“I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and–famously–I enjoy making enemies.” – Andrew Breitbart
The first (and only) time I saw Andrew Breitbart in person, I was sitting in the lobby bar at this year’s CPAC, and the first thing I noticed from across the room was his hair. It reminded me of Einstein – a fitting head of hair for a crazy genius.
There’s a more modern icon who Breitbart is similar to – Steve Jobs. Both were adopted, and grew up rebelling against the status quo.
Steve Jobs changed the way the world communicates and processes information. Andrew Breitbart changed the way information is disseminated to the public – and changed WHAT information can be disseminated to the public.
Steve Jobs refused to accept “you can’t do that” or “that’s impossible.” Andrew Breitbart refused to accept lies, corruption, and media gatekeepers. He refused to accept the premise of liberal conclusions, challenging the paradigm before starting the debate.
Steve Jobs took business risks. Andrew Breitbart published risky stories that other outlets wouldn’t go near. He wasn’t afraid of any personal repercussions.
Steve Jobs did away with traditional business culture. Andrew Breitbart was instrumental in opening the conservative movement to people outside the WASP Country Club caste. With his irreverent manner and non-traditional methods, he broke down the media gatekeeper barriers so hypocrisy, corruption, and lies could be revealed.
The most important distinction between the two will be their legacy. As inspirational as Steve Jobs was, his main accomplishments occurred during his time on Earth. Breitbart’s accomplishments in life will be amplified by the accomplishments of the thousands or tens of thousands of people who have been inspired to action by him – and who will carry out his mission of unmasking the lies and hypocrisy of the establishment.
Obviously the talented and fired up stable of journalists and writers who were already affiliated with Breitbart sites will continue the battle. But there’s also a growing army of young conservative bloggers and activists, many of whom don’t fit the traditional mold of staid social conservatism, who are picking up the torch. @OHConservatism. @FingersMalloy. @Brodigan. @MisfitPolitics @hipstervative @Cnservativepunk. @katearthsis. @rachelveronica. @AiPolitics. @anthropocon. @SisterToldjah. Mom-types like @SmoosieQ @politicsofamy @Mommentator @GaltsGirl and myself. Gay, straight, white, black, Christian, Jewish, college students, professionals, punk rockers, bikers, artists – Breitbart brought us all together to fight this war.
Andrew showed us that you don’t have to have big money backing or a bully pulpit to make a difference. Just roller blade through a crowd of Occupiers and talk to them. Challenge their beliefs. Start a website and start publishing. Find like-minded people to ally with, but don’t back away from a debate.
I’m inspired to have a louder voice in the future of our country and the future of freedom and liberty. No longer will I let excuses get in the way. As Tony Katz said yesterday on his radio show: “You can do it, or you can go about complaining that we have no one to do it.”
“His energy was so overwhelming that I think it will continue beyond his passing….I think that will be his greatest legacy, is that he’s still leading the charge, even from beyond.” – Stephen Kruiser