Skip to comments.Zell Miller Has Lots On His Mind (this is important)
Posted on 12/15/2004 4:30:49 PM PST by eleni121
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 Amos's 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 Bowl's 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 it's still there. So the scent of this event will long linger in the nostrils of America.
"I'm 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. Wouldn't one expect a bumping, humping, trashy routine entitled 'I'm going to get you naked' to end that way.
"Does any responsible adult ever listen to the words of this rap-crap? I'd 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 there's a crotch grabbing culture I've 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 Crock's bony butt. He should be tarred and feathered, and ridden out of this country on a rail. Talk about a good reality show, there's 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 that's not so. And I'll bet you most of them will say 'Well, sure.' And some will point out, 'it's 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 Senate's valuable time? I will answer: Because, it is of the highest importance. Yes, there's 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."
FReepers: For your reading pleasure
For Libs: A warning.
Senator Zell Miller pulls no punches!
He spoke in the Senate today but I got the speech from
I just love these future FoxNews contributors!!
" . . . an exposed mammary gland with a pull-tab attached to it. . . . Wouldn't one expect a bumping, humping, trashy routine entitled 'I'm going to get you naked' to end that way?"
Gotta love the way this guy talks.
Zell Miller said this before the Senate?
Outstanding! Where do I sign?
ping for later
Seems to me that Zell is ready to mount the counterattack
to the decadence that has overcome our country.
GO ZELL !!!
We need to sample snippets of Zell into a techno or trance mix. Then Drudge can play it as intro music on his radio program.
I have already put in for this...will let you know if I find it first.
It's not on his website yet.
That's what the email said. I am still looking for confirmation but the source is impeccable.
Very good read, thank you.
thank you, and please do not forget to ping me when and if you find this gem :)
It never ends...I'll be watching (and taping) lots of Fox when he has his regular gig.
If the GOP doesn't use the nuclear option you won't recognize this country within 20 years.
You are very welcome Archangel.
Thanks, eleni mou! This is the best thing I've read on FR in months. Its everything I believe in both as an Orthodox Christian and as a very long term member of the legal community who has spent most of that time in courtrooms, courtrooms with the name of Moses prominently displayed in most and a mural of Justinian handing down the Codex with Agia Sophia, surmounted by a golden cross, behind him dominating one in particular!
Nuclear option? On ourselves? On the Arabian peninsula? Please elaborate.
bump and ping
America appears to be in a low moral state if you look at Hollywood and some other sectors. But in my opinion the young people today are better than I seen before in my lifetime.
This is reflected in their community spirit, their real compassion and concern for others, and especially their performance in our armed services.
I'm optimistic that America is just about to see her greatest days.
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.
All that this proves is that his head is as deeply inserted in his posterior as Moore's is, possibly even deeper.
EN TOUTOI NIKA!
Awesome post. Thanks. I'll be sure to pick up the New York Times tomorrow, for sure they will cover Miller's profound speech on the Senate floor.
I love Zell, but he has it all wrong about Kid Rock. He's gone to Ramstein, Kuwait, Qutar and Iraq with the USO
your a troll
Thank you so much for posting this.
Bethlehem in the First Temple period wasn't a major city. It was a tiny town. The big cities back then were Jerusalem, Hebron, Shiloh, Schem/Samaria (Nablus) etc.
WOW. I hung on every word. For fifty years the Rats have eaten away at the foundation of civilization. It's just so hard to believe that the pendulum might actually swing the other way.
I have always hoped and prayed that the US might remain a beacon of light even unto the Last Day. Could it be?
Gotta beef with Zell apparently? Your guy lost in November - is that it?
I mean, what's with you?
Your wrong, I do agree Kid Rock has almost made up for it, but I was seriously angry when I seen him with his head through the flag, I know exactly how Zell felt! I too was more angered by Kid Rock than by the nipple... I know Kid Rock thought he was being patriotic but he does not know proper flag etiquette I do respect him for his USO tours and spending his time with the military, bit I believe if he could do it over again he would not have done this the same way...
Truer and more needed words couldn't be spoken. ping
Nuclear option as in Senate confirmations of judges.
I'm sure Sen Miller thanks you for the clarification on the size of Bethlehem, but that doesn't change the significance of the message.
I wholeheartedly agree with Zell Miller. I just saw today that a Councilman in Estes Park, CO. refused to say the Pledge because it contained the words "Under God". I wrote the editor of the newspaper and expressed my feelings about this so called "Patriot". Its time for Christian people to stand up as they did in the election.
OK...nuclear as a metaphor for pulling out all the stops to confirm conservatives.
I'm sure it will be on the front page of the Slimes...
Thanks for the post.
Oh, Lord I love that man. God bless him!
We'll be seeing much more of him apparently on FOX.
That is a good thing.
He should be tarred and feathered, and ridden out of this country on a rail. Talk about a good reality show, there's one for you.
I read this and thought, this man should be in the Republican VP spot in 2008.
Yes, the comminsts in the US never went away they went into law school and than got promoted to federal judgeships.
this land is, was, and always will be God's. this unique government will pass this test, as an example of what free, God fearing people can accomplish. This nation need not perish.
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