We hardly knew ye.....
by James A. Bridge
Andrew Breitbart: February 1, 1969, to March 1, 2012
On February 1st, 1969, I was 12 years old. It was, Saturday, and it was Andrew Breitbart's birthday.
I was nearing the end of my first school year back in the United States after two spent in Thailand. Part of those two years was spent running from gangs of Chinese kids, as I waited for my father to pick me up after baseball from the little league fields, perfumed in the Bangkok sun by the nearby tobacco fields.
Back "home" in the US, living in Surrattsville, Maryland, I found myself in a very similar situation - not Chinese gangs, but the local peers who didn't like strange fat kids with crew cuts and short pants. I was on the run again, and, again, to the perfume of tobacco fields.
In the first months in Maryland, my fellow Americans wrecked my bicycle in the school bike rack. The Principal said to me, "what did you do to those boys to make them so mad?"
That was when I learned about "justice."
You make your own "justice" sometimes. You make it by fighting back against injustice as hard as you can.
Like Andrew Breitbart did.
By February 1st, 1969, I'd pounded one kid nearly six feet under; I only remember my father lifting me off the kid, my arms still swinging punch after punch into the bully's face. I had repelled the bullies. I had won my little war.
Andrew Breitbart in his short, short life won big battles. He was hip to the absolute abuse of privilege of our press corps today. The Gatekeepers have control of the message, and they aren't us.
I had become aware of American politics at an early age. Son of a Navy man, abroad in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. I knew about the murder of Martin Luther King, April 4, 1968, purportedly by James Earle Ray. I was so distraught about it, that I went to the home of a Black neighbor, fellow service family, and swept down their sidewalk in a childish gesture of sympathy and sorrow.
Just two months later, on June 5th, 1968, Bobby Kennedy, running for President, was shot down again allegedly by Sirhan Sirhan (but actor Robert Vaughnn has a different idea, click here to go to the Daily Telegraph Story 1/12/09). Eleven months later, on May 4th, 1970, four students were killed when rioting students and political activists drew the fire of National Guardsman called in to restore order. One of the activists reported to have been fomenting the anti-war protest was William Ayers, according to New Jerseyan Bill Eames, who was on campus during the incident (click here to watch our interview with Tea Partyer William Eames, who was at Kent State at that time.) Fast foward to Superbowl Sunday, when Andrew Breitbart had dinner with the former terrorist and close Obama associate on Superbowl Sunday, February 5th, 2012, as the guest of Tucker Carlson who had bought the ticket for a Chicago Humanities benefit (click here to read the Chicagoist article).
Bobby Kennedy's murder happened just 10 months before the birth of Andrew Breitbart; and four months after his birth, the Kent State massacre. The King and Kennedy killings and the Kent State massacre were disastrous and sorrowful events in American history. Assassinations clothed in mystery; a war in Vietnam that the CIA had said in documents could not be won, and that featured body-bags filled with heroin....Watergate break-ins...Resignation of Richard Nixon. This is the world Andrew Breitbart was born into.
What did that world become?
Slowly roll forward to 2012:
Our world, that is, the American political culture, has descended from excellence to below that mark, in many areas.
Our media, nobly civil-minded throughout the Black Rights fights, became pointedly anti-war.
Richard Nixon drew all the wrong attention to himself, and drove people away from the Republcan Party (like me).
And so began the great transformation from media and entertainment that was glibly Left-minded to hell-bent on Left at any cost, to slap the handcuffs of big government on us all and throw us into the taxation tar pit from which emerge its victims by archaeologists, eons after.
The media that once refused to uncover possible conspiracies in the horrible political assinations of the late '60s, transformed in those 40-odd years into a cadre, carrying water for the Marxist left. Laying down covering fire for Barack Obama, in 2008, with incredibly dishonesty. The graphic representation below is why Andrew Breitbart was fighting so hard. The Press, damn you, are running a political agenda down our throats like there is no tomorrow. They hope to bamboozle and enslave us before we can wake up and get out of bed to fight them.
Andrew Breitbart, in working for Matt Drudge, learned that there would have to be a "New" media, to provide information that the "News" media no longer does (read Reuters story).
The Rolling Stone socked itself in the face with it's March 1st, 2012 Taibblog: "Andrew Breitbart, Death of a Douche." Matt Taibbi sank to a new low, and the Rolling Stone magazine sleazed Titanically right on down the skids with him. Matt, the greatness that Andrew Breitbart achieved in shining light on hypocrisy and stupidity should not have been so lost on you. You danced on his grave before he was actually in it; your instant dismissal belied your own words. You knew he was a class above - you - and you withheld from him praise in death that he will get anyway.
Andrew Breitbart struck true blows against political and media hypocrisy: against the corruption of A.C.O.R.N., against Sherrod Brown's institutional racism, against the sick sexting of Anthony Weiner...all these things, Andrew Breitbart helped bring to light.
Now, he is gone. He was working on some Obama college videos. We hope they will soon see the light of day.
Rest in peace, Andrew. You have seen the last light of days. Farewell.
To the living, I say only this: semper porro, nunquam cedere. It means, "ever forward, never surrender." Andrew Breitbart fought like that.