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12 Traditions of Free Republic (Vanity)
5/14/2012 | By Lazamataz

Posted on 05/14/2012 5:13:43 PM PDT by Lazamataz

There's been lots of infighting and problems among Free Republic members lately. Some of the 'warring factions' are the ABO voters versus the NoRomney crowd; and the Mormon attackers versus the Mormom defenders.

I have taken the liberty of rewriting the 12 Traditions of AA a little, to apply them to a deeply political forum such as ours. The 12 Traditions have helped AA stay together no matter how much cabal-ing, clique-ing, and politic-ing (in Alocholics Anonymous) have happened over the decades. Those Traditions are battle tested in real life. We might look at them to keep our organization on the straight and narrow. If you want to see REAL DRAMA, go to a world AA conference. OMG. The 12 Traditions are what keeps that group together.

Here is my suggested Twelve Traditions of Free Republic:

  1. Our conservative values should come first; America's recovery depends upon conservative unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Jim Robinson and the Moderators are but trusted servants; they moderate discussions, they do not govern member feelings, convictions, and beliefs.
  3. The only requirement for Free Republic membership is a desire for America to be governed by conservative principles.
  4. Each individual should be autonomous except in matters affecting conservatism as a whole.
  5. Each member has but one primary purpose — to carry the conservative message to the public who still suffers.
  6. A Free Republic member ought never lend the Free Republic name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Free Republic ought to be fully self-supporting, declining contributions from other political organizations.
  8. Free Republic should remain forever nonprofessional, but our website may employ special workers.
  9. Free Republic, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Free Republic as an institution has no opinion on outside Republican organizations; hence the Free Republic name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; and we need always maintain personal anonymity amongst our members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

This is a suggestion, only. Please discuss amongst yourselves....


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Please consider holding to these traditions, individually and as an institution. They have worked for groups much more diverse and divided than even ours.
1 posted on 05/14/2012 5:13:47 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz

It is good my friend, it is all good :}}}


2 posted on 05/14/2012 5:15:36 PM PDT by MCSP2008
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To: Lazamataz

[Romanian native > ESL]


3 posted on 05/14/2012 5:16:20 PM PDT by MCSP2008
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To: Lazamataz
I'll vouch for that   ;-)

< save >

4 posted on 05/14/2012 5:17:34 PM PDT by tomkat (stop that !-)
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To: Morgana; AndrewB; Lazamataz; GeronL; wagglebee; little jeremiah; TheOldLady; Cyber Liberty; ...

Just-a-suggestion ping.


5 posted on 05/14/2012 5:17:38 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

BTTT!
Thanks Laz!


6 posted on 05/14/2012 5:21:41 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Lazamataz

Impressive, Laz. I didn’t realize you were so articulate.


7 posted on 05/14/2012 5:22:40 PM PDT by Jedidah ("In those days Israel had no king. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.")
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To: Lazamataz
God only needed ten.

8 posted on 05/14/2012 5:23:13 PM PDT by y6162
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To: Lazamataz

My name is Slings and Arrows, and I’m a freepaholic.


9 posted on 05/14/2012 5:23:28 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lazamataz

I think we need to get back on the track with 5. Selling the Conservative message and making it attractive.

I can’t tell you the last time I’ve heard the positive, encouraging attitude of Reagan come from any Conservative.

Where is the celebration of the individual and telling someone they can achieve anything? Where is the statements that you don’t need a government solution?

Instead, I hear wailing and gnashing of teeth over each and every election or news story.

We talk about some Conservative policies, but we don’t live or speak to the fundamental Conservative principle.


10 posted on 05/14/2012 5:23:28 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Lazamataz

I will refrain from peeing on your head for demoting me to #8....


11 posted on 05/14/2012 5:24:48 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Lazamataz

...Behind you!


12 posted on 05/14/2012 5:25:52 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Jedidah
Thanks. But I am more concerned we keep Free Republic going through some rocky times. And with Obama, THESE ARE THOSE.

Another freeper put it very very VERY well. I will quote his eloquent words, adding a little for clarity, and make it big and bold so people see it:

I’ve been surprised that seein’ the country come apart at the seams every day for the last three+ years hasn’t caused more crackups on Free Republic before now, frankly.

Maybe the younger ones just don’t see it as clearly, but folks in their 50s^ (like me) have seen it turn just about completely to shit in comparison to what we grew up in.

The reactions and crackups (like that thread, assuming that’s the cause) are going to throw lots of ‘normal’ ‘middle of the road’ FReepers for a serious loop in the days and months ahead. And the "shooting, riots, voter fraud and purposeful crises" part hasn't even started yet ..

