There is a new street art poster that’s being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you. It’s a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption:
“BREITBART IS HERE.”
Those three words express the instant connection many of us feel for our fallen friend. They express our identification with him, and our need to continue his fight for the good of our republic. With the death of Breitbart, the conservative movement didn’t just lose a General – we lost an entire Special Forces Division. But he didn’t leave us without the tools and the knowledge we need to fight. This website – Breitbart 2.0 – is the culmination of his study of the technology and aesthetics of new media. The team Breitbart assembled under the leadership of Steve Bannon, Larry Solov, and Joel Pollak will advance his mission with courage and integrity. Breitbart’s most immediate mission was the belated vetting of Barack Obama. This obviously is an issue very near and dear to my heart.
During the ’08 campaign, the same media that reported breathlessly about an old used tanning bed I purchased to get some sun during the dark Alaskan winter, couldn’t be bothered to investigate Barack Obama’s associations, statements or even his voting record as a state senator. Suntans and what I wore on the campaign trail were more important than Obama’s political background. Unbelievable.
But when you come to think of it, the media didn’t investigate either of our actual political records very closely. Barack Obama and I both served in political office in states with a serious corruption problem. Though there is a big difference between serving as the CEO of a city, then a state, and regulating domestic energy resources, and being a liberal Community Organizer, bear with me on the comparison. The difference between my record and Barack Obama’s is that I fought the corrupt political machine my entire career (and I have twenty years of scars to prove it) on the local, state, and national level. But Obama didn’t fight the corruption he encountered. He went along with it to advance his career. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the methods of the Chicago political machine from which he emerged.
You would think the media – those watchdogs of the public trust – would be interested in this. But they refused to vet Barack Obama. With tingles up their legs, they shielded him. If the media had done their job of vetting him, we wouldn’t have been shocked that within days after Obama’s election, his close political associate Rod Blagojevich was caught trying to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat. If the media had done their job of vetting him, we wouldn’t be astonished to see all the billion dollar green energy kickbacks going to his campaign cronies as the nation heads towards bankruptcy. If the media had done their job of vetting him, we wouldn’t be surprised that Obama brought these same Chicago “pay-to-play” practices to the White House.
This corruption was entirely predictable. But the mainstream media, who work under our Constitutional right of freedom of the press which our sons and daughters fight in war zones today to protect, dropped the ball and failed America by refusing to vet their chosen candidate.
So, as Breitbart declared in his last CPAC speech, we – the everyday patriotic citizens of the United States – will do the vetting the media refused to do. This is a first step. Ultimately, Breitbart’s goal was to expose what he called the corrupt Democrat Media Complex. He wanted to break it up because he understood how the left uses its dominance of the mainstream media and pop culture to advance its objectives and marginalize its political foes.
Standing up and defending those who are being unfairly targeted and maligned was also the mission. Is it any wonder Breitbart titled his autobiography “Righteous Indignation” when you consider his deep-seated sense of justice and fair play? He was on the side of the little guy and ready to run to the aid of those who needed it. He possessed that old fashioned virtue of courage, compassion, and decency that we once called chivalry. He inspired that in others.
When you’re in the political arena serving for the right reasons and taking flak from all sides, there is nothing more discouraging then when your fellow conservatives sit on their thumbs or worse yet, join in the attacks. Breitbart understood this because he experienced it himself at times, so he was determined to stand by others in need. He was a genius at new media, but his real gift was that he was fearless at a time when too many people are afraid and are retreating. Courage inspires courage. Fearlessness emboldens others to follow your lead.
Lately conservatives are picking up the mantle from Breitbart’s absence on the air and in places like Twitter. Watch for tweet jousts with liberal outlets like the weird and creepy Media Matters and re-tweets of leftwing hate using the Twitter hashtag “#IAmAndrewBreitbart” as the battle cry.Soon we’ll see others imitating Breitbart’s gift for disbanding leftwing protests by simply asking the rent-a-mob, “Hey, what are you protesting?” And I am confident we’ll soon see more conservatives boldly come out of the shadows in Hollywood without fear of retribution.
