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December 5, 2003
Power Line's Favorite Democrat

The Big Trunk at Power Line continues his series on Zell Miller, Power Line's favorite Democrat (and mine, too, as I keep reading these posts). Today he links to a speech Miller gave at an awards ceremony a few weeks ago, and quotes extensively. After reading some of the speech, I am regretting Senator Miller's decision to retire from politics at the end of his term. Democrat or Republican, our country needs people like Zell Miller involved:

"As Americans, as lovers of freedom, we must not allow that to happen. We owe it to those who bore the burden and paid the price before us, and we also owe it to those who will come after us. I believe that the next five years will determine the kind of country that my four grandchildren and four great grandchildren are going to live in, and I want a commander in chief who is a stand-up kind of person. I want the kind of commander-in-chief leading this country who can make a decision and who does not suffer from paralysis analysis. I want a commander in chief that can look out at the American people and say about Iraq, 'We're not leaving,' and you know he means it.

"God bless President Bush. God bless America. And thank you."

Senator Miller scolds those who do not understand that freedom in this world comes at a price, and the price gets steeper the longer you put off paying it:

"Someone once said that in the long course of world history, freedom has died in many ways. Freedom has died on the battlefield, freedom has died because of ignorance and greed, but the most ignoble death of all is when freedom dies in its sleep."

Don't put off reading this, if only to remember that there are patriots to be found in both parties, and that courage in defense of freedom and liberty is not dead, no matter how passé it may be thought in certain circles. Go through Power Line's archives and read more about Zell Miller. I'm thinking about writing him this weekend and asking him not to retire, but to run for one more term, even as a Democrat. He'd be one I would be delighted to support, although he represents another state.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 5, 2003 8:51 AM

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