis Smith, Helms reportedly helped create attack ads against Smith’s opponent, including one which read: “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.” Another ad featured photographs Helms himself had doctored to illustrate the allegation that Graham’s wife had danced with a black man (News and Observer, 8/26/01; New Republic, 6/19/95; Observer, 5/5/96; Hard Right: The Rise of Jesse Helms, by Ernest B. Furgurson, Norton, 1986).
Ancient history? No. Helms remains unapologetic to this day. Forty years after the Smith campaign, Helms would win election against black opponent Harvey Gantt with another ad playing to racist white fear–the so-called “white hands” ad, in which a white man’s hands crumple a rejected job application while a voiceover intones, “You needed that job…but they had to give it to a minority.”
With 17 months remaining in his Senate term, there will be many more “send-offs” dedicated to Jesse Helms. It remains to be seen whether he will continue to get kid glove treatment from the press, or if journalists will choose to tell the unvarnished truth about Helms’ career.
On the 1963 civil rights protests, Helms stated, “The negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that’s thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic, and interfere with other men’s rights.” He later wrote, “Crime rates and irresponsibility among negroes are a fact of life which must be faced”.
Helms served in the Senate from 1972 to 2002, where he became a leading voice of the right wing of the Republican Party. Nicknamed “Senator No” by his many critics, Helms was a fierce anti-communist whose support for Ronald Reagan in 1976 proved a critical juncture in Reagan’s eventual rise to the Oval Office. To many on the right, it was Helms, not Reagan, who was the true heart of the conservative movement.
“I’ve had two heroes in my life: Jesse Helms and Ronald Reagan,” the late evangelical pastor Jerry Falwell said during a Sept. 2005 tribute to the former senator. Falwell said it was people like Helms who “prevented the country from going to hell in a handbasket.”…
“Today we lost a senator whose stature in Congress had few equals,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Sen. Jesse Helms was a leading voice and courageous champion for the many causes he believed in.”
When the three black men tried to buy some of his chicken in July 1964, Mr. Maddox waved a pistol at them and said: “You no good dirty devils! You dirty Communists!”
Slight of stature, Mr. Maddox was direct and outspoken in the defense of his convictions, which he wrapped in a states’ rights banner. These included the view that blacks were intellectually inferior to whites, that integration was a Communist plot, that segregation was somewhere justified in Scripture and that a federal mandate to integrate schools was “ungodly, un-Christian and un-American.”
Well, I concede that there are racists within the movement, maybe many more than I had realised. But pending further evidence I’m not quite ready to accept Robinson’s claim that this has been its “stock in trade” all along. The only way to get a feel for what animates the members of this sprawling and inchoate grassroots movement is to attend their events and talk to them. And all I can say is that whenever I have done so there has been precious little evidence of racism, either on or below the surface. It’s not as if they have a habit of clamming up in the presence of reporters. Most seem eager to talk vehemently about their ideas.
“She has eighty names, thirty addresses,”Reagan warned during his 1976 run for President about a nameless, Cadillac-driving woman who’s conning the social safety net. He added: “She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names.” In total, Reagan said, “Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.”
(This is a nice link by the by)
You know what this is all about?
I actually wrote about Romney’s speech to the choir that was recorded by this bar tender.
I wrote about the 47% and the fact that he did not give one goddamn about those 47%.
But lately, since the source has appeared on Ed Shultz and other MSNBC shows I discovered something that was even more atrocious in its message.
I MISSED IT! Because I was too lazy to seek out the complete message that Mitt had given to this $50,000.00 dinner group.
I mean, he never used Maddox’s language or even the language of Helms.
Mitt went on and bragged upon his corporate sojourn into China; the new capitalist venture into China.
And he talks about his victory in corporate wealth at the expense of Chinese labor that would take us back far from the Maddox’s and Helms’ vision for humanity.
Mitt brags about how he invested his monies into a purer slavery that exists at this very time in history.
HE BRAGS ABOUT IT.
There is this ‘factory’ in China that has barbed wire encasing the works.
Like a prison the barbed wire curves in.
That is, the barbed wire fence is there to keep people in and not keep people out.
These Asian slaves who comprise the workers, live and labor inside this prison camp.
The living areas represent bunk beds in triplicate; the ladies slept in cots stocked one over another.
There was one bathroom sited on each side of the floor.
And these women were described by Mitt as:
ONE DAY HOPING TO BE MARRIED.
Remember Tom Delay?
“Asian girls are contracted to come to CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) to work seemingly legitimate jobs, but arrive to find themselves forced into sexual slavery. According to an article last spring in ThThe two admitted to bringing Chinese women to Saipan in 1996 and 1997 on contracts to work as waitresses. Instead, they were forced to work as “bargirls” at Kwon Enterprises’ karaoke club, K’s Hideaway. The women were forced to have sex with the patrons, Kwon said.
e Galveston County Daily News:
If the Chinese women said they wanted to return home, they were told they could not leave until they repaid their debt for coming to Saipan. In case they had any thoughts of leaving any way, they were told they would be killed if they tried, Kwon said.”
As you all may know, Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay are connected to this.
CNMI political and economic leaders paid Abramoff $1.36 million to convince his friends in Congress “to stop legislation aimed at cracking down on sweatshops and sex shop.” (From an April 2005 ABC News investigation.) Among Abramoff’s friends were, of course, Texas House Republican Tom DeLay. DeLay and several other members of Congress enjoyed lavish vacations to the Northern Marianas (a popular tourist destination in eastern Asia), and successfully blocked all attempts at serious reform.”
Well Mitt was making tens of millions of dollars on slavery. There is no other manner in which a rational person could perceive this evil.
AND MITT WAS BRAGGING ABOUT IT!
I am not talking about the 47% comments by this capitalist fascist prick.
That was bad enough.
But I missed these series of comments about how proud Mitt Romney was with regard to his work to enslave the Chinese workers.
I will tell you what got to me besides this fascist corporate greed impelled satan; was that we now have a model. A model for America that the repubs would love to build.
Take all of our workers, destroy all union rights, block any rights to the courts for infractions by those workers and pile them three at a time in prisons with two bathrooms on each floor.
These American workers are not allowed to leave the premises.
These American workers are not to be paid over $3/hour.
If these American workers do not fulfill their quotas, they will not eat.
If these American workers do not comply in all requirements, they shall be left out in the cold without food or sustenance of any kind and without housing.
MITT ROMNEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR RAQUETEERING IN SLAVE LABOR AND WHEN FOUND GUILTY SHOULD FORFEIT ANY AND ALL PROFTS FROM THIS ENTERPRIZE AND BE PROSECUTED FOR SUCH RAQUETEERING AND HUNG BY HIS NECK UNTIL DEAD!
I cannot really express my anger over all this and I cannot explain how I missed this message from this new Hitler.
Mitt makes me ashamed to call myself an American except: HE WAS NOT ELECTED.
THANK THE GOOD LORD!