Inspiration from Breitbart: One year later

Andrew BreitbartFriday marked the one year anniversary of the untimely death of conservative media firebrand Andrew Breitbart.

Throughout the blogosphere, people shared their thoughts and memories of the man who came to represent the face of the new media revolution in America — a revolution that changed the political landscape in this country.

As expected, the far-left was as vile and despicable as only they can be, considering how much they hate Breitbart.

And, oh, how they hate him. Still.

And he would have it no other way. I can almost see him now looking down with a smile, tweeting away, giving as good as he got. He always did.

I never met Andrew Breitbart, strangely enough. I organized an event in Orlando in September 2011 in partnership with Americans for Prosperity-Florida that he headlined, but never had the opportunity to say hello.

To this day, folks who undermined that event proudly display the photos they had taken with him, all the while as I was running around keeping the wheels from falling off an event that also featured political heavyweights such as Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Rick Scott and on and on.

Clearly, I resent this.

I recall seeing Breitbart sitting alone at a bar later that day, which was a rarity. He was on the phone, not a rarity. I contemplated walking up and introducing myself, but decided not to intrude, thinking there will be other opportunities.

To understand Andrew Breitbart was to know he was a source of inspiration more than anything else, filling a void at a desolate time when the right had precious little reason to be inspired. And with his passing, that void returned.

The man was not hesitant to call evil what it is, and he relished taking the fight to the far-left. In an exchange with a friend yesterday, she said, “Breitbart is the only one who understood how to beat these guys.”

And just like many who truly excel at something, he made it look easy.

Breitbart understood where the fight for the future of this country was at, and I imagine that if he could choose how he would be remembered, it would be to see folks stand up to evil and fight back.

Even with its recent success, the progressive left does not rest on its laurels. The truth is, leftists remain active in pursuit of their “rotten ideology” and work circles around the right. They just seem to want it a little more.

Here in Florida, they’ve come to own the governing process. Be it a county commission meeting, a school board meeting or a legislative delegation forum, more often than not, the right just doesn’t show up.

That’s not a winning formula.

In the words of Andrew Breitbart: “Fight back.”

The videos here are from the event in Orlando. I just heard this speech for the first time, since I was called out of the room to receive Scott that morning just as Breitbart began speaking — if only I could rethink that one.

Inspire yourself…



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