Skip to comments.Is Free Republic worth saving?
Posted on 08/30/2013 9:01:53 PM PDT by The Bat Ladys Husband
My involvement with Free Republic began around 2000 when my wife began her vigil around the Texas governors mansion in support of GW against the challenge of Al Gore for the presidency. I generally provided the livelihood for the Bat Lady to be able to protest and surround the mansion against the leftists who were kept at bay across the street. While she was registered in order to post after action reports I was a lurker on the site.
Over the years we have attended rallies and protests and meetings. Other groups of freepers nationwide also held rallies, attended protests, and held vigils- activities that were organized and coordinated through the Free Republic site. After action reports were posted almost daily, report after report from across the country from different freepers describing their activities. Even the term "freeper" came to mean one who actively engaged the left to fight against disinformation. We considered ourselves patriots. While we did not risk our lives, fortune or sacred honor, we suffered the slings and arrows of a hostile left in the cause of freedom.
With a few exceptions, the freeper of today is merely a couch potato who is content to amuse himself by making snide comments and repartees about current news. Few even support the site monetarily. Free Republic appears to barely be able to keep its head above water and its so-called member freepers are such a non-factor of dissent that unlike in the early year, Rush Limbaugh rarely references the site (although he seldom mentioned it).
Early freeper were the ones who got up off the couch, made their signs and used the leftist tactics of street activism against the left itself. Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and Jonas Goldberg are example of early famous freepers, but Free Republic also had the likes of Basil (Second Amendment Sisters), True black man, Jimmy Valentines Brother, Kristin, the entire DC freeper contingent and so many other activists making a difference for conservative causes.
At some point in time, a subgroup, The Pajama Patrol arose within Free Republic. What a sad day that was. The mindset of Free Republic turned to the couch potato mentality referred to earlier.
The most current after action report I have seen was my wifes, The Bat Ladys report on the May 2013 Tax Day protest. One of the protesters with us was a 90-year-old lady with her handmade sign. If she can do it, why cant you?
All you new Freepers need to get up off your butt and get out and make a difference. Where are you at the Impeach Obama overpass events? Why arent you organizing anti-Syria bombing protest? Why arent you marching over Benghazi, the NSA, the IRS or ObamaCare? If you are there why arent you posting your reports to inspire and motivate others? You are not the only reader of FR in your city. Find the others and get together. Act in concert. After 13 years, the Bat Lady and I are still in contact with those we met on the front lines.
DC Freepers maintained vigils at VP Gore's house, and prevented code pink from vilifying our troops at Walter Reed every week for years. Freepers once actively protested the left and got Clinton impeached. Some even say we were the Paul Revere of the TEA party,
Is your barcalounger so dear or American Idol so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God.
It is time for freepers to rededicate themselves to the vision that Jim Robinson created. All the clever comments you attach to the threads are less than useless. It is time once again to become a large thorn in the side of those who do not strive for the American Ideal and be the activists we once were. If you cannot post an after action report go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. May posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Samuel Adams
In answer to my own question: yes it is worth saving if its members make a difference.
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WELCOME TO FR..........
I’m dead serious. Let’s talk about this.
You signed up today to lecture Freepers? Get bent.
In before them snide comments!
Were is Viking Kitty when you need her!
“The most current after action report I have seen was my wifes, The Bat Ladys report on the May 2013 Tax Day protest.”
It is good to hear from the only freeper who isn’t a couch potato. Congratulations on your dedication to the cause of conservativism.
I hope all other FReepers model themselves after your erstwhile dedication to the cause.
Always seems to “fail” at pledge time........just saying
Registration date today. IBTZ!
You do your thing. We’ll do ours. Your way didn’t stop Obama from being elected twice, or prevent Nancy from ramming through Obamacare, or prevent the GOP from running Mittens.
Is there a “bat lady” here ‘cause I searched and couldn’t find her. Someone know her?
Most of us have jobs....as little as they are under Obammy. Hard to go out and march every month. Marching 24/7 doesn’t pay the bills....and it doesn’t make the boss very happy when you take off every couple of weeks.
How on EARTH do you know what each of us does in addition to posting here? We aren’t Libs. We can walk and chew gum. We can post AND protest. The last one I went to in OC had quite a number of Freepers. I bet they are even some of the ones that you say are sitting on their a**.
Now I’m not going to be jerk and fire back, and I appreciate the sentiment about “we need to be active”. But you have done ANYTHING but inspire that.
The Bat Ladys Husband
Since Aug 30, 2013
You are right.
” My involvement with Free Republic began around 2000”
The Bat Ladys Husband - since August 30, 2013.
Hmm.. Tell me more!