Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal
Thursday, September 02, 2004
The best, most effective speaker at the Republican National Convention has been a Democrat. President George W. Bush's challenge tonight will be to shake down half the thunder that Sen. Zell Miller did in his keynote speech.
Miller should be good. He's had practice.
He once stood in the very same Madison Square Garden where he endorsed President Bush 43 and sing-songed in his sweet Southern tones the virtues of Bill Clinton, whose opponent was President Bush 41.
As recently as three years ago, he called Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry an ``authentic hero.''
The man whom Democrats call Zig Zag Miller or Zellout is capable of a powerful message. No doubt about that.
Like others during another week of overheated rhetoric, Miller (or his speechwriters) put together some memorable phrasing, a portion of it aimed at the United Nations and the value of cultivating world consensus.
``Senator Kerry has made it clear that he would use military force only if approved by the United Nations. John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security. that's the most dangerous outsourcing of all.''
Every time speakers have mentioned the United Nations at the RNC, boos have erupted from the floor as if the delegates were belching gas. That's odd.
The United Nations was born of the Second World War, a term coined by Franklin D. Roosevelt, a name often bandied about, loosely, by the party which he defeated for the presidency in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944.
Twenty-six nations pledged in 1942 to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers, and when they had been vanquished, 50 nations came together to draw up a more permanent United Nations Charter, an instrument not unlike that of the League of Nations which grew out of World War I, the idea of another Democrat, Woodrow Wilson.
Now, the United State prefers to unilateral action compared with the hard work of building a worldwide consensus for such important matters as going to war against Iraq.
The U.N. has become a villain rather than a hero, the thread that ties together the world.
Maybe it is just a sign of the times. Things change. Look at Zig Zag Miller.
- Steve Love
posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 12:26 AM
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