Skip to comments.Tribute to Herb Meadows, aka "CHIEF negotiator"
Posted on 10/04/2001 3:52:42 PM PDT by Taxman
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.
Americans for Fair Taxation
Mrs. Herb Meadows 16623 Townes Rd. Friendswood, TX 77546
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.
His name will not be reused. Thanks, Jim Robinson
JUST A COMMON SOLDIERA 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 !!"
Thank you Freepers.
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.