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Today is My 12th Anniversary on Free Republic
self ^ | December 30, 2010 | exit82

Posted on 12/30/2010 7:05:50 AM PST by exit82

Today is my 12th anniversary as a Freeper.

I came across Free Republic in the summer of 1998 as a lurker, troubled by an increasingly lawless President Clinton, and what was happening to our country. I lurked for about four months, reading every day and being amazed at the group of talented and knowledgeable people on this site.

When Jim Robinson put out the call for people to come to Washington, DC to attend the March for Justice Rally on October 30, 1998, I came from NJ on my own, not knowing a soul there, because someone was finally calling for the impeachment of President Clinton. Four thousand plus people from all over the country showed up that Saturday. That call was about the first Internet call for a political gathering--the equivalent then of a flash mob meeting today, albeit much slower in execution.

This is my 19th thread and my 16,000th post. Many have far more than me of both--good thing, too. In 12 years of posting, I have come across the finest group of Americans I have ever known-- a community of kindred spirits--alike in our love for America, its founding documents, and its exceptionalism, and as different from each other as we are in our individual points of view.

So to all of my fellow Freepers who helped to educate me and to whom I have conversed over these 12 years, I say thank you. To Jim Robinson and to John Robinson, I say thank you for allowing me the privilege of being a Freeper, and for providing a home on the Internet where conservatives can gather. I am not a model Freeper, so to those with whom I have disagreed, or have been short with, I ask your forgiveness.

I wrote a vanity titled "We Have Found The Enemy, and The Enemy Is Us" on February 2, 2008 at a time when it became apparent that the Republican primary was going to be decided in favor of John McCain. That disheartened me, but I think I am most proud of what I said that day of all my posts. More of it came true than I would have dreamed.

But more importantly, it contained a warning for the future of what we , as conservatives who love this country, would face not only later in 2008, but in the future years as well.

A turning point in history has been reached by America. I think we all feel that. The new Congress, with its Republican-led House, and a lessened Democrat majority in the Senate, will begin its work on January 5, 2011. This will either be the high water mark of progressivism and socialist thought in America or it will be the high water mark of conservatism and a return to limited Federal government. It could go either way. We all sense it. A country as big as ours cannot turn on a dime. A historical shifting point, like the one we are living in today, is realized over time, maybe over years. The years of 2011 and 2012 will be even more critical than 2010, even though without the historic rejection of Democrat policies that took place in November, 2010, the future that could be realized could not even occur.

Election Day 2010 proved, in my opinion, that an Angel still rides in this whirlwind. The idea that is America, and the freedom bequeathed to us by our parents, the WW2 generation, does still exist in the hearts of our countrymen. However, it must be fought for and protected by each of us.

And we must teach our children and grandchildren that great legacy we have received and of which we are now the guardians for future generations. It is our time to sacrifice for freedom.

In 12 years so much has occurred, and Free Republic has played a role, that I cannot recount it all here. Some of it is recounted in the vanity that follows. History was influenced because of us, and the future will be also.

I want to wish you all and your families, and posterity, a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2011. May God bless us, every one.


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Here is the vanity from February 2, 2008:

Today is February 2, 2008.

I am over fifty years old. I am a product of American values, observed and experienced in the 1950s and 1960s, and sorely tried in the Vietnam, Watergate, and Carter years of the 1970s, and again in the Clinton years of the 1990s.

This is the timeframe and events that formed my political worldview. I grew up when we still said a prayer and read Psalm 23 at the beginning of the school day. I remember doing the duck and cover in elementary school, to be safe in the event of a Cold War nuclear attack, even though being only 12 miles from NYC, the odds of surviving such an attack or its aftermath was just about a negative number. I remember the pride in America and its flag; the meaning of independence, especially on the Fourth of July. My father's parents were immigrants and my mother was an immigrant, and the old country was just that--the "old" country. Most of my uncles served in the US Army and Navy during WW2, while my father was a foreman in a defense plant. The prosperity,music, and the social fabric of America in the 1950s and 1960s are still a source of inspiration to me. Because of my parents' background, we always helped anyone in need that came our way. My parents would brook no discrimination, even when at the time it was common to discriminate on the basis of skin color. No, the promise of America was for everyone. Sometimes, only an immigrant can appreciate America's true value, as did my parents.

