Skip to comments.Free Republic losing its impact
Posted on 12/01/2002 1:23:55 PM PST by BraveMan
What a long way Free Republic has come! From its birth in 1996 as what began as just a place where hardcore conservatives to post the latest news and analyze it, Free Republic two years later had a significant role in the neutralization of the Clintons - as it became the organizing point for enormous protests ridiculing Bill Clinton over Monicagate everywhere he went in the U.S. early in Monicagate throughout 1998. Some top liberals even blame Freepers for Al Gore's defeat.
Very early in Monicagate, Freepers brought Free Republic out of just being a sort of giant cybercafe for dissidents to talk things over - and made it into a very-effective organizing point for giant protests against liberals and liberalism, like the one in Houston at a Clinton fundraiser that not only like most greeted Clinton with hundreds of dissidents ridiculing him for his adultery and perjury, but even found a fire engine to hang a giant sign on that read "Bill Clinton Is A Four-Alarm Fraud." Freepers in Florida hung a giant sign on a cabin cruiser to float in a strategic position just offshore a fundraiser of his there. And here in North Carolina, about 30 Freepers picketed an Al Gore fundraiser in Raleigh's Volvo district in May 1999 - some dressed as Buddhist monks. The Clintons/Gore Regime just couldn't escape the conservatives from hell.
Other liberals were no luckier. The "Rosiecott" that ended Corporate America's willingness to indulge leftist politics was in large part organized on Free Republic. Freeper-organized boycotts were to Rosie O'Donnell's career what a later gay boycott was to advice-talk radio host Dr. Laura's.
But - just six years after its founding, just four years after the height of its power - Free Republic today is largely a total waste of time. As a reader commented, it isn't accomplishing anything anymore - with the giant protests against liberals formerly organized on it by Freepers over; as he agreed last week, the sole positive things it now does are to provide rapid dissemination of news, even from small-town dailies, to dissidents everywhere - and to guide dissidents to the various dissident newspapers that really are hardcore.
Some social issues are almost unmentionable on Free Republic today. More than one Freeper has griped that posted articles on immigration often just disappear. Other Freepers have been just blacklisted from Free Republic - for offending the sensibilities of founder Jim Robinson or the small clique under him that largely actually runs Free Republic now.
Today, Free Republic is every bit as handicapped as founder Jim Robinson - but by another problem. To all too many Freepers now, anyone calling themselves a Republican is God's brother - and cannot be criticized, no matter how Clintonesque their views on many social issues may be. And to all too many Freepers now, Pres. Bush really is God - uncriticizable, no matter what.
To make Free Republic great again, a number of things have to happen. First, all involved - from ordinary Freepers to "JimBob" himself - have to accept that having an (R) next to one's name doesn't make a politician beyond criticism. Second, all involved must also accept that Pres. Bush isn't God. And then, all Freepers must commit to doing again what made Free Republic great - hounding any politician at odds with Red Nation's masses on social issues; if that means picketing Pres. Bush everywhere he goes if he hints at amnesty for illegal aliens or tacit support of racial quotas, that's what it takes.
Free Republic didn't become great by being a Chinese-style "Democracy Wall" for dissidents to post articles from "mainstream" newspapers to and then discuss them. It can only became great again the same way it originally got great.
Must be a Buchananite
Evidently the author doesn't know Free Republic all that well otherwise there could be no way that error could be made.
Anyway, this reminds me of what they say about Rush Limbaugh everytime the Republicans move into power. "What is he going to talk about now?" they always say. Yet he's still around after all these years and even more influential than ever.
Granted there haven't been a lot of grass-root protests since the 2000 elections. The way the country pulled together after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the successful presidency of GW Bush and the big GOP wins last November don't give us an awful lot to complain about these days. But we are still here and our numbers are growing.
... kinda says it all.
the sole positive things it now does are to provide rapid dissemination of news, even from small-town dailies, to dissidents everywhere - and to guide dissidents to the various dissident newspapers that really are hardcore.I don't feel like a dissident. I feel like an American who's political party is in control of the country.
Does this guy even bother to read FR? There's plenty of criticism to go around and GWB et al are not spared. Plus he needs to fix the links on his wimpy website.
"Alamancer" sort of sounds gay.
Ah, penis envy. Ain't it great. Someone else wants to direct and determine what FR does. It ain't gonna happen.
