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Family is More Important than my Party"
On Zell Miller…
[Sharon Hughes] 9/3/04
Did you ever think you'd see the day when a prominent Democrat
politician would be so frank about his Party and so supportive
of a Republican President?
Even though I knew the Democrat Senator from Georgia had been
vocal on his support of the President, I sat in front of the
television with my eyebrows raised at the bold statements Senator
Zell Miller made on Wednesday night at the Republican Convention.
I also sat
with brows raised Thursday morning looking for mainstream coverage
his speech. Instead Dick Cheney led the headlines,
some calling his speech "Fiery." Did I miss something?
Was I dreaming? If anyone's speech was fiery, it was Miller's!
are the major television networks covering only highlights
of the convention, but the mainstream print media,
obvious in their selective coverage. It appears they don't
want to give any more power to Miller's speech than it already
No, instead, downplay it. Say he came across as mean. Say he
is the one who is flip-flopping. Check it out for yourself.
Do an online search. For instance, the New York Times' lead
Thursday on the convention was, "Cheney and GOP Mount
Vigorous Assault on Kerry".
the record let me list just a few of Zell Miller's statements
has happened to the party I've spent my life working in?
remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty
of America to fight for freedom over tyranny. It was Democratic
President Harry Truman who pushed the Red Army out of Iran,
who came to the aid of Greece when Communists threatened
it, who stared down the Soviet blockade of West Berlin
by flying in supplies and saving the city. Time after time
in our history,
in the face of great danger, Democrats and Republicans
worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter.
But not today."
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
troops occupiers rather than liberators."
no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than
Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John
could go on and on and on -- against the Patriot Missile
down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel;
against the Aegis air-defense cruiser; against the Strategic Defense
Initiative; against the Trident missile, against, against,
against. This is the man who wants to be the commander in chief of our
U.S. Armed Forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Spit balls?"
On July 31, 2004 Senator Zell Miller said in
Street Journal online:
years ago, I delivered one of the keynote addresses on the first
night at the Democratic National Convention in New York. It was
a stinging rebuke of the administration of George H.W. Bush and
a ringing endorsement of Bill Clinton. This summer I'll again
be speaking in New York, but it will be to the Republican Convention
that renominates George W. Bush. Many have asked how I could
have come so far in just over a decade. Frankly, I don't think
I've changed much at all. At 72, I don't feel much need to change
my opinions. Instead, the reason I didn't attend the Democratic
Convention in Boston is that I barely recognize my party anymore.
Most of its leaders--including our nominee, John Kerry--don't
hold the same beliefs that have motivated my career in public
at the RNC he said, "Like you, I believe that
the next four years will determine what kind of world [my grandchildren]
will grow up in. And like you, I ask which leader is it today
that has the vision, the willpower and, yes, the backbone to
best protect my family? The clear answer to that question has
placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more
important than my party." CRO
Hughes 2004 - Used with permission