Skip to comments.Happy Clinton Impeachment Day, 2010 (Impeachment is Forever)
Posted on 12/19/2010 8:36:52 AM PST by kristinn
Long before the Tea Party groups, Free Republic pioneered use of the Internet in grassroots political activism. Two years after its founding in 1996, Free Republic played a key role in the 1998 impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice.
Free Republic organized two rallies in D.C. supporting Clinton's impeachment. The first was a four hour extravaganza that was carried live on C-SPAN and featured the vast right wing conspiracy: Jim Robinson, Rep. Bob Barr, Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Lucianne Goldberg, Alan Keyes, Larry Klayman and a host of 5,000 or so fellow conspirators.
The second was a smaller rally at the Capitol organized at the behest of then Rep. Barr.
Freepers started protesting in front of the White House every Saturday to educate the public about the rampant criminality and China-gate treason in the Clinton administration.
Freepers and other patriotic Americans around the country protested Clinton on the mid-term elections campaign trail.
The union goon beating of brother and sister Don and Teri Adams as they protested a Clinton fundraising appearance in Philadelphia, sparked the Free Republic 'March for Justice' held at the Washington Monument on October 31, 1998.
Here is a repost of parts of last year's Impeachment Day thread:
Founder of the D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com, MrConfettiMan (who has since passed away) wrote his thoughts about the rally back then:
"Saturday, October 31st, The March for Justice
"I drove into Washington for the big event and ended up parking relatively close to the White House. As such, I decided to swing by the Lions Den to see if there were any early morning freepers there. I recognized Libloather, a participant from our October 3rd White House protest, who is prominently featured in the March for Justice banners found on FR, as I was approaching. We spent a few minutes chatting about old times and then I moved on to the mall, the site of our history-making event.
"By the time I got there it was about 8:30AM and a small crowd of volunteers had gathered. By 9:00AM, we not only had more people than the anti-Starr rally last weekend, we had more flags than they had people. Let me say that again. Its three hours away from the start of our rally and we already had more flags than they had people. Theres no denying it, were good. Real good.
"As the morning wore on, one of the most exciting spectacles was all the people walking towards the event. Every time you took a look towards the Washington monument youd see crowds of people with signs and banners walking toward the stage. It was great. They were like ants. Before the start of the event Id run into just about every freeper who was at our October 3rd White House protest including lancer, Jack Aubrey, Marylander, Kathy, Aloyce, Siouxz, Chris P. and two guys from NJ (Im sorry guys, your online monikers fail me). I also met Highlander with his impressive Impeach One for the Gipper signs. (When I left the post-rally party, I took his signs with me and promised to try and restore them for a subsequent visit to a White House protest.)
"The highlight of the day were the speeches. They were amazing. I have to admit that Im one of those people who is so filled with emotion that sometimes an inspiring rendition of the national anthem at a sporting event can bring me to tears. I lost count of how many times that happened during the March. Hearing the words from the speakers on stage, coupled with the cheers from the crowd, were just too much to handle on several occassions. I was filled with such a sense of joy and pride to be among all of you and to finally witness people taking a stand against the crisis we are facing. (You know, Ive been telling my family for a couple of years now that Im thinking about moving to a cave to get away from our dysfunctional society. Its sort of a joke but I get no joy from being around the general public anymore. I feel as if Im surrounded by those from the polls who support Clinton and it disgusts me. Not so yesterday.)
"Its hard to pick a favorite speaker but I was literally amazed by Rejoice. If you thought her speech at the March was good, I wish you couldve heard the words she spoke at the post-rally party. She is truly a gifted person with a wonderful message. I was also impressed, as always, with Bob Barr and Ambassador Keyes. I think its an example of the worthiness of our cause (not to mention the hard work of CaL and the other organizers) that we were able to arrange such a fine lineup of speakers.
"As the rally was breaking up, Tinman told me he and some other freepers were going up to the White House to say hello to Clinton freeper-style and asked me to join them. Now the protests weve held thus far at the White House were successful but low key. We simply held our signs and marched back and forth interacting with tourists on occasion. This time was anything but low key. BettyBoop led us through several different protest chats and we made a lot of noise. The crowd of tourists just stood around and watched us in awe. It was great. We shouted Fire the Liar, Jail to the Chief and many other slogans. It was another freeper moment for the archives.
"At the post-party rally, I was able to put faces to names for LurkerNoMore, Normally a Lurker and Curmudgeon. While there, Submareener was logged into FR from his laptop and was reading us some of the latest posts interjecting his own playful commentary once in a while. It was a nice opportunity to sit back and talk as a group about our feelings on the event and what we thought we should do next. I left earlier than I wanted to at around 9:30AM but I was simply too tired to stay any longer. (Its hard work being a burr in Clintons behind.) I left knowing the world is a slightly better place because of what we did and knowing that I had a lot of new friends, who thanks to the FR and the net, Id be able to talk to everyday.
