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The Value of FreeRepublic
10/25/2012 | self

Posted on 10/25/2012 11:37:44 AM PDT by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

FreeRepublic is sometimes referred to as a news aggregator, but then, so are some other blog sites.

FreeRepublic is sometimes referred to as a conservative site, but then, so are some other blog sites.

So, then, what is it about FreeRepublic that we find of such value that we visit it and read it dozens of times each day? What do we get out of it that we can get nowhere else?

I will start with my two cents. Then I invite you to offer yours.

First, its mission is stated loud and clear. God. Family. Country. Life. Liberty. Conservative.

You won't get that from any of the corrupted media.

Second, I often find more value in the comments of dedicated Freepers than I do in the articles themselves. The comments help me to frame and understand how I should view any given news article. I may at times disagree with an opinion, but it helps me to form my own opinion nevertheless.

Third, I have the option of participating - to help shape the opinions of other Freepers and sometimes of the news itself. My two cents are validated, reviled, or ignored. It helps me to stay on a conservative track. I am not misled by liberally biased media.

Fourth, Freepers are immediately on top of important news items. We race to be the first to post. I have the important news of the world at my fingertips in a matter of minutes.

Fifth, I feel at home. FreeRepublic is a gathering of like-minded individuals. I am proud to be counted one of you.


TOPICS: Free Republic; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: country; family; god; life
Your two cents, if you wish.
1 posted on 10/25/2012 11:37:46 AM PDT by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

2 posted on 10/25/2012 11:47:17 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

You put it very well, I visit a dozen times a day easy. I would add Freepers have a good sense of humor as well, I can tell by the title of the article sometimes that Freepers will be posting funny pics.


3 posted on 10/25/2012 12:00:23 PM PDT by kreitzer
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

I get a lot of my information from Free Republic. However I am having major problems trying to log on to articles as FR is very, very slow.


4 posted on 10/25/2012 12:00:58 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

I agree——it’s actually timing out on me.

My favorite place too !


5 posted on 10/25/2012 12:05:55 PM PDT by Mears
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To: lowbridge

Well, I agree that debating of ideas-—in the sense of Socrates—is what has made the American experiment possible. Free Republic reminds me of that atmosphere which created Aristotle and made Cicero possible and John Locke.

The Freedom of Ideas and Debate is crucial to a prosperous, free nation.

Political Correctness which is prevalent in all MSM is to control the allowed perceptions and impose group think on the masses. It is orchestrated by the corporations which control most of our information and almost all of our sources of information. To be free and intelligent—you need to go to primary sources-—not that which is filtered through Marxist minds like MSM.

That being said-—public schools since Dewey (and really even before as John Tayler Gatto documented) have been taken over by Marxist ideologues-—so all curricula is filtered to create little Marxists by the time they graduate. Basically, it was transformed to eliminate all Classical Knowledge which allowed Logic and Reason (critical thinking) and became social science-—a means to control all perceptions and feelings in children. (To make them stupid and immoral).

Free Republic have people who understand the insidious evil of political correctness and how it is destroying Truth. They reject Mao’s invention of political correctness to control the masses’ minds.

It is very refreshing to tune out of MSM and find sanity.


6 posted on 10/25/2012 12:09:56 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: lowbridge; Jim Robinson

OK, I’ll bite...

Conceptually, Free Republic is a Godsend. Through hard work and wise policy, JimRob has kept it pure and simple and coherent — the ideal gathering place for conservatives. Frankly, it’s my one-stop PORTAL for Web news and especially politics. I essentially don’t go anywhere else (yet) for news and politics unless I’ve been sent there by a FR post.

Practically speaking, through a combination of stubbornness and technical ineptitude, however, Jim has let FR degenerate to the point where it’s just about unusable. It took five page reloads to bring up this damn comment box. It’ll probably take five more attempts to post my reply. During all three debates, Free Republic was basically off line.

Astonishingly, there has been NO explanation for this technical mess, nor has there been ANY roadmap for righting this serious problem. We’re just left to twist in the wind, and those who mention the technical difficulties are blown off (when they’re not forcefully denigrated).

Election night is shaping up to be a gigantic JOKE, free-republic-accesswise.

The sad thing is, it doesn’t have to be like that.

If JR and JR don’t get their stuff together soon FR will cease to exist. (my prediction)

FRegards

P.S. Don’t whine to me about funding. I’m a monthly and I contribute more to FR than any other infotainment. My monthly FR contribution is more than my monthly cable teevee bill.


7 posted on 10/25/2012 12:13:47 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Nervous Tick

Thank you very much. We’re working on it. Hope to have it fixed soon.


8 posted on 10/25/2012 12:16:01 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

Fifth, I feel at home. FreeRepublic is a gathering of like-minded individuals. I am proud to be counted one of you.

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We are a community.

There are other sites, other boards one can go and express opinions, but there is no other place with the strange assortment of nuts like Free Republic.

I’ll not mention speciific FReepers by name, but think now of those FReepers and the threads they post that make you smile - make you mad - or better yet, make you think.

Think of the prayer threads, the silliness threads, the Canteen threads, and a whole host of other personal threads that touch your heart.

And then there’s Lazamataz. (Oops, I just broke my promise not to mention specific FReepers by name.)


9 posted on 10/25/2012 12:27:17 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

Thank you very much. Glad to have you aboard. God gave us life and liberty. Governments or rulers have been wanting to deprive us of both ever since. Many of them would like to deprive us of God Himself. That ain’t gonna happen no matter how hard they try. Totalitarians and tyrants all through history have tried and failed. These people have no idea who and what they’re dealing with. They will be crushed and returned to dust soon enough.

