Over the past few days I have read many excellent tributes to Andrew Breitbart. They have helped me process my own feelings of loss surrounding his untimely death.
I did not know Andrew well, but I did have the pleasure of meeting him last July during Smart Girl Summit 2011 in St. Louis. He was lively and vivacious and spoke with energy and verve about his plans for the future. For those of us in the conservative movement whose activism has been driven and aided by blogs and social media, he was our Bill Buckley. He was a genius for the internet age, he showed us a muscular and fearless way of being conservative in great contrast to the flaccid and flagging Republican Party.
In watching the immediate response to his death, there seemed to be a desire to believe he had been assassinated. While that is not the case, I believe that impulse comes because we instinctively see him as a martyr and the normal path to such status requires an unnatural death.
Andrew Breitbart is a Martyr for Liberty. He did have a heart condition, but his death was hastened by the degree to which he wore himself ragged in fighting the left for our benefit. If he had stopped fighting he might have lived longer. But that was not his way, if he had done that, he would not have been Andrew Breitbart. He worked for our Liberty and Freedom until his heart burst.
He died that we might be free.
We must now pick up the standard and work to make sure that his death was not in vain.
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This is a great quote by John Adams. It addresses the inter-generational obligation that the founders felt, and that I would argue animates the tea party movement as well. We must take the initiative in our own communities now, that our children may have the liberty to pursue their right to happiness in the future.
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“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”
For Adams, the arts and entertainment were downstream from politics. For us, the opposite is true, politics is downstream of pop-culture.
We must find ways to take the cultural initiative in the future, our our war for liberty will surely be lost.
Biden jumped on Paul Ryan last night for his allusion to Kennedy tax policy, recalling the famous put down of Dan Quayle by Lloyd Bentsen in 1988. But clearly it is Barack Obama that is no Jack Kennedy.
JFK – Path to Prosperity – YouTube.
I have heard a lot about a few boos at Romeny’s speech at the 2012 NAACP Convention, likewise I have heard about a standing ovation at the end. Unfortunately I had not seen the full speech posted anywhere. I have found all 23 minutes of it and posted it here so you can make up your own mind about the content of his speech and it’s reception.