Helms writes, "it had been my feeling that AIDS was a disease largely spread by reckless and voluntary sexual and drug-abusing behavior and that it would probably be confined to those in high-risk populations. I was wrong."
That's from Helm's forthcoming Memoir entitled Where I Stand. I guess that voluntary behavior such as drunk driving, smoking and eating too much butter ought to be ignored by the federal government, too. As long as it's not someone like you, let them die, and decrease the surplus population.
Also note that Helms isn't saying that he was wrong about his belief that as long as AIDS was restricted to groups such as drug users and gays, it was okay to ignore them and let them die--he only admits to being wrong in his belief that AIDS would not spread beyond those groups.
Elsewhere in the memoir he states that desegregation was forced upon certain states "too early" and that civil rights protests antagonized race relations in America. So I guess keeping mum and taking it leads to change? If the entire world hadn't condemned South Africa Apartheid would still be the law of that land. Die Jesse Helms. America doesn't need you or the loathsome obscenity you call a value system any more. There's a spot reserved for you in Hell right between Doctor Mengele and Pope Benedict XVI.