"A big hearty thank you goes out to everybody involved in organizing the March for Justice!"
A refresher course on the Ellen Rometsch strategy from Richard Poe:
Poe: Well, in many cases, these threats were made quite openly. For example, on February 8, 1998, with pressure mounting to impeach Bill Clinton, George Stephanopoulos appeared on ABCs This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts. Stephanopoulos had resigned as White House communications chief in 1996 and become an ABC news analyst. But he was still carrying the Clintons water, as his next words made clear.
Stephanopoulos announced that the Clinton White House was planning what he called an Ellen Rometsch strategy. He explained that Rometsch was an East German spy who had managed to become John F. Kennedys lover. According to Stephanopoulos, the Kennedy White House threatened to open up the FBI files and divulge embarrassing or incriminating information on anyone who attempted to blow the whistle on JFKs affair with Rometsch. If pressed to the wall, the Clinton White House would do likewise, said Stephanopoulos.
Sam Donaldson asked, Are you suggesting for a moment that what theyre beginning to say is that if you investigate this too much, well put all your dirty linen right on the table? Every member of the Senate? Every member of the press corps? To which Stephanopoulos replied, Absolutely. The president said he would never resign, and I think some around him are willing to take everyone down with him.
This was a clear threat, delivered openly, on national television. Through Stephanopoulos, the Clintons were warning Congress and the media to back off. The threat worked. David P. Schippers, who was Chief Investigative Counsel for the Clinton impeachment, reveals in his book Sell-Out that Republican leaders, from the get-go, had no intention of holding a proper impeachment trial or of convicting Bill Clinton. It was all a charade.
I'll close with the full page color ad Freepers designed and placed in The Washington Times on February 11, 1999, the day before the Senate voted to let Clinton off the hook:
Image of ad courtesy of Varmint Al.
I’m praying for a Zero impeachment day with trials for whomever plotted to put him in office and the traitors that cleansed his entire life. Clemency for whomever comes forward with the evidence.
Let’s all pray for investigations into this Congress and jail time for the corruption that is exposed.
A toast: To your health, and to his Impeachment.
Happy Impeachment Day!
Nice. We called him “Impotus” then and he’s probably impotus for real now.
the demonic dems are still threatening.
Best way to remember this auspicious occasion ...
Yes, it is!
I would like to know if anyone has a source from the SRM print or TV that refers to William Jefferson Clinton as the “disgraced, impeached former President”
You would think something so monumental in the history of the U.S. such as the impeachment of a President that the media would mention it once or twice when refering to Slick.
I always refer to him as the “Treasonous, impeached, bent-crank violent rapist”
Speaking of forever, isn’t that what wedding vows are meant for?
Thanks for posting and reminding us, kristinn... I have fond memories of that glorious Freep in 1998. My wife and I drove down from CT; our kids joined us for the great outing. We parked around 20th Street on Constitution Ave. and walked down from there. We visited the pool dedicated to the Founders — very moving. When we arrived at the gathering, I was walking up toward the Freep-Central and I heard Matt Drudge doing a voice-over for his TV show that evening. I turned around to greet him and he did a quick impromptu interview which didn’t make it to the show. He asked me why we (my family and I) were here and as I recall, I told him about stopping by the Founders Pool and how I was struck by the reminder that these patriots had pledged “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” when they signed the Declaration of Independence and I said I couldn’t imagine what they would think of the current occupant of the WH and his sacred honor.
It was a wonderful gathering — thoughts of it came back when the Tea Party arrived in September 09... I couldn’t help thinking that Free Republic started this fire!
PS to Algore: “Get Out of Cheney’s House!!!”
“Thick as a Brick”
......in the gutter
Slick’s ‘love’ in the sink.
His way of honoring the Oval office.
It is sad that a conviction may have returned our country to it’s rightful path, but it was not to be and look how far down the wrong road we have traveled since.
Thank YOU kristinn for this post.
The sad thing is that figuratively speaking WE served his time for him. He wasn’t removed, nor did he see a moment peering through gray bars.
Wondering when we will break from Leftist prison?
Now, if we can only impeach the current imposter...
Wow, those were the days, especially here at FR. “Impeachment summer” on Free Republic was like watching a 300-car freight train run into a wall. ...Day after day, hour by hour, one new expose after another. NOBODY covered it like Free Republic.
My family was walking outside Radio City Music Hall in New York City on this day 12 years ago, and it was a brisk December day and I remember looking across the street and seeing one of those scrolling electric banners going around the corner of an office building and it said, “CLINTON IMPEACHED”.