I remember well the Carter years, with its mind numbing cowardice in the face of dangers from the USSR and Iran, and how it caused us to doubt our greatness. And I remember a man named Ronald Reagan, and how he inspired an entire nation to rendevous with its destiny once again, and in an inconceivable turn of events, won the Cold War and knocked down the Berlin War without firing a single shot. His courage and belief in America inspired policies that freed all of Eastern Europe and kept budding Islamofascism at bay, all the while he was opposed and reviled by the Democrats, the America-haters and the Communists worldwide.

I remember the horror of the Clinton years, when a rapist and abuser of women was the Commander in Chief, aided and abetted by a power hungry woman who hated the military. I remember fighting for his impeachment, only to be betrayed by a Republican Senate that had no courage, or that was compromised by stolen FBI files and failed to discharge its lawful duty to remove a lawbreaking President who brought shame to the Oval Office. I remember recoiling in horror and shame when a six year old boy whose mother drowned in an attempt to bring him to freedom from Cuba was removed from a private home under the force of arms and returned to Fidel Castro.

I remember crying tears of gladness when our current President said the words of his Oath of Office on January 20, 2001, ending my personal nightmare, an eight year long nightmare, of having Bill and Hillary Clinton in the White House.

The events of these last seven years are nothing what I expected that cold, clear January morning. The events of September 11, 2001, the invasion of Iraq, the War on Terror, all of them returned me to the patriotic days of my youth. I saw a nation united in purpose for the first time in my adult life, as the nation had been torn since the Vietnam War.

But I saw a Republican President I believed in, and a Republican Party that was my home politically, shift in a slow, determined, unstoppable drift away from its principles, adopting the policies and views of the Democrats, to the point where we now face having as our Presidential candidate, John McCain, an enemy of conservatism, of Republican principles, and of American sovereignty.

As I pondered these things today, February 2, 2008, I have come to a very troubling observation.

We conservatives always had a home in the Republican Party. President Reagan even came here when the Democrat Party became too radical for him in the 1950s. We were the foundation of 12 years of the Reagan Bush era and we fought for the current President to give him eight years, even in the face of a national election being stolen from him.

But when our country was threatened by the prospect of a mass amnesty last May and June, allowing 20 million or more illegal immigrants to become defacto citizens by fiat, we erupted in a display of power that had Washington DC recoiling in terror. We derailed their plan to ensure the Balkanization of America by giving it 20 million more citizens who would not assimilate into the culture, and to ensure a cheap workforce, and to permanently undercut American worker's wages. Together with Global Warming and carbon credits, America could be brought to heel and managed.

We stopped McCain-Kennedy and its cousin, alright. But there was a price to pay for our insolence.

We, the America loving conservatives of the Republican Party, are no longer needed by this party. We are too narrow minded and old school. Flag waving and the supremacy of the American Way are passe. We are not inclusive. We are standing in the way of the elites in Washington DC from making their wet dreams a reality--making America an also-ran, not a super-power. America as a third world country, not as better than anyone else. An America that is afraid to face its Islamic enemies,that worries about what the world thinks about it, strangled in political correctness, surrendering its freedoms on a daily basis in the vain hope for security.

We keepers of the flame of American liberty are now the enemy. When Hillary labelled us the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, we took that has a label of pride. But now the Republican establishment has decreed that we are a conspiracy to be defeated within our own party, as we face the prospect of John McCain being rammed down our throats. John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate, the man who has betrayed every tenet of Republicanism in his quest for power,who has railed against conservatives at every turn, who is bound and determined to grant amnesty to 10% of Mexico's population now within our borders, he is the one being annointed by the elites as our candidate.

His job is not only to become the candidate of choice, but to be the means of the destruction of the power of the conservative base of the Republican Party.

Between McCain, Obama and Hillary, there isn't a dime's worth of difference in their political views. The Republican and Democrat established elites have melded into one entity, and they will win no matter who gets nominated or who wins the general election, especially if McCain is the nominee. All three believe in unlimited amnesty, an open border, cap and trade globaloney, giving rights to Gitmo detainees, and the restriction of free speech and gun rights.

The MSM is their collective cheerleader, actively working to marginalize us as a viable force for the America we visualize.

