I have just finished reading Andrew Breitbart’s remarkable book, Righteous Indignation, published in 2011. Andrew’s sudden, mysterious death at the age of 43 has deprived us of a courageous fighter, a brave intellect, and honest soul whose odyssey from liberalism to conservatism is akin to the same odyssey that playwright David Mamet experienced. Two brilliant minds in pursuit of truth.
Why is this phenomenon so rare?
For one thing, it explains why the human race suffered for centuries under tyrants, poverty, and scarcity until there arose in the 18th century in the American wilderness a group of extraordinary men, in pursuit of religious and political freedom, who conceived of a society built on the premise that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” That was a revolutionary philosophy of government never before conceived of in all of human history. These courageous original thinkers then pledged their “lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” to achieve their goal. It required no less than fighting a bloody war against the mightiest military power on earth to make this society a reality — and they won.
This new free society unleashed such a torrent of individual human creativity that in just two hundred years this creative energy took us from the horse and wagon and stagecoach to the jumbo jet and computerized automobile. We went from living in cabins, huts, caves, and colonial houses to skyscraper apartments, ranch houses with refrigerators, air-conditioners, hot and cold running water, ceramic toilets, radios, and television sets. It took us from living in a universe of scarcity requiring unrelenting hard labor to the modern supermarket with its unbelievable abundance. And all you have to do is peruse the old catalogs of Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward to see the unprecedented development of material wonders conceived by free men and women.
None of this would have happened had this group of men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States not been born in that time and grew up in this place and believed in a Creator who gave man the intellectual and creative powers to produce the greatest, freeest and richest nation that ever existed.
And here we are, only 236 years after the signing of the Declaration, on the brink of throwing it in the trash. Most Americans have not been taught history in our schools and haven’t the faintest idea how all of this happened, how we got to where we are now. They believe that wealth and plenty have always been here and that the purpose of government is to redistribute the wealth, to take from the haves and give it to the have-nots.
And why have modern Americans become so ignorant of their history, so ignorant of the philosophy of government conceived by the Founding Fathers? And how have we permitted this to happen? Because the same dark forces that throughout history kept man living in poverty under tyranny did not die. They simply adopted a new kind of ideology that would appeal to the deranged, envious, perverted minds of self-hating human beings who rebel against the existence of God. It is not an insignificant fact that Saul Alinsky dedicated his viciously anti-American book, Rules for Radicals, to Lucifer, who rebelled against God. Marxism is not only in rebellion against God, but also against the American spirit of liberty under God.
The phenomenon of human freedom arose out of a belief in a loving God who gave each human being the ability to dream and the talent to change reality for the better. That longing for individual freedom still exists, but collectivists are doing all in their power to destroy it, and until now we have been unable to defend the philosophy of liberty for one simple reason. You cannot win by defense alone. You must go on the offense with a determination to destroy your enemies.
That’s why Andrew Breitbart was so important in the movement to restore freedom. He understood the need to go on the offensive. He made it his goal to destroy the power of the left’s media and the socialists in Washington. He called them “totalitarian freaks,” which is what they are. He embraced the Tea Party movement because he saw in them citizens willing to fight for freedom and attack the venal politicians who have brought us to this point of near dissolution. Breitbart wrote (pp.206, 217):
I embraced the Tea Party movement because of its evocative use of a founding revolutionary rebellion and its Constitution-mindedness. That was brought home even more deeply less than a year into the movement, when former Polish president and communist fighter Lech Walesa came to Illinois to support a Tea Party candidate. WhY? “The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations,” he said. “There was the hope that whenever there was something going wrong in the world, you could count on the United States. Today we’ve lost that hope.”. . .
By standing up for the Tea Party, by refusing to back down, by becoming one with them, I made it my mission to show the country that the Tea Party was a worthy grassroots conservative movement, and that the left was a corrupt political amalgam dominated by astroturfing organizations dedicated to the destruction of the country as we know it. That mission made me a target.
Indeed, Breitbart became a target, and I wonder if the left made it their business to eliminate him. As I recall, as soon as the news came out of Breitbart’s sudden death, the media said his death was due to “natural causes.” How could they know before an autopsy had been performed? It is unusual for a robust 43-year-old to suddenly drop dead of “natural causes.”
