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This Is My Opus: "john in missouri" Says Farewell to Free Republic.
vanity (john in missouri) | 11/5/02 | john in missouri

Posted on 11/05/2002 1:37:01 PM PST by john in missouri

This is my opus.

No, I am not writing this opus because someone has offended me. Far more than anything else, I've met friends here.

If Free Republic is to blame at all, it is for the sole crime of being too involving, too fascinating a place for me to spend my time.

I believe in conservative principles. My time here has only reinforced that belief.

It has also helped me figure out precisely what I believe about a variety of

contemporary issues, and the appropriate role of government (or lack of role) as

it relates to them.

I believe that the role of government is best played when it encourages and

reinforces individual responsibility and initiative. These are the greatest keys to

our future as a nation. They are also the greatest keys to individual and family

prosperity, in all senses of the word.

My problem, alas, is that, for various reasons, my family and I have yet to enjoy

the fruits of any such prosperity in the financial arena.

This is due in good part to the fact that we spent so many years of our younger

adult lives serving others in volunteer service, to try and make the world a better

place, while paying scant attention (or none) to our own financial situation. But

regardless of the reasons, this is a situation I must seek, as best I can, to

remedy.

In order to do so, I must cut back on non income-producing, time-consuming

endeavors, as worthy as they may be. I must go out and spend my full time, as

much as possible, living some of the more material principles of conservatism....

I must say that I hope to see you again. But it can not be for some time. At quite

a bare minimum, I expect that "john in missouri" shall not post again, at the very

least, until after the earth has passed its circuit around the sun and the date on

the calendar reads 2004... and it may be much, much longer than that... perhaps

many years.

It may be that we will meet one day... perhaps on the street... perhaps in a small,

local gathering of FReepaholics Anonymous... or perhaps one day at a

campaign rally or other event... Maybe one day, after much time has gone by,

we may even meet at a campaign rally in which I may one day run for a public

office -- because I would like to do that someday, as well.

But I speak of the far future.

Anyway, perhaps we will meet again. And perhaps you will know me as

a FReeper when you see me, and I you.

I am proud to say that my final post (excluding this one) led to my being

recognized as being the 500th distinct FReeper to announce that I voted today

to further the conservative cause. It is a good way to go.

And now, my final wishes.

May good sense and the Republican Party retake the United States Senate

tonight.

May the fat on Hillary's thighs be doubly surpassed by that which grows upon

her jowls. May she and Bill enjoy a long marriage. They deserve each other.

May Little Tommy Daschle, Algore, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and the

officials of the NEA, NOW, Planned Parenthood and the "ACLU" -- those

paragons of liberal bleatership -- enjoy all the success they deserve.

May Osama, Saddam, and their friends, associates and admirers -- those who

persist in doing unspeakable evil by slaughtering the innocent in the name of a

merciful and compassionate God -- meet with the utter destruction they justly

deserve.

A blessing upon our President, our nation, and all who love our nation. And a

curse upon those who seek to destroy it.

A blessing upon the President's team, including Powell, Ashcroft, Rice, and all

others who are faced with difficult decisions and challenges in their challenge to

help protect our country and our people.

A blessing upon the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson. May his tribe increase.

A blessing upon those, now increasingly numerous, who champion common

sense conservatism on the radio.

May our entire nation, through sheer virtue, be set 100% free from the

threat of violent criminals. But if we really must have them, then I pray

they will only attack those who bend every effort to take away from

all of us our God-given right to self-defense.

A blessing upon Jim Rob and upon Admin Moderator (whoever the heck he or

she may be).

And a blessing upon all true FReepers, including my many friends here.

Long live America! And now, Farewell.

I have been, and always shall be...

...a FReeper.

Live long... and prosper.


And now, with all my farewells said
I turn to face the autumn light
My backside squarely framed within
The bright'n'd rectangle of the exit door
And nothing more to say, I thrust
My foot into the great unknown...


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1 posted on 11/05/2002 1:37:02 PM PST by john in missouri
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To: john in missouri
AAAARRRGGGGGHHHHH! I meant to hit "PREVIEW", not "POST"!

One final shot at this:


This is my opus.

No, I am not writing this opus because someone has offended me. Far more than anything else, I've met friends here.

If Free Republic is to blame at all, it is for the sole crime of being too involving, too fascinating a place for me to spend my time.

I believe in conservative principles. My time here has only reinforced that belief.

It has also helped me figure out precisely what I believe about a variety of contemporary issues, and the appropriate role of government (or lack of role) as it relates to them.

I believe that the role of government is best played when it encourages and reinforces individual responsibility and initiative. These are the greatest keys to our future as a nation. They are also the greatest keys to individual and family prosperity, in all senses of the word.

