This was a speech Andrew Breitbart gave at the Heritage Foundation last week, as he was out promoting his new book