The task may seem daunting, but a whole new generation of conservatives has been inspired. I’ve seen it first hand. When my daughter Bristol saw the video of Breitbart’s speech at a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wisconsin, she was fired up. She turned to me and said, “Breitbart is cool!” Yes, he is cool. And “Breitbart Is Here.”
Now let the vetting begin.
Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee.
- Vet, Baby Vet! (thecampofthesaints.org)
- Andrew Breitbart’s Obama tapes to be released, friends say – Toronto Star (thestar.com)
- Governor Palin’s Debate Challenge To Barack Obama (Via Facebook) (thepalinexpress.wordpress.com)
- In New Campaign Ad, Pres. Obama Is Still Running Against Sarah Palin (mediaite.com)
- SOMEWHERE, ANDREW BREITBART IS SMILING: Louis C.K. drops correspondents’ dinner after conservative … (pjmedia.com)
Drudge finally dropped the Romney love-fest and will pursue the truth. Sean Hannity, tonight (March 7, 2012) at 9 PM will release the promised, complete video that the Breitbart team has worked on for a few days, right after our friend Andrew Breitbart left us.Please, regardless of your political leaning or who is your candidate for President, watch it. We have vetted Governor Palin since 2008 and has not stopped! It’s time for Barack Obama to start his vetting process.
- Andrew Breitbart Tapes To Be Released (webpronews.com)
- Bannon: Breitbart’s Tapes of Obama at Harvard Will Be Released In “A Week or Two” (tammybruce.com)
Hey, Andrew, if you’re reading this: I am with Greg Gutfeld on this one: I still believe it’s a hoax. You know Andrew if it is, I know it would be for a damn good reason, and I will forgive you immediately and pretend nothing ever happened. I will be happy that you’re back, that less than a third of your friends would be angry at you, because you are too likeable.
You are what I call a hundred-dollar bill. Heh in your case it would be a $500 bill because it means the left, the right and the center want a piece of you. Yep, that rich.
I have to admit, writing about Andrew Breitbart is a really hard thing to do. It was March 1; when I found out I gasped, put my hand on my mouth to avoid a scream that never came out. Then I cried. I sobbed. It had to be a joke, I knew the videos were coming out, as well as the rest of America. No doubts about that one. Once Andrew said he had pictures or videos, he DID have them. Well, I am glad that Steve Bannon, along with a team of film makers and other staff, will release the videos in a week. Keep it nice and fresh and nobody ever even threat to kill them too. Do I believe Andrew Breitbart was murdered? Yeah I am in that conspiracy camp.
The only uncertainty I have about his heart condition, is how well he stayed in touch with his cardiologist. That’s something we will never know unless it’s undisclosed by his wife, Suzie. Since according to his book, “Righteous Indignation” he revealed he had adult ADD (which explains A LOT!) coupled with heart medications, and perhaps there are some side effects that may or may not be connected. One certain thing is this: The man was non-stop. He was the Steve Jobs of the conservative movement. Why, you ask?
For starters, there was always work to do to make things better; goals to carry out, and a reputation to uphold and he battled that fiercely. Innovation and changes were key, as well as knowledge of his environment. I am glad he spoke at CPAC and gave that last speech for us to remember: ABO. If Mitt Romney keeps lying about RomneyCare as he did for that pesky op-ed at the USA Today and has lied all throughout this campaign, can and are we really stuck with him?
I still mourn him and I am devouring news and reactions from the blogosphere. I’ve avoided Twitter altogether because I’ve got enough of the hatred by just reading comments from the left. I hope that when the tape comes out, they will be so damning, his candidacy, his Super PACs cannot have a deflective media defense nor spin, but frankly conservatives are not really counting on it. We expect this to happen.
But it’s up to us, Happy Warriors, to keep that thumb pressing on. We can’t let this go. For Andrew, for us. I still hope when all is said and done, he will pop up in Cancún, Mexico with the finest glass of wine, all rested and tanned and take credit for the beginning of he end of the Obama fiasco.
I can dream, can’t I?
p.s.: Andrew I will do my very best to speak up even if there are attempts to silence me, stop me from blogging and instead, have the same passion to double down to achieve the results I crave for.
