Freepers' replies are an interesting reflection of how Freepers see themselves:
I tend to go with, meatloaf who doesn't think anything has changed:
That must have been before my time, Dave.Resettozero agrees:
I remember when FR used to be have class about these types of things.Artemis Webb thinks the moderation has gotten less heavy handed, and makes a really lame attempt at graciousness:
I've been lurking here since '98.
Which day was that?
Not meaning to obfuscate your good point but, when was that? Had not the mods/Jim stepped in every time someone got seriously ill or died threads like this were often nothing but venom.peyton randolph thinks Freepers' bitterness is now justified, unlike those cheery days of 1998...
The only time I remember someone dying and the mods just letting the thread go it's natural course was when Ted Kennedy died. But here's an effort (granted half hearted) I'll make:
Best wishes for Shalala's speedy recovery!
Perhaps 20+ years of numerous felons escaping justice because of their Demonrat party affiliation has taken a toll on politeness and your idea of "class."freedomfiter2 is just reacting to oppression, man!
If justice can't be meted out through the legal system, why pretend these criminals deserve anything except our contempt?
The GOPe has perfected the art of losing gracefully. It appears that's worn on off on some FReepers too.
That was before the elites of both parties openly declared war on conservatives.taildragger agrees - Free Republic used to be a cheery place, until it was betrayed by Republicans:
I remember when FR used to be have class about these types of things.taildragger then tries for a bit of class:
And I remember a time when Trent Lott, Haley Barbour, Jim Jeffords, ( and all the singing Senators ) Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Linsey Graham, and John Boehner were all the good guys on our team and it was us against those wazkully Democrats...
Then the reality hit me on the head like a freakin' 2 x 4 and I realized they all flawed (perhaps even way worse than I am as a human being, let alone their inability to take a stand or speak the truth and not eat at the K-Street slop trough) and are playing in the looney bin called Disney on the Potomac, and that includes the Clinton's and all their minions...
BTW, Strokes are horrid, I hope they got to her in time with the proper meds/procedures and that she can make a full/best recovery.onyx also gets on a weird high horse with a weak attempt at best wishes:
I remember when FR used to be have class about these types of things.Jack Hydrazine wants all these newbs off his lawn:
As for me, I offer one prayer for her speedy and complete recovery.
That’s because is now inhabited by government trolls. All the good freepers were banned long ago.Little rage-demon bert loves the lack of class, naturally:
that means the site finally came to it’s senses and dropped the PC nonsense