I will avoid mixed marriage or mixed dating - and, if I have
kids, strongly encourage them to avoid it as well - because
I will realize that mixed marriage both produces mutant kids
and is the death of my race, whichever race that is.
I for one, STRONGLY urge prohibiting posts from this website.
I have valid accounts under the name of BraveMan in LibertyPost, Lucianne, PipeBombNews and (shudder) DemocraticUnderground. With rare exception, this is where I go to uncover the unvarnished truth . . .
I posted this article here to give FReepers a chance to defend themselves. It is, after all, Freeper opinions and commentary that make this site what it is.
Sounds like the jerk running that website is pissed that there is not World Church of the Creator junk posted here.
What is this "dissidents" crap?
Freepers energized mainstream America and it's delegated fringe status?
Sorry mac, but you're still delusional, even in the guise of a conservative.
I don't get the logo. Do you assert that Michigan's Upper Peninsula is part of Wisconsin?
Indeed. It has pushed on the rudder of the ship of state.
This is pretty harsh. FR is not handicapped, and to reference Jim Robinson in this analogy is harsh and tacky. I understand their have been rifts but this is harsh.
IMHO, there are two distinct possibilities for this jerks background:
I'm not gonna waste my time trying to figure out which.
I just sincerely wish that garbage posted on that site will be banned from appearing in this forum.
He claims that at least one news article gets added to his looney website each and every day!
I am so proud of you freepers, including myself. And am so happy that we are being criticized. Do you know what that means? Do you know what that means? Well let me tell you....that means that they are scared of us just like they are of Rush, Fox News, Drudge and others like them. That we have impacted the political scene and taken the prize from the liberals and put our claim on it. Yesssssss sir! Give yourselves a pat on the back. Just go back and read the article again. We are being blamed for turning things around and they hate us. It's great!!!! Remember when we thought everything was lost but we persevered and kept on keeping on? Well, this is the fruit of our labour. WE CONTROL NOW ! Don't you just love it? They are scared of us. WOW!!!
After that, now what? Everyone goes in different directions. We all won(initial battle). I know which direction I'm going. Others have different directions. Some have similar directions. That's the main thing I see here. Some parrot Bush. Some overlook things Bush has done since they personally like him. Others are distrustful of Bush based on some actions. Some can't stand him and put him along with Klinton. Some are waiting and seeing.
It's JimRob's ship, and he steers it the way he wants to. If people don't like it, there are options availible to them. He's been more than fair to me in the past 3 1/2 years.
Now that's funny!
There shall be no mercy.
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Well said. Bigotry and flaky ideology.
Great find, Willie. Kinda sums it up a bit, doesn't it?
There shall be no mercy.
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whats your point?
This person is either not familiar with Free Republic or is simply not telling the truth.
As I said,it is harsh...it get's personal.
I have seen immigration discussion pushed aside in ignorance and I wonder why this thread with a speech from President Bush to the U.N. and some unanswered questions about another agency? (outside of homeland security) Go ignored, yet a day in the life of President Bush threads rule.
If human races were actual species or sub-species, a child of a mixed marriage would be a hybrid, not a mutant. Since races aren't species, a mixed-race child is just a human.
Don't diss a vet, it's not good form.
Re: "himself - have to accept that having an (R) next to one's name doesn't make a politician beyond criticism. "
Dissing our team is THEIR job. If THEY don't do a good job of dissing the GOP, write a letter to baba streisand and ask her party to do something about it.
As for proud Republicans ?
That said, the first FR sponsored rally (March for Justice) on October 31, 1998, a full page Washington Times ad during the Impeachment process, and the persistence of the Florida Freepers during the 2000 election debacle have all been attributed to making a direct impact, according to government officials.
Now that the Republicans have control of all 3 branches and we're facing a protracted asymetrical war, time will show if Freepers once again contribute significantly to the political landscape. It will take the right cause and the right leaders to mobilize the Freepers in large numbers. But make no mistake, they're still there...and many of them are still active on a local level.
You obviously do not live in the greater L.A. area or the many areas where there are concerns and English is becoming a second language. My stepfather is of Hispanic descent and he does not like what is happening! And what about the trucks that do not have to go by all the rules and regulations that American truckers will have to abide by? And all the different permits and taxes they do not have to pay! Oh well if it is good for Mexico even though it is going to screw Americans out of jobs who cares right??