Day 3: I predict a landslide.

First I caught the Ronald Reagan video tribute. I can’t describe the depth of feeling he evokes. Truly for Republicans he is ‘Ronaldus Maximus’, deified after death like a roman emperor. Then former marine Zell Miller took the stage.

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.

Zell Miller. What can I say. There was a day when I noticed that my grandfather began to say more and more what was on his mind rather than holding his tongue. He said, "Once you're my age you can speak your mind. What are they gonna do to me? I'm retired." That was the feeling I got from Zell's speech. No one can accuse him of holding anything back on that speech. Plus it was right on target.

Dick Cheney. Measured delivery. Classic Cheney. Did anyone notice the Halliburton pin on his lapel? (Don't look, I'm just kidding.) Cheney delivered almost the same speech but with a totally different delivery. I think I see a pattern here from last night. Schwarzenegger gave the rah rah speech, Laura Bush toned it down. Good use of tempo. Maybe Karl Rove is a genius.

Zell Miller continued... (Because it's that good.)

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.

Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from the Baltics to the Crimea, from Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers.

Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.

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.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.

No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.

But don't waste your breath telling that to the leaders of my party today. In their warped way of thinking America is the problem, not the solution.

They don't believe there is any real danger in the world except that which America brings upon itself through our clumsy and misguided foreign policy.

It is not their patriotism -- it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace.

They were wrong.

They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war.

They were wrong.

And, no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. newsday

Posted by Eric Simonson at September 2, 2004 1:04 AM