By the way, Free Republic is not a blog. Blogs came into being long after FR was established (1996). A blog is usually a personal website where the blogger posts his own opinions and sometimes allows others to comment on them. FR is more like a forum. An independent grassroots forum for like-minded pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty, pro-small government, pro-America patriotic conservative activists.


10 posted on 10/25/2012 12:35:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I get a kick out of that cigar smoking spaceman. Bender?

Seriously, Free Republic is my favorite site by far. An immense amount of info, mostly politics but a little bit of everything (guns, not guilty teachers, cars, big Catherine Zeta Jones pics, zots, no ads, Jim Thompson, DUmmie Funnies, prepping, Ha Ha! boy, etc.)

And it just keeps coming. Often, by the time I get to the bottom of the page, there’s an hour of new stuff up at the top.

Just hope JRob gets a tanker of server fuel before election night.


11 posted on 10/25/2012 12:45:52 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Free Republic is a true forum. With it’s focus on current events and politics it is probably the best political news aggregator on the web, better even than Drudge in that users post so many different local or breaking stories so quickly and with a much wider scope. That said, the technical shortcomings are really killing it. Whenever the technical discussion of FR comes up some freepers always ask for a different platform, features or software. I am content with FR the way it is I just wish it was accessible. It was useless during all 4 debates and without a server change it will not be useful election day and night. There are dozens of great hosting companies that could deliver rock solid/scaleable hosting for FR. No matter what the traffic shoots up to on heavy news day FR would still be accessible.


12 posted on 10/25/2012 1:00:53 PM PDT by azcap (Who is John Galt ? www.conservativeshirts.com)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

FR is invaluable! I saw that Jim is working on the hiccups. Thanks and good luck Jim!


13 posted on 10/25/2012 1:03:46 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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Please click the "Like" if you agree

14 posted on 10/25/2012 1:25:40 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=om93destr)
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To: lowbridge

That!


15 posted on 10/25/2012 1:29:01 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

There are few people who are more Conservative than I and over the years have expressed those views here.

Also over these years, I have made the error of not carefully reviewing my comments and how they might be viewed by long established members.

I would like to give a little advice to new FReepers...avoid vanities, although they may be your opinion, they are frowned upon by some members. (a lesson hard learned)

Stay civil and tread carefully when you reply to certain established members in a way which they may perceive as too argumentative. You run the risk of being colored ‘trollish’.

Other than that, this a great Conservative site for information and, as long as I am allowed, I’ll continue to post my thoughts and opinions with others.

God bless.


16 posted on 10/25/2012 1:42:49 PM PDT by RetSignman (REMEMBER THE 2010 MOVEMENT)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

[Jim is working on the hiccups..]

Drink some Apple Cider Vinegar, Jim.

It works.


17 posted on 10/25/2012 1:46:20 PM PDT by RetSignman (REMEMBER THE 2010 MOVEMENT)
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To: Nervous Tick

What browswer are you using? I switched to Fiorefox and it made a huge difference, even though I thought it wouldn’t.


18 posted on 10/25/2012 1:50:07 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

FR can be infuriating, but still be the best collection of individuals on the net.

Now, *that* is unique ;).


19 posted on 10/25/2012 1:58:50 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

20 posted on 10/25/2012 1:59:32 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

As a digest of pertinent news, I find the format easy to read and sort through, and the cast of characters often makes the comments both highly entertaining and occasionally enlightening.

Other sites, though, impress me more with their philosophical stances. I’ve seldom felt like I really belong here in many ways, and there’s never been a single personal friendship I’ve developed with anyone here. And yet I’ve been here off and on - and a monthly donor off and on - since newsgroups gave way to the web during the Clinton scandals, and it sort of just feels like home in some strange way.


21 posted on 10/25/2012 2:00:51 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: central_va

>> What browswer are you using?

My FR performance is the same on FF and IE, unfortunately.


22 posted on 10/25/2012 2:29:59 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Jim Robinson

“Thank you very much. We’re working on it. Hope to have it fixed soon.”

It seems suddenly much faster than it has been for weeks. I can’t usually even get in this time of the day. I hope that it is a keeper. Lots of People would like to know What John Found.


23 posted on 10/25/2012 3:07:01 PM PDT by Revel
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

A day without FreeRepublic is like a day without sunshine.

I quit watching TV news a couple of months before the 2008 election. Pretty much everything that’s really important is posted by one of you. Plus I’ve learned how to deal with car and computer problems and glommed onto some super recipes.

Thanks for allowing an oldster to hang around. You’ve taught me a lot!


24 posted on 10/25/2012 3:19:29 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

Amen to that! Not only are FREEPERS freakin’ geniuses, often times they post things that don’t make the news.

For example after the Columbine shootings the ‘Toon came down to give an speech and to get points for ‘feeling the pain’.

Everyone knew that but thanks to FR it got out that the Pres wasn’t allowed on the school to make the address. The parents didn’t want him to politicise this event.

He had to use a local YMCA gym (I think).

That only got out because of FR.


25 posted on 10/25/2012 3:20:09 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

“Liberty” equal capital “F” in Free Republic. Just a message to the boot licking trolls and assorted authority lovers, who apparent here for the small “f”....as in no cost.


26 posted on 10/25/2012 3:51:57 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

I will donate an extra $20 when Romney wins. I think it will do more good here than the RNC.


27 posted on 10/25/2012 4:46:40 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

Yeah, since I got laid off last week, this is pretty much all I do (other than look for work for a little while online every morning). Just can’t get enough. I may need to detox after the election...


28 posted on 10/25/2012 9:54:56 PM PDT by America_Right (I am no longer the 53%. Unemployment sucks! Time to write a book...)
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To: lowbridge

Oh my goodness. I just ran across your post here and felt such nostalgia. Your ongoing 419 adventures were among my favorite FR threads of all time. Thanks for many many laughs.


29 posted on 10/29/2012 10:47:22 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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