Rest in peace, Andrew Breitbart. I didn’t ever read his sites much, and haven’t at all for a few years as I have gotten completely bored with mainstream conservatism. But like Drudge he was a thorn in the side of the left, for which he gets credit.
There has been a great deal of nasty things said about him, of course, since he was at least officially outside of polite society. All I can say is- “Stay classy, left-wing America!” (I actually had the opportunity to yell “Stay classy, San Diego!” to a TV reporter and crew there once.)
“I think they killed him, but not the way you think. Liberalism is insane. Yes, literally, insane. It is based preposterous, idiotic ideas asserted with anger, cruelty and contempt. You are expected obey, and believe or at least shut up.
“If you are an intelligent person interested in the truth, a massive cognitive dissonance is aroused. We supposedly live in a free country, where issues are open to debate. But serious disagreement is harshly put down.
“It’s easy to get wrapped up with fighting this. Breitbart went all in, and the stress killed him. I’m guessing his health and constitution weren’t that great, but otherwise he might have lived to be 60 or so.”
Arguing with liberals certainly raises my blood pressure. Here’s the thing, and I mean it quite seriously- liberalism, like all forms of leftism, is genuinely evil, as are most liberals. The most important thing is always the truth, and leftism is based on lies enforced in a humiliating and sometimes brutal manner. Look at the face of Nancy Pelosi- is that not the mask of Satan? I have seen that mask a number of times, and yes it is. How do you fight evil without becoming evil yourself and having it destroy you? I don’t know. But my feeling was, it destroyed Andrew Breitbart on some level
Then I read what Mickey Kaus had to say. Kaus is an extreme rare, and probably unique article, an intellectually honest liberal. He actually knew Breitbart personally and gives a much different picture of the guy. I like that he debunks the nasty remarks of faux-conservative, leftist stooge, toady and enforcer David Frum. Breitbart wasn’t apparently the angry guy he has been made out to be, but just a guy who loved arguing about politics.
He was culturally Jewish, having been adopted by secular Jews. From that, he probably got the love of arguing. Non-Jews in general, but northern European whites in particular, hate arguing and regard it as stressful and draining and can’t understand that many Jews find it fun and energizing. He was culturally and socially comfortable with the left and from what Kaus says wasn’t alienated from them.
Breitbart’s “South Park” conservatism- fiscally conservative, socially and culturally liberal- is ultimately a dead-end. Fiscal conservatism requires social conservatism, so people aren’t going to the government for their out-of-wedlock children or their AIDS medication. The Tea Party, socially conservative or not, has until now been a complete failure. But if an effective challenge can’t be mounted, an ineffective and enthusiastic one can at least, and Breitbart did that and had fun doing it.