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Memo to Rush: Coming up on the 15th Anniversary of the March for Justice (with complete video)
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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.


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Here's the link to FOUR HOURS of fascinating video. Bookmark this for later, when you have the time. You'll laugh, you'll cry..you'll see some old friends, and a few who have departed this mortal coil.

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

1 posted on 07/03/2013 3:20:42 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: DoughtyOne

FYI..you’ll enjoy this


2 posted on 07/03/2013 3:21:23 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: ken5050
"when Freepers and others stood outside the Naval Observatory day and night"

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.

3 posted on 07/03/2013 3:24:45 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ken5050
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4 posted on 07/03/2013 3:25:28 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ken5050

Bookmark for later.

How many of us joined through a link on Drudge — the old Whitewater files?


5 posted on 07/03/2013 3:26:33 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Jim Robinson

FYI..enjoy


6 posted on 07/03/2013 3:26:40 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: gorush

The c-span video is a hoot..a time warp..


7 posted on 07/03/2013 3:27:16 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

and how could I forget to mention Lucianne Goldberg...FR made her, and thus launched her son..


8 posted on 07/03/2013 3:29:47 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: ken5050

Thanks Ken5050. Great snag there. I’ll save the link and check it out again next week.


9 posted on 07/03/2013 3:30:25 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recentI lo colonoscopy...)
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To: servo1969

FYI...


10 posted on 07/03/2013 3:30:41 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: ken5050
I'm anxious to see it, thanks.

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11 posted on 07/03/2013 3:31:43 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ken5050; bert

That was a great day. I made the Spinach Dip for the VIP tent. When Ann Coulter found out why, she almost got sick


12 posted on 07/03/2013 3:32:17 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: ken5050

Psst...Connie Hair


13 posted on 07/03/2013 3:33:15 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: ken5050

Great history!

What did rush say about us today? In the car Rush was taken over by the film Ponyo.


14 posted on 07/03/2013 3:35:28 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: ken5050
I attended! Some might remember the crazy guy running around asking people to sign his sweatshirt :)
15 posted on 07/03/2013 3:38:17 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (A Newly Arrived Convert to the Fair Tax! Abolish the IRS! Abolish the FED!)
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To: ken5050
Thanks for the FR history! My first awarenes of FR was outside the Broward County courthouse, November 2000, protesting the illegal recount that was going on inside. The cops kept opposing sides at opposite ends of SE 6th Street, with a no-man's-land of media and LEOs in between. We had the leftards and Gorebots outnumbered at least 10-1, but some guy had sneaked behind "enemy lines" with a big FREE REPUBLIC sign that he hid until the camers looked his way, at which time he would raise the sign, so that the pro-Gore forces were on TV with a big Free Republic sign behind them!

Speaking of Bill Sammon, what evr happened to him?

16 posted on 07/03/2013 3:38:57 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: ken5050

I remember it well.


17 posted on 07/03/2013 3:42:44 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: ken5050

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.


18 posted on 07/03/2013 3:47:27 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ken5050

Indeed, and what treasures they are.


19 posted on 07/03/2013 3:50:21 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ken5050

Wonderful. Thanks for posting and for the link ;)


20 posted on 07/03/2013 3:56:34 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: clintonh8r

He’s (Bill Sammon) VP of News at FNC.


21 posted on 07/03/2013 3:57:11 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: ken5050; Neil E. Wright; gonzo; Floratina; Clinton's a liar; Hildy; DoughtyOne; onyx; trisham; ...

Thank you very much, ken5050!!

March for Justice video bump: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/114519-1


22 posted on 07/03/2013 3:59:01 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: ken5050
Didn't make it to early gathering in DC but we did host a number of the "early stars" at some of our events in KC area, Drudge was one, also Barbara Olsen, Coulter and many others.

I did attend Freeper Ball at the 2000 Inauguration!

What fun.

Super Patriots, Freepers one and all!!

Happy Anniversary Patriots!

23 posted on 07/03/2013 4:00:53 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: zerosix

Thanks. I remembered after I had posted that he went to management. Too bad, I really enjoyed his reporting.


24 posted on 07/03/2013 4:03:05 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: ken5050
The Class of 1998 produced many of the great FReepers. I was lurking then, and you guys scared the heck out of me.

Some of you still do.

25 posted on 07/03/2013 4:07:46 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: afraidfortherepublic
How many of us joined through a link on Drudge — the old Whitewater files?

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.

26 posted on 07/03/2013 4:08:22 PM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


27 posted on 07/03/2013 4:08:49 PM PDT by Uncle Sham
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To: ken5050

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.


28 posted on 07/03/2013 4:09:45 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: clintonh8r
Me too, loved Sammon's reporting. As I recall, he wrote a book on GWB and even believe that I bought it. I need to dig it out and rescan it.

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.

29 posted on 07/03/2013 4:17:24 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Tench_Coxe; Congressman Billybob

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?


30 posted on 07/03/2013 4:17:49 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: Tench_Coxe

John Armour, aka Congressman Billybob, died some time ago.


31 posted on 07/03/2013 4:22:33 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Tench_Coxe

He passed in 2010

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2574740/posts


32 posted on 07/03/2013 4:23:00 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: IncPen

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.


33 posted on 07/03/2013 4:24:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Uncle Sham

Thank you very much. God bless.


34 posted on 07/03/2013 4:29:19 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Oh damn. I missed that. He was one of the good ones here.


35 posted on 07/03/2013 4:29:24 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I lurked for a few months and was there at the MfJ. I joined the day after.


36 posted on 07/03/2013 4:31:54 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: ken5050

I envied you guys.


37 posted on 07/03/2013 4:33:48 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: ken5050

Great thread...


38 posted on 07/03/2013 4:44:17 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: Pharmboy

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.


39 posted on 07/03/2013 4:48:16 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ken5050

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.


40 posted on 07/03/2013 5:13:02 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks for the ping.

I think Craig Livingstone is here somewhere. LOL!


41 posted on 07/03/2013 5:14:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Me, I was to broke at the time to attend. Didn't miss to many afterwords.
42 posted on 07/03/2013 5:18:16 PM PDT by Little Bill (A)
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To: Jim Robinson; ken5050; y'all

Thanks so much for this thread!


43 posted on 07/03/2013 5:30:50 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: ken5050

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


44 posted on 07/03/2013 5:34:49 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: bert

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.


45 posted on 07/03/2013 5:38:01 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: afraidfortherepublic
How many of us joined through a link on Drudge — the old Whitewater files?

That's how I got here.

46 posted on 07/03/2013 5:47:10 PM PDT by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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!


47 posted on 07/03/2013 6:24:00 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: bmwcyle

Hi there!

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!


48 posted on 07/03/2013 6:31:37 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: I_be_tc

YES, but what a great addiction!

One I do NOT want to break!


49 posted on 07/03/2013 6:33:16 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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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 afraidfortherepublic
I 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 didn’t 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.

50 posted on 07/03/2013 7:02:17 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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