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Miller Delivers Floor Speech on ‘Deficit of Decency’ in America
Zell Miller's Senate Home Page ^ | 2/12/2004 | Zell Miller

Posted on 02/18/2004 6:24:04 AM PST by Bug

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 12, 2004

Miller Delivers Floor Speech on
Deficit of Decency in America

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) today delivered the following statement on the floor of the United States Senate addressing several social issues facing the country:

The Old Testament prophet Amos was a sheep herder who lived back in the Judean hills, away from the larger cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Compared to the intellectual urbanites like Isaiah and Jeremiah, he was just an unsophisticated country hick.


But Amos had a unique grasp of political and social issues and his poetic literary skill was among the best of all the prophets. That familiar quote of Martin Luther King, Jr. about Justice will rush down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream are Amoss words.

Amos was the first to propose the concept of a universal God and not just some tribal deity. He also wrote that God demanded moral purity, not rituals and sacrifices. This blunt speaking moral conscience of his time warns in Chapter 8, verse 11 of The Book of Amos, as if he were speaking to us today:

That the days will come, sayeth the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land. Not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the word of the Lord.

And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east. They shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

A famine in the land. Has anyone more accurately described the situation we face in America today? A famine of hearing the words of the Lord.

But some will say, Amos was just an Old Testament prophet a minor one at that who lived 700 years before Christ. That is true, so how about one of the most influential historians of modern times?


Arnold Toynbee who wrote the acclaimed 12 volume A Study of History, once declared, Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today.

Toynbee died in 1975, before seeing the worst that was yet to come. Yes, Arnold Toynbee saw the famine. The famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Whether it is removing a display of the Ten Commandments from a Courthouse or the Nativity Scene from a city square. Whether it is eliminating prayer in schools or eliminating under God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Whether it is making a mockery of the sacred institution of marriage between a man and woman or, yes, telecasting around the world made-in-the-USA filth masquerading as entertainment.


The Culture of Far Left America was displayed in a startling way during the Super Bowls now infamous half-time show. A show brought to us courtesy of Value-Les Moonves and the pagan temple of Viacom-Babylon.

I asked the question yesterday, how many of you have ever run over a skunk with your car? I have many times and I can tell you, the stink stays around for a long time. You can take the car through a car wash and its still there. So the scent of this event will long linger in the nostrils of America.

Im not talking just about an exposed mammary gland with a pull-tab attached to it. Really no one should have been too surprised at that. Wouldnt one expect a bumping, humping, trashy routine entitled Im going to get you naked to end that way.


Does any responsible adult ever listen to the words of this rap-crap? Id quote you some of it, but the Sergeant of Arms would throw me out of here, as well he should. And then there was that prancing, dancing, strutting, rutting guy evidently suffering from jock itch because he kept yelling and grabbing his crotch. But then, maybe theres a crotch grabbing culture Ive unaware of.

But as bad as all this was, the thing that yanked my chain the hardest was seeing that ignoramus with his pointed head stuck up through a hole he had cut in the flag of the United States of America, screaming about having a bottle of scotch and watching lots of crotch. Think about that.

This is the same flag that we pledge allegiance to. This is the flag that is draped over coffins of dead young uniformed warriors killed while protecting Kid Crocks bony butt. He should be tarred and feathered, and ridden out of this country on a rail. Talk about a good reality show, theres one for you.

The desire and will of this Congress to meaningfully do anything about any of these so-called social issues is non existent and embarrassingly disgraceful. The American people are waiting and growing impatient with us. They want something done.

I am pleased to be a co-sponsor of S.J. Res. 26 along with Senator Allard and others, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. And S.1558, the Liberties Restoration Act, which declares religious liberty rights in several ways, including the Pledge of Allegiance and the display of the Ten Commandments. And today I join Senator Shelby and others with the Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 that limits the jurisdiction of federal courts in certain ways.

In doing so, I stand shoulder to shoulder not only with my Senate co-sponsors and Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama but, more importantly, with our Founding Fathers in the conception of religious liberty and the terribly wrong direction our modern judiciary has taken us in.

"Everyone today seems to think that the U.S. Constitution expressly provides for separation of church and state. Ask any ten people if thats not so. And Ill bet you most of them will say Well, sure. And some will point out, its in the First Amendment.

Wrong! Read it! It says, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Where is the word separate? Where are the words church or state.

They are not there. Never have been. Never intended to be. Read the Congressional Records during that four-month period in 1789 when the amendment was being framed in Congress. Clearly their intent was to prohibit a single denomination in exclusion of all others, whether it was Anglican or Catholic or some other.


