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ZELL MILLER: I Tried To Tell You . . .
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | November 4, 2004 | Zell Miller

Posted on 11/03/2004 11:46:03 PM PST by West Coast Conservative

America's faith in freedom has been reaffirmed. With the re-election of President Bush, America recommitted itself once again to expanding freedom and promoting liberty. Only the 1864 re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the 1944 re-election of Franklin Roosevelt and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan rival this victory as milestones in the preservation of our security by the advancement of freedom.

This election validated not just freedom, but also the faith our Founding Fathers placed in average folks to navigate the course of this great nation. By weighing the greatest issues at the gravest times and choosing our path, ordinary people have again accomplished extraordinary things. With courage and caution, rather than fear and timidity, the voters chose a path to ensure others would enjoy the same freedom to set their own path.

This election outcome should have been implausible, if not impossible. With a litany of complaints — bad economy, bad deficit, bad foreign war, bad gas prices — amplified by a national media that discarded any pretense of neutrality, a national opposition party should have won this election.

But the Democratic Party is no longer a national party. As difficult as the challenges are — both real and fabricated — Democrats offered no solution that was either believable or acceptable to vast regions of America.

Tax increases to grow the economy are not a solution that is believable or acceptable. Democratic promises of fiscal responsibility are unbelievable in the face of massive new spending promises. A foreign policy based on the strength of "allies" such as France is unacceptable. A strong national defense policy is just not believable coming from a candidate who built a career as an anti-war veteran, an anti-military candidate and an anti-action senator.

Democratic Party policies haven't sold in large sections of America in decades, and the only success of Democrats in presidential elections for 40 years was when they pitched themselves as pro-growth, low-tax, strong-defense, fiscally responsible, values-oriented candidates.

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton hummed the tune but never really sang the song, and that's why Democrat prospects have gone south in the South. In 1980, the South had 20 Democrats and just six Republicans in the Senate. As recently as 1994, the Senate had 17 Democrats and nine Republicans from the South.

A decade later, the number had reversed to 17 Republicans and nine Democrats. With this election, it is 22 Republicans and just four Democrats from the South.

When will national Democrats sober up and admit that that dog won't hunt? Secular socialism, heavy taxes, big spending, weak defense, limitless lawsuits and heavy regulation — that pack of beagles hasn't caught a rabbit in the South or Midwest in years.

The most recent failed nominee for president stands as proof that the national Democratic Party will continue to dwindle. The South has gone from just one-fourth of the Electoral College in 1960 to almost a third today.

To put this in perspective, that gain is equal to all the electoral votes in Ohio. Yet there was not a single Southern state where John Kerry had any real chance. Would anyone like to place bets on the electoral strength of the South by 2012? Maybe they should tax stupidity.

When you write off centrist and conservative policies that reflect the will of people in the South and Midwest, you write off the South and Midwest. Democrats have never learned from the second or third or fifth kick of a mule. They continue to change only the makeup on, rather than makeup of, the Democrat Party.

And so we have a realignment election. For the first time, in an "us vs. them" election and in the toughest of situations, Republicans have been re-elected to the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Confronting an opposition that can win a divided electorate in the worst of times and that has a growing electoral base, the national Democratic Party has a choice: continue down this path toward irrelevance or reverse course. As the last Truman Democrat, I hope my party makes the right choice but know I will not be allowed to be part of it. Such is the price you pay when you love your nation more than your party.

And so while I retire with little hope for the near-term viability of the party I've spent my life building, I retire with a quiet satisfaction that after witnessing the struggle of democracy over communism and fascism, the fear I once held that America might not rise to meet this new challenge of terrorism has vanished like a fog under the radiance of a new dawn. While the threat is still real, the shadow looming across a promising future is gone.

And the credit for that goes to one man. Like the last lion of England, Winston Churchill, George W. Bush has stood alone and risked all to give the world a new, clearer path to the advancement of freedom.

