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Tribute to Herb Meadows, aka "CHIEF negotiator"
Americans for Fair Taxation ^ | 10/04/2001 | Barbara Gould

Posted on 10/04/2001 3:52:42 PM PDT by Taxman

Thread III

Last night, Herb Meadows' life was abruptly taken by an unexpected fire in his home.

We are blessed with our association with Herb Meadows as our Internet Campaign Manager and friend. Herb blessed the lives of everyone he touched as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, political activist, and United States Marine.

Herb was part of something much bigger than most of us ever get an opportunity to experience.

Herb Meadows embodied the passion and the commitment that has made America great. We have all suffered a loss by his passing, and yet we were fortunate to be blessed by his passion and commitment. In his work, he brought hope for change and inspired us to make a difference for our country.

At Americans for Fair Taxation, it was our privilege briefly to glimpse the love for our country and the commitment to excellence thatcharacterize Herb. Our gratitude for that experience cannot be expressed in words.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you, Herb, for the passion, the courage, and the principle, that you exhibited, not just on a daily basis, but on a continuing, moment-to-moment basis.

It is this passion and dedication that will inspire us in the future.

It is the model of your tenacity that will help us in moments when self-doubt threatens to overcome our commitment.

Thank you, Herb, and may we honor you by continuing your work in making the river of myriad voices seeking fundamental improvement in our country flow swifter and faster than even you dreamed possible.

Thank you for touching our lives in a most extraordinary way.

Barbara Gould
Americans for Fair Taxation
1-888-786-7104 x120


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To: ALOHA RONNIE,Governor StrangeReno,Dan from Michigan,wirestripper
sad ping for a departed Marine
51 posted on 10/04/2001 4:39:46 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: TexMex,glocker,dblhlx,RaceBannon,Billie,Swede Girl
sad ping for a departed Marine
52 posted on 10/04/2001 4:40:17 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: USMCVet,Teacup,AmOldMan,Scuttlebutt,Colt.45,Pokey 78
sad ping for a departed Marine
53 posted on 10/04/2001 4:40:58 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl,Cagey,razorback-bert,looscannon,stand watie
sad ping for a departed Marine
54 posted on 10/04/2001 4:41:28 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: ofMagog,chesty_puller,Dick Bachert,Jeff Head,SemperFidelis,BeforeISleep
sad ping for a departed Marine
55 posted on 10/04/2001 4:42:14 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: kayak
Thank you for the info. 2 FReepers for the Wall. :-(
56 posted on 10/04/2001 4:42:25 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thank you, neighbor... Snow Bunny flagged me on the other post. It's a dam' shame. I "spoke" with him sometimes via the keyboard, and always found his information enlightening. Need more like him!
57 posted on 10/04/2001 4:42:27 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: Taxman
bump for later
58 posted on 10/04/2001 4:42:28 PM PDT by bmwcyle
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To: piasa,The Thin Man,RooRoobird14,Ron C.,beekeeper,HiTech RedNeck,sneakypete
sad ping for a departed Marine
59 posted on 10/04/2001 4:42:46 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Colt.45,Michigander,DJ88,Mustang,Mountaineer,daisyscarlett,Mr. K.,JohnHaung2
sad ping for a departed Marine
60 posted on 10/04/2001 4:43:18 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Taxman