I still have a framed copy of the "Clinton Impeached" newspaper hanging above a worn out fax machine and the old 386 PC in a corner of my home office! That particular battle was won... but the War continues.
Lifting a glass to Victory, past, present, and future!
We drove down from PA and were there for the first rally where we were introduced to Jim Robinson. We went to the dinner to thank the House Managers at the Hilton. We met Freepers there and spoke with Lucianne and Jonah. It was a huge event, never to be forgotten.
I still have the pins that say:
May 4, 1999
Heroes Rally & Managers Tribute Dinner
Thanks for the ping, onyx.
Shared the day with a number of you. :-) It still feels good.
This girl (Monica Lewinsky) has become the villain in this whole mess, according to the left she’s the one who led poor little innocent, sensitive President Clinton astray. He, on the other hand, has become the “elder statesman” who did nothing wrong. - How about ruining a female subordinate’s life just for starters? - I shall never forget the slouchy Clintons and the wide, destructive wake they trailed behind them everywhere they went. People would do well to remember it when they start thinking that “Hillary wouldn’t be so bad”.
Bubba wears that impeachment mantle like a medal of honor. The guy has absolutely no moral compass. He cannot be shamed.
Ahhh, the day the House voted for something that did absolutely nothing to impede or stall the presidency of Bill Clinton.
I many times refer to him as the impeached one....
I still prefer “The Rapist”.
I knew when I pinged you that you would make this thread special, but WOW!
Thanks very much! Now, I’ll bookmark!
Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richard's Almanac.
Thomas Paine published his first American Crisis essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls."
Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol."
War broke out in Indochina when Ho Chi Minh attacked the French.
Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
President Bill Clinton impeached on two counts by the House of Representatives.
Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya announced that his country would discontinue development of weapons of mass destruction.
This scumbag can never change this. HA
(Ping to Bubba for ‘Clinton Memorial’)
Repesentative Bob Livingston blackmailed into resigning on House floor, Dem’s rally against “faithfully executing the law” on WH lawn, the first major internet-only news story...
It’s all (oral-anal) history now.
Memories, giggles and comfort in the knowledge that
the inconsequential frothing and core leftism of the
Beltway pundits loses every time against real Americans.
Tuesday, Jul 13, 1999
Free-for-all at Free Republic
Lucianne Goldberg, Matt Drudge and other friends abandon the Clinton-bashing Web site over its attacks on George W. Bush.
By Jeff Stein WASHINGTON — Last year, when the sound and fury of the anti-Clinton movement was cresting with every White House revelation, no group reveled more gleefully in the president’s troubles than the habitues of Free Republic, a raucous conservative Web site where Clinton bashers vied to top each others’ harangues and posted press clips bolstering their views.
The “Freepers” turned their cyberspace coffee klatch into the liveliest, if not the biggest, right-wing Web site on the net.
But Free Republic was more than just a Web site where red-meat conservatives could interact, as opposed to merely read.
Freep sponsored anti-Clinton Washington rallies. It took out newspaper ads. It gave a dinner for the congressional managers of the impeachment drive. Freep clubs sprang up in some cities. Lucianne Goldberg, the New York literary agent and catalyst of Monicagate, joined the party, and Web Wunderkind Matt Drudge helped it out with publicity and links.
Free Republic became the main soundstage for the anti-Clinton bandwagon, with its “latest posts” page drawing 50,000 individual visits per day.
What a difference a year makes.
Drudge, Goldberg and several other Free Republic stars have left; visits are reportedly down to less than half what they were a year ago; Free Republic’s founding guru, Jim Robinson, has been sued by the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times; and a swelling number of haters have turned up the volume of death threats, gay-bashing, name-calling and conspiracy theories tying the father of Republican front-runner George W. Bush to drug-dealing by the CIA
We’re still here and GOING STRONG! Does November 2nd ring a bell ?
It was Algore’s only chance to be president and the nitwit stuck by the rapist president.
That is my Prayer too!
Let it be, Oh Lord, Let it Be.
Thanks for reminder!
Every year on the anniversary of the Watergate break-in, the leftist media is full of anti-Nixon, anti-Repubican articles. Somehow the fact the their beloved Clinton was actually impeached is down the memory hole...at least for the DBM.
Great post. Thanks STARWISE!
Hooray for Free Republic!
No Happy Days, please. It’s Christmas.
LOL, btw I just left you area yesterday, had alot of fun but no sun....:*(
I obviously wasn't on FR back then, but I'm on board now, and support its good work. (I was a lurker during RaTHerGate, though.) There will be many more historical events in which FR is a key player, I'm sure.