I highly recommend a great book entitled Original Intent by David Barton. It really gets into how the actual members of Congress, who drafted the First Amendment, expected basic Biblical principles and values to be present throughout public life and society, not separate from it.

It was Alexander Hamilton who pointed out that judges should be bound down by strict rules and precedents, which serve to define and point out their duty. Bound down! That is exactly what is needed to be done. There was not a single precedent cited when school prayer was struck down in 1962.

These judges who legislate instead of adjudicate, do it without being responsible to one single solitary voter for their actions. Among the signers of the Declaration of Independence was a brilliant young physician from Pennsylvania named Benjamin Rush.


When Rush was elected to that First Continental Congress, his close friend Benjamin Franklin told him We need you. . . we have a great task before us, assigned to us by Providence. Today, 228 years later there is still a great task before us assigned to us by Providence. Our Founding Fathers did not shirk their duty and we can do no less.

By the way, Benjamin Rush was once asked a question that has long interested this Senator from Georgia in particular. Dr. Rush was asked, are you a democrat or an aristocrat? And the good doctor answered, I am neither. I am a Christocrat. I believe He, alone, who created and redeemed man is qualified to govern him. That reply of Benjamin Rush is just as true today in the year of our Lord 2004 as it was in the year of our Lord 1776.


So, if I am asked why with all the pressing problems this nation faces today why am I pushing these social issues and taking the Senates valuable time? I will answer: Because, it is of the highest importance. Yes, theres a deficit to be concerned about in this country, a deficit of decency.

So, as the sand empties through my hourglass at warp speed and with my time running out in this Senate and on this earth, I feel compelled to speak out. For I truly believe that at times like this, silence is not golden. It is yellow.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: zellmiller

1 posted on 02/18/2004 6:24:05 AM PST by Bug
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To: Bug
I am reading the speach at my Church this Sunday!
2 posted on 02/18/2004 6:25:27 AM PST by The Mayor ("If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate."- Nikka - age 6)
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To: Bug
Excellent. Bookmarked.
3 posted on 02/18/2004 6:30:26 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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4 posted on 02/18/2004 6:34:07 AM PST by firewalk
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To: Bug
The year that Zell runs for president will be the first time I vote Democrat. Whadda guy!
5 posted on 02/18/2004 6:35:34 AM PST by jboot (Faith is not a work.)
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To: Bug
Oh my gracious Lord, bless this man. I used to despise him as "Zig Zag Zell" back when he was our Georgia governor. Now, he shows himself to be a man both decent and honorable. Maybe he changed.

Maybe I just didn't know him then.

6 posted on 02/18/2004 6:41:39 AM PST by MarcoPolo
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To: Bug
Beautiful, wonder if their legislation will pass.
7 posted on 02/18/2004 6:42:28 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: Bug
Excellent. Zell has nailed the source of problems in our country. I just finished reading "John Adams" by David McCullough which won the pulitzer prize. John Adams was a close friend of Benjamin Rush and he is quoted often in the book. I would highly recommend everyone to read it, it is the best, most entertaining and enlightening book I've ever read concerning the founding and early struggles of the U.S.
8 posted on 02/18/2004 6:42:38 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: Bug
Sitting in the same chamber is a man called Ted Kennedy.
9 posted on 02/18/2004 6:45:30 AM PST by cynicom
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To: Bug
He is one good apple that is in a barrel of rotten ones.
10 posted on 02/18/2004 6:45:48 AM PST by Piquaboy
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To: Bug
Another Zel piece from January 5, 2004 you may find interesting.
11 posted on 02/18/2004 6:46:17 AM PST by G.Mason (The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected -- Will Rogers)
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To: Bug
read later
12 posted on 02/18/2004 6:57:55 AM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: Bug
How refreshing! Thanks for the post. I am so relieved to know that even in the Senate, many have not "Bowed their knee to Baal." God have mercy on us.
13 posted on 02/18/2004 7:03:06 AM PST by irishlass
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To: Bug
I was fortunate to attend a lecture by Justice Antonin Scalia last Friday night. His topic was, "Free At Last. Free At Last. The U.S. Supreme Court Freed from the Text of the Constitution." Once judges started straying from the text, they were free to use their own judgement, with no constraints. America is nearly at the point now where we are saying to the courts, in essence, "rule us according to your judgment."

So, it's no surprise that Congress has difficulty confirming judges. The liberals and conservatives alike are keenly aware that the constitution is really not the anchor of our republic any longer . . . we're at the mercy of 5 people on the Supreme Court whom they hope--ultimately--will rule wisely. Confirming judges is no longer about their lawyerly skills and personal character. When Scalia was confirmed in 1986, the vote was 98 and 2 absent. How things have changed just since 1986!

