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.
So you think Cornyn will be the ‘heir apparent’? Wasn’t Cornyn the guy who lavished praise about Nancy Pelosi some years back? He went on and on about how sweet and wonderful and thoughtful she was. I was distressing and disgusting that he didn’t know any better. A noodle for a spine, that man. Maybe he’s learned the truth by now.
The word was out that our Rino congressit, who had lost his re election attempt was not going to vote for Impeachment.
Several small groups, apparently, made personal call on his office to inform his local secretary if he didn’t vote for Impeachment, he might consider moving to avoid us after he was out of congress. Because a lot of people wanted to discuss on a one to one basis, to why he didn’t vote for Impeachment.
He voted for Impeachment, and later we found out that he didn’t even live here. A true Rino in his actions, not what he lied to us about.
He’s in full bit the lip mode. At least it’s his own lip.
I remember seeing the cnn anchors cry
Thanks for the reminder and for what you and the brave Freepers did to help Impeach, the Clintoon!
Turn off your italians!
I never heard of the Ellen Rometsch strategy before.
It’s eerily like what Odinga did to Roberts to secure OdingaCare.
The Left has the resources of a nation-state at their fingertips. Not for a second do I think they won’t use it.
The web site that impeached a President!
Don’t let GOPe revisionists claim impeachment hurt Republicans. They have been saying such things of late.
No, Al Gore would have been President starting the new millennium without this impeachment. Think what a disaster that would have been.
Free Republic saved the world.
Anyone who signed up to FR after impeachment is and always be a nOob.
Nothing is impossible to a willing mind and a brave heart.
We are Americans.
We come from people who crossed oceans to do the impossible, create the uncreatable, dream the undreamable, and make a New World for millions of their descendants to live free and rise or fall on their own merits, and not by anyone else’s leave.
Never forget who we are, who are people were, and why we’re here.
Although I wasn’t here at FR during that time period, I just want to say God bless all of the Freepers involved in shining the light on Slick Willie, and keeping it alive, lest we ever forget how corrupt that admin was.
Let’s ensure there’s no replay with Clinton Release 2.0.
And God bless all Freepers in general... I’m honored and privileged to be your Countryman.
Its a shame Slick and Hillary haven’t been in federal penitentiary for 15 years so far.
Good start for the day bump!
If I recall correctly from a book review of Chinagate written by a congressman, Clinton took contributions from the Chinese military and allowed missile guidance technology to be sold to China. That alone should have put him in prison.
A few months ago there was a story posted that the Clinton foundation was keeping a lot of the contribution money and it was not being spent on the actual charity services. I guess that story disappeared quickly. More criminal behavior.
Worth the read
As I read it, Lott basically derailed the process in the senate. Reading all of those rape allegations on television would likely have forced some of the dems to break ranks.
Yes — good point. I remember that now. However I don’t think it would made much difference in the final outcome Perhaps a few more dems would have broken ranks. The rape charges were detailed in the media and it ended up as a “he said / she said”.
Was at the March for Justice in October, 1998.
Lurked at the time and finally joined on12/30/98.
Was proud to stand with you and the DC Freepers at the
White House some Saturdays in 1999 and 2000.
Fifteen years later, I would do it all over again.
We did the right thing, the noble thing, and the just thing.
Since 12/19/98, our political class has failed us and betrayed us continually.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
“40 THOUSAND controlled a nation of 80 MILLION.”
Wonderful post, NF. I was just explaining the same things to my kids today.
We've got to teach the kids the truth about their exceptional country, and instill an appreciation and love for it within them. More than anything else we do here, that is perhaps the most important.
I'm not arguing that he shouldn't have been impeached...rather,I'm pointing out how far we've fallen as a nation....and as a civilized world.
That’s what happens when you don’t shoot back...
Or when they start rounding up “enemies of the people”...
Or when they even remotely start making SOUNDS like that’s what they want to do.
“..got to teach the kids the truth about their exceptional country, and instill an appreciation and love for it within them...”
It’s your Number One priority, brother...
That’s why the libs are going after kids - they want to pollute their minds at a young age.
Yep! Gettin’ a bit ‘creaky’ here.
