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The Legacy Andrew Breitbart Left for The Next Generation

A year ago we lost an inspirational leader and creative spirit.

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Dave Swindle

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March 1, 2013 - 11:00 am
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What I wrote in my personal journal after spending the day grappling with the shock of an unexpected death.

Today is the one year anniversary of the death of New Media pioneer and American patriot Andrew Breitbart. In his memory I’m reprinting the article I published a year ago in response, explaining the impact he had, originally titled “Immortality: Andrew Breitbart’s 5 Gifts to Generation Y Conservatism.”

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Greg Gutfeld on his friend Andrew Breitbart:

My wife called him the wizard, for he could conjure up anything at any time with limitless energy.

As an enthusiast for pop culture’s fruits, perhaps Big Hollywood’s founder would allow a Harry Potter reference to describe the impact he left on American political culture and the lives of those who knew him.

During the final years of his life Breitbart transformed into the Bad Guy, a political assassin in the vast right-wing conspiracy who could fire lightning bolts to sizzle political careers and collapse Marxist organizations. He became the dark lord Voldemort, the great Boogeyman masterminding the Tea Party New Media Revolution.

And as with the horcrux relics of J.K. Rowling’s fantasy, Breitbart planted pieces of his soul everywhere. Now that he’s gone his spirit will exert greater influence. His seeds will continue to grow and everyone will see his touch from beyond the grave.

What will come? Here are five directives Breitbart imprinted on the next generation of conservatives.

5. Focus on the Right Culture War.

As children growing up during the Clintonian Age, “culture war” meant baby boomers obsessing over sex and fantasy violence: V-Chips for TV, abstinence sex education, Monica’s stained dress, Ellen DeGeneres and Mortal Kombat. With an economy booming and twin towers standing, the maintenance of Millennial innocence dominated parental political priorities. And so the conservative media critique remained for a generation.

With Breitbart’s rise, a new generation began to shift culture war to something else. Not Christian morality vs secularist hedonism, but universal American values vs cultural Marxism.

To see the Breitbart principle in action, consider Big Journalism’s recent fight to hold accountable Keith Olbermann for covering up the sexual violence of Occupy Wall Street. (Minimizing the severity of criminal behavior remains a preferred cultural Marxist tactic in the effort to initiate greater societal destabilization for revolution.)

A practical danger hides within Olbermann’s meme. Bad ideas have real-world consequences. How many future victims will think, “Well if Keith Olbermann says this rape-at-occupy stuff is more crap from this racist Breitbart then we might as well go…”?

That’s why the culture war matters. These ideas destroy lives. They must be stopped. But to do that we need to know their origin. And here too Breitbart led the way.

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Though I never merited to meet him in person, I still miss him so very, very much...
1 year ago
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We are all Breitbart's Army!
1 year ago
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Thank you for this. I am still so devastated by his loss a year later. Hopefully those on the right will heed his call and wise up. I am teaching my children his lessons.
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Best post I've seen on this sad anniversary. This is a keeper. I especially like your last point; number 1. Be an entrepreneur. And I look forward to re-watching Andrew slap down Weiner, and the old media at the same time. Not to mention the others, some of which I may have not seen. One last thing. Your handwriting. Very impressive. Not only is it legible, it's legible in cursive!

We are Breitbart.
1 year ago
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Though I never merited to meet him in person, I still miss him so very, very much...
1 year ago
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We are all Breitbart's Army!
1 year ago
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Thank you for this. I am still so devastated by his loss a year later. Hopefully those on the right will heed his call and wise up. I am teaching my children his lessons.
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Time to shift the war again, to one of principle vs. identity politics. Liberals have managed to even taint the phrase "American values." In a battle of semantics where words have instant associations, it's time to separate liberals from their precious buzz words and speak to fundamentals older than America itself.
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