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One Year After Breitbart’s Death

March 1st, 2013 - 8:04 am

I have a piece up on the Breitbart Big sites, part of a symposium marking the anniversary of Breitbart’s death:

For a few weeks after Andrew Breitbart’s death, I allowed my personal sorrow to color my worldview.  All around me, I heard brave voices saying that Andrew’s spirit would never die, that fresh hands would pick up the torch that had fallen with his passing, and that “Breitbart is here,” as long as we all stand up together for the truth.  In my sadness, I did not believe any of it.  It seemed to me that Andrew’s genius was unique and his personality irreplaceable.  He had an understanding of information flow at once so intellectual and instinctive that he could meet the left wing liars of our media around every twisted corner of deception; and he had a courage and energy so indefatigable, he could expose them anywhere they sought to hide.  I feared that with him gone, the Democrats who run NBC News and the Democrats who run ABC News and the Democrats who run the New York Times and the Washington Post and all the other Democrats who pretend to be brokers of information rather than mongers of pro-Democrat distortion and propaganda would run riot.  They would ignore or under-report even the most deadly scandals that might embarrass the administration; they would hysterically manufacture gaffes out of Republican actions as harmless as taking a sip of water; they would lionize Barack Obama notwithstanding his thuggish lawlessness, economic ignorance and practical incompetence — and as a direct result, despite out-of-control debt, disastrous unemployment, and tragic foreign policy stupidity, one of the worst presidents ever to occupy the Oval Office would be elected to a second term…

But maybe I’m being too sardonic.  After all, prophecy is a cheap trick:  it’s a tragic world and the doomsayers are always right in the long run.  The fact is, a year later, my outlook is much more optimistic…

Read the whole thing here, along with some other fine pieces.

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"For G-d's sake let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings."

I fear I'm not as sanguine as you, sir. Since the horrifying debacle of November, I believe even more that "Andrew’s genius was unique and his personality irreplaceable." He might have helped pull it out. Events seem to have proven him indispensable.

Even so, I plan not to give up and certainly not to go over to the other side (it's been thirty years since I came over from the Left in the first place, and if I ever start expressing regret, my family knows to shoot first and then look for large pods in the basement). I envy you for having known Andrew B. and been his friend in this life; I can only have him as an example and an inspiration.
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