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Thursday, September 02, 2004
  Georgia democrats gather for Zell

Okay, last night at Manuel's Tavern, we had a 'Give Zell Hell Party', and let me tell you, Zell can still pack 'em in. It was standing room only. I am sure Manuel was smiling from the urn that holds his ashes above the cash register behind the main bar.

The portrait of Zell that used to hang above the main bar was moved to a wall in the back, so we could all remember why we were there. Of course, all of the people wearing "Give Zell Hell" buttons, and the plethora of stickers and flyers might have provided enough of a clue. We were gathered to watch Senator Zell Miller, Democrat from Georgia. Well, sometimes Democrat, sometimes conservative, and currently Fascist Zell give a speech to the opposition's faithful at the Farce in New York. I'm not sure what the final resting place for Zell's portrait will be, but I'm sure it will be appropriate.

I saw at least three different news teams doing interviews in the crowd. At one point I noted that if could get the floor and ask the crowd how many of them were writers or editors, about half the crowd would raise their hands. Okay, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but only slight. Just about the entire writing staff from Creative Loafing Atlanta had a table together. When Creative Loafing is good, they're excellent. I've cited material from a couple of their articles here in here, and a string of postings in my early archives at Rogue Analyst. Sadly, they just don't seem to able to break major investigatory stories weekly.

I was lucky I got their when I did. I got a seat at the bar next to Tom Walker from the AJC, and wound up spending a fair amount of time flagging the bartenders, Brandon and Curtis, down to get drinks for friends. I hadn't seen the place so jammed with people before; close but not like this. Zell can really stir up a crowd.

Prior to Zell's 10pm speech time, Angelo Fuster got the crowds attention, gave a few words, and than put on a film, Listen To This Voice (this is a short version of the film we watched last night, which covered a lot of his speeches). It was a great juxtaposition of his earlier speeches when he was a democrat, and before he Zagged so radically to the right. Pretty amazing stuff. You have to wonder if it's the drugs, or just lead poisoning from his moonshine days finally crippling his brain.

I mean, check outZell's speech, which includes such memorable phrasings as:
Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief.
But they wouldn't be there, especially in Iraq, if our president hadn't lied to get them there. Well, Zell was just warming up, and the crowd at Manuel's responded with boos and catcalls.

Or maybe you'll like this one, the crowd did:
I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.

It was Democratic President Harry Truman who pushed the Red Army out of Iran, who came to the aid of Greece when Communists threatened to overthrow it, who stared down the Soviet blockade of West Berlin by flying in supplies and saving the city.
None of which are pre-emptive wars of choice,so...Again, excellent response from all those present. The boos achieving a certain harmonic resonance and spontaneous rhythm. Very moving.

And here's another a nice sampling:
Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.

And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.

Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers.

Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers.
I guess it works - citing past deeds that have no similarity to present circumstances, to defend actions of an altogether different nature. Goebbels would approve. And the crowd, it really is too bad that Zell couldn't have been in both places at once, he would have been moved by the crowd at Manuel's - moved to Abu Ghraib Prison, probably. I know that's where I wish him.

But this, dear readers, this is an example of what I fear most:
I first got to know George Bush when we served as governors together. I admire this man. I am moved by the respect he shows the first lady, his unabashed love for his parents and his daughters, and the fact that he is unashamed of his belief that God is not indifferent to America.

I can identify with someone who has lived that line in "Amazing Grace," "Was blind, but now I see," and I like the fact that he's the same man on Saturday night that he is on Sunday morning.

He is not a slick talker but he is a straight shooter and, where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words.

I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel.
I don't want god in my government. I sure don't want the christian god of fear running my life. And I sure as hell don't want a man who hears voices and thinks he is god's Errand Boy having anything to do with running my country. I don't give enough of a shit about religion to want to fight in this ridiculous religious crusade. The crowd, many of whom are not atheists, were pretty much disgusted with this part of the speech too. I think they resent having their beliefs being used to justify and promote something as evil as this administration.

But, I must confess. Zell did a good job. He really said all of the 'right' things to that crowd attending the Farce in New York. As much as he was despised by the crowd I was watching with, the Farce in New York crowd ate it up. I was waiting for a few Sieg Heils from the crowd, but I think they were saving that for Reichsf├╝hrer Himmler, I mean Cheney.

Man, I thought Zell was bad, but at least he can exude some passion. Dick exudes all the warmth of a clump ice suspended between galaxies. No, actually, it's more like he sucks the life from small children for his daily snack, and you could almost mistake him for a Liche, but again, he lacks the warmth and sincerity.

Anyway, the crowd drifted out after Zell's part in the Farce, and I got a chance to circualte and talk to friends and acquaintenances. But man, Zell still really draws a crowd. 
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