14 posted on 02/18/2004 7:05:35 AM PST by RightField (The older you get . . . the older "old" is !)
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To: Bug
Too bad the other DemocRATS weren't miked up the way football players sometimes are when NFL Films features players in high profile games. I'll bet some of their responses to Miller's speech are unprintable.
15 posted on 02/18/2004 7:07:58 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Bug
BUMP
16 posted on 02/18/2004 7:28:45 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: MarcoPolo
I disagree with Sen. Miller on some issues, certainly a few when he was Governor of our great state, but did vote for him when he ran for Senate re-election after the death of Pual Coverdale.

I started reading his book yesterday, I reccommend it - he's an honourable man. I've called his offices a dozen times requesting he swap parties, but he never will. He's not a traitor to his party, they rest are.

17 posted on 02/18/2004 7:34:42 AM PST by 4CJ (||) Support free speech and stop CFR - visit www.ArmorforCongress.com (||)
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To: Bug
“So, as the sand empties through my hourglass at warp speed – and with my time running out in this Senate and on this earth, I feel compelled to speak out. For I truly believe that at times like this, silence is not golden. It is yellow.”

Ohhh. Good speech.
Conservatives have been screaming the warnings, but people chose to be deaf, dumb, and blind! With the homosexual fiasco in California, they may finally see the light.
(The homophobes were right after all, weren't they?)

18 posted on 02/18/2004 7:34:47 AM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Paleo Conservative
...yeah, i can imagine hillary's head doing 360's, frothing at the mouth, etc., ala linda blair while this was being read to the senate (provided hillary was present to hear this fantastic speech)...
19 posted on 02/18/2004 7:35:53 AM PST by cweese
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To: Bug
Wow. Our country will be all the more poor, when Senator Miller steps down.
20 posted on 02/18/2004 7:36:24 AM PST by Darnright (The 6,875,029 Virginians who did NOT vote Kerry cannot be wrong!!!)
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To: cynicom
Sitting in the same chamber is a man drunken murderer called Ted Kennedy.
21 posted on 02/18/2004 7:39:25 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Inspectorette
In the same room and in the same political party. When people say they are a dem or a pub, I ask them what that means.
22 posted on 02/18/2004 7:43:20 AM PST by cynicom
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To: ladtx
Over a couple of MGDs, I noodled with a couple of friends trying to determine what present politicians would be worthy of inclusion in the Roman Senate during the early Republic period. We came up with Miller and Kyl. No one else. Actually, we had a lot of fun finding roles for our senators in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
23 posted on 02/18/2004 7:44:38 AM PST by gaspar
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To: Bug
But as bad as all this was, the thing that yanked my chain the hardest was seeing that ignoramus with his pointed head stuck up through a hole he had cut in the flag of the United States of America, screaming about having a bottle of scotch and watching lots of crotch. Think about that.

Wow! No wonder the Democrats have disowned him.

24 posted on 02/18/2004 7:50:49 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: MarcoPolo
Now, he shows himself to be a man both decent and honorable. Maybe he changed.

Confession. He's making amends with his maker. Repentance has to come before he dies. He's giving the country a warning. The nation should heed it.
We've seen the fruit of liberalism. It's rotted and diseased.

25 posted on 02/18/2004 7:51:19 AM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: MarcoPolo
Perhaps you didnt think he was excellent in that way that parents get smarter when their kids get older. I wrote to him, suggesting that as soon as he was free of the Senate would he please run for President.
26 posted on 02/18/2004 7:55:00 AM PST by bboop
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To: cynicom
Sitting in the same chamber is a man called Ted Kennedy.

And Barbara Boxer and Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin and John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid.....
I'm sure every one of these scumbag was appalled at Zel's speech.
You can just picture them listening and fidgeting and looking around.

27 posted on 02/18/2004 7:57:11 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
In his book he writes that he was so disgusted by the party that he no longer attends their Tuesday strategy meetings.
28 posted on 02/18/2004 8:00:23 AM PST by 4CJ (||) Support free speech and stop CFR - visit www.ArmorforCongress.com (||)
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To: Lancey Howard
When my friends tell me they vote democrat because they are
democrats, I can understand how such filth as Kennedy remains in the senate. Term limits should have been in play long ago. CSA in their constitution installed term limits. We being "wiser" did not.
29 posted on 02/18/2004 8:01:17 AM PST by cynicom
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To: Bug
It's about time.

Trouble is, all the decent Congress critters are bowing out. God only knows what will replace them.

30 posted on 02/18/2004 9:28:59 AM PST by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: cynicom
Sitting in the same chamber is a man called Ted Kennedy. . . . .

