By Susan North
America and the conservative movement lost one of our greatest champions – Andrew Breitbart, just one year ago today. His death has left a hole in our hearts that remains even today. Now tragedy has again struck the Breitbart family with the death of his mother Arlene.
While until today I did not know her name, and only know what I’ve read on the Breitbart website, clearly she and her husband did a remarkable job of raising Andrew. How did she do it? How did they do it? Andrew was an inspiration, a fearless leader, and in many ways something of a Churchill cut down in his prime.
As I reflect on the inspiration that was Andrew, of his impact on my life, and the impact his death had so many, a question comes to mind. Do you remember hearing of the death of President Kennedy, or his brother Robert, or of Martin Luther King, or if you are younger do you remember President Reagan being shot, or perhaps some other momentous occasion? I remember with perfect clarity where I was and what I was doing when I heard of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. So too, I remember exactly where I was sitting when I heard the news about Andrew Breitbart, and I remember the duration and numbness it caused. That is the effect great men have on people.
We have all been shaken by the loss of Andrew Breitbart – but to honor his name we must not falter as we follow in his footsteps. We must not flag in doing battle against the forces of evil and tyranny that we now face. A great warrior has left the battle front, but in honor of the late, great Andrew Breitbart, we must never give up the fight. As Andrew said, “#WAR.”