Wednesday, September 01, 2004

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.


Anonymous said...

Here's what Miller had to say about Kerry in 2001. A bit different than what we just heard.

Anonymous said...

Zell's speech reads much better in original German.

Stealth said...

And here I thought it was the Constitution. I want my law school tuition back!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...the Constitution provides those things. Sure. "I do solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of The United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic..." Guess where that comes from, law school boy. Too much time in the law library or arguing abstraction in Cambridge bars with other drunken law school classmates. You should broaden your horizons. I love people who can't even name an acquaintance in uniform but yet freely toss around terms like 'fascism' & 'militarism', truly I do.