Monday marked the birthday of the late ‘happy warrior’ Andrew Breitbart, a media icon, and somebody who fought the conservative fight with a rare combination of charisma, energy, and love of country.
In looking back on the memories Breitbart left us with, one particular speech from CPAC 2012 stands out, particularly at a time when conservatives are torn between candidates, voicing absolutism that their choice is the only one they’d ever consider voting for.
In 2012, Breitbart encouraged conservatives to get behind the Republican candidate no matter who is chosen.
“Anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker,” Breitbart told the crowd.
“And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you!” he added. “You’re on the other side!”
Here is that incredible speech below …
I don’t care who our candidate is and I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t! Ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate!…
When I walk through CPAC or a I travel the United States to meet people in the Tea Party who care – black, white, gay, and straight – anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker.
And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you! You’re on the other side!
“You’re on the other side.”
That means no more absolutism when it comes to your candidate. That means supporting Marco Rubio despite his past immigration stance. It means supporting Ted Cruz despite his being disliked in Congress and his “shutdown” of government. It means supporting Trump despite his bombast and media profiling of him and his supporters as xenophobes.
One can support a conservative for the White House and continue to criticize them if they stray from the movement.
Can conservatives follow Breitbart’s lead and support the Republican candidate because it’s what’s best for the country?
Happy belated birthday to our movement’s happiest of warriors. Let’s hope conservatives pick up his sword and fight liberals and socialists this election cycle.
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