Skip to comments.Happy Clinton Impeachment Day! 15th Anniversary; FReepers Led the Way
Posted on 12/19/2013 6:58:49 AM PST by kristinn
Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the day the House of Representatives voted to impeach President William Jefferson Clinton for the high crimes of committing perjury and obstruction of justice while in office.
As more Americans and Congressmen are coming around to the lawless conduct of President Barack Obama and the reality of impeaching to rein in his imperial presidency, it is important to remember that FReepers played a key role in impeaching Bill Clinton.
On October 31, 1998, Free Republic held the first online-organized national protest to call for Clinton's impeachment and removal from office. The rally was broadcast live on C-SPAN for over four hours. Speakers included a who's who of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
The rally can be viewed in its entirety online at C-SPAN
FReepers around the country protested Clinton in the Fall at campaign stops for the 1998 mid-term elections causing Clinton to largely withdraw from the trail.
The D.C. Chapter was formed, led by Mr. ConfettiMan, and spent the next two-and-half-years dogging Clinton around D.C. while also holding weekly Saturday protests in front of the White House where we informed the public of the high crimes and treason being committed by Clinton, his wife Hillary and the rest of his corrupt administration.
House Impeachment Manager Rep. Bob Barr credited FReepers with helping impeach Clinton.
As the Senate deliberated, FReepers delivered a copy of FReepers Alamo-Girl's Clinton Downside Legacy to every Senator's office.
As the Senate trial drew to a close in February 1999, FReepers came together online to design and fund a full page ad in the Washington Times urging the Senate to do its Constitutional duty by convicting and removing Clinton for committing perjury and obstruction of justice while in office.
Thanks to Varmint Al for hosting the ad online.
After the Senate trial, FReepers around the country continued to protest Clinton at his appearances and educate the public. That effort provided experience in activism that was put to excellent use during the attempted theft of the 2000 presidential election by Al Gore.
From the 2010 impeachment anniversary commemoration:
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.
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.
Clinton's impeachment happened because it was the right thing to do. Impeaching Barack Obama is also the right thing to do.
Thanks for posting! I remember watching Freepers design the full page ad and raising the $10,000 plus to publish the ad in the Washington Times.....and all that was done in one evening.
“Clinton taught them all that if you hunker down and go on offense you can survive even the worst of scandals.”
But Clinton had one major advantage during this period he used it fully.
They covered for him. They shielded him. They excused him.
In short, they did not properly attempt to cover the impeachment and trial. If they had, things could easily have been different.
And let us not forget the very sad outcome when the Republican leader in the Senate let him off the hook.
I want names.
Post/reminder; comment (above); humor (LOL!)BUMP!
I do not recall his name, he was from the south, I’m afraid my operation leaves little holes in my memory, but he was from the south and had to step down after he made some nice remarks about Strom Thurmond when he passed.
I agree. It's far riskier these days to state an opinion, ANY opinion, that isn't 'conformist'.
But, it's still the best place on the web to get news, and real information.
Strom Thurmond and Trent Lott.
Good to see you, rpierce! Didn’t know if you were still around. You did a lot of work on the Wash Times ad.....I remember being fascinated by the talents displayed by Freepers that night.
Great memories Kristinn thanks.
“Bill Clinton! We have you surrounded. Drop the cigar step away from the intern and come out with your pants up”
It’s also the instigation that created the moveon.org morons. They have yet to move on.
When McConnell leaves we’ll be crying about Cornyn—guaranteed succession, the envy of kings.
All it did was make for some headlines since he didn’t step down.
Trent Lott and the Republicans did not have that power over those dems. The dems stuck with Clinton thick as thieves. It was a sad moment for the country to see how the dems behaved during the impeachment
If only trent lott hadn’t been such a corrupt and vulnerable to blackmail leader, we might have actually kicked the adulterer and chief out of office.