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.


TRUMP: The twilight hour of socialism has arrived

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The other day, at Florida International University in Miami, facing large American and Venezuelan flags, President Trump gave a rousing speech in Miami, including this line, the "twilight hour of socialism has arrived."

Trump went on to say:

Socialism is about one thing only—power for the ruling class. They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who's up and who's down…and even who lives and who dies.

He then repeated a phrase that helped define his State of the Union address this year:

America will never be a socialist country.

Fittingly, Fox News posted an article yesterday exposing the overlooked evils of Che dangers of socialism that all too often disappear behind a flashy design on a t-shirt.

  1. Guevara said he killed people without regard to guilt or innocence. In an interview, Guevara said, "in times of excessive tension we cannot proceed weakly. At the Sierra Maestra, we executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation; it has the obligation to triumph."
  2. Humberto Fontova, author of "Exposing the Real Che Guevara," told Fox that Guevara created system that put gay people in labor camps. "The regime that Che Guevara co-founded is the only one in modern history in the Western Hemisphere to have herded gays into forced labor camps."
  3. Guevara opposed a free press: "In 1959, leftist journalist José Pardo Llada reported that Guevara told him: 'We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press. Newspapers are instruments of the oligarchy.'"
  4. Guevara made racist statements: Guevara went on to write: "the black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving."

These are just some of the many historical examples of the failure of socialism. President Trump is right. If the frivolities of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Saunders catch on and spread, we could have an unbelievable problem on our hands.

Poor Jussie: His narrative is falling apart completely

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Here's how the media works now: Find a story that confirms their narrative, run it constantly and relentlessly. When the real story comes out, minimize exposure of the correction. Repeat.

We're seeing this pattern play out over and over again.

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Here are some of the knee-jerk reactions that the media had to this Jessie Smollett hoax, from Insider Edition, CNN, E! News, Headline News, CNBC, TMZ, to name a few:

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And those are just the reactions on TV. It was just as bad, at times worse, in print and online. I'll give you one special example, however. Because, you know the situation is bad when TMZ is connecting the dots and seeing through this guy's story:

The sources say there were red flags from the get go. Cops were extremely suspicious when Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Turns out the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the location of that camera. And there's this. We're told investigators didn't believe the 2 alleged attackers screamed 'This is MAGA country' because 'Not a single Trump supporter watches 'Empire.''

Here's the man himself, in an interview just days after the alleged beating…I'm sorry, the alleged "modern day lynching." Here he is in an interview with ABC News, complaining about people making up stuff:

Strong words, spoken by a man who, allegedly, created the whole narrative to begin with.

This compromise is an abomination

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Three decades ago, "The Art of the Deal" made Donald Trump a household name. A lot has happened since then. But you can trace many of Trump's actions back to that book.

Art of the Deal:

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

People laughed when he announced that he was running for President. And I mean that literally. Remember the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner when Obama roasted Trump, viciously, mocking the very idea that Trump could ever be President. Now, he's President.

You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.

This empire-building is a mark of Trump.

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The most recent example is the border wall. Yesterday, congress reached a compromise on funding for the border wall. Weeks of tense back-and-forth built up to that moment. At times, it seemed like neither side would budge. Trump stuck to his guns, the government shut down, Trump refused to budge, then, miraculously, the lights came back on again. The result was a compromise. Or at least that's how it appeared.

But really, Trump got what he wanted -- exactly what he wanted. He used the techniques he wrote about in The Art of the Deal:

My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.

From the start, he demanded $5.7 billion for construction of a border wall. It was a months' long tug-of-war that eventually resulted in yesterday's legislation, which would dedicate $1.4 billion. It would appear that that was what he was after all along. Moments before the vote, he did some last-minute pushing. A national emergency declaration, and suddenly the number is $8 billion.

Art of the Deal:

People think I'm a gambler. I've never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. It's a very good business being the house.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Senate passed the legislation 83-16, and the House followed with 300-128. Today, Trump will sign the bill.

It's not even fair to call that a deal, really. A deal is what happens when you go to a car dealership, fully ready to buy a car, and the salesman says the right things. What Trump did is more like a car dealer selling an entire row of cars to someone who doesn't even have a licence. When Trump started, Democrats wouldn't even consider a wall, let alone pay for it.

Art of the Deal:

The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.

He started the wall on a chant, "Build the wall!" until he got what he wanted. He maneuvered like Don Draper, selling people something that they didn't even know they wanted, and convincing them that it is exactly what they've always needed.