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To: leadpenny
Another thought....we all know who Barbara Olson was. We admired and respected her. But we are Freepers. My in-laws would not have the slightest idea of who she was.

They vote Democrat
Politics bores them.
They are not unique.

Ted Olson argued one of the most important cases in our history in front of SCOTUS. I doubt they even recognize his name.

22 posted on 12/31/2001 1:18:57 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
Yes, but anyone who is politically aware knows of Barbara Olson. And we all know how the networks and cable news shows love to prove how politically aware they are. I certainly know the Left's folks.

Barbara was and remains, through her writings and through those of us who loved and so appreciated her, a person of consequence in her own right and should be mentioned as such in a "prominent American" lost life retrospective.

28 posted on 12/31/2001 1:39:04 PM PST by Endeavor
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
You wrote to leadpenny:
"Another thought....we all know who Barbara Olson was. We admired and respected her. But we are Freepers. My in-laws would not have the slightest idea of who she was.

"They vote Democrat Politics bores them. They are not unique.

"Ted Olson argued one of the most important cases in our history in front of SCOTUS. I doubt they even recognize his name."

But that's just the point:

(1) Our heroes must be celebrated and those ignorant of their sacrifice must be informed about their greatness. We all need those heroes. Our children need to know about them. Ignorant democrats need to know. Your relatives, too. The American public has few heroes. The military no longer allows the celebration of heroic exploits in battle due to secrecy and safety concerns and media abuses in opposing and jeopardizing the military. We are a nation desperately in need of heroes. Now we have a few--and we must celebrate them and publicize every one of them. We must not permit the left to consign them to oblivion. We must raise them up. They must be examples to all our families and friends and neighbors. It is desperately important to preserve the memory of the few heroes we are given today.

(2) Keep this in mind too: The networks only retain their licenses to broadcast on the public-owned (that's you!) airways if they serve the public, and part of their responsibility is to provide information and objective news reports. When they no longer fulfill that responsibility, do they deserve the license with which they broadcast--our license, our airwaves--do they deserve their near monopoly on televised information?

S. Elenchus

29 posted on 12/31/2001 1:41:03 PM PST by elenchus
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
I don't want to take anything away from the memory of Barbara Olson. She was a grand lady and it still pains me deeply that she is gone. I just think it was a tough call by the networks when it came to the traditional year-end rememberances. The whole 9-11 thing is still just to hard for most of us to get our emotions around.

On a personal note, I have a brother who, upon learning about the death of Barbara, made a crude remark to another brother. He doesn't know that I know he made the remark and I'm not speaking to him anyway.

You're right about much of the country not having a clue about her.

34 posted on 12/31/2001 1:59:02 PM PST by leadpenny
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