A catalyst, a bulldog, a game changer

by Sara J.

This morning we all learned the shocking news that Andrew Breitbart, founder and owner of “The Bigs,” had passed away. As a 20-something conservative I was extremely sad to hear this news, because I have seen first-hand not only what Andrew did within the conservative movement, but how he made being conservative ‘cool’ for my generation.

I was first introduced to Andrew Breitbart through Glenn’s TV show when he and James O’Keefe broke the Acorn story, and the videos he would release on Breitbart TV. Glenn is right on the money when he says that Andrew was fearless. He would walk right up to anyone to challenge them on what they were saying.

Dana Loesch, editor of Andrew’s BigJournalism.com, was with him during many of his confrontations with the left. She described it best by saying, “Andrew was passionate for freedom; he was passionate for his family, who he was fighting for. He was fighting for something bigger than himself.”

All of the media pundits, journalists, etc. are writing about Breitbart’s breaking stories, his clashes with the left, all of his epic career moments, but it was his impact on affecting real change that made Andrew Breitbart such an influential figure, as well as a controversial one.

It wasn’t just the stories than Breitbart broke through his websites that defined him; it was how he broke them. Andrew Breitbart was completely unpredictable, which drove the left insane almost as much as how he couldn’t care one bit what anyone thought of him—on the right or the left. He spoke plainly, clearly and exactly as he saw it.

Andrew was a catalyst, a bulldog, a complete game changer. He sparked a generation of new media activists. He showed conservatives that you can’t beat the mainstream media without getting out on your own two feet and exposing them yourself. Judging from the absolutely atrocious comments coming from ‘haters’ of Andrew on twitter, it’s obvious that they’re still scared of him even though he’s gone. Andrew would absolutely be retweeting the “hate” if he was he still here. They should be scared because Andrew Breitbart left behind millions of blogger and conservative activists that are willing to go out and expose the truth.

The left understands the power of the media, and Andrew Breitbart showed infinite numbers of Americans that the new media can be just as powerful as the mainstream media, if not more-so. Stories like Shirley Sherrod, Acorn, and Anthony Weiner, broken by Andrew Breitbart and his websites, were evidence that Americans do not need ABC, NBC, CBS, or CNN to control the narrative.

I got to meet Andrew Breitbart a couple of times over the last two or so years, and as aggressive as he was towards the left, he was just as grateful and thoughtful in person. Unlike people like Keith Olbermann, Andrew understood the importance of the little guy. Whether it is the blogger no one really knows or just some kid who thought he was cool, Andrew wanted to light a fire under them and motivate them to make a real difference in the conservative movement.

Something he showed me and my friends when he took a few minutes to speak with us at CPAC last year.

He stood by the people no one wanted to stand with, and brought us new conservative leaders like Dana Loesch and Brandon Darby. He wasn’t afraid to challenge the left, and would put himself in the line of fire to defend other conservative leaders.

Andrew died around 12:30 or 1:00 a.m. this morning in L.A. while walking outside his home. His father-in-law, actor Orsen Bean, told the L.A. Times, ”We’re devastated. I loved him like a son,” Bean said, “It looks like a heart attack, but no one knows until an autopsy is done.” His mother-in-law described him to the Times as “”one of the most genuine people I’ve met in my life…. He always spoke the truth of his heart and no matter what people agreed or disagreed with him he never wavered. And he was loved by a lot of people. And I know a lot of people found fault with his points of view … but everyone loved him. It is a great loss for everybody.”

This afternoon Rush Limbaugh said it perfectly, “You only get one life, and most people don’t get as much out of it as they could. It’s human nature. The reason is most people can’t stop thinking about themselves…Breitbart was outside himself. He was also a grateful guy and a thoughtful guy.”

All of those who followed Breitbart and his work know how much passion he had for exposing the the truth. It’s going to take a lot of voices to fill the void he leaves behind.

“He’s made everybody swords, and if you want to honor him, pick one up. He gave you all the tools you need," said Dana Loesch.

Andrew’s CPAC speech this year is a perfect example of the tenacity he brought to the conservative movement.

 

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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