Many of us will vote Republican in November, only because we cannot, in good conscience, vote for Obama or Clinton. The Republican establishment knows this, and knows because we are principled, we can not do otherwise. Rather than enlist us to help, they are engaged in a policy of containment and neutering, because we stand in the way of their vision of America.

McCain as a candidate will be a disaster. The Republican establishment knows this. But they don't care, because the goal is not to win this election. It is to remove us from the political table, and for them to join with their Democrat brothers in the march toward an America subsevient to global interests. Sovereignty is treated as a quaint, outmoded concept, even by many Republican governors who are pushing the globaloney nonsense that will cripple this nation.

The perfect storm of American politics is converging in a bid to elect one of three horrible candidates, McCain,Obama, or Clinton, to be our next President. The odds are that the Republicans will not only lose with McCain, but they will lose even more of the House and Senate, enough to relegate Republicans to a minority status for decades to come.

Where are the national Republican leaders speaking out against where our party is heading? As one looks over the events of the last 15 years, since the ascension and improbable election of a no good, draft dodging, lying huckster like Bill Clinton to President, we have witnessed a snowballing reversal of American values and fortunes. With Clinton II on the horizon, we face a complete collapse of American values and soveriegnty and freedom with the "CHANGE" that is being promised for the electorate.

That "change" is starting right now for us. By Tuesday midnight, we will know if the fate the elites have decreed for us will become reality, if McCain is our candidate.

In the past few days, the lenses through which I view politics have changed in prescription. I see now that we are the enemy to our own party's leaders, whose leaders have decreed that our nominee will be the anti-conservative, anti-Republican candidate. The other candidates still open to us, Huckster, Romney and Paul each have their own problems with our values.

There are only a few short days to stop the McCain Screwball express. As we fought the impossible fight against McCain and amnesty last year, we have but a few days to influence our fellow conservatives and Republicans not to allow the predetermined outcome to occur.

I offer this screed in an attempt to understand what is going on today, to explain the inexplicable in what is occurring to our party and our chances for success in November against the second ascension of the corrupt Clinton Machine. I wish not to tell my fellow conservative who they should vote for, but I ask them not to vote for McCain.

Others, including the Republican establishment, have decreed for us who are candidate should be. American loving Republicans should reserve the right to make that choice.

1 posted on 12/30/2010 7:05:54 AM PST by exit82
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To: Jim Robinson; John Robinson

Jim, John—thank you for letting play here for 12 years.

A Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.


2 posted on 12/30/2010 7:07:41 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

Here is the link to the original vanity and thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1963918/posts


3 posted on 12/30/2010 7:09:23 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

Happy Birthday!!! I found FR after reading Ron Brown. I lurked then joined. I go crazy if I dont hit F5 at least 30 times a day, lol!!!!


4 posted on 12/30/2010 7:10:28 AM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: exit82

Just over 7 years for me.


5 posted on 12/30/2010 7:10:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: exit82

I’ve been on since Jan-98 — I would have had to be using dial-up in those days - aargh!


6 posted on 12/30/2010 7:11:26 AM PST by reg45
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To: exit82

Welcome, n00b. I can say that, ‘cuz I got ya beat by a couple months. :)


7 posted on 12/30/2010 7:13:50 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: exit82

Happy birthday old timer! (you beat me here by a few months!)

Don’t know about you but I wouldn’t have made it without this place!


8 posted on 12/30/2010 7:15:06 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: exit82
Thanks for your great essays. You are a true patriot.

Heartfelt best wishes and congratulations from a freeper classmate (November, 1998).

Do we get a pension?

Leni

9 posted on 12/30/2010 7:16:58 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: exit82

12 years for me, too.


10 posted on 12/30/2010 7:19:01 AM PST by shiva
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To: exit82

Actually it turns out that I beat YOU here by about 3/4 of a year newby! (Can’t do math real well this early in the morning!)


11 posted on 12/30/2010 7:19:05 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: exit82

Bravissima! Your essay was right on the mark. Except that no one could have imagined an upset like Palin, who is a galvanizing voice for the America we love.

Congratulations on your having heard this distant drum in 1998, and having been such a strong supporter of the values we hold dear. I remember meeting you at one of the DC events in 2005 or so. It’s been a pleasure. Onward and upward!


12 posted on 12/30/2010 7:21:01 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Government does nothing as economically as the private sector. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: exit82

Awesome!