Abraham Lincoln, in his second annual message to Congress, stated: "In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom for the free — honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last, best hope of earth."

George Bush has injected into a region of enslavement an incurable dose of freedom, and thus nobly saved that "last, best hope of earth" — free men.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushvictory; giveemhellzell; kerrydefeat; napalminthemorning; wot; zellmiller; zellocrat
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1 posted on 11/03/2004 11:46:03 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative


Enjoy your retirement Zell, you deserve it!


2 posted on 11/03/2004 11:47:28 PM PST by elizabetty
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To: West Coast Conservative

Zell Miller - a great American.


3 posted on 11/03/2004 11:48:47 PM PST by Allegra (FOUR MORE YEARS!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Thank You Zell. At ease. Dismissed!


4 posted on 11/03/2004 11:49:05 PM PST by GeronL (Congratulations Bush on your re-election VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Gotta love him.


5 posted on 11/03/2004 11:50:26 PM PST by Jim Robinson (No more obstructionism! Sixty six in 06!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Ya gave em hell Zell. I hope they listen.


6 posted on 11/03/2004 11:56:39 PM PST by Wonderama ("America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy"....John Updike)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Thank you Zell...God bless you for standing up and supporting our President.

.Perfect spot to post this link..I love it.

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/bommer/Live%20What%20I%20Believe.html


7 posted on 11/03/2004 11:57:09 PM PST by MEG33 ( Congratulations President Bush!..Thank you God. Four More Years!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

One of the last of his kind.

What he did for the President at the convention was super, his 'conversation' with Matthews will live forever, seared into my memory.


8 posted on 11/03/2004 11:59:05 PM PST by uncleshag (Send the light !)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Zell Miller rules!!!!


9 posted on 11/04/2004 12:01:31 AM PST by gman4bush
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To: uncleshag

Zel's the man. You go guy!


10 posted on 11/04/2004 12:01:50 AM PST by lwoodham
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To: West Coast Conservative

love ya Zell...


11 posted on 11/04/2004 12:02:08 AM PST by Vapor3 (I will never be a Spanish)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Sure will miss him!!!


12 posted on 11/04/2004 12:02:37 AM PST by Primetimedonna
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To: West Coast Conservative

Zell is a great man.


13 posted on 11/04/2004 12:03:14 AM PST by bushrocks04
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To: West Coast Conservative
With what? Spitballs!?!
14 posted on 11/04/2004 12:03:54 AM PST by Petronski (Report back to headquarters for debriefing and cocktails.)
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To: uncleshag

I tuned into Chris last hour to see the gloom fest...He doesn't get it and I doubt he is capable.


15 posted on 11/04/2004 12:08:15 AM PST by MEG33 ( Congratulations President Bush!..Thank you God. Four More Years!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
A straight shooter with tremendous courage and fortitude, he exposes what the left wing of the DemonRAT party really stands for-radical Socialist ideals. God Bless Zell Miller and as always, God Bless America.
16 posted on 11/04/2004 12:10:27 AM PST by Daner313 (Bush has crushed Monsieur Kerry!! OUI! OUI!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

We will miss Zell Miller. He is an outstanding American, patriot and dedicated public servant.


17 posted on 11/04/2004 12:11:32 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: West Coast Conservative; maica; river rat

WOW! That Zell can write!


18 posted on 11/04/2004 12:12:57 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: West Coast Conservative

On the Hannity show today, he mentioned that his recommended title was:

"Now Do You Believe Me?"

in reference to the dems continually ignoring his advice.


19 posted on 11/04/2004 12:13:40 AM PST by Cousin Eddie
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To: West Coast Conservative

I'm glad as Zell.


