September 17, 2004


In this day and age when most political speeches are couched in politically correct terms with an all out effort to sidestep insult and offense, Zell Miller’s speech at the Republican National Convention was like a breath of hot fresh air.

He granted no amnesties, took no prisoners, made no apologies
and laid it down strong and tight calling a spade a spade and a waffler a waffler, party be damned.

Miller is a lifelong Democrat who says that he has not forsaken his party but that his party has forsaken him.

All in all I think it was the most honest, astute and meaningful speech I had ever heard at a party convention.

Zell Miller didn’t resort to rhetoric or innuendo in his condemnation of John Kerry’s qualifications to be our president. He cited fact after fact, which is a matter of record.

He denounced Ted Kennedy and John Kerry for their voting record in the Senate and listed several weapons systems Kerry voted against including the B-1 Bomber, the B-2 Bomber, the F-14A Tomcats, the Apache helicopter, the F-15 Eagles, the Patriot Missile Program, the Aegis Air Defense System, the Trident Missile and the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Miller said that Senator Kerry had made it clear that he would only use military force if approved by the United Nations. He said that Kerry would let Paris decide when America needed defending.

Zell Miller’s remarks were thought provoking to say the least, as he painted a picture of a man who played both ends against the middle.

I would never say anything derogatory about John Kerry’s
military record, whatever it happens to be, because as one who never served in the military I don’t feel that I have the right.

But there are others who do have the right, the men and women who also served in Vietnam and John Kerry made his military service open game when he tried to use it as one of the main
issues in his campaign.

Now that the Swift Boat Vets have come forth with some less than flattering information, Kerry accuses them of lying and wants to take the emphasis off his Vietnam record.

It would be very simple to remedy. If the Swift Boat Vets are lying, just allow the Department of the Navy to release Kerry’s
service record. That would put an end to the subject once and for all.
Kerry came home from the Vietnam War and immediately fell in with the hippies demonstrating against not only the war but the men and women who were fighting it.

As part of his presidential campaign on the one hand he wants to build up his service in Vietnam and on the other hand the things he said when he came back are a direct slap in the face to him and everybody else who served in Vietnam.

Well you can’t have it both ways Senator, not as long as there’s a Zell Miller around to hold you accountable.

Pray for our troops.

What do you think?

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

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