31 July 2007

Free Speech is a Bitch

First, BRAVO ZULU to Mr Kristinn Taylor of DC FreeRepublic. He handled himself with his usual aplomb.
O'Reilly was over-bearing and lacking in information. Anyone who understands FreeRepublic knows that what his researchers found were in all likelihood, posts by trolls and were removed as soon as they were dicovered. I'm sorry we can't censor people as quickly as Mr. O'Reilly would like us to. But we do police our own, unlike the left leaning sites.

Full Disclosure: I have been associated with FreeRepublic.com since 1998. I have been an active participant since 2004. I know the owner personally. We have broken bread together. He believes in America and all that she stands for. He is a Veteran and a Patriot.

Statement by the founder of Free Republic
Jim Robinson
Posted on 03/22/2004 6:22:17 PM PST
I posted the following statement to our front page in response to the criticism I'm receiving lately as to not being fair and balanced and perceived mistreatment of trolls and assorted malcontents. Got news for all, I'm NOT fair and balanced. I'm biased toward God, country, family, liberty and freedom and against liberalism, socialism, anarchism, wackoism, global balonyism and any other form of tyranny. Hope this helps:

In our continuing fight for freedom, for America and our constitution and against totalitarianism, socialism, tyranny, terrorism, etc., Free Republic stands firmly on the side of right, i.e., the conservative side. Believing that the best defense is a strong offense, we (myself and those whom I'm trying to attract to FR) support the strategy of taking the fight to the enemy as opposed to allowing the enemy the luxury of conducting their attacks on us at home on their terms and on their schedule... /snip

As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-Constitution, pro-Bill of Rights, pro-gun, pro-limited government, pro-private property rights, pro-limited taxes, pro-capitalism, pro-national defense, pro-freedom, and-pro America. We oppose all forms of liberalism, socialism, fascism, pacifism, totalitarianism, anarchism, government enforced atheism, abortionism, feminism, homosexualism, racism, wacko environmentalism, judicial activism, etc. We also oppose the United Nations or any other world government body that may attempt to impose its will or rule over our sovereign nation and sovereign people. We believe in defending our borders, our constitution and our national sovereignty.

Opinions expressed on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Free Republic or its operators.
Please enjoy our forum, but also please remember to use common courtesy when posting and refrain from posting personal attacks, profanity, vulgarity, threats, racial or religious bigotry, or any other materials offensive or otherwise inappropriate for a conservative family audience. Free Republic is a noncommerical site. Please do not post advertising, solicitations, spam or any other commercial messages. Do not spam us with links to your own site. No one likes spam.

Free Republic does not advocate violence, rebellion, secession, or an overthrow of the government

FreeRepublic is a privately-owned PUBLIC FORUM setup for the express purpose of exercising our 1st Amendment rights to freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of association. It is conservatve in tenor and content.

There is no fee for membership. There are no restictions on who may sign up for posting priveleges. Anyone with a computer and an email address can register to post and reply to comments. If those who disagree with our point of view want to make us look bad, it's easy to do.

When they try, they are exposed and their account is suspended. Any blantantly offensive or threatening posts are removed as soon as they are discovered and in some cases, it can happen quickly.

The difference between FR and DemocraticUnderground is content, method of expression, and philosphy. At any given time, you can find the most foul, despicable langauge coupled with radical ideas and conspiracy theories, you can stomach.

But I wouldn't want it any other way, would you?

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