13 posted on 12/30/2010 7:21:52 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: Keith in Iowa

D’oh! You have me beat by 4 days!

I was introduced to FR by a good friend at work: MrConfettiMan, and I lurked for months before getting my own account. I still tend to lurk and not post.


14 posted on 12/30/2010 7:22:32 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: exit82

Almost 13 for me > VRWCTexan Since Mar 8, 1998


15 posted on 12/30/2010 7:22:37 AM PST by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: MinuteGal

OMG!! We’re TWINS!


16 posted on 12/30/2010 7:23:30 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: exit82

Next year the FReeper class of ‘98 will be teenagers! And they’re already difficult enough! ;)


17 posted on 12/30/2010 7:23:41 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: exit82

I have a bit of longevity, too. Seems like a whole lot of us found the site by accident, lurked, then joined after the appalling Clinton impeachment farce.

I think the coolest thing ever was watching, in real time, as Freeper “buckhead” and others, used forensics to take down Dan Rather and Mary Mapes after they used phony documents to discredit GWB on behalf of John Kerry a few weeks before the election in 2004. Outstanding work, and historical.

Thanks, Jim! Happy New Year to all.


18 posted on 12/30/2010 7:28:21 AM PST by astounded (Barack Obama is still a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: GoCards

Thanks. I know the feeling. This is the place to be for whatever is happening, isn’t it!


19 posted on 12/30/2010 7:28:30 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: cripplecreek

Hey,cc! You know, I have to go look up the River Raisin, now, thanks to you! Happy New Year!


20 posted on 12/30/2010 7:29:33 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: reg45

Wow-you almost made the Class of ‘97.

I think I had a 28K modem. Man, we thought that was blazing fast! How far we have come, huh?


21 posted on 12/30/2010 7:30:57 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

OK, Keith—you are my elder! I made the Class of ‘98 by the skin of my teeth. I wished I had jumped in sooner, but didn’t think I had much to contribute then.


22 posted on 12/30/2010 7:32:37 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

Congratulations.

I first signed up with Free Republic at the Texas Republican State Convention in 2001 (different screen name, never activated). Was a lurker for many years, never posted anything. So long that my screen name did not work when I finally did try to post. So when I finally decide I “must” post an article, I had to register again.

FR is still the best of the best.


23 posted on 12/30/2010 7:34:08 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: exit82
Congratulations and Happy Birthday!
Happy New Year to you and yours.
24 posted on 12/30/2010 7:34:14 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Bigun

Thanks, Bigun. This place was my sanity during the Clinton years,and since. Freepers help me get my bearings. Pick a topic, and all kinds of info and experience shows up.


25 posted on 12/30/2010 7:34:32 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: reg45
Started lurking around the same time on dial up connection. Ah, it all seems so long ago: Ron Brown, White Water Scandal, Arkancides, stained blue dress, McDougal, Vince Foster, etc. etc. Bill and Shill are still the Democrat's poster boy and girl respectively.
26 posted on 12/30/2010 7:35:52 AM PST by blaveda (blaveda)
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To: exit82
I had a 28K modem

Remember how disappointing it was to be foiled from an interesting thread simply because someone posted pictures on it?

Or, if someone left the 'italians' on?

27 posted on 12/30/2010 7:35:59 AM PST by laotzu
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To: exit82

When were you in Viet Nam Bro?


28 posted on 12/30/2010 7:36:40 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: exit82
...Today is my 12th anniversary as a Freeper...

Newbie.

:-)

29 posted on 12/30/2010 7:36:45 AM PST by FReepaholic
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To: astounded

Yep, “buckhead” and RatherGate. It was amazing to watch that transpire. And to watch for months until the cretin in the MSM finally admitted it was a scam forgery.

I first read FR from a link on Drudge.


30 posted on 12/30/2010 7:37:58 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: MinuteGal

Leni, you are a Freeper original! Thanks, and Happy New Year to you.

If you find out any info about a pension, let the rest of us know,OK? LOL! Somehow, I get the feeling that it is just an Internet rumor!


31 posted on 12/30/2010 7:38:14 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

Congrats on making 12 years, you oldtimer!


32 posted on 12/30/2010 7:39:13 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: shiva

shiva, it has been quite a 12 years. Glad you have been here the whole time. Happy New Year to you!


