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Opus de Darth Sidious
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Posted on 09/24/2002 10:51:10 AM PDT by Texaggie79

Well, it was a fun ride and I made a LOT of great friends on Free Republic... including one who came to my wedding. But nothing lasts forever, and maybe in a way it's a *good* thing, 'cuz there's no convincing some people that no increase in power makes that power any more pure.

JimRob has drummed me out of Free Republic. Here's the reason he put on the screen that popped up on my end:

Your posting privilege has been revoked.

Reason: Democrat

Now, I'm not a Democrat. Haven't been one since 1994 when I changed to Republican, and haven't changed that (yet).

If JimRob is now banning people because he believes they are Democrats, he's obliterated any credibility that Free Republic has as a *conservative* forum. Conservatism espouses a free marketplace of ideas. A dissenting idea isn't something a conservative tries to muzzle: a conservative will articulate why it that idea is wrong, make his point as convincing as possible, and let the chips fall where they may. It's LIBERALS who shut off people they disagree with from entering into debate.

I've been accused of being a Democrat, an agitator, a disruptor... any number of things. I've done my damndest to promote this site in what meager ways I've been left with these past few years. Hell, I stood for four hours - for the most part alone except for an hour with another fellow Freeper - on a summer day when the mercury hit 102, to protest an UN-Constitutional practice by a nearby city. On my sign was "FreeRepublic.com". My own money, my own principles, and no one ever asked me to do it. I'll wager that that as small a thing that was, it's a helluva lot more than what most people have done in their time on Free Republic.

Today, I presented an idea - one that wasn't Republican or Democrat, or any other party's notion - that is apparently unwelcome on this forum. My belief is this: that we cannot trust a political party - ANY political party - with any great amount of power, because political parties are about nothing but power. Given enough power, the Republicans would become as corrupt and evil as the Democrats. Maybe it was my comparing the Bush-bots to the Clintonistas. Maybe it was my stating that Free Republic is fast becoming as wildly extremist as Democratic Underground. Or maybe it was my admission that, yes, I *will* vote for Erskine Bowles for U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Between the two major contenders, Bowles is the only one who is a real resident of this state... and my sentiments for North Carolina far outweigh the "needs" of any political party.

For whatever reason it was, JimRob banned me... but if it was for the crime of *once* being a Democrat, that demonstrates how shallow Free Republic is becoming. I've no love or loyalty for the Democratic party and the Republicans have given me no reason why my trust should be placed with them.

I suppose there's no room at Free Republic anymore for those of us who see America's freedom as a gift from God's grace rather than man's pride.

Sincerely, Christopher Knight "Darth Sidious"


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Seeing that Darth's posting privileges have been revoked, I took it upon myself to post the WELL DESERVED opus of a long standing member of FR.

He can't post but he can still read, so fill free to wish him well......

1 posted on 09/24/2002 10:51:10 AM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: lowbridge; Sir Gawain; weikel; Xenalyte
Ping
2 posted on 09/24/2002 10:52:26 AM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
pretty sad. Hopefully Darth will emerge at libertypost.org

I've been told by a former FReeper that it is a pretty good site. I still like FR, but some of the nonsense that has been happening for the last year is getting old...

3 posted on 09/24/2002 10:54:49 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: Texaggie79
I will miss some of Darth's comments. I know nothing of the reasoning behind the loss of posting privledges but I would hope they are restored.

Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - yorktown

4 posted on 09/24/2002 10:54:52 AM PDT by harpseal
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To: Texaggie79; All
What was his user number? I want to see his last posts.
5 posted on 09/24/2002 10:55:26 AM PDT by newgeezer
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To: Texaggie79
I *will* vote for Erskine Bowles for U.S. Senator

A tax-and-spend Democrat?? May your chains rest lightly.

See you around, Darth.

6 posted on 09/24/2002 10:55:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Texaggie79
May I suggest that you link to the actual exchange between Darth Sidious and Jim that led to the banning? People may want to see it for themselves. If you need help finding it, I can give you a hand.
7 posted on 09/24/2002 10:55:54 AM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: Texaggie79
Hes actually been removed by the "Central Scrutinizer"?
Next they will sent overweight Techies to your house to rip out your computer and phonelines!
8 posted on 09/24/2002 10:56:25 AM PDT by claptrap
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To: Texaggie79
Bowles is the only one who is a real resident of this state...

Perhaps another opus is necessary to explain why perceived "residency" is the overwhelming reason to vote for a candidate.

9 posted on 09/24/2002 10:56:30 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Texaggie79
Sad. But Erskine Bowels???....
10 posted on 09/24/2002 10:56:45 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Maybe it was my stating that Free Republic is fast becoming as wildly extremist as Democratic Underground.

