a move that should bring delight to gays, minorities, women and
liberals, conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms will announce
his retirement today. Helms is known for his consistent and almost
vengeful opposition to gay rights, abortion and minority issues
in favor of a right wing, Christian agenda and has opposed such
issues such as, chemical weapons treaties, the Martin Luther King
holiday and the United Nations.
Helms has referred to the UN as a "new
international order of global laws and global governance."
And further said, "This is an international order the American
people will not countenance. The American people will never accept
the claims of the United Nations to be the ‘sole source of legitimacy
on the use of force’ in the world.”
Helms also referred to King as a Marxist
and said he, "practiced division, not love."
Helms has been slowed recently by health
problems that are undoubtedly playing a role in his retirement.
He will serve out the rest of his elected term and not seek reelection.
In other political news, outspoken race crusader
Rev. Al Sharpton has announced that he is currently considering
a run for President in 2004. Sharpton is known for his numerous
rallies, speeches an overall opposition to police brutality and
other racial issues.
Sharpton has been compared to everyone from
Martin Luther King to former Ku Klux Klansmen David Duke for his
racially charged and often controversial speeches, interviews and
sermons concerning the rights of African Americans.
Sharpton made his announcement shortly after
being released from federal prison for trespassing on government
property during a protest of the government bombing of Vieques Island
in Puerto Rico.
-Text by J. Quintana