A powerful essay by Sarah Palin published on Breitbart.com today, “Breitbart is Here,” bolsters the optimism expressed March 5 on this blog that in the fullness of time Andrew Breitbart may prove even more influential in death than he was in life, if his death spurs his many admirers to redouble their efforts to advance the principles he espoused, as Governor Palin urges.
It also reinforced the opinion expressed here that the National Review video of Breitbart’s speech to a Tea Party rally at the Wisconsin Capitol Building on February 19, 2011, perfectly captures the genius and passion Breitbart brought to the fight for liberty, as a modern-day Sam Adams. Governor Palin reports that on seeing that video her daughter Bristol concluded, “Breitbart is cool!” A one-minute clip attempting to capture the core of Breitbart’s message that day appears at the bottom of this post, and on YouTube here.
Similarly, here is an attempt to capture in a few paragraphs the core of Governor Palin’s encomium for Andrew Breitbart and her confidence in his enduring importance.
There is a new street art poster that’s being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you. It’s a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”
Those three words express the instant connection many of us feel for our fallen friend. They express our identification with him, and our need to continue his fight for the good of our republic.
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Ultimately, Breitbart’s goal was to expose what he called the corrupt Democrat Media Complex. He wanted to break it up because he understood how the left uses its dominance of the mainstream media and pop culture to advance its objectives and marginalize its political foes.
Standing up and defending those who are being unfairly targeted and maligned was also the mission. Is it any wonder Breitbart titled his autobiography “Righteous Indignation” when you consider his deep-seated sense of justice and fair play? He was on the side of the little guy and ready to run to the aid of those who needed it. He possessed that old fashioned virtue of courage, compassion, and decency that we once called chivalry. He inspired that in others.
When you’re in the political arena serving for the right reasons and taking flak from all sides, there is nothing more discouraging than when your fellow conservatives sit on their thumbs or worse yet, join in the attacks. Breitbart understood this because he experienced it himself at times, so he was determined to stand by others in need.
He was a genius at new media, but his real gift was that he was fearless at a time when too many people are afraid and are retreating. Courage inspires courage. Fearlessness emboldens others to follow your lead.
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The task may seem daunting, but a whole new generation of conservatives has been inspired. I’ve seen it first hand. When my daughter Bristol saw the video of Breitbart’s speech at a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wisconsin, she was fired up. She turned to me and said, “Breitbart is cool!” Yes, he is cool. And “Breitbart Is Here.”