This was it.

11 posted on 09/24/2002 10:56:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: eureka!
Sad. But Erskine Bowels???....

He's as irksome as algor giving a droning speech.

12 posted on 09/24/2002 10:58:03 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Texaggie79
Or maybe it was my admission that, yes, I *will* vote for Erskine Bowles for U.S. Senator from North Carolina.

Ewwwww. I was sympathetic 'til I read THAT. Good grief.

13 posted on 09/24/2002 10:58:17 AM PDT by Sloth
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To: Texaggie79
Maybe it was my stating that Free Republic is fast becoming as wildly extremist as Democratic Underground. Or maybe it was my admission that, yes, I *will* vote for Erskine Bowles for U.S. Senator from North Carolina.

Those sound like two pretty darn good reasons to me. If anyone here is voting to keep Tom Daschle in charge of the Senate, they should be hung, shot, tattooed, and booted out permanently. I don't care in which order it happens.

14 posted on 09/24/2002 10:58:53 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Texaggie79
"..Or maybe it was my admission that, yes, I *will* vote for Erskine Bowles for U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Between the two major contenders, Bowles is the only one who is a real resident of this state... and my sentiments for North Carolina far outweigh the "needs" of any political party...."

You are saying your "sentiments" outweigh President Bush's attempts to appoint conservative judges --- that are being blatently blocked by Democratic Senators.

15 posted on 09/24/2002 10:59:13 AM PDT by gatex
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To: eureka!
My dad and Skipper were buddies. Erskine's a game show host. One of those kids that would say "Thank you" after you beat him up.
16 posted on 09/24/2002 10:59:22 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Texaggie79
Darth, my alter ego and I will see you on the other side . . . happy 420!
17 posted on 09/24/2002 10:59:32 AM PDT by Xenalyte
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To: Texaggie79; Jim Robinson
Well doesn't this beat all. Darth was a staunch member of FR in good standing, at least, judging by his words and actions. I second the motion that his privs be restored.


18 posted on 09/24/2002 10:59:37 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: All
What was his user number? I want to see his last posts.

Ah, here we go.

19 posted on 09/24/2002 10:59:40 AM PDT by newgeezer
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To: Texaggie79
interesting. I myself have been questioning the idea of a party based system..why not just vote for people who you believe are qualified to lead? Why the hang up on parties? I personally know one democratic state senator who has consistently voted conservatively...i.e. anti abortion, pro-2nd amendment...and have known Republicans who espouse just the opposite of those beliefs.. just by posting this publicly, will I find myself banned? I used to be a Green, and even though a registered Republican, find my beliefs more closely allied with Constitutionalists... is this merely a Republican/Libertarian forum, or are all conservative viewpoints welcome?
20 posted on 09/24/2002 10:59:43 AM PDT by goodieD
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
I think it's buried somewhere in this thread, but I haven't found it yet:

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS BEYOND CORRUPT, IT'S ALSO EVIL WARNS JIM ROBINSON IN SCATHING ATTACK OF TRUTH

21 posted on 09/24/2002 10:59:59 AM PDT by Liberal Classic
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To: 1Old Pro
Re#12 Definitely. Hard to figure how anyone, let alone a long time Freeper, could support him. Especially having been associated with the Clinton crime wave....
22 posted on 09/24/2002 11:00:26 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: Texaggie79
Well that sucks. Both that he's gone and that he's right.

All one has to do is look at how the GOP is handling the illegal immigrant issue to recognize that sad truth.

23 posted on 09/24/2002 12:48:57 PM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
HMMM, it's back up.........
24 posted on 09/24/2002 12:50:13 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: 1Old Pro
Perhaps another opus is necessary to explain why perceived "residency" is the overwhelming reason to vote for a candidate.

That was my first thought too.

25 posted on 09/24/2002 12:52:38 PM PDT by saminfl
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To: Constitution Day
ping
26 posted on 09/24/2002 12:54:23 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
Thank you Tex. Want me to ping some of the NC folks?
27 posted on 09/24/2002 12:57:01 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Texaggie79
Maybe it was my comparing the Bush-bots to the Clintonistas. Maybe it was my stating that Free Republic is fast becoming as wildly extremist as Democratic Underground. Or maybe it was my admission that, yes, I *will* vote for Erskine Bowles for U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Between the two major contenders, Bowles is the only one who is a real resident of this state... and my sentiments for North Carolina far outweigh the "needs" of any political party.