20 posted on 11/04/2004 12:13:43 AM PST by b9
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To: elizabetty
Zell may be the last of the John Stennis type Democrats. I don't see anyone rushing in to take their place. Time for the Democratic party to change it's name.
21 posted on 11/04/2004 12:17:09 AM PST by oyez (¡Qué viva la revolución de Reagan!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
The grief stricken, hand wringing Democrats should be forced to memorize the words of Zell Miller. If they really want to heal their party, that is.
22 posted on 11/04/2004 12:17:51 AM PST by YaYa123 (@It's Official...The MSM Did All It Could To Defeat George W. Bush.com)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Such is the price you pay when you love your nation more than your party.

Would that there aren't more like him in both parties.

God Bless you Zell! May you have peace, joy and happiness for the rest of your life. You, Sir, are a great American patriot!

23 posted on 11/04/2004 12:19:03 AM PST by Sally'sConcerns (It's painless to be a monthly donor!)
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To: MEG33



I missed "Cryin'" Chrissy but did get to see "Liar, Creepy Liar" O'Donnell on Dennis Miller.

O'Donnell confessed that Kerry was the only politician he had ever "truely admired".

Oh, Sheesh!!!


24 posted on 11/04/2004 12:23:05 AM PST by uncleshag (Send the light !)
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To: Jim Robinson
Gotta love him.

With much respect!!

25 posted on 11/04/2004 12:23:18 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: Travis McGee

I love his style. His book "A National Party No More" is direct, witty, informative -- and from the heart. A great read from a great American. Check it out!


26 posted on 11/04/2004 12:28:35 AM PST by Type Righter (...mightier than the sword...)
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To: uncleshag

I thought they had stood Larry O'D in the corner and ordered meds with counseling after his liar rant against John O'Neill.(Thank you Swiftboat Veterans)
O'Donnell's great admiration of Kerry tells me a lot.

Zell Miller, thank you again!


27 posted on 11/04/2004 12:33:37 AM PST by MEG33 ( Congratulations President Bush!..Thank you God. Four More Years!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Zell is a lion. In the old days many of the senators were
lions, now we have mostly pretty faces from central casting.
28 posted on 11/04/2004 12:35:26 AM PST by oldbrowser (the people have spoken............loud and clear)
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To: West Coast Conservative
But the Democratic Party is no longer a national party.

Bob Beckel essentially agrees with you.

29 posted on 11/04/2004 12:38:23 AM PST by Tall_Texan (Let's REALLY Split The Country! (http://righteverytime3.blogspot.com))
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To: West Coast Conservative

There will never be another Democratic president from North of the Mason Dixon line.


30 posted on 11/04/2004 12:38:31 AM PST by CalRepublican
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To: Tall_Texan
the second or third or fifth kick of a mule...

Next: a sixth kick, only this time of a Hilldebeast.

31 posted on 11/04/2004 12:39:31 AM PST by C210N
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To: elizabetty

No kidding.....I love ya, Zell, but the 1864 re-election of Abraham Lincoln as a safeguard of liberry? You're outta your freaking mind!!!!!

Maybe your age IS finally beginning to get to you. You are a good man & I hope you have a happy retirement come January.


32 posted on 11/04/2004 12:40:10 AM PST by libertyman
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To: West Coast Conservative

bump for later read


33 posted on 11/04/2004 12:44:00 AM PST by Laffalot
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To: West Coast Conservative

God Bless Zell!


34 posted on 11/04/2004 12:50:46 AM PST by Awestruck (The artist formerly known as Goodie D)
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To: West Coast Conservative
A strong national defense policy is just not believable coming from a candidate who built a career as an anti-war veteran, an anti-military candidate and an anti-action senator.

Love that line!
Zell was and is so right! In the end Kerry was just not believeable. His talk was great, inspiring even, but it wasn't who he's been and who he is. Kerry has been properly sized up by Zell, "anti-war veteran, an anti-military candidate and an anti-action senator." The talk sounded great when Kerry said he would hunt down and kill the terrorists, but the first step in Kerry's plan book was another trip to Paris!?!

Say What?