We know that the Soviets developed very sophisticated methods of eliminating their enemies in ways hardly detectable. Obviously, American leftists are as capable of developing such techniques as the KGB was. But I doubt that the evidence will ever be found. After he destroyed the power of ACORN, they knew they had to get rid of him. And they jubilantly celebrated his sudden death.
Breitbart understood all of the tactics of the left used to discredit patriots. Pelosi and her colleagues attacked the Tea Partiers as racists and Nazis. Mainstream media commentators and comedians ridiculed them. And when members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked through a crowd of Tea Party demonstrators in front of the Capitol, on their way to vote for the health care bill, the press reported that they had been spat on and called the "N" word. But with all the cameras grinding away they could find no video evidence for these allegations. Indeed, Breitbart offered to pay anyone $10,000 if they could provide proof of this happening. No one ever came forth with the proof. In other words, the Congressmen blatantly lied in order to discredit the Tea Partiers.
These are the lying politicians, who, with the help of the mainstream media, are destroying America. Breitbart commented (p.197):
Why didn’t a single mainstream media outlet even suggest that a video should exist to prove these events occurred? This was the same press that was still telling me that we hadn’t proved that ACORN was aiding and abetting illegal activity, that our videos were somehow faulty or edited or falsified. “Truth to power,” indeed.
By going on the offensive, Breitbart had been able to awaken a great many Americans to the treachery of the left. He also had done his homework. He understood how Teddy Roosevelt started the Progressive movement, how Woodrow Wilson implemented it, how the Frankfort School of German refugee Marxists perverted American higher education, and how Saul Alinsky provided the radical left with a strategy for taking the White House. Had he lived longer, he would have learned much more. He was a voracious self-teacher, otherwise known as an autodidact. He joked about his having ADHD, probably acquired in his Los Angeles primary school.
Probably his greatest single achievement was putting ACORN out of business. ACORN was the largest Alinsky inspired non-profit organization used by the left to get voters to the polls to vote for socialists. It even received money from the federal government. According to Wikipedia:
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was a collection of community-based organizations in the United States that advocated for low- and moderate-income families by working on neighborhood safety, voter registration, health care, affordable housing, and other social issues. At its peak ACORN had over 500,000 members and more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and Peru. ACORN was founded in 1970 by Wade Rathke and Gary Delgado. It filed for Chapter 7 liquidation on November 2, 2010, effectively closing the organization, although many chapters and state-wide organizations continued work under different names.
The demolition of this corrupt, socialist organization started when James O’Keefe, a Rutgers graduate who majored in Philosophy, brought Breitbart a video made in the Baltimore office of ACORN. Breitbart writes (pp.162, 164):
The video showed James repeatedly proclaiming that he was running a prostitution ring, that he and “partner” [Hannah Giles] were going to be “turning tricks” in the house for which he wanted ACORN’s tax advice, and that he was going to be importing underage prostitutes from El Salvador. The videos left no doubt in any rational viewer’s mind whether the ACORN employees misunderstood the proposition. It was like watching Western Civilization fall off a cliff. . . .
The video showed what a “social justice” group actually does behind closed doors with the shakedown money it leeches from the U.S. taxpayers as well as Bank of America and other organizations.
But Breitbart also knew that such a video would not win any Oscars in Hollywood or be acclaimed by the mainstream media. They would want to quash it. So Breitbart planned a way in which the mainstream media would be forced to show it to their viewers, and the scheme was so successful that it ended with Congress defunding this powerful left-wing organization. The House voted 345-75 and the Senate voted 85-11 to defund ACORN. Wikipedia states:
ACORN was shut down in the wake of the September 2009 release of selectively edited videos by two conservative activists including James O'Keefe using a hidden camera to elicit damaging responses from low-level ACORN employees that appeared to advise them how to hide prostitution activities and avoid taxes. A nationwide controversy immediately ensued resulting in a loss of funding from government and private donors, including a "defund ACORN" act passed by Congress.
Does anyone doubt that the left realized that they had to get rid of this guy? He was causing untold damage and embarrassment. And that is why I believe they plotted to kill him in a way that would be undetectable. Breitbart was not paranoid enough to protect himself. He fearlessly entered the den of his enemies to get a better idea of their pathology. And it was dangerous work. But he will live on as one of the great brave heroes in our struggle to restore our Constitutional Republic.