13 posted on 05/14/2012 5:28:08 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: y6162

True. But God has commandments, not traditions. ;)


14 posted on 05/14/2012 5:29:32 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz
Two best traditions of FR:
1) Pictures of Catherine Zeta Jones are required for all comments about MoDo.
2) Bunnies with pancakes for all posts where it is difficult or impossible to determine the purpose.
15 posted on 05/14/2012 5:31:52 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: eastforker; real saxophonist; nathanbedford; kristinn; Buckhead; Southack; Travis McGee; ...

More pings.


16 posted on 05/14/2012 5:32:07 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Sounds gud, I’d hit that.


17 posted on 05/14/2012 5:32:34 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Lazamataz; Chode

“My name is Slings and Arrows, and I’m a freepaholic.”

Hello Slings and Arrows.


18 posted on 05/14/2012 5:34:48 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Lazamataz

Freerepublic used to have some incredibly witty and funny people who could always make us laugh. But back then our main concern was if Bill was getting fisky with Monica etc. I guess it’s difficult to say much funny about debt that is about to destroy our country etc. But I miss FR of years back though....


19 posted on 05/14/2012 5:37:43 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHjvo6eRkI)
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To: kjam22
Realistically, it might be AMERICA you miss, as she was, years back.

We are under stress. Stress can cause infighting if traditions are not adapted and followed.

20 posted on 05/14/2012 5:40:05 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Sir

I mean this as a compliment, please don’t take it any other way

In the past few days you have shown yourself to be a voice of reason and rational thought when you normally present yourself as a “Wild and Crazy guy” that would “Hit” the unhittable.

Your thoughts on the eastforker/humblegunner and other threads do much for this forum in ways diffenerent from your usual irreverent musings. You add many dimensions to the forum and I appreciate every one as I am sure others do.

Thanks much

Da Madman


21 posted on 05/14/2012 5:40:43 PM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: Lazamataz
Why do we all have to get along?

22 posted on 05/14/2012 5:40:51 PM PDT by y6162
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To: Lazamataz

Probably right...


23 posted on 05/14/2012 5:41:03 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHjvo6eRkI)
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To: Lazamataz

13?. Hit it like bass drum?


24 posted on 05/14/2012 5:41:53 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: kjam22
Freerepublic used to have some incredibly witty and funny people....

Oh, and what am I, chopped livah?


25 posted on 05/14/2012 5:41:53 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

All your base are belong to us....


26 posted on 05/14/2012 5:45:22 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHjvo6eRkI)
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To: Lazamataz
7. Free Republic ought to be fully self-supporting, declining contributions from other political organizations.

Amen. Integrity. Things should run their course. Let value rule.

27 posted on 05/14/2012 5:45:43 PM PDT by GBA (Read: The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn Whatever else you read this year, read this book!)
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To: 5Madman2
Thank you very much for your kind thoughts. The last few days have been exhausting. I've poured a lot of my true self into them. The funny crazy Laz, he's still here, but he needed to go away while the real man you see, poured his soul into trying to help so many different people.

I'm tired for a while. This thread marks my (very temporary) cessation on those efforts.

I need to fill myself back up. I need to get my own spiritual self rested.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR KIND WORDS!

28 posted on 05/14/2012 5:46:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz
Good, that lets me off the typing hook   ;-)

But don't blame some innocent anecdotal observations for increased suicides, internecine warfare, 'postal' incidents, etc !

Speaking of, that thread's rapidly becoming a textbook CF, as your pings have prolly shown.


oh well, nobody gets out alive anyway !

29 posted on 05/14/2012 5:49:15 PM PDT by tomkat (stop that !-)
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To: Lazamataz

Rest and please continue

Thanks for your dedication

Da madman


30 posted on 05/14/2012 5:49:25 PM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: GBA
Thankfully, JimRob has been a man of integrity on this tradition, instinctually: 7. Free Republic ought to be fully self-supporting, declining contributions from other political organizations.

If he hadn't, we'd have noticed the sellout. He'd suddenly be all on the MR bandwagon, for example, or ban those that talked trash about Karl Rove.

31 posted on 05/14/2012 5:50:14 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Thank you...as a confirmed Freepaholic, I can appreciate these traditions. I don’t like to see us fighting one another...I’ve been a Freeper since the Clinton Mess, and intend to continue. It’s my one-stop shop for news and commentary.


