Today marks the five-year anniversary of the passing of Andrew Breitbart. Andrew was a conservative media icon, and represents the type of person our movement strives to emulate – the charisma, the energy, the love of country.
Having attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) again this year – I’ve attended several since I first saw Andrew speak in 2012 – I couldn’t help but to still notice his absence. Not just his physical presence, but the spirit he brought to our movement, the desire to stop the liberal media, and his passionate statements.
Very few have been able to carry Breitbart’s fallen sword in the five years since he’s been gone. There are great speakers, great candidates, and great people in conservative circles, but there has been nobody quite like him.
The world could use another Andrew Breitbart
I wrote the following five years ago upon hearing the news of Andrew’s passing. It covered Andrew’s speech at CPAC, one of the best I had ever heard at the event. The words he spoke at the end ring just as true today as they did three years ago – If you’re not in the bunker with whoever the candidate (or President) may be in this fight against the left, then “more than shame on you, you’re on the other side!”
Take a look at the words written on that sad day …
Stunned. So very stunned and saddened. An absolutely crushing blow.
It is difficult to write with a feeling of having been kicked in the gut, but it’s the only thing I can think to do right now.
In just his early forties, media crusader, common sense conservative, and friend to many, Andrew Breitbart, has passed away.
The first time I ever ‘spoke’ to Andrew was in a chat on Facebook, when I asked if he were looking for any new writers at Big Government. I didn’t expect a response, yet he quickly got me in touch with the editors and we were off and running.
When his book, Righteous Indignation came out, I shot Andrew an e-mail asking if we could do an interview. Again, I figured he was being inundated with a myriad of requests, so I wasn’t holding my breath. Within minutes he had texted me his cell phone number.
Throughout these last few months, we’ve had a chance to discuss voter fraud, the Occupy movement, and other political stories which were run through the stable of Andrew’s ‘Big’ sites.
The point being, the fact that a man of his stature was willing to give someone like me the time of day, showed the kind of character Andrew exhibited. I can only imagine the greatness that those close to him knew and saw on a daily basis.
After my wife had a chance to meet Andrew Breitbart, and we both had the opportunity to watch his speech at CPAC this year, I wrote the following:
Breitbart says what a lot of people think in regards to liberals, the mainstream media, and the Occupy movement, but don’t have the courage to say.
Whatever you might think of Andrew, he lived his life and championed his cause full throttle. His life was something we could all learn by.
From Big Government:
With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart. Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.
Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.
Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us..
It would be easy to say ‘Rest in Peace, Andrew’ but there’s just no way he would want that.
So… Keep fighting the good fight, sir.
The last speech I ever heard by Andrew was his CPAC 2012 speech, in which he made this declaration:
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!…
span style=”color: #000080;”>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!
Watch the speech below…
It has to be said again – The world could use another Andrew Breitbart.