Skip to comments.Memo to Rush: Coming up on the 15th Anniversary of the March for Justice (with complete video)
Posted on 07/03/2013 3:20:42 PM PDT by ken5050
Rush was talking today about the evolution of the Tea Party, and he devoted several minutes to speaking kindly about Free Republic, and Freepers. Rush got some of it right, but not all. This has been discussed on a few threads today, and I'd posted a few comments, but felt it deserved a thread of its own. We're coming up ( Oct 31st) on the 15th anniversary of the March for Justice..and in case you've forgotten, or weren't there at the beginning, C-span, bless their hearts, has it all for us in their video archives.
I was there..I'd joined FR a few months earlier..part of the GREAT FREEPER class of 1998. I learned that there were thousands around the country who felt the same as I did, and even more, FR made it fun for conservatives to protest, to vent. Up until then ..the left had the whole "demonstration" shtick to themselves..well, we found out that we were much, much better at it than they were..
So watch, enjoy, and if you have memories, and/or pics to share, please post 'em.
Matt Drudge spoke to the group, as did Ann Coulter. Connie Haire ( a.k.a Clinton's a liar) ran the show. Yup..FR launched more than a few careers.
Ann Coulter stood next to me for several hours..well, actually she paced back and forth next to where I was standing. I recall that she chain-smoked Gauloises continuously..easily several packs, and that her roots were really, really, dirty...happily, she has far more talented people doing her hair today.
Somewhere, I have a pic of me and Mr. Cigarman.
FReeps thus began as art form..and IMHO reached their culmination just after the 2000 election, when Freepers and others stood outside the Naval Observatory day and night, chanting for Gore to "get out of Cheney's house!"
In his superb book about that election, "At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the 2000 Election" Bill Sammon writes that the sound of Freepers yelling incessantly drove Gore nuts. He called John Sweeney, who was then the president of the AFL-CIO, and demanded that he bus down hundreds of counter-demonstrators. Sweeney promised to do so, but never did..it was the long Thanksgiving weekend, and they couldn't get any union people to come out.
So, yes indeed, that's the genesis of the Tea Party
FYI..you’ll enjoy this
I made my Dad drop my bro and me off at the location and then we did a circumnavigation of the VP usurper's abode. ManBearPig is really just a HOG.
Bookmark for later.
How many of us joined through a link on Drudge — the old Whitewater files?
The c-span video is a hoot..a time warp..
and how could I forget to mention Lucianne Goldberg...FR made her, and thus launched her son..
Thanks Ken5050. Great snag there. I’ll save the link and check it out again next week.
That was a great day. I made the Spinach Dip for the VIP tent. When Ann Coulter found out why, she almost got sick
What did rush say about us today? In the car Rush was taken over by the film Ponyo.
Speaking of Bill Sammon, what evr happened to him?
I remember it well.
My brother and I drove in from Wisconsin and I proudly carried Wisconsin’s flag in the opening ceremony. There was a get together at the AIA building that evening that we attended before driving all night to get home in time for the Packer game on Sunday. I’ve a stack of photos and great memories.
Indeed, and what treasures they are.
Wonderful. Thanks for posting and for the link ;)
He’s (Bill Sammon) VP of News at FNC.
Thank you very much, ken5050!!
March for Justice video bump: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/114519-1
I did attend Freeper Ball at the 2000 Inauguration!
Super Patriots, Freepers one and all!!
Happy Anniversary Patriots!
Thanks. I remembered after I had posted that he went to management. Too bad, I really enjoyed his reporting.
Some of you still do.
I remember thinking very hard when FR finally asked for an email address in exchange for posting privileges. Up until then, pre-NSA, it was possible to be fairly anonymous and the trolls were few and far between (Ash, A+Bert, Murrymom, a few others).
I was working within the walls of one of the alphabet networks at the time, deep in enemy territory. But I figured, what the hell, what can they do to me? These days, no doubt, I'd be shown the door (actually, I'd be using TOR, but I digress).
Many times in those days I posted rolling headlines from the AP subscription-feed that I had access to, in order to illustrate the bias in the editing as stories were updated throughout the day. And Jim Robinson was the only other poster... Vanities were encouraged.
Fun times, long ago.
Jim, one day,true historians will mark this rally of yours as the beginning of the end to the progressive stronghold on power in this nation. It was an incredible honor for both my wife and me to have participated in person as well as meet one of history’s great men, Jim Robinson. God bless you.
I was part of the class of 98 (technically would have been November), but there was that registration screw up that required a number of folks to re-register. Was at the March for Justice—got up early and drove, then left after the event on the Mall and headed home. Long day that was. I remember the dog running around with the “Impeach Buddy” shirt.
Too bad when people are as good as he is, either they are shoved into management or wind up moving to other areas.
If he were to move again, I'd love to have him as on air "personality."
He could replace lots of folk but at his age, he's lots of other opportunities rather than dealing with cameras and make-up.
Actually, awareness about the March was brought to my attention by Congressman Billybob on the old MSNBC boards. Got to shake his hand at the March. Where has he gone, BTW?
John Armour, aka Congressman Billybob, died some time ago.
He passed in 2010
Yes. I lurked for a long time before I joined. Finally I wrote to JR privately, thinking that I might have known him in high school since he lived in my home town. We didn’t know each other, but one day somebody made me so mad that I had to join up to post a response! So my joining date is Nov. 1998, although I’d been lurking for months.
Thank you very much. God bless.
Oh damn. I missed that. He was one of the good ones here.
I lurked for a few months and was there at the MfJ. I joined the day after.
I envied you guys.
I joined during the recount. FReeped at one of the busiest intersections in Albuquerque with a sign that had a pic of Gore and “STOP THIEF” on it. I guess the “thumbs up” and “flipped off” ran about 50-50.
I was out of state at a friend’s house hunting deer. He had a satellite dish so I took some videotapes and we had his wife record the whole thing while we were out hunting. She wasn’t amused, she missed her favorite shows, but I got to see faces of the people I had been reading about. I still have the tape.
Thanks for the ping.
I think Craig Livingstone is here somewhere. LOL!
Thanks so much for this thread!
I was there!!
The gathering the night before in the captured hotel was a fantastic happening. We totally took over the whole hotel.
Gatherings were in corridors and stairways. There were people (not yet Freepers) from everywhere.
The memory is clear....... unerasable
It’s time to do it again
Alas, there is no leadership
I was there too but I must have been at a different hotel. I was lamenting the fact today that we didn’t have name tags so we could have connected with each other better.
That's how I got here.
That was my way here. I lurked for a long, long time. Then finally decided time to take a name. Have missed VERY few days that I do not peak in several times. A couple surgeries probably the only reason I would not log in.
Free Republic is an addiction!
Do you remember which rally was the one that was so cold we all nearly froze. I remember being pictured wrapped in a big fuzzy red white and blue blanket...and I still was cold!
I miss the get togethers with the DC Group!
YES, but what a great addiction!
One I do NOT want to break!
How many of us joined through a link on Drudge the old Whitewater files? 5 posted on July 3, 2013 6:26:33 PM EDT by afraidfortherepublicI lurked for a few months and was there at the MfJ. I joined the day after.
I found FR via the Drudge link, lurked, went to the MfJ, and still didnt register until the end of Feb 99.Shook hands with the head of the WH Travel Office, whom Clinton had fired (which was merely immoral, no big deal for Clinton) and arbitrarily prosecuted even tho the people he putatively cheated were journalists who had complete confidence in him.