- Andrew Breitbart Tapes To Be Released (webpronews.com)
- Theorists: Andrew Breitbart’s death NO accident (bazaardaily.com)
- Fundraiser Started for Andrew Breitbart’s Family (newsbusters.org)
- Did Obama Crime Machine Kill Andrew Breitbart? (mountainrepublic.net)
- Even in death Andrew Breitbart continues to unmask the liberal monsters, Evil Unleashed (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Andrew Breitbart, RIP; Reactions (patheos.com)
She will close the CPAC event this afternoon, and it’s her birthday today!
Andrew Breitbart’s website has a live stream, the link is here.
For more information you can visit Conservatives4Palin on this afternoon.
- Saturday’s CPAC Session and Governor Palin (markamerica.com)
- CPAC: Will Sarah Palin spring a surprise? (cbsnews.com)
- CPAC 2012 Live Stream: Where to Watch Republican Leaders Speak (ibtimes.com)
- Watch CPAC Live (garnetspy.com)
- Sarah Palin to keynote CPAC (hotair.com)
Through BigGovernment. #OccupyWallStreet‘s rap sheet is nothing but impressive. I mean, their bar above the Tea Party movement is so raised that they have surpassed even their own creators-the Democrat Party, along with puppet master Bill Ayers and other unmentionables that encourage this behavior in public view (masturbation?), defecating on a police vehicle and of course, rape and unsanitary conditions.
The 99 per cent that carry smart phones, expensive cameras, iPads and MacBooks protest about their miserable conditions and demand to be paid top dollar as soon as they get out of college. Really? Talk about hopping on the automatic escalator of success; complete disregard for those that do plan their lives and finances accordingly, and create a path for their future without interfering in other peoples’ lives.
Here is one of my favorite pictures ever, from those who have nothing but carry everything:
- Andrew Breitbart at CPAC 2012: I Don’t Want to Be a Pundit [VIDEO] (ibtimes.com)
- Bill Ayers: ‘I find some unity with Ron Paul’ (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Occupy v. Tea Party: A Lesson in Protest (thecollegeconservative.com)
- A Photo History of Occupy Wall Street (theawl.com)
- Video: Radical Bill Ayers Speaks to Occupy Chicago Protesters About Revolution & the Tea Party (usamericanfreedom.com)
Meredith Kane at Big Government is absolutely right. With her piece at Big Government confirms my previous post about the Democrat left wing media skewing our primaries. Some right-wing blogs are not doing such a good job themselves because their bias is showing.
This tidbit is great, because it reflects that all this is leading to nowhere:
There have been over 20 debates or forums for these candidates to deliver the message that liberty, self-governance, and free enterprise leads to a prosperous nation. This view is a stark contrast to the current President and his policies. However, that message is continually choked off by the gatekeeper moderators who keep the focus on things such as English being the official language. This is either laziness or intentional sabatoge by the RNC. They are allowing the media to choose the Republican Presidential candidate, not Republicans.
Tonight’s debate on CNN at 8 p.m. ET will be be moderated by Wolf Blitzer. Does the RNC actually think that tonight’s debate will be more insightful than the past 20? Here’s a thought, Mr. Preibus: Host an internal live-stream debate and invite the media outlets and C-SPAN to set up a camera. Have some new-media moguls and some Tea Party Congressmen moderate. The American people will be far more informed by one event like this than all of the other 20+ debates combined.
Mr. Preibus knows this can be done, why hasn’t he done it already?
I absolutely support a live-stream debate; this “online debate” movement started this past week while the most-boring-debate evah was in process. Our Ed Morrissey at HotAir was put in the spot, and those who support this effort want to see Captain Ed as a moderator. Michelle Malkin agrees, top brass bloggers agree. It seems that Andrew Breitbart would agree to this, although I would like him to push this effort through and help with the bandwith and his connections.
For those on Twitter, the hashtag is #hotairdebate. there is nothing concrete, no candidate has agreed to anything nor come forward. Ed Morrissey will be in the Spin Room at CPAC, and there are many excellent folks that can moderate a debate where we could cut to the chase and ask the candidates what the media does not want to: Barack Obama’s legacy in the White House.