ZELL FROM HELL. Did Karl Rove vet Zell Miller's speech? This might be the most hateful major address delivered at a national-party convention since Pat Buchanan's "culture war" speech of 1992, delivered with remarkable bitterness and anger.
It's so idiotic that it's not worth picking apart, but here's a taste:
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
I'd never heard that before, but it apparently comes from a Marine Corps priest named Dennis Edward O'Brian. Well, fine. It's also very close to fascism, is it not? Or at least an extreme form of militarism.