Thank God for George Bush! ...and if the british tabs and the euroweenie elites can't figure us out? tell me the downside again please?

35 posted on 11/04/2004 12:54:44 AM PST by ThirstyMan
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To: West Coast Conservative
"Maybe they should tax stupidity."

What? And end up permanently bankrupting both New York AND California...? :)

36 posted on 11/04/2004 1:08:33 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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I hope that President G. W. Bush will give Zell Miller (as well as Rudy Giuliani) an office in his next Cabinet. He is a strong principled man. Instead I think Secretary of State Colin Powell should resign soon!


37 posted on 11/04/2004 1:18:02 AM PST by alessandrofiaschi
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To: West Coast Conservative
Awesome article!

The Rats won't listen. They'll run the boat right up on the rocks.

BTT.


38 posted on 11/04/2004 1:29:41 AM PST by LiberalBassTurds (Islam is a religion of peace. Strange every murdering psychopath in the world is attracted to it.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Very inspiring. Thanks for this post.


39 posted on 11/04/2004 1:30:23 AM PST by MarMema (Sharon is my hero)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Thank you for your Hell...


40 posted on 11/04/2004 1:30:44 AM PST by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
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To: ImaTexan

ping to read later


41 posted on 11/04/2004 1:37:46 AM PST by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Zell I read your book! God will surely grace you for your service to this great country.

I wish you and your family the best!

Spitballs is a word I hadn't heard since I was in grade school! Something guys did to try to impress the ladies sorta like Bill Clinton.

42 posted on 11/04/2004 1:38:24 AM PST by Joe Miner
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To: West Coast Conservative

Thank you, Zell Miller,


43 posted on 11/04/2004 1:48:17 AM PST by NetValue (If you wonder "Why", read your Constitution.)
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To: Jim Robinson; dansangel

You said it! A real true american!!


44 posted on 11/04/2004 1:50:39 AM PST by .45MAN ("God bless America and George W. Bush")
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To: West Coast Conservative

Zell "Tell It Like It Is" Miller.

Truly the only democrat that I know of deserving of the title, "The Loyal Opposition"

The only democrat that I would ever vote for.

Thank you, Zell, and God Bless You.


45 posted on 11/04/2004 2:05:18 AM PST by .44 Special (Tap-Tap, Tap-Tap - two in the chest, two in the head)
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To: elizabetty; Neets; illstillbe; lysie; jtill; kassie; Lorena; Molly Pitcher; Bitwhacker; kayak; ...

46 posted on 11/04/2004 2:06:39 AM PST by The Raven
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To: uncleshag
O'Donnell confessed that Kerry was the only politician he had ever "truely admired".

LIAR! Youououuu . . . LIIIEEE!

ARGGGGGGG! aaaaa

AAAAAAAHHHH!GGG!

(Just a sampling of Larry's admirable commentary)

47 posted on 11/04/2004 2:16:50 AM PST by sevry
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To: West Coast Conservative

Wow, what an essay by a great American. The mistreatment of their Zell Millers is proof of complete political malpractice by the democrat party.


48 posted on 11/04/2004 2:46:15 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
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To: West Coast Conservative
This has to break the heart of a Southern Democrat like Zell. He has to watch as his party moves inexorably to the left, abandoning the values that he became a Democrat with.

Because of the radical Democrat agenda, it will not succeed in the South for a while. The Northeast, on the other hand....

49 posted on 11/04/2004 4:11:52 AM PST by jude24 (sola gratia)
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To: joanie-f; Mudboy Slim; FBD; scholar; ForGod'sSake
>ping<

Just too good.
Ol' Zell at his firey best.
Can't risk y'all not reading.

The Liberal-Socialists are in the shitter without men like Zell.

...we sure could use a few [dozen] Zells on our side, too.

50 posted on 11/04/2004 4:22:22 AM PST by Landru (Indulgences: 2 for a buck.)
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