My problem, alas, is that, for various reasons, my family and I have yet to enjoy the fruits of any such prosperity in the financial arena.

This is due in good part to the fact that we spent so many years of our younger adult lives serving others in volunteer service, to try and make the world a better place, while paying scant attention (or none) to our own financial situation. But regardless of the reasons, this is a situation I must seek, as best I can, to remedy.

In order to do so, I must cut back on non income-producing, time-consuming endeavors, as worthy as they may be. I must go out and spend my full time, as much as possible, living some of the more material principles of conservatism....

I must say that I hope to see you again. But it can not be for some time. At quite a bare minimum, I expect that "john in missouri" shall not post again, at the very least, until after the earth has passed its circuit around the sun and the date on the calendar reads 2004... and it may be much, much longer than that... perhaps many years.

It may be that we will meet one day... perhaps on the street... perhaps in a small, local gathering of FReepaholics Anonymous... or perhaps one day at a campaign rally or other event... Maybe one day, after much time has gone by, we may even meet at a campaign rally in which I may one day run for a public office -- because I would like to do that someday, as well.

But I speak of the far future.

Anyway, perhaps we will meet again. And perhaps you will know me as a FReeper when you see me, and I you.

I am proud to say that my final post (excluding this one) led to my being recognized as being the 500th distinct FReeper to announce that I voted today to further the conservative cause. It is a good way to go.

And now, my final wishes.

May good sense and the Republican Party retake the United States Senate tonight.

May the fat on Hillary's thighs be doubly surpassed by that which grows upon her jowls. May she and Bill enjoy a long marriage. They deserve each other.

May Little Tommy Daschle, Algore, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and the officials of the NEA, NOW, Planned Parenthood and the "ACLU" -- those paragons of liberal bleatership -- enjoy all the success they deserve.

May Osama, Saddam, and their friends, associates and admirers -- those who persist in doing unspeakable evil by slaughtering the innocent in the name of a merciful and compassionate God -- meet with the utter destruction they justly deserve.

A blessing upon our President, our nation, and all who love our nation. And a curse upon those who seek to destroy it.

A blessing upon the President's team, including Powell, Ashcroft, Rice, and all others who are faced with difficult decisions and challenges in their challenge to help protect our country and our people.

A blessing upon the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson. May his tribe increase.

A blessing upon those, now increasingly numerous, who champion common sense conservatism on the radio.

May our entire nation, through sheer virtue, be set 100% free from the threat of violent criminals. But if we really must have them, then I pray they will only attack those who bend every effort to take away from all of us our God-given right to self-defense.

A blessing upon Jim Rob and upon Admin Moderator (whoever the heck he or she may be).

And a blessing upon all true FReepers, including my many friends here.

Long live America! And now, Farewell.

I have been, and always shall be...

...a FReeper.

Live long... and prosper.


And now, with all my farewells said
I turn to face the autumn light
My backside squarely framed within
The bright'n'd rectangle of the exit door
And nothing more to say, I thrust
My foot into the great unknown...
2 posted on 11/05/2002 1:40:20 PM PST by john in missouri
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To: john in missouri
Wow. Been here since Feb 2002....

3 posted on 11/05/2002 1:41:14 PM PST by phasma proeliator
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To: john in missouri; Senator Pardek
Well I was hoping for a rant.
Good luck to you.
4 posted on 11/05/2002 1:41:15 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: john in missouri
A Man's gotta do, what a Man's gotta do.

Go now................and Prosper!

5 posted on 11/05/2002 1:41:37 PM PST by DoctorMichael
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To: john in missouri
My problem, alas, is that, for various reasons, my family and I have yet to enjoy the fruits of any such prosperity in the financial arena. This is due in good part to the fact that we spent so many years of our younger adult lives serving others in volunteer service, to try and make the world a better place, while paying scant attention (or none) to our own financial situation.

Maybe if Bush gave the working people more of a tax cut than he gave his wealthy friends, you would have the financial resources to continue to volunteer.

6 posted on 11/05/2002 1:42:25 PM PST by Tuco-bad
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To: john in missouri
See you soon. You are far too verbose to deny yourself this forum for long. Godspeed.
7 posted on 11/05/2002 1:42:28 PM PST by groanup
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To: john in missouri; *Opus List
Good luck!
8 posted on 11/05/2002 1:42:44 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: john in missouri
Your moving words are more of a tribute to you than anything I could hope to pen. Go out there and conquer the world, John, and stop in to see us from time to time.God bless you and your family, we'll miss you.

But, whenever it is, I know you'll be back, tiger!

