Sen. Zell Miller comes out blazing.
Senator Zell Miller’s speech at the RNC (UPDATE: See the speech video here) had me literally sitting in stunned silence. In an age of PC correct-speak and politicians saying as much as they can without really telling you anything, Zell Miller firmly planted his stance on the issue of who best to lead this country right in everyone’s lap.
|Space Here||And like you, I ask which leader is it today that has the vision, the willpower and, yes, the backbone to best protect my family?
The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more important than my party.
There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their future and that man’s name is George Bush.
This isn’t the dissembling we’ve come to expect from our politicians. This isn’t the standard evasion when asked where they stand on something. The speech was a blasting indictment of the leadership of the Democratic Party and with Miller being a Dem himself, it was an inside job. He’s been a Democrat for 20 years so he’s in a position to know. Miller went after Kerry’s record in particular, and by that I mean his voting record as a Senator. Kerry has obviously never met a weapons system he didn’t want to cut but the list of those systems he voted against are a literal “who’s who” of military tech that have been the edge America has rode to victory upon.
|Space Here||Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts.
The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40 percent of the bombs in the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein’s command post in Iraq.
The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadifi’s Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra. The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.
The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War. The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation’s Capital and this very city after 9/11.
I could go on and on and on: against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein’s scud missiles over Israel; against the Aegis air-defense cruiser; against the Strategic Defense Initiative; against the Trident missile; against, against, against.
This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces?
U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?
Indeed. The F-14 is likely the most recognizable aircraft in the military arsenal. It’s the bird featured in the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun and the aircraft of choice when the news wants a “beauty shot” of a plane being launched off a carrier. The F-15 is the world’s premiere air superiority fighter, the undisputed master of air-to-air combat and the decisive force that grants America the lattitude in her use of air power. These weapons systems have been combat-proven to provide the technological superiority America’s Armed Forces use to conduct the most precise warfare in the history of mankind. If John Kerry had had his way, none of them would be available today, nor would they have been available when our troops needed them the most. But Miller’s most valuable insight was about where we should be focusing our attention in this race:
|Space Here||Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric.
Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.
Kerry’s voting record of attempts to castrate our military, blind our intel assets, and place the authority over when America uses military power into the hands of foreign leaders is what should be scaring people. Sure there are other issues. But these are the priorities right now. That’s why I’m voting for George Bush for President.