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After Action Counter protest - Columbia, SC
3/24 | flib

Posted on 03/24/2006 5:18:53 PM PST by flib

Wed. was another in a long line of Wednesdays spent in front of the statehouse in Columbia, SC. I have been doggedly counter protesting some misguided peaceniks (A.K.A. appeasement-niks). As I am a new Freeper, this is my first after action. This past Wednesday I was the only counter protester. Usually I have another army wife who joins me. As I walked up the street toward the location where 9-10 members of this scrappy group were assembled, cars beeped and gave thumbs up and shouts of support while I walked with my “Support the troops, Support the Mission” and my “Honk to Support Iraqi Freedom” signs. I could plainly see the expressions of disdain on the group's faces at the discovery that I had shown up again. Since this goes 5-6 PM there is usually quite a bit of traffic. It’s pretty comical when I see someone drive by, see the demoralizing signs of the enemies of America and suddenly realize that I am out there holding up for the home team. Eager honks, waves, and thumbs up follow. One guy went by driving an ambulance with his hand out in the thumbs down to the enemies. He began to do the same to me until he read my signs at which he decided a sudden thumbs up and a siren blurp might be more appropriate than just a beep. I didn’t interact with the nutcases since in the past I have seen these “people of peace” push a friend into oncoming traffic, have had another scream full force inches from my face, and another ball up a fist in frustration as though he would punch me in the face. (It’s funny that these people are more determined to defend their bit of sidewalk than their own country.) All the time spent was well worth it when as I was walking to my car, a young man with a pretty girl arm in arm came up to me and gave me a big hug. It was somewhat awkward as I was holding my two signs, but he didn’t notice. He said he just wanted to thank me so much. He said he was back from Iraq for a couple weeks and had seen the demoralizing signs (End the Occupation, Lies Kill, etc.)of the enemies and was so encouraged to see my signs and hear the beeping and cheering for it. We talked a bit comparing locations in Iraq and sharing information about my husband’s and his units. As he turned to leave, I told him to please let his battle buddies know that the vast majority of America knows they are heroes doing the work of heroes. He said, “Thanks, I can tell!” It was so awesome. It is why I am there and have been in the heat of summer and the cold of winter. I know I will never convince appeasers because they refuse to let the facts get in the way of their arguments. It is for that guy and the others who I have talked to over the past year. It is for the wives and family members who have a chance to share their pride that their loved one is defending our freedom.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: aar; columbia; columbiasc; freep; scchapter; womeninblack

1 posted on 03/24/2006 5:18:55 PM PST by flib
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To: flib

It only takes one! Good job.


2 posted on 03/24/2006 5:27:45 PM PST by bluesagewoman
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To: flib

Great work,thanks.


3 posted on 03/24/2006 5:27:57 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: flib

I am in Clemson and would love to help when I get a chance to get down there.Could you please PING me every time you post a thread on it?
God Bless and keep up the good work.


4 posted on 03/24/2006 5:28:01 PM PST by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: flib

Thanks for the great report and for standing up for our troops!!!


5 posted on 03/24/2006 5:38:31 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: flib
You did a great job, and I'm sure there were more people who appreciated your presence and your message than just those who stopped by or honked.(Most are too busy, or scared, to publicly support our troops and freedom.)

Thank you for the FReep and the report!

6 posted on 03/24/2006 6:01:26 PM PST by Prov3456
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To: flib; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; acf2906; ...
A lone Army wife faces off with the "war protesters".

South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. | Remove me from the list.

7 posted on 03/24/2006 6:53:15 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: flib

That was a great report! Thank you for being there on the homefrontlines. Your husband is a lucky man.


8 posted on 03/24/2006 6:57:42 PM PST by Flora McDonald (got teufelhunden?)
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To: flib
On our First Freep there were 5000 Commies and four of us, plus six others, never get discouraged you are doing what the people driving by should be doing, when they give you the high sign, you are the unseen thousands. I never feel so good as when I return from a FReep.
9 posted on 03/24/2006 7:00:06 PM PST by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: flib

Good on you!


