Skip to comments.Statement by the founder of Free Republic
Posted on 03/22/2004 6:22:17 PM PST by Jim Robinson
I posted the following statement to our front page in response to the criticism I'm receiving lately as to not being fair and balanced and perceived mistreatment of trolls and assorted malcontents. Got news for all, I'm NOT fair and balanced. I'm biased toward God, country, family, liberty and freedom and against liberalism, socialism, anarchism, wackoism, global balonyism and any other form of tyranny. Hope this helps.
Statement by the founder of Free Republic:
In our continuing fight for freedom, for America and our constitution and against totalitarianism, socialism, tyranny, terrorism, etc., Free Republic stands firmly on the side of right, i.e., the conservative side. Believing that the best defense is a strong offense, we (myself and those whom I'm trying to attract to FR) support the strategy of taking the fight to the enemy as opposed to allowing the enemy the luxury of conducting their attacks on us at home on their terms and on their schedule.
Therefore, we wholeheartedly support the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive strikes on known terrorist states and organizations that are believed to present a clear threat to our freedom or national security. We support our military, our troops and our Commander-in-Chief and we oppose turning control of our government back over to the liberals and socialists who favor appeasement, weakness, and subserviency. We do not believe in surrendering to the terrorists as France, Germany, Russia and Spain have done and as Kerry, Kennedy, Clinton and the Democrats, et al, are proposing.
As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-Constitution, pro-Bill of Rights, pro-gun, pro-limited government, pro-private property rights, pro-limited taxes, pro-capitalism, pro-national defense, pro-freedom, and-pro America. We oppose all forms of liberalism, socialism, fascism, pacifism, totalitarianism, anarchism, government enforced atheism, abortionism, feminism, homosexualism, racism, wacko environmentalism, judicial activism, etc. We also oppose the United Nations or any other world government body that may attempt to impose its will or rule over our sovereign nation and sovereign people. We believe in defending our borders, our constitution and our national sovereignty.
Free Republic is private property. It is not a government project, nor is it funded by government or taxpayer money. We are not a publicly owned entity nor are we an IRS tax-free non-profit organization. We pay all applicable taxes on our income. We are not connected to or funded by any political party, news agency, or any other entity. We sell no merchandise, product or service, and we offer no subscriptions or paid memberships. We accept no paid advertising or promotions. We are funded solely by donations (non tax deductible gifts) from our readers and participants.
We aggressively defend our God-given and first amendment guaranteed rights to free speech, free press, free religion, and freedom of association, as well as our constitutional right to control the use and content of our own personal private property. Despite the wailing of the liberal trolls and other doom & gloom naysayers, we feel no compelling need to allow them a platform to promote their repugnant and obnoxious propaganda from our forum. Free Republic is not a liberal debating society. We are conservative activists dedicated to defending our rights, defending our constitution, defending our republic and defending our traditional American way of life.
Our God-given liberty and freedoms are not negotiable.
May God bless and protect our men and women in uniform fighting for our freedom and may God continue to bless America.
I know not what course others may take but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.
With all due respect to your post regarding ownership rights and how private the site is.....in my humble opinion, yes others do contribute to it, but I think as a founder, the statement was dead on. If people do not believe the same way, hold the same values and do not agree with everything said in the founders message, then they ought not donate merely for the wanting of some sort of a "title".
Everyone is aware how this works, and based ON the values stated above, don't you think it would be a bit petty to demand some sort of bond or something stating what percentage of the site you "own" due to your donation? Personally, donating just because it's SO dang worth it is satisfaction enough for me. It has nothing to do w/ recognition or "ownership" rights to the site.
Thanks for the straightforward clarity of your statement.
Of course, there will always be people who don't get it, and new posters who need an explanation. For those cases, I recommend to all that this thread be bookmarked for easy reference and linking.
I don't think I own ANYTHING here. My monthly donation is a very small part of what it takes to keep this site up--I'm glad to visit here, and happy to do my part, and I like it the way Jim Robinson runs it, or I wouldn't do either one.
We aren't stockholders. We're FReepers. Coming to a conservative site to hear conservative views from fellow conservative people is what we do, because we like to do it.
And we like JR. If I could, I'd give a whole lot more. It's a gift. A present. To say thank you for the site.
Is it true? Have I finally found a site where I don't have to listen to the bull caca of the left along with the truth? Am I in heaven??? ;-)
More like Heaven with and edge, you know...Valhalla. Oh yeah, and don't annoy the kittens.
and = an. Not quite Heaven without spell check.
Once in a while, an especially stupid troll is simply left in the pillory rather than zotted, apparently so we can have a little comic relief at the troll's expense.
Free speech? See Amendment XYZ.
Great timing coach, right on the nail head as well. Thank you for a great pre-game talk. We are now ready to play this thing lets get it done.
Bob Dole made this argument back in 1976, when he was Ford's running mate. He accused the Democrats of having Utopian visions that lead them into war. He cited WWI and Vietnam as prime instances of the Democratic penchant to go abroad, seeking monsters to destroy.
Pat Buchanan makes that argument today, arguing that guys like Sec'y of Defense Paul Wolfowitz are actually crazed Democratic zealots, wishing to remake the world in the image of liberal America.
Let me be perfectly clear. These are notions that all of us must reject.
Beautifully stated.Beautful people.I'm seeing it all go on in a differnt angle or perpective than I would prefer.Situations which have been built here are but a second of history yet acted upon more than normally will build a future we can be proud of.Salutes, good knight.
I'm not sure why I bother to answer but I do agree with you 1000 percent. Their whining from the right is not worth my time to notice except that I realize if we do not continue to be vigilant our silence then becom es our tacit agreement and this we can never allow to happen.
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