32 posted on 05/14/2012 5:53:36 PM PDT by madmominct
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Well, as Denninger said in 2008, "If you wish to juggle jars of nitroglycerin, I hope you don't mind if I ask that you do it in your country rather than in ours." (Speaking of fiat money, unsecured loans, CDS swaps, etc., etc). Speaking of which, ZeroHedge's Tyler Durden posted an article on Greece in 1 picture, with this one of the Athens, Greece, Ministry of Finance: But, as you said, Laz, the really serious stuff hasn't started (here) yet... People need to read ZeroHedge. Daily.
33 posted on 05/14/2012 5:54:49 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Lazamataz

Great job Laz.


34 posted on 05/14/2012 5:56:17 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: combat_boots

Good Lord.


35 posted on 05/14/2012 5:57:03 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Very good....and #1 is so very important, IMO.

Blessed are the peacemakers, and you’re one of those, Laz.
God bless you...we love you.


36 posted on 05/14/2012 5:57:03 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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Click

37 posted on 05/14/2012 5:57:12 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Lazamataz

It’s a real picture, taken a few days ago by a German documentary crew....

“We were going to do a caption contest out of this image, but unfortunately this is not funny. It is tragic. Many people will lose all their money, savings, livelihood, and more because of this...

What is it? It is a picture taken at the Athens ministry of finance.

It is part of a full documentary (go to 24 minutes in for the lack of money shot) released a few days ago by German TV station ZDF called The Greek Lie. It is self-explanatory, and shows where 2 years of bailout funds went, or rather didn’t, and why 2 years to the day after the first bailout, not only is Greece not fixed, but is days away from leaving the Eurozone, but at a cost to taxpayers of nearly half a trillion.

We urge anyone, even non-German speakers, to set aside 45 minutes and view the clip below. It is unsettling at best.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/must-see-greece-explained-one-picture

How much money did Greece get in loans? Tyler Durden has an article suggesting that Greece may go bankrupt TOMORROW. It is the Greek CDS swap hedges that sent JPM Chase reeling, IIRC.

I notice there are very few articles being posted about MONEY and FINANCE on FR. We are in really bad, bad financial trouble, and we’re talking about gayness and race?


38 posted on 05/14/2012 6:04:45 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: kjam22; Lazamataz
Freerepublic used to have some incredibly witty and funny people who could always make us laugh.

I still get a lot of laughs from the insightful, wicked humor on FR. Libtards are the ones with no sense of humor. There are certainly those around here that need to learn how to tactfully critque the views of other while not belittling or attacking them. Critique the idea; do not attack a fellow Freeper . . . unless of course they are a troll.

One of the main premises I have is that Liberals are the real haters. We Freepers should operate with that in mind and distinguish ourselves in the quality of our opinions and analysis. WE are the ideology of morality,fact and reason, not emotion and deceit. Our ideas and principles are bigger than one person, one Presidential nominee and one election. More flies are caught with honey than with salt. A salesman does not close a deal on a prospect by being abrasive against the person he is trying to sell.

Thank you Laz for starting this discussion.

39 posted on 05/14/2012 6:08:00 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: combat_boots
New Greek Tourist Ministry slogan: “Come see Greece, we've got brand new ruins!”
40 posted on 05/14/2012 6:09:23 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Lazamataz

Very well-stated. Thanks, Lazamataz.


41 posted on 05/14/2012 6:10:37 PM PDT by PGalt
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Oh just can it, Laz. Can it.

I'M KIDDING EVERYONE!!!

42 posted on 05/14/2012 6:11:39 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Hugin
Best.

Post.

InTheHistoryOfTheInternet.

LOL!

43 posted on 05/14/2012 6:12:22 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

um, keep coming back?


44 posted on 05/14/2012 6:20:21 PM PDT by holly go-rightly
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To: Gabz

Hey Gabz. Here it is as it’s own thread.


45 posted on 05/14/2012 6:21:41 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: holly go-rightly

I will! :)


46 posted on 05/14/2012 6:21:55 PM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

I totally agree. And neither of us would have been here this long if he had. No sharks are jumped here. Send up the bomb.


47 posted on 05/14/2012 6:23:32 PM PDT by GBA (Read: The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn Whatever else you read this year, read this book!)
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To: Lazamataz

I like it!


48 posted on 05/14/2012 6:31:43 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Lazamataz

A worthy translation, imho.

Thx for the ping.


49 posted on 05/14/2012 6:33:41 PM PDT by Quix (Time is short: INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Lazamataz
Some say he has a detachable penis and an irrational fear of clowns. Others say the two are related.

We don't know. All we know is that they call him the Laz.

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50 posted on 05/14/2012 6:36:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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