Newsday Lou Dolinar 9/2/98 ".Of late, I've been spending at lot of time at the Free Republic (www.freerepublic.com) Web site. Politically, the site's point of view ranges from conservative to round-the- right-bend, but you'll not find a more politically powerful use of Internet technology. "Freepers" as they call themselves, cull news stories and audio clips from all over the Net, post them in sequence on the site and then comment on them. It is sort of the ultimate clipping service for the anti-Washington, anti-Clinton crowd and a practice that harks back to the earliest days of colonial journalism, when every paper had its own well- expressed viewpoint and most stories were developed within that framework. Although I rarely wax sloppily sentimental about the First Amendment, I think this is one of the strengths of the Internet-based news system, which is really no system at all, and exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind. About the only thing wrong with it is that there is no Free Republic of the Left. As of late, this site has also been the best place to find out what the mainstream press is saying about the various Clinton scandals. As with Slate, this was once the sort of priceless material that took a couple of full-time White house aides to assemble into daily news summaries.."

Enter Stage Right 6/1/99 Steve Martinovich "...That said, our winner for this past year is Free Republic, a web site I think has done a lot to further the goals of conservatism by uniting us in a large forum, giving us the ability to share information and ideas. It is the promise of the Internet realized. Here is the citation I wrote for Free Republic : ...The Free Republic offers the average conservative -- or anyone really -- a chance to comment on how the media is covering America's political scene. Frequent visitors to Free Republic -- or FReepers as they are known -- post stories from newspapers across the world about topics ranging from Whitewater to national identity cards and begin commenting on perceived media bias or just the about way that some stories are reported. FReepers (rumoured to include Larry Klayman and Gary Aldrich), and their less active brethren, are performing a valuable service by making the mainstream media accountable for their bias or genuine mistakes in reporting, something that the average citizen could not do effectively before the world wide web. Over 100 000 people visit the Free Republic every day to scan headlines and maybe offer their own commentary to a large group of people on the latest issues and news stories, something that only the talking heads on their dreary Sunday morning television programs could do before....That said, the Free Republic reminds me a lot of Matt Drudge. Drudge is an average member of society who is reporting on the events of his day from a small apartment room, while the Free Republic allows the average member of society to critique him and the rest of the media. Both are done by people who do not have the media's stamp of approval, which although has some dangers, also returns the United States to the days when the average person could publish pamphlets about something they believed in and receive a response....Today's mainstream media has done a lot to smother and ignore the opinions of the public, but the Free Republic is attempting to bring that voice back. It's a service they perform well.

AP via CNN 8/11/99 Sandra Sobieraj "...The good, the bad. The wins, the losses. Whatever legacy history bestows upon Bill Clinton's White House also belongs to Al Gore. Or so goes the president's endorsement of his vice president. "The record of this administration is his record," Clinton told Democratic fund-raising bigwigs Tuesday night after an unusually joined-at-the-hip day with Gore. "It really is a record of achievement," Gore replied. "But the question is where we go from here."..."

It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth,
and listen to the song of that siren
till she transforms us into beasts.
Is this the part of wise men,
engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?
Are we disposed to be the number of those
who, having eyes, see not,
and having ears, hear not,
the things which so nearly concern
their temporal salvation?
For my part,
whatever anguish of spirit it may cost,
I am willing to know the whole truth;
to know the worst,
and to provide for it.
--Patrick Henry

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