Leni

9 posted on 11/05/2002 1:45:10 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: john in missouri
To sum it up, a Dear John letter from John that says: "I love you so much I hate you!"

Best wishes to you!

10 posted on 11/05/2002 1:46:04 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: john in missouri
"Live long... and prosper." Fascinating.
11 posted on 11/05/2002 1:46:15 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: john in missouri
Oh, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please stay!

Just kidding, chump.

Bwhahahaha!

12 posted on 11/05/2002 1:46:35 PM PST by metesky
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To: john in missouri
godspeed John!
13 posted on 11/05/2002 1:46:48 PM PST by MarketR
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To: john in missouri
You picked a bad day for an opus.

Adios.

14 posted on 11/05/2002 1:48:12 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: john in missouri
You picked a bad day for an opus.

Adios.

15 posted on 11/05/2002 1:48:16 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Tuco-bad
Maybe if Bush gave the working people more of a tax cut than he gave his wealthy friends, you would have the financial resources to continue to volunteer.

If you have to depend on a tax cut to prosper then I contend you need to rely on yourself more than the government dole.

16 posted on 11/05/2002 1:48:20 PM PST by ladtx
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To: john in missouri
You picked a bad day for an opus.

Adios.

17 posted on 11/05/2002 1:48:49 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: john in missouri
"You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille." (Does this mean "john in missouri" won't be reading all of our comments? P.S. If I could get paid for all my freeping and other volunteer work, I'd be rich, but it probably wouldn't be half as much fun. For victory & freedom!!!
18 posted on 11/05/2002 1:48:50 PM PST by Saundra Duffy
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To: john in missouri
John in Misery takes his football, and goes home! Good riddance!!
19 posted on 11/05/2002 1:49:03 PM PST by Destructor
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To: Tuco-bad
Tuco-bad, baaaaaaaaaaaad!
20 posted on 11/05/2002 1:49:11 PM PST by lonestar
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To: phasma proeliator
Go forth, prosper, and come back to tell us all about it.
21 posted on 11/05/2002 1:49:18 PM PST by What Is Ain't
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To: john in missouri
Unlike most other opi (is that the plural?) we will wish you well instead of the usual "don't let the door hit your ass on the way out." The worst financial years for me were the Clinton years. Take care of your family.
22 posted on 11/05/2002 1:49:45 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: john in missouri
Did you have to choose today to do this?????? FR is already running slow.
23 posted on 11/05/2002 1:50:08 PM PST by mombonn
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To: john in missouri
Hold on!!! Don't go!! Here's a check for $ 300,000.00 ! Now you can stay!!

... Umm, wait a second. My pen ran out of ink. Oh,, never mind.

24 posted on 11/05/2002 1:50:48 PM PST by Nonstatist
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To: Tuco-bad
Tuco, whenever I see your name I think of a bad Taco at Taco-Bell...(You really have nothing else to share do you?)
25 posted on 11/05/2002 1:51:53 PM PST by woofie
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To: john in missouri
You've got it bad. The withdrawals are the worst part. If you can pass a computer without logging in to lurk, for at least a week, the rest is smooth sailing.

Success and prosperity to you.
27 posted on 11/05/2002 1:53:07 PM PST by swheats
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To: Tuco-bad
Maybe if Bush gave the working people more of a tax cut than he gave his wealthy friends, you would have the financial resources to continue to volunteer.

Being myself somewhat of an economical idiot... please explain to me why a tax increase puts more money in my pocket and less money in the pocket of big government?

I'm so confused.....

28 posted on 11/05/2002 1:54:02 PM PST by alaskanfan
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To: john in missouri
Cahrity starts at home. Good luck!
29 posted on 11/05/2002 1:54:17 PM PST by Camachee
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To: john in missouri
Go make your fortune, bud..........really hope you do. :) Knock 'em dead out there........and then come back and chip into the FR kitty to keep this site alive. :)

Bon chance.

30 posted on 11/05/2002 1:54:30 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: john in missouri
Uh...OK...

Now let's get back to the important stuff.

31 posted on 11/05/2002 1:54:44 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: john in missouri
C'mon dude! Just eliminate sleep from your schedule and you'll have plenty of time :)

GOOD LUCK IN YOUR ENDEAVORS!
32 posted on 11/05/2002 1:56:10 PM PST by Axenolith
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To: john in missouri
Snatch this pebble out of my hand Grasshopper, then we will see if you are ready to leave. Best of luck to you and yours, write when you find work.
33 posted on 11/05/2002 1:57:58 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: john in missouri
Uh, John Mo, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't any work an opus? Could it be that you mean a magnum opus or an opus finale?

