Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:41 pm

Well, of COURSE he was

Filed under: Evil — Lex @ 9:41 pm
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Would it be irresponsible to speculate as to whether Jesse Helms and J. Edgar Hoover were lovers (not that there’s anything wrong with that)? It would be irresponsible not to:

Newly released FBI files say Jesse Helms was a “contact” for the FBI, willing to offer to the law enforcement agency the facilities of TV station WRAL, where he was a broadcast executive until the early 1970s.

Helms “is most cooperative and has offered the facilities of his station to assist the FBI at any time,” according to an FBI memo from 1971. “He is a great admirer of the Director (J. Edgar Hoover) and the FBI and for a long period of time has been a staunch defender of the Director and his policies.”

Helms, a five-term U.S. senator and one of the iconic figures of American conservatism, died on July 4, 2008. His death triggered the release of the FBI files …

Jesse Helms was a paranoid sociopath who spent a lifetime fostering divisions between blacks and poor whites who otherwise might well have made common cause against the wealthy and powerful who controlled the society in which he came of age. Once he got elected to the Senate, he exported his own brand of oppression to other countries. He died with a lot of innocent people’s blood on his hands and the singular distinction of having done more to hamper good race relations in this state than anyone else in the second half of the 20th century. Among those who have done the most over the years to give the GOP a bad name, he’s up there with Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon.

Yo, Texas: Put that in your damn textbooks.

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