"Oh, there may be wiggle room...let me get back to you on that." (Sir Humphrey Appleby style.)
A Pure Classic.
Thank you very much, fatima! FReepers are the greatest!!
Jim you have never failed in your leadership.I saw major networks take you on but you didn’t back down.You were the Rock back then and you are the Rock now.We were all on dialup,God forbid anyone post a picture not sized we would all suffer-hehehehe.The Turtle and the Hare,what a joke that was.I have seen big names come and go.But Free Republic still stands because of you.Good job Jim,and Your welcome.((((Hugs))))
Yep. It's the fastest and surest way to turn a country from it's founding principles.
It's one of the chief reasons that my wife and I home school our kids. I don't want Big Brother shaping their minds. That's my job, and I will teach them in the ways and history of our forefathers as I see fit.
They're already a whole lot better for it.
Ah the memories!
And who can forget the late great Dr. Raoul, in his devil suit with the sign: "Bill Clinton Married My Sister!"
Too bad doing the right thing only backfired on Republicans because the economy was good and the media was on Willie’s side 1000%.
“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.”
Fifteen years? Time flies! Harkens back to the days when I used to access Free Republic by going to the Drudge Report and clicking on the link to the “Whitewater Pages.” I honestly believe Clinton would never have been impeached if FR were not around.
Excellent summary of the early days. Thanks for posting, and Merry Kristmas!
Wow, has it really been 15 years already? My fellow RINOs who fought impeachment, like Houghton, Morella, Shays, Chafee, Jeffords, Snowe, and Specter are long gone and rightfully scorned as liberal traitors for years, but I'm STILL in power by convincing numerous gullible conservatives that I was "one of the good guys". Bwahahaha, suckers!
even if the Senate won't convict Impeachment in the House would stop obama in his tracks until the November elections.
Stunning! This is very important history for us newbies. There is no book on it and there needs to be. I didn’t know any of this. Jim?
15 Years were did they go?
“Stood there boldly
Sweatin’ in the sun
Felt like a million
Felt like number one
The height of summer
I’d never felt that strong
Like a rock”
Apologies to Bob Seger
“...My fellow RINOs who fought impeachment, like Houghton, Morella, Shays, Chafee, Jeffords, Snowe, and Specter ...”
One of my goals was to outlive “Snarlin’ Arlen” Specter.
This, I have done. [Hale smiles here]
A man’s got to have goals...
Good to hear that, buddy... need more of it.
I did the parochial school route with mine, and wherever I saw something that seemed a little too left-leaning, I intervened.
Even to the point where I complained about a poster one of the English teachers had up in the classroom, with “Famous American Authors” on it... Maya Angelou... Walt Whitman... Langston Hughes... all good lefties.
When I told the teacher about it, she really had no idea who these people were, and when I schooled her on it, she removed it. It was removed from other classrooms too afterwards.
That’s how entrenched this crap is. Even some of the teachers don’t know who these folks are.
Thanks for posting this, kristinn—sure brings back memories, although I’m not sure I attended the first one. I think I made it to the rest we held in DC.
Wonder what ever happened to the freepers named here—normally a lurker for instance. I loved her infectious laugh—any gathering we held was enlivened by her attendance.
Of course, the really big friend missing today is Doctor Raoul. God rest his soul. I really can’t quite believe he’s gone. I have so many wonderful memories of freeping with him——especially standing in front of the WH yelling the “Cops’ Cheer” at the top of our lungs.
So many old time freepers have dropped out, like Clinton’s a Liar and others that come to mind......but we have many new freepers who have taken up the cause.
Is it time yet to head to DC again? I’ve been thinking that for a long time—but which outrage would we freep against? There are so many from which to choose, unfortunately.
I wonder what got Raoul sick. Was it living in NJ?
I never heard what happened, and every time I think of him, I feel his loss again.
He never talked much about himself—was sort of a mysterious person. He always mumbled something about having some sort of secret job that he wasn’t able to talk about—
He and my husband became friends at an event we attended in DC—and he had promised us he would drive down to see us in TX this fall.............of course, that never happened, but for a long time, we looked forward to it!