61 posted on 10/04/2001 4:43:43 PM PDT by Sandy
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To: Mudboy Slim,ChaseR,KLT,COB1,Uncle George,cibco,oldironsides,exmarine1
sad ping for a departed Marine
62 posted on 10/04/2001 4:43:52 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: jackbob,Jimmy Valentine's brother,ris7,wacsog10
sad ping for a departed Marine
63 posted on 10/04/2001 4:44:37 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: ofMagog,Godebert,borisbob69,prognostigaator,Valin, wita
sad ping for a departed Marine
64 posted on 10/04/2001 4:45:09 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Always it is some of the best among us who are taken so soon. My prayers go out to his family. May he rest in peace. Be Seeing You, Chris
65 posted on 10/04/2001 4:45:37 PM PDT by section9
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To: Abn1508,Renatus,Alas,oyez,denydenydeny,cav68,RottiBiz,BansheeBill
sad ping for a departed Marine
66 posted on 10/04/2001 4:45:45 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Taxman
That's a great photo!
67 posted on 10/04/2001 4:46:16 PM PDT by Sandy
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I'll miss both his wisdom and wit.
68 posted on 10/04/2001 4:46:20 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: COB1,To All
His last post to me yesterday was:
"WAY TO GO TONKIN!!!"
Rest assured I will stand a bit taller, be a bit stronger, be a bit more proud.
I am overwhelmed with grief for the loss of this outstanding Marine.
69 posted on 10/04/2001 4:52:07 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: budwiesest
Make payable to Mrs Herb Meadows. Snailmail to>>>

Mrs. Herb Meadows 16623 Townes Rd. Friendswood, TX 77546

70 posted on 10/04/2001 4:53:14 PM PDT by BADJOE
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the ping, Tonk. Sad news, indeed. Prayers for the families of both Chiefs.
71 posted on 10/04/2001 4:56:55 PM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub, Lazamataz
Donated....
72 posted on 10/04/2001 4:58:23 PM PDT by technochick99
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To: All; taxreform
Just received this FReepmail:

I sent a letter to Jim Robinson requesting that the name "Chief Negotiator" not be used ever again in FreeRepublic.com in order to keep our memory of Herb Meadows unconfused.

This is the Reply I received from Jim. Please Post this. Thanks.

Jim Robinson
2001-10-04 13:15:19

His name will not be reused. Thanks, Jim Robinson

73 posted on 10/04/2001 4:58:40 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I was shocked and saddened to read this. My prayers for his family.
74 posted on 10/04/2001 4:58:48 PM PDT by Enough is ENOUGH
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To: Sandy
Thanks, Sandy, for helping out a technology-deficient computer guy. You picked the right picture!
75 posted on 10/04/2001 5:01:59 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: Taxman

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

A Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy
and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion
telling stories of his past.
Of a war that he had fought in
and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies,
they were heroes, everyone.

And tho' sometimes to his neighbors,
his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened,
for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer,
for the soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary,
quick and uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family,
quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing,
tho' a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
their bodies lie in state
While thousands note their passing
and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories
from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier
Goes unnoticed and unsung.

In the greatest contribution
to the welfare of our land
One guy breaks his promises
and cons his fellow man.
But the ordinary fellow,
who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
and offers up his life.

A politician's stipend
and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate
to the serves that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier
who offered up his all
Is paid off with a medal
and perhaps a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them
for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our country
went to battle, but we know.
It was not the politicians,
with their compromise and ploys
Who won for us the freedom
that our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger
with your enemies at hand
Would you want a politician
with his ever shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier
who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and country
and would fight right to the end?

He was just a common soldier
and his ranks are growing thin
But his presence should remind us
we may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict
then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
in a paper that would say,
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY !!"


76 posted on 10/04/2001 5:02:38 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Dick Bachert
Dick, I know CHIEF would appreciate that one!
77 posted on 10/04/2001 5:03:22 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: Taxman
Total now $1,305.00

Thank you Freepers.

78 posted on 10/04/2001 5:04:51 PM PDT by BADJOE
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To: Sandy
Thank you for posting the wonderful picture.
79 posted on 10/04/2001 5:04:59 PM PDT by truthkeeper
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To: Taxman
So terrible to hear of this.

I admired this man - he was tireless for his cause and I was always amazed at how prepared he was to discuss any aspect of the NRST.

Heartfelt prayers for him and his family.

80 posted on 10/04/2001 5:06:54 PM PDT by kcpopps
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To: Taxman
My heart goes out to the family & friends of CHIEF Negotiator.