Best wishes, break-a-leg, etc. . . .
34 posted on 11/05/2002 1:58:11 PM PST by mywholebodyisaweapon
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To: Tuco-bad
Maybe if Bush gave the working people more of a tax cut than he gave his wealthy friends, you would have the financial resources to continue to volunteer.

As opposed to the tax increases of his opponent?

35 posted on 11/05/2002 1:58:35 PM PST by coloradan
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To: john in missouri
You mean you aren't paid to freep? I thought that everyone got paid.

Hope things work out for you. I give it two months and you'll be posting again.

36 posted on 11/05/2002 1:59:00 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: john in missouri
I am trying to help fellow freepers who need jobs. Freepmail me if you need some assistance or need help with learning something in the computer field. Always willing to help a freeper.
37 posted on 11/05/2002 1:59:11 PM PST by chance33_98
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Wow! An Election-Day, Happy Opus??!!
38 posted on 11/05/2002 2:00:57 PM PST by RonPaulLives
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To: ladtx
If you have to depend on a tax cut to prosper then I contend you need to rely on yourself more than the government dole

Seems the wealthy need a tax cut to prosper.

39 posted on 11/05/2002 2:02:27 PM PST by Tuco-bad
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To: john in missouri
I must say that I hope to see you again. But it can not be for some time. At quite a bare minimum, I expect that "john in missouri" shall not post again, at the very least, until after the earth has passed its circuit around the sun and the date on the calendar reads 2004... and it may be much, much longer than that... perhaps many years.

And the basis for your assumption that earning a living and posting on FR are mutually exclusive activities is what? Have you met many Freepers that were living in a cardboard box?

40 posted on 11/05/2002 2:02:52 PM PST by southern rock
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To: chance33_98
I am trying to help fellow freepers who need jobs.

Oh...this I gotta see..duck and cover my friend.

41 posted on 11/05/2002 2:04:48 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: john in missouri
If I ever post an opus, it will be similar to this one. Something like, "I really love it here, but, gee whiz, I forgot what my wife looks like and where I work..... This place is too great, I spend way too much time here."
42 posted on 11/05/2002 2:04:57 PM PST by Skooz
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To: Latina_Abogada
I am middle class at best

At best?

That tells me you are lower class, so why do you want the wealthy to get huge tax cuts, while you get an insignificant tax cut?

43 posted on 11/05/2002 2:05:45 PM PST by Tuco-bad
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To: john in missouri
God bless and Happy Trails.
44 posted on 11/05/2002 2:06:26 PM PST by Siobhan
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To: Senator Pardek
There is actually an "Opus List??????" Oh man, sign me up!
45 posted on 11/05/2002 2:07:15 PM PST by Skooz
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To: john in missouri
Here is the answer. Take 50 or a 100 bucks to a local auction and then sell what you buy on ebay you will either at least double your money or make 5x the amount you spend. Plus you can do it from home and still Freep as your only one click away! Talk to pj comix he is a ebayer I believe.
46 posted on 11/05/2002 2:07:51 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Tuco-bad
Maybe if Bush gave the working people more of a tax cut than he gave his wealthy friends, you would have the financial resources to continue to volunteer. Excuse me but WHO do you think employs the "working people" (as though wealthy people do not work)? Strap the employers and investors in the U.S. with tax burdens to keep the lazy lazy and you simply spiral the economy downward and reduce the number of people WORKING. Already, if you have two kids in school you probably aren't even coming close to paying your own way in this system. (And still no QUALITY to the QUANTITY in our education--the benefits of competition losing out to the socialists money and power monopoly on our schools. And still it is not enough for them.)

All Democrats advocate for are high taxes for people who keep this economy going and high benefits for the people already demanding more services than they can begin to pay for. That adds up to theft, nothing more.

47 posted on 11/05/2002 2:08:41 PM PST by RAT Patrol
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To: alaskanfan
Being myself somewhat of an economical idiot... please explain to me why a tax increase puts more money in my pocket and less money in the pocket of big government?

I'm so confused.....

Because 1. the government rasies other taxes (i.e., payroll, excise taxes). 2. Because when the government has to raise taxes because of deficits, it will then raise your taxes out of proportion to the wealthy's taxes (i.e., gasoline tax).

48 posted on 11/05/2002 2:09:24 PM PST by Tuco-bad
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To: john in missouri
Well good luck, and finish cleaning out the Justice Dept. of its holdovers.
49 posted on 11/05/2002 2:09:53 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Tuco-bad
I want EVERYONE to get a tax cut. I deserve a tax cut, Bill Gates deserves a tax cut--EVERYONE who works deserves a tax cut. EVERYONE who pays taxes is overtaxed.
50 posted on 11/05/2002 2:10:08 PM PST by Skooz
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