Skip to comments.Andrew Breitbart: Jedi of the Conservative Movement
Posted on 03/01/2012 9:37:43 PM PST by amylutz4
If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. These words, famously spoken by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope struck me on the morning of March 1st as I obsessively clicked the refresh button on my computer. I fervently hoped that perpetually restoring my Google Chrome browser would eventually produce a different result. However, this truly was a case of desperate insanity. I finally accepted the horrible news I had discovered plastered all over the internet. Conservative icon Andrew Breitbart passed away on February 29th, 2012 at the age of 43. Part of me still expects him to emerge in a month to proclaim April Fools, America. However, perhaps this is nothing but a pipe dream. Yet, while the blogging world mourns Breitbarts death, his legacy is not forgotten. In the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, his cause is in fact stronger than ever.
After I came to terms with the death of my favorite conservative blogger, I surfed twitter, hoping to find solace in the online microcosm of political thought and opinionated one-liners. At first, I was not disappointed. My twitter feed quickly exploded with heartfelt remembrances and witty tributes. Rush Limbaugh called Breitbart a Bulldog for the conservative cause and Rick Perry tweeted, RIP O Mighty Warrior. Even many of Breitbarts political adversaries had kind words for the late pundit. Ari Rabin-Havt of the liberal watchdog organization Media Matters for America said the following: Weve disagreed more than weve found common ground, but there was never any question of Andrews passion for and commitment to what he believed. It warmed my heart to see such an outpouring of positive sentiments. However, my warm response quickly turned into icy anger as I continued to read.
While many celebrated Andrew Breitbarts life and career, countless others found joy in his death. Twitter and other social media sites displayed comments from online left-leaning trolls searching for an outlet for their hypocritical intolerance. Phrases like Andrew Breitbart died doing what he loved. Not having a heart and They say Andrew Breitbart died of natural causes. Sure, that having that much evil inside you will almost naturally kill you flooded the internet. However, the celebrations did not stop at the virtual borders of twitterland. Rolling Stone quickly posted a column expressing joy at Breitbarts passing. The Daily Kos suggested that Westboro Baptist Church picket his funeral. This type of commentary is beyond revolting and I became increasingly appalled at such an outpouring of hatred. The left perpetually preaches a message of tolerance and inclusion, but such commentaries were downright intolerant at best. Cheering at the death of a political adversary is absolutely disgusting. However, in the face of this clear display of bigotry, Andrew Breitbarts resolute example of tenacity and fearlessness echoed throughout the conservative movement.
If theres one thing weve all learned from Andrew Breitbart, its that you can never, ever back down, even when confronted with blatant hatred. Soon after Breitbarts critics surfaced in full force, conservatives found back. Hard. Breitbart was famous for re-tweeting his critics, especially the vilest ones. Following Breitbarts passing, conservatives took on that responsibility. Soon, my twitter feed was no longer filled with tweets from well-wishers. Instead, twitter was flooded with re-tweets exposing the hateful commentaries made about Breitbarts death. When it comes to exposing liberal intolerance, Andrew Breitbart was at the forefront. Yet, that cause did not falter after his death. Conservatives took on Breitbarts mantle and made the cause that much stronger.
Andrew Breitbart was truly a Jedi for the Conservative Cause. Like his Star Wars counterparts, he was sometimes viewed as odd, off-kilter, or just plain crazy. However, Breitbarts passionate mission to expose the intolerant liberal agenda profoundly impacted the conservative community and continues to do so after his passing. He may be gone, but his legacy will live through all of us. Andrew Breitbart truly is now more powerful than anyone could ever imagine. That strength rests in the efforts of Breitbarts conservative supporters, many of whom are now using the #IamAndrewBreitbart hashtag on twitter in solidarity. Its now up to us to memorialize him by making his mission our own. Andrew Breitbart may have passed on, but his passion is stronger than ever in the collective conservative conscience. Even in death, he has liberals shaking in their boots (Just wait until his videos of Obamas college days are released in the next week). Yet, now that hes gone, its time for the conservative blogging community to pick up where he left off. We are all Andrew Breitbart now.
At CPAC, Andrew said he was in possession of damaging information on Hussein, and I anticipate the eventual release of this information. Andrew’s work has not yet come to full fruition.
RIP, Happy Fearless Warrior
His life is a torch and a lesson for us all in many ways. May we all live our lives as fully with an awareness of how temporary it all is. God bless his family.
Andrew may you be resting in peace and kickin' it with the big man upstairs.
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