Thursday, September 02, 2004

What is he talking about?!?!

"For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest."

--Zell Miller (again), from his speech at the Republican National Convention

Has he never heard of Thomas Paine?

5 Comments:

At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he's referring to the guys that George Washington camped out with in Valley Forge and led across the Delaware River in an effort to win the Revolutionary War.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Of course our soldiers have been indispensable in the fight for our freedoms. But Miller is suggesting that the reporters, poets and agitators haven't played an equally indispensable role in that same fight. I find that absurd.

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you can equate reporters, poets, etc. to the sacrifices of soldiers and their contributions to the cause of freedom.

That's not to say they haven't contributed, but the reality is that soldiers paved the way for the reporters, poets, etc.

-RZ

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should give the complete quote:

"For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. And it is this adminstration that is taking them away."

It's a good piece of rhetoric. Of course, soldiers are a necessary but not a sufficient condition for these freedoms. Necessary, too, are those who fight in the courts, in the press, even in jails:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57531-2004Sep2.html

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

-David

 

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