In the words of Ronald Reagan:"Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem."

God Bless

81 posted on 10/04/2001 5:07:16 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: BADJOE
God Bless you friend, How do I contribute? do I just write in the comment box that is for Herb's fund?
82 posted on 10/04/2001 5:09:19 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Taxman
no words
83 posted on 10/04/2001 5:09:45 PM PDT by Principled
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To: Taxman
"His name will not be reused."

Thank you for thinking to do this.
God Bless you and comfort you in your loss.
84 posted on 10/04/2001 5:10:42 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Taxman
Live What I Believe

Through tears, for the CHIEF.

85 posted on 10/04/2001 5:11:41 PM PDT by d14truth
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Thank you, Luis. A fine tribute to a fine man, and a good FRiend. He will be sorely missed.
86 posted on 10/04/2001 5:12:47 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: Principled
I hope Jim will keep his profile page too.
87 posted on 10/04/2001 5:12:49 PM PDT by Principled
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To: Manny Festo
Thanks for that link, Manny. I loved what he said:

"When I reach Heaven, I hope God has instant replay, so I can experience the reunion Mom and Dad had this morning."

88 posted on 10/04/2001 5:13:15 PM PDT by JudyB1938
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thank you, my friend. He's with one heck of bunch of good guys tonight.
89 posted on 10/04/2001 5:13:35 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: MJY1288
Just put For the Chief in the comment section.
90 posted on 10/04/2001 5:19:01 PM PDT by BADJOE
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To: Luis Gonzalez; Chief negotiator,
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY !!"

Rest in peace, Chief.......

Peace(pipe)

91 posted on 10/04/2001 5:20:18 PM PDT by Requiem for Truth
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To: BADJOE
Thank You
92 posted on 10/04/2001 5:21:27 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Cagey
One of our Freepers just sent $500.00 for Mrs Chief and another $500.00 for BCM, our Freeper who died at the Towers.

Thank you most generous Freeper.

Does anyone have a real name and address for BCM?

FreepMail me please.

93 posted on 10/04/2001 5:23:12 PM PDT by BADJOE
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To: katykelly
This is a sad loss. One of those familiar names you could always appreciate. "Someone needs to update the "Free Republic Memorial Wall" on the home page." That is up to JR now since it is hosted on FR. There have been several other requests made on behalf of departed freepers. All have gone unheeded. Peace be with you Chief.
94 posted on 10/04/2001 5:28:56 PM PDT by Revel
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Well done thou good and faithful servant.
Now enter into the house of thy Lord.

I was so glad to have known Chief N. He was one of the first regular freepers to freepmail me when we all came from Lcom and he learned I am a Marine ( ret). I never deleted his freepmail.....

We are sure going to miss you, Chief!

Semper Fi!

95 posted on 10/04/2001 5:30:37 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: BADJOE
Battalion Chief Moran

A FReeper on this thread should be able to give you the information on BCM you are looking for.

96 posted on 10/04/2001 5:31:22 PM PDT by d14truth
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To: Taxman
I can't even read the whole post right now, I'm sobbing too much. My thoughts and prayers will be with his family, and all of Freepdom, we will all miss him sorely. There is a hole in my heart this day :-(

God Bless you, Chief! I will miss you and will hug Papoose for you.

97 posted on 10/04/2001 5:31:33 PM PDT by Marie Antoinette
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To: Principled; Jim Robinson
i hope jim will keep his profile page too

an excellent suggestion, P.

98 posted on 10/04/2001 5:33:54 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Luis Gonzalez, all veterans - represented her on Free Republic
Luis - doggone it - that beautiful poem brought the tears again!!!! How appropriate to honor our CHIEF!
99 posted on 10/04/2001 5:34:00 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: BADJOE
Godspeed Chief and may the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand.
100 posted on 10/04/2001 5:35:52 PM PDT by America's Resolve
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