It has been a rough week in a tough month in an even harsher year for me personally, but the sting from the death of Andrew Breitbart hangs on. I hadn’t realized how important Breitbart was to me. I rarely linked to him and often found his agitprop a bit unseemly for a conservative, preferring the staid decorum and intellectualism of Charles Krauthammer. But his silence has left a void, one that I’m finding quite disturbing, as if what started as the wave from a pebble thrown into a calm lake gradually builds into a tsunami threatening to swamp the shore and race inland, tearing up everything in its path. Breitbart’s death may be welcomed by some soulless elements on the Left, but their celebration is misplaced. All across the libertarian and conservative spectrum people are coming out of the intellectual closet to praise a man who had the drive, courage and wit to do what so many of us only dream of.
Breitbart fought the Left with the tools of the Left, which is why he so appalled them. He pointed out their hypocrisy, and their empty morality while sermonizing from the moral high grand. Back in the 1980s censorship was the domain of the religious Right. Attorney General Ed Meese attacked pornography and suggestive rock lyrics, a case the Left took up in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Today free speech is under siege not by the Right but the Left. Hate speech codes that would make Joseph McCarthy proud are now in place across liberal-dominated academia. Hate crime laws are the norm no matter how Orwellian they may be. But this censorship is selective. Liberal scions like Bill Maher can call a woman a word that makes the N word seem positively high brow, and he is celebrated by his fellow liberals. Rush Limbaugh calls a 31 year old activist who perjures herself in front of Congress as a lowly 23 year old student at a Catholic college a slut and by god it’s torch and pitchfork time. Breitbart recognized this and reveled in using his intellectual jiu-jitsu to force the Left to attack itself. The Left hated him because he was a master.
But Breitbart did more for his friends and allies. He gave us hope. As we stood outmanned and outgunned by a corporate backed liberal media, under constant withering fire of “islamophobe” fusillades and “racist” epithets, Breitbart fired back and hit his mark.
As Promethean Antagonist puts it:
Like Breitbart, I’ve had it—‘sick of simply stating my case and defending my position before people who insult my existence and describe my stance in ways nowhere resembling who I am or what I believe (so they can simply feel superior and have more control over others’ lives).
Breitbart was right when he said – in so many words – “I’m sick of apologizing for who I am…” This guy’s work is an inspiration to all of us who know the values of honor and dignity embellished with sound awareness of economic principles and the need to keep the coercive bureau state well bound. What do those on the left have on their side? Pompous self-righteous elitism with weakness of character and – stated simply – a lack of honor.
Instead of bowing and scraping to the Islamic supremacists and feebly protesting that we’re not really racists and hatemongers and all the other calumnies and canards they throw at us, we should be taking the fight to them, and standing up and saying, “You are fronting for the most oppressive ideology on the face of the earth. You are fronting for evil. You are carrying water and running interference for the denial of free speech, the denial of the freedom of conscience, the institutionalized oppression of women, the subjugation of non-Muslims, and worse. You’re fronting for stonings, amputations, the murder of apostates, the treatment of women as possessions of men, the madness and senseless violence that we see in this furor over the Quran-burnings, and more. You shout us down on campuses and do everything you can to make sure we are not heard in the public square. And you call us fascists? You are the quintessence of fascism.”
Spencer is right. It is time conservatives and libertarians stood up for ourselves instead of relying upon Breitbart to stand up for us. It is time each of us, no matter what our station in life or our differences on minor issues took pride in our beliefs instead of cowering in a pit of guilt and self-loathing dug for us by our liberal foes. Breitbart may no longer be with us physically, but in death he is with each of us philosophically, and dare I say for fear of upsetting the devout, spiritually. It is time that we rose up, confident in our beliefs and assured in our stances. It is time we stopped defending our morality while our opponent has none, defending our love of God-given rights, when the only rights liberals value are ones made up by the government, and went on the offensive regardless of the consequences.
Breitbart is here.