. . . .burping up Chivas smelling breath and holding an ice bag on his hungover head.

31 posted on 02/18/2004 9:30:41 AM PST by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: 3catsanadog
At the state of the union speech, Ole Ted looked like he was about a quart over full.
32 posted on 02/18/2004 9:33:42 AM PST by cynicom
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To: Piquaboy
He is one good apple that is in a barrel of rotten ones.

He is an island in a sea of stupidity.
33 posted on 02/18/2004 9:52:13 AM PST by Muzzle_em
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To: 4ConservativeJustices
I haven't read his book. But I know first hand from my time working in the Senate that the line he gave when asked why he wasn't at the Tuesday meetings was that he wanted the rest of the party to be able to talk freely about him.
34 posted on 02/18/2004 9:57:41 AM PST by hinterlander
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To: Bug
We need to clone that guy. What a national treasure.
35 posted on 02/18/2004 10:08:58 AM PST by Freedom4US
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To: jboot
He's the ONLY Democrat I would ever consider voting for. I know he beleives in his party the way it "used to be", but it has been hi-jacked by the loonie leftists and I don't understand why he doesn't switch..........but I suppose it doesn't matter since he won't seek re-election, but what a plus he would be to a Republican administration. I hope GW, after his re-election, will remember Zell.
36 posted on 02/18/2004 10:13:12 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: hinterlander
But I know first hand from my time working in the Senate that the line he gave when asked why he wasn't at the Tuesday meetings was that he wanted the rest of the party to be able to talk freely about him.

I'm sure they do, and Sen. Miller knows it. And quite frankly, if maggots such as Leahy, Kennedy, Schumer, Feinstein, Clintoon, Daschle, &c have ill feelings toward Sen. Miller, then he did something right!

37 posted on 02/18/2004 11:50:52 AM PST by 4CJ (||) Support free speech and stop CFR - visit www.ArmorforCongress.com (||)
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To: Bug; All
Folks,

As a Lt. Governor Zell was 100% Damocrat (did I misspell that?). As a Governor Zell was 100% Damocrat. I didn't like him even a little bit.

I don't know if he has had a Spiritual awakening or what, but Senator Zell Miller has made some drastic changes over the past few years. Because of his past reputation of flipping and flopping on issues (ergo his old nickname, Zig Zag Zell) I have been slow to accept that he is really what he seems to have become.

I have decided . . . . . HE IS!

Over the years I have endured sermons from the pulpit in Church with less kick and bite than 'Deficit of Decency'. All I have to say is, "AMEN ZELL."

This man is for real.

God bless you Senator. You have served us well in the U.S. Senate.

I hate to see you go!

38 posted on 02/18/2004 10:04:54 PM PST by Veritas_est (Truth is)
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Just received this in an email and did a search before I posted it BUMP!!
39 posted on 02/18/2004 11:23:03 PM PST by WSGilcrest (It's hard to get along when you're omnipotent.)
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To: Bug; The Mayor

removing a display of the Ten Commandments from a Courthouse

STATE INTERPOSITION

It was Alexander Hamilton who pointed out that judges should be bound down by strict rules and precedents, which serve to define and point out their duty. Bound down! That is exactly what is needed to be done.

It is Time to Denounce Roe v. Wade

Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 that limits the jurisdiction of federal courts in certain ways.
The Most Important Legislation In The Last Fifty Years:The Constitution Restoration Act Of 2004

40 posted on 02/21/2004 11:54:33 AM PST by Federalist 78
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To: Bug
What an awesome speech. Zell Miller could've been such a formidable proponent for protecting our country from his party's degeneracy if he had come to his enlightenmnet much sooner. Still, I'm grateful to hear and read his words now.

S.J. Res. 26 - Constitutional amendment relating to marriage
S.1558 - restoring religious liberty
Constitution Restoration Act of 2004

Hoping to see a lot of threads from FR's veteran activists about how best to support the proposed legislation

41 posted on 02/21/2004 12:23:54 PM PST by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
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To: Bug
Nice act!..
A voice crying in the wilderness...
Does it good too...
42 posted on 02/23/2004 9:53:59 AM PST by hosepipe
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To: WSGilcrest
Just received this in an email and did a search before I posted it BUMP!!

Same here BTTT.

43 posted on 03/05/2004 12:16:04 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: Bug

BUMP


44 posted on 07/30/2007 7:09:57 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: MarcoPolo

Maybe he changed.

Yes according to his own words, “when I started to notice my age and, my grand children”.
These may not be word for word but, in essence, this is what I heard he, him self proclaim.

Most Americans see the degradation of America as well as Zell Miller.


45 posted on 07/30/2007 7:27:49 PM PDT by buck61
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