Thursday, March 1, 2012

Andrew Breitbart: In Memoriam

I've been asked by several people to comment on the death of Andrew Breitbart.  I'll do my best.  Andrew Breitbart was an apostle of the third Great American Awakening.  Andrew Breitbart was a missionary of the new media.  We will miss him.

I met Andrew Breitbart one time, at Governor Perry's blogger summit in January 2010.  I always assumed our paths would cross again.  Sadly, that won't happen.  Several weeks after the January event, Governor Perry shared his impression of Andrew Breitbart.  I concur with Governor Perry when he said:
Andrew Breitbart, man, let me tell ya, WHAT A STUD!!!
To me, at least, Andrew Breitbart focused on America's core challenges; he didn't react to the news of the day.  Andrew Breitbart drove the news of the day.  Andrew Breitbart understood that America's corrupt culture and America's corrupt government are the natural result of America's corrupt media.  Furthermore, Andrew Breitbart understood that the influence of the entertainment media on America's culture is much more dangerous than the influence of the so-called 'news' media on the government.  Andrew Breitbart was committed to replacing both.

As someone who shares Andrew Breitbart's long term goals, I'm often asked if Andrew Breitbart was/is one of my heroes.  Hero is the wrong word; Andrew Breitbart wasn't a hero, Andrew Breitbart was a guide.  Andrew Breitbart was the guy seven steps ahead teaching the rest of us the most effective next step.  Andrew Breitbart might not have been Moses, but he was certainly a modern Joshua.

Andrew Breitbart's key insight was that our mission isn't (really) about politics.  Washington D.C. follows Hollywood.  Barack Obama would not be possible today without Antonio Gramsci and The Frankfurt School sixty years ago.  A nation obsessed with Jersey Shore and the Kardashians deserves Obamacare.

Hollywood is America's default cultural premise, and Hollywood is based on lies.  Unfortunately, because Hollywood is America's default cultural premise, Hollywood is the prism through which average Americans interpret the actions of our government.  Right now, truth is something you have to seek out; that cannot continue.  Truth must become our cultural foundation.  We have to replace Hollywood; entertainment competition competition is the key to America's soul.

Andrew Breitbart stood for Truth.  We have to restore that truth.  We have to restore the truth about God.  We have to restore the truth about History.  We have to restore the truth in our Culture.  We have to restore the truth about our Economy.  We have to restore the truth about our Government.  The truth can be terrifying, especially at first, but the lies will kill you.

Today, alongside news of Andrew Breitbart's death, you have government officials lying about Rush Limbaugh's comment regarding this Marxist Skank useful idiot.  This kerfuffle, of course, occurs against the backdrop of one of the greatest assaults on faith in American History.  Andrew Breitbart did the legwork to excoriate flawed premises like these, while exposing stories others ignored, and it gave him all the right enemies.  That's why Andrew Breitbart was one of three people (along with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck) I trust in my personal quest for truth.

In 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said:

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

Like Rev. King, Andrew Breitbart had been to the top of the mountain.  Like Rev. King, Andrew Breitbart saw the promised land.  Like Rev. King, he will not get there with us; but, thanks to Andrew Breitbart, get there we shall.

We are in the earliest stages of the Third Great American Awakening.  A MIRACLE of truth is about to sweep this land.  When that miracle comes, we will owe it to the foundation Andrew Breitbart helped lay.

A good man; gone far too soon.

Andrew Breitbart; 1969-2012.

Rest in Peace.

P.S. In the spirit of Andrew Breitbart, and new media/distribution models, if you enjoyed this memoriam I ask you to post it on ten Facebook pages!!!

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