33 posted on 12/30/2010 7:39:16 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: VRWCTexan

It appears to be old home day!

Bigun
Since Mar 16, 1998


34 posted on 12/30/2010 7:39:20 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: exit82

Happy FReeper Birthday / Anniversary to you!!

I lurked after Rush or some talk show host was talking about the FReepers going crazy about some subject after the 2000 elections. Took me almost three years to sign up, but I’m glad I did.


35 posted on 12/30/2010 7:40:26 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Whether corruption is in politics, science, education, research, etc., always follow the money.)
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To: sauropod

Hey Pod!

Long time no see Newby!


36 posted on 12/30/2010 7:41:07 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Albion Wilde
Except that no one could have imagined an upset like Palin

I was certainly aware of her before being picked for the Veep spot. Word on the street was that she was (and is) a solid conservative.

37 posted on 12/30/2010 7:41:37 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: exit82

Happy Anniversary and congratulations from a n00b. I had my 10th anniversary last month. :)


38 posted on 12/30/2010 7:42:59 AM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: cripplecreek

n00bie

cripplecreek
Since Dec 21, 2003

Arrowhead1952
Since Jul 23, 2003

< /sarc>


39 posted on 12/30/2010 7:43:18 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Whether corruption is in politics, science, education, research, etc., always follow the money.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks,AW! Now, you used the word “bravissima”—I’m a guy. There is an Exit148, a great Freeper gal, who was actually the inspiration for my screen name. In NJ you are known by which exit you live by on either the Garden State Parkway or the NJ Turnpike.

I live in southern DE now and don’t miss the high NJ taxes at all.


40 posted on 12/30/2010 7:43:45 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: reg45
I would have had to be using dial-up in those days - aargh!

Weren't we all? I know for sure that I was.

41 posted on 12/30/2010 7:44:03 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: RabidBartender

Thanks, RB! Happy New Year to you!


42 posted on 12/30/2010 7:44:59 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Bigun

Howdy Bigun.

I don’t post so much now. Been totally disgusted with the past 2 years.

However, people have been asking me about landrights issues, so maybe it’s time to re-engage.

Still full of piss and vinegar tho’.


43 posted on 12/30/2010 7:45:23 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: exit82

Congrats on your anniversary. Just a couple more months for me to get to 12 yrs.


44 posted on 12/30/2010 7:46:34 AM PST by ironman
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To: exit82
The Florida recounts is what brought me here. I lurked during the recounts after a guest I had invited over for election night, told me about a website that was a collection of dedicated Conservatives, called Free Republic.

I then joined after a great thread by BKO, inspired me to join. (Barbra K. Olson, who now smiles down on us all!)

Onward FReepers! To decades more!

45 posted on 12/30/2010 7:47:21 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: exit82
It will be 12 years for me next month. WOW, time seems to be picking up speed. It has been, and continues to be, a great ride.
I know my head would have exploded had I not found FR and found out that I was not alone in holding the values I hold dear.
God Bless all you Freepers!

p.s. Thanks again to all of you that supported my son-in-law, Jesse Kelly, in AZ CD-8.

46 posted on 12/30/2010 7:47:33 AM PST by CanadianYankee
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To: Explorer89

Explorer89, thanks for mentioning MrConfettiMan. Joe was a wonderful Freeper. It was a real loss to us when he passed, after a valiant battle with a brain tumor. A very fine man.

That’s one downside of being here a dozen years. Thoise good folks on the Freeper Remembrance Wall are people you talked with and enjoyed.


47 posted on 12/30/2010 7:47:40 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

TJ—I went throught the teenage years once—that was enough!

BTW, your tagline makes me smile, because I can’t figure it out! Tell me what it means.


48 posted on 12/30/2010 7:49:37 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

So much history, so many people, in such a short time. Ash, the Hurtgen forest, the pitiful good by’s of those offended, Our Republic and Constitution continually under attack from domestic enemas, our out of control government and Free Republic marches on.


49 posted on 12/30/2010 7:51:11 AM PST by wita
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To: exit82

Thanks for the write-up. From one “old Freeper” to another ... congratulations and Happy New Year (and here’s to many more).


50 posted on 12/30/2010 7:51:13 AM PST by glennaro
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