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Zell Miller does it again! (2/12/2004)
Sen. Miller's floor speeches ^ | 2/12/04 | Zell Miller

Posted on 12/24/2004 1:59:28 PM PST by rapture-me

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'm 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."


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'Nuff said except "AMEN!"
1 posted on 12/24/2004 1:59:29 PM PST by rapture-me
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To: rapture-me
Waddya say we trade him for McCain?

Everyone wins on that. We get a great man and the libs get a knucklehead that will help them on their inescapable slide to nothingness.

To quote the Guv (Mel Brooks) in Blazing Saddles.....can I get a harumph?!
2 posted on 12/24/2004 2:04:12 PM PST by stm
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To: rapture-me

Amen Brother!

Merry Christmas to Uncle Zell!


3 posted on 12/24/2004 2:05:04 PM PST by Barney59 (Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year)
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To: rapture-me
Amen indeed.

This man is rapidly becoming my favorite politician

4 posted on 12/24/2004 2:06:46 PM PST by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: rapture-me
AWESOME.

Zell is becoming one of the most ferocious intellectual/spiritual giants of our times, a biblical prophet for the 21st century.

5 posted on 12/24/2004 2:08:06 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
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To: rapture-me

I wish Zell were 20 years younger and inclined to run for President!


6 posted on 12/24/2004 2:08:34 PM PST by Melinda in TN
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To: rapture-me

Link to source?


7 posted on 12/24/2004 2:09:53 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: rapture-me

It is beyond time for Christians to stand up and say "we fired up we ain't takin no more".
Onward Christian Soldiers


8 posted on 12/24/2004 2:10:07 PM PST by westmichman (Pray for global warming. (Thank GOD for the red states))
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To: stm
Can I get a Harumph?!

Spoken in true western gibberish. I loved that movie ; thanks for the memory rush.

9 posted on 12/24/2004 2:10:12 PM PST by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: rapture-me

Never mind. It appeared on return.


10 posted on 12/24/2004 2:10:58 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: rapture-me

BTTT


11 posted on 12/24/2004 2:11:23 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: builder

Zell Miller is a ntional treasure and the U.S. Senate is much the pooorer for his departure. He does not mince words, speaks from a position of moral clarity and is politically incorrect, all attributes to be admired. If there were a book of Zell's speeches especially like this one and the one at the RNC I would buy it in a heartbeat. I second his recommendation regarding David Barton. I have seen David speak and hsi explanation of the Judeo=Christian basis of the founding our nation and the constitution will put to rest any liberal lies about the secular roots of our nation. His website is www.wallbuilders.com


12 posted on 12/24/2004 2:12:04 PM PST by Maneesh
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To: rapture-me

Hard to believe this was the guy who introduced Bill Clinton at the 1992 Dem convention.


13 posted on 12/24/2004 2:12:11 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: stm

Brooks = Liberal Loonie

Folks tend to put their money where their mind is...

http://www.newsmeat.com/celebrity_political_donations/Mel_Brooks.php


14 posted on 12/24/2004 2:14:32 PM PST by RetNav96
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To: rapture-me
"These judges who legislate instead of adjudicate, do it without being responsible to one single solitary voter for their actions.

Zell is right about today's Judiciary.

The Founders gave us the means to correct abuses by the Judiciary. It's about time this country gave some thought to limiting the terms of Supreme Court, and lower court, judges who are unelected, accountable to no one, have a disconnect from the American mainstream, and legislate from the bench.

15 posted on 12/24/2004 2:14:54 PM PST by Noachian (A Democrat, by definition, is a Socialist.)
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To: rapture-me

What a great speech. Redeems, just a little, my view of politicians.


16 posted on 12/24/2004 2:14:56 PM PST by highlander_UW (Islam - The Religion of Peace, and we'll kill you to prove it)
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To: rapture-me

Ouch! That sucker is smokin'!

This guy can belt out some incredible orations. It's nice to know he's on our side on some important issues.

Very impressive. Thanks for the post.


17 posted on 12/24/2004 2:15:53 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservat)
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To: rapture-me
oh-oh...could this be the start of the Christocrat party ?
18 posted on 12/24/2004 2:16:51 PM PST by stylin19a (Marines - end of discussion)
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To: rapture-me

Why is he a democrat??


19 posted on 12/24/2004 2:17:12 PM PST by Mr. K (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. god Bless America, Our Troops, W, and Ann Coulter!)
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To: builder

Mine too! God what a Light of Hope he is in
today's Senate. And he has co-sponsors/is a
co-sponsor of several "decency bills."
We'll be on the watch for their progress!


20 posted on 12/24/2004 2:17:30 PM PST by Grendel9
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