So, he hates the Clintonistas, but will vote for a Clintonista, just because he thinks Bowles is more of a resident of NC than Liddy Dole is? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

28 posted on 09/24/2002 12:57:16 PM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: Constitution Day
Please do!
29 posted on 09/24/2002 12:57:55 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: AppyPappy
So this is part of the posting guidelines now? You can't opine that FR is becoming extremist?
30 posted on 09/24/2002 12:58:06 PM PDT by Taliesan
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
LP may have started with good intentions, but its owners have permitted it to become just another AF site. There is no real discussion of news or current events, just more of the same old "I hate FR because of what happened in 1998" crap.
31 posted on 09/24/2002 12:58:29 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Texaggie79
Do you know if this was a permanent ban, or a time out?
32 posted on 09/24/2002 12:58:45 PM PDT by diotima
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To: diotima
Perm
33 posted on 09/24/2002 12:59:24 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
All right.
34 posted on 09/24/2002 1:00:21 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: NYCVirago
So, he hates the Clintonistas, but will vote for a Clintonista, just because he thinks Bowles is more of a resident of NC than Liddy Dole is? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

I agree with you, but if not making sense was a banning offense, there would be no finger left on the ban button.

35 posted on 09/24/2002 1:00:28 PM PDT by Taliesan
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Well he's right about the party thing but what the hell he's thinking voting for a Democrat over Mrs. Dole is beyond me.

And this place isn't even remotely extremist compared to DU.

36 posted on 09/24/2002 1:00:33 PM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: Texaggie79; Jim Robinson
I kinda liked that young whippersnapper. I remember the photos he posted while freeping the instant ticket traffic lights.

C'mon Jim...He ain't no Dem...he's just a young'n still on the path. He shouldn't be banned for an aloof thought. After all I still think Daryn Kagan's a hottie.

That oughta get me thirty days in the cooler.

37 posted on 09/24/2002 1:01:30 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Texaggie79
You did what to your hair?
38 posted on 09/24/2002 1:01:46 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: mykdsmom; Lee'sGhost; KOZ.; borntodiefree; azhenfud; callisto; Overtaxed; ianync; Howlin; goosie; ..
Pinging the NC crowd.
Please, be civil.
39 posted on 09/24/2002 1:01:50 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Texaggie79
trash is back i see
40 posted on 09/24/2002 1:01:52 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: Texaggie79
I am sorry, Darth. I, for one, choose to remember how much we have in common rather than our disagreements and Madcelt and I will both miss you.

We certainly do have revolting candidates for the Senate this year. I have to disagree about "ERK", though. I think he's just as much a carpetbagging, insider Washingtonian as Dole is.

Anyway, We both want to say good-bye and to wish you and your wife good luck and happiness in your future.
41 posted on 09/24/2002 1:07:39 PM PDT by Helix
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To: TLBSHOW
I see your back to running your mouth again.
42 posted on 09/24/2002 1:08:36 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Sir Gawain

I tried to find a pic of him in Friday as Big Perm.. I mean Big Worm.

43 posted on 09/24/2002 1:08:51 PM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: angelo
ping

BigMack

44 posted on 09/24/2002 1:09:21 PM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: Texaggie79
Well, I've paid my $25 worth of bandwidth, so when I get banned, we are fair and square. I've made poorer purchace decisions.. JimRob, if you don't want to ever hear a decenting opinion, I suggest you live your life in a sound booth. I thought that FR was NOT a direct mouth peice to the RNC, but from JimRob's recent comments, I have no reason now to believe that He is NOT a propaganda mouth piece for the RNC.

Go ahead, ban us. Enjoy your soundbooth.

45 posted on 09/24/2002 1:09:47 PM PDT by aSkeptic
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To: AppyPappy
That can't be it. MurryMom is still here, right?
46 posted on 09/24/2002 1:10:22 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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This can't be? For real?
47 posted on 09/24/2002 1:12:14 PM PDT by Registered
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To: Registered
Yes.
48 posted on 09/24/2002 1:13:07 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day; TLBSHOW
The time for civility is gone. When garbage cans like TLBSHOW run their mouth, constanstly trolling for anything that deviates from the narrow-minded Bush/Limbot mentality it is instantly attacked....its much like a infectious virus.

That kind of mentality pollutes the entire Republican movement and is a stain on conservatism.

49 posted on 09/24/2002 1:13:43 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Texaggie79
Maybe he can sneak back in as "Sarth Didious"...

No, Seriesly, though, he seemed like a pretty good kid. Sounds like some thin-skinned moderators. (ducking for cover)

50 posted on 09/24/2002 1:13:50 PM PDT by Hatteras
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