10 posted on 03/24/2006 7:06:13 PM PST by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: flib
Gee. Thanks for all your support for our country. My 6, 4, and 2 yr old's realize the sacrifice of you and your husband, you're in our prayers at night.
11 posted on 03/24/2006 7:13:06 PM PST by stevio (Red-Blooded Crunchy Con, American Male (NRA))
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To: flib
this is my first after action.

You did well.

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12 posted on 03/24/2006 7:23:01 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: flib

Oh, you are my hero! What courage and devotion you have. I salute you. God bless you and give you more "troops" to stand with you against the appeasers.


13 posted on 03/24/2006 8:36:34 PM PST by WVNan
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To: flib

BRAVA!


14 posted on 03/25/2006 2:22:42 AM PST by baa39
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To: flib

Well done. Right now you may be an "army of one" but soon others will take up "arms" and join you. thanks for standing on the wall and proving the lie to that hero!


15 posted on 03/25/2006 3:49:53 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Crush Code Pink, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of the womyn)
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To: flib
WELCOME TO FREE REPUBLIC

Nice job and AAR, especially by your self. Thanks for being there. We can't allow these idiots any free sidewalk time.

As a newbie, I see you found the "ABOUT" section. Something a lot of FReepers don't bother with. Be sure now to add this thread to the ping list in the About section. [Mr] & [Mrs] T

16 posted on 03/25/2006 4:53:10 AM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Gipper08

Clemson alum here. Good to see you on the boards.


17 posted on 03/25/2006 6:25:52 PM PST by dixie1202
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To: flib

great job!!


18 posted on 03/26/2006 2:49:14 AM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: Little Bill
I never feel so good as when I return from a FReep.

Well, after all the beer and food you consume afterwards, no WONDER!

:)

19 posted on 03/26/2006 2:50:34 AM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: BufordP


20 posted on 03/26/2006 6:23:51 AM PST by flib (Thanks for help with the ping!)
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To: flib

You have done us all proud. Do you think these people are organized or they just show up randomly?


21 posted on 03/26/2006 2:05:25 PM PST by Andy'smom
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To: flib

You've done well. Courage to you and any other SC FReepers who come to help you in the future. I grew up in West Columbia and am disheartened to hear the news that the beautiful State House grounds are infested with wretched Leftist scum and villainy. We've been on the move against the local Leftists here in Louisville and youi'll be cheered by this report:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1603190/posts


22 posted on 03/26/2006 5:08:29 PM PST by BlueOneGolf (I Ride and I Vote. Join me in the American Motorcyclist Association today)
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To: flib; Hillarys Gate Cult; Peach; upchuck; SC Swamp Fox

Do not hesitate to call in for reinforcements when the need arises.


23 posted on 03/26/2006 5:27:11 PM PST by TaxRelief (Wal-Mart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: flib

BTW, it was great meeting you in Fayetteville!


24 posted on 03/26/2006 5:33:30 PM PST by TaxRelief (Wal-Mart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: Andy'smom

http://www.womeninblack.org/

http://www.carolinapeace.org/


These are the two groups that organize this farce.


25 posted on 03/26/2006 7:40:25 PM PST by flib (Thanks for help with the ping!)
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; ...
DC Chapter ping. Say "Hello" to flib. She came out to the Fayetteville Freep of the anti-war vermin, March 18.
26 posted on 03/27/2006 4:05:37 AM PST by BufordP ("I am stuck on Al Franken 'cause Al Franken's stuck on me!" -- Stupid)
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To: flib
All it takes is one person, flib, to let the Moonbats know that they don't speak for normal people.

Thank you for being out there!

Be careful doing it alone, though.

27 posted on 03/27/2006 4:14:11 AM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: flib

(It’s funny that these people are more determined to defend their bit of sidewalk than their own country.)

@@@@@

Great observation, and they use violence so easily, while they claim to be for "peace".


28 posted on 03/27/2006 5:16:18 AM PST by maica (You are being lied to. By elements in the media determined that Iraq must fail. - Ralph Peters)
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To: flib

Thanks for your time.


29 posted on 03/27/2006 6:06:03 AM PST by bmwcyle (We got permits, yes we DO! We got permits, how 'bout YOU?;))
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To: flib
Honk to Support Iraqi Freedom

Great sign, it really irks them even when it makes everything confused and nobody knows who is honking for whom! Also great work in everything you are doing. Well written report!

Let me tell you, here in Tucson on Wednesday mornings one military mom started just like you (by herself) with them screaming and name calling. At first it was her against 30-40. Then more veterans, Gold Star parents and military moms joined in to help. After a few months it was 25-25. Now it is about 20 on her side and 5-10 on theirs! On March 18th she gathered an incredible 100 against their 200.

Just to let you know...it can happen! I suggest contacting your local veterans groups and let them know you are out there by yourself. I think a least a few retired Marines will be there soon.
30 posted on 03/27/2006 6:53:40 AM PST by \/\/ayne (Give me Liberty or give me the ACLU)
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To: flib; BufordP
WELCOME TO FREE REPUBLIC!!!

You did an outstanding job on the FReep and the AAR! Thank you so much for being there. Thank you and your husband for your service to our country!

I didn’t interact with the nutcases

I don't blame you...why cast your pearls before swine.

How wonderful you were in Fayetteville last week-end. That is where I began my FReeping career just one year ago. I am now a member of the prestigious "3-fer Club. ;*)

31 posted on 03/27/2006 7:05:56 AM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: BufordP; flib

OK BufordP,

HELLO flib!

Well done


32 posted on 03/27/2006 7:32:18 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Crush Code Pink, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of the womyn)
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To: Justanobody

3-fer Club? Can I join? Sounds like a lotta fun! Do I have to pay dues? Is there an initiation?!


33 posted on 03/27/2006 7:33:43 AM PST by BufordP ("I am stuck on Al Franken 'cause Al Franken's stuck on me!" -- Stupid)
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To: BufordP
Ohhhhhhh, this is really difficult.

No comment! ;*)

34 posted on 03/27/2006 7:44:31 AM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: flib; BufordP

Hey, flib, great job!


35 posted on 03/27/2006 8:16:57 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Total healing for Gavin IJN)
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To: flib

Wonderful work! Thank you.
Your report gave me goosebumps and tears.


36 posted on 03/27/2006 8:37:20 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: BufordP

Thanks for the flag.


37 posted on 03/27/2006 8:39:11 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: flib

Proud to have you a member of freerepublic! Glad you bothered to do this. Blessings from Virginia


38 posted on 03/27/2006 12:29:13 PM PST by vharlow (http://www.vventures.net)
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To: BufordP; flib
DC Chapter ping. Say "Hello" to flib.

Hi, flib! :-)

39 posted on 03/27/2006 12:44:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Now is the time for all good customes agents in Tiajunna to come to the aid of their stuned beebers!)
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To: flib
"An Army Of One...."

Prayers to you and your husband in Iraq.

40 posted on 03/27/2006 3:43:14 PM PST by dirtbiker (I've tried to see the liberal point of view, but I couldn't get my head that far up my a$$....)
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To: BufordP

Hi BP! Thanks for the ping.

I think we are 3-fers already. Don't I remember 3 FR events in 24 hours in the past?

3D


41 posted on 03/27/2006 7:08:14 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: flib

Wonderful!

I am glad to meet another Freeper who has done "one-person" freeps!


42 posted on 03/27/2006 7:09:56 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: flib
Gadzukes! I don't remember seeing commie/hippie-leftists in S.C. when I lived there! Must be recent infiltrators. ;-)

(former resident of Do'chestuh County!)

43 posted on 03/27/2006 7:42:20 PM PST by uglybiker (Don't blame me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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