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I'm a Zell-o-crat too!
By Carol Devine-Molin
Conservative Republicans were absolutely enthralled with Senator Zell Miller and his amazing keynote speech at the GOP Convention where he wholeheartedly endorsed President George W. Bush for reelection. Sure, many have noted that Zell's powerful delivery was akin to that of a Bible-belt preacher firing-up the faithful. But his successful speech was predicated on much more than that – Zell pulled-no-punches, which is absolutely refreshing in this day and age of tempered words and pre-tested messages. By golly, we're at war, our nation is at peril, and Zell Miller was going to say what he felt needed saying! And, they loved him for it. At the convention, people were literally leaping out of their chairs and cheering. I have no doubt that many watching at home had exactly the same reaction.
However, the response from the Democrats and their media cohorts has been quite another matter, and understandably so, considering that Zell Miller is a Senator from the Democratic Party. Ah, yes, words such as "treachery" are now being bandied about by the liberals in relation to Zell Miller, and they are telling us that his speech was "too hot." Translation: Zell Miller's speech was spot-on and effective. And John Kerry is sure to suffer in the polls because of the "Zell factor."
I always have to laugh when I hear the sanctimonious Liberals chant "Speak Truth to Power." Oh, don't misunderstand; it has a very nice ring to it. And, I'm sure that in their Left-leaning little hearts, they believe they're being sincere. But do the Lefties really respect truth? That's not what I've seen over the years. For the purpose of advancing their political agenda, Left-wingers have no qualms about twisting and abusing the truth. Worse yet, when confronted with the truth by the likes of Senator Zell Miller or any other honest individual, the Lefties invariably go berserk. It's akin to a demon being doused with holy water. OK, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but they really don't respond very well to truth when it upsets their agenda. And Zell has clearly upset the liberal applecart by forcefully slamming the Democratic Party and their presidential candidate John Kerry.
Zell's electrifying speech zeroed in on the truth with each and every line uttered. Zell stated: "Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats' manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief." And Zell was just as blunt in his assessment of John Kerry, as he averred: "As a war protester, Kerry blamed our military. As a Senator, he voted to weaken our military. And nothing shows that more sadly and more clearly than his vote this year to deny protective armor for our troops in harm's way, far away."
Moreover, Zell pointedly demonstrated that the darling of the Left, Senator John Kerry, has no business running for the office of president and commander-in-chief. In essence, he succeeded in exposing John Kerry as an awful dolt in the realm of national security – a nitwit that failed to vote for all of our major weaponry and weapons systems including the B-1 bomber, the B-2 bomber, the Apache helicopter, the F-14A Tomcat, the F-15 Eagle, the Patriot Missile system, the Aegis air-defense cruiser, the Trident missile, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and the list goes on.
Zell then followed that up with the clincher that brought the house down: "This is the man (Kerry) who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces?"
"U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?"
To continue, Zell also accurately addressed the "warped" thinking of the Democratic Party that's lost touch with American core values, stating: "Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators. Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers. Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers. Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from the Baltics to the Crimea, from Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers."
The Democrats and their pivotal surrogates -- the partisan media – don't just get mad, they get even. The liberal elites have already begun to fire back at Zell, dubbing him a "traitor" (to the Democrats), and referring to his speech as a "tirade" and "publicity stunt." But that's just the beginning; things will only degenerate – It won't be long before they're calling Zell a liar, nut or criminal, which is the modus operandi of the Left-wing smear machine. Mind you, if anyone wants to examine all that epitomizes a "tirade", they need not go any further than some of the speeches of Al Gore, Howard Dean and Teddy Kennedy within the past year. Moreover, the Left thinks that whenever a Republican politico such as Senator John McCain or Senator Chuck Hagel criticizes the GOP, they're "principled" and deserved to be fawned over. Double-standard? You decide.
In response to the Democratic outcry, Zell simply notes that his family is more important than his party, and that he wants a president that has the "backbone to best protect my family." And I think that says it all.
In closing, Zell made it clear that George W. Bush was the right man to protect America in this dangerous era, stating: "George Bush understands that we need new strategies to meet new threats. John Kerry wants to re-fight yesterday's war. George Bush believes we have to fight today's war and be ready for tomorrow's challenges. George Bush is committed to providing the kind of forces it takes to root out terrorists…He is not a slick talker but he is a straight shooter and, where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words. I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel. The man I trust to protect my most precious possession: my family. This election will change forever the course of history, and that's not any history. It's our family's history."
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