Skip to comments.Zell Miller: I love my party but hate what it has become
Posted on 07/05/2004 9:55:23 AM PDT by Lando Lincoln
I have been a proud member of the Democratic Party from the time I first breathed the Georgia mountain air. But lately I can barely recognize my once-great party. Between Al Gore's rants, Michael Moore's falsehoods, the felons-for-hire shenanigans of America Coming Together and Moveon.org's crazy conspiracy theories, the Democratic Party has become a coalition of the wild-eyed. Driven by a rabid desire to defeat President Bush, they seem eager to say and do anything to tear him apart.
All the loudmouthed liberals were recently shouting in unison. Gore accused Bush of deliberately deceiving the American people before the Iraq war. According to Gore, Bush made up connections between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein to dupe us into Iraq. But as with so much of what Gore has said recently, it's just not true.
As the Republican chairman and the Democratic co-chairman of the 9/11 commission said countless times, ties between al-Qaida and Iraq definitely existed. What we're not sure about is whether Saddam had anything to do with the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. And guess what? That's exactly what Bush said last year: "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with Sept. 11." So much for deception.
Hollywood sleazemonger Moore recently released his latest movie. It throws around rumors and innuendos, trying to blame Bush for the heinous acts of terrorists. No wonder the French gave Moore their highest honor for filmmakers. Moore operates in Hollywood cities, where reality plays second fiddle to whatever outrageous fantasy you can create. It is absurd to think that Bush is responsible for terrorism. It existed well before he came into office. He's just the first president who's going head-on after the terrorists to stop them.
Then there's the ultraliberal group America Coming Together. They don't officially work with any campaign, but the Associated Press reported that "ACT is stocked with veteran Democratic political operatives, many with past ties to [Sen. John] Kerry and his advisers."
Now these former Kerry advisers have come up with a brilliant plan to get him elected. They've actually been paying convicted felons to go door-to-door registering people to vote. Excuse me if I seem old fashioned, but I'd prefer not to have convicted felons showing up on my doorstep.
Unfortunately for people in Missouri, Florida and Ohio, that's exactly what's happening. And these aren't petty criminals. According to the Associated Press, these paid canvassers have been convicted of burglary, forgery, drug dealing, assault and sex offenses. Politics does make strange bed-felons.
And of course we've all heard the harangues from Moveon.org, the far-left political organization that tries to stir up anger about President Bush. These folks became famous when they put a couple of ads on their Web site that compared the president of the United States to Adolf Hitler. Then a few weeks ago, they hosted a big speech by George Soros, the billionaire bankroller of the Bush-bashers. Soros claimed that Bush's leadership in the war on terror has turned Americans from victims of terrorism into perpetrators.
As crazy as these charges sound, more and more they seem to represent the standard thinking among Kerry Democrats. After all, right before Soros spoke, one of my Democratic Senate colleagues introduced him by saying, "We need people like George Soros, who is fearless and willing to step up when it counts."
I'll tell you, if we need people like Soros speaking for our party, then we are in a whole heap of trouble.
It's time for responsible people to speak up and keep this election from becoming a sideshow of disgusting claims and hysterical attacks. More of my fellow Democrats including Kerry need to put America first and turn their backs on the wild-eyed partisans who want to tear us apart.
I still love the Democratic Party the party of Roosevelt and Truman and Kennedy. But the more screaming and ranting I hear, the more I wonder whether those Democratic heroes of old would find much to be proud of today.
Zell Miller is a patriot.
Zell Miller has more class and conscience than the remainder of the DemoRat party combined.
I just don't get "loving the party" for the people who were in it in the past. The "party" is nothing other than the collection of people who belong to it today, and the ideas they represent.
the party is also a set of guiding principles or basic tenets.
The left has literally been hijacked by each one of those sycophants that control dialogue of the Democratic party.
The leftists in the democRAT party today are no different, really, than what they were in the '20s and '30s when they started walking hand-in-hand with communists.
Well, look at it this way: America is the sum of all Americans, but it is also the Constitution as written by the Founders.
see what I mean?
Now there's a VP pick that would have an effect on Kerry's ticket. Zell is everything Kerry is not.
Why is he still a Democrat?
He's more Republican than many who wear that moniker
The reptiles message is getting accross all over America. My 92 yr. old aunt hates Laura Bush, saying she kooks like a broomstick is up her Ass. She Thought Clintons appearance on Larry King was wonderful. I told her "I don't want to talk to you about the Truth, because you are blind to it", This is going on all over this country. Its scary! Its almost diabolical! My God, this fool can win. God help us!
I would vote for Zell Miller he is a well informed and honest man.
Given the vitriol and hatred from the Left, combined with the lack of clear and rational thinking on the part of many Americans, there is always that distinct possibility. I pray your aunt (and mine) can't make it to the polls that day, or fails to mail in her ballot.
If Truman were a Democrat of today, where would the "Buck" have stopped now?
Then, would we be speaking Japanese today?
Zell is right, the DemoRats of today, do not represent the Democrat's of yesterday.
I see what you're saying, and it's true in theory, but in practice, it's today's people who make the difference. On paper, we have the same Constitution that we've always had, but the Founders certainly wouldn't recognize today's government as what they "contracted" for.
Same with the "original principles," if any, of the Democrat Party. I don't like to be uncharitable about Zell Miller, but he sounds like he's letting sentimentality cloud his judgment.
Reminds me of something from '68, maybe '70 when I was still a student in NC. One of the most effective ads I can recall, long haired, biker type, joint hanging out his mouth and flipping the single digit salute on the billboard, with the script, "I didn't leave the Democrat Party, it left me." If I am remembering correctly, that was the year Jesse Helms was first elected, first Republican Senator from NC since reconstruction days.
abusus non tollit usum, et perversus ad virtutum non aequabilis est.
Many of the American people abuse the basic tenets of America, many of these people have strayed from virtue into perversion. This does not do away with the fact that the Constitution and the virtues behind it still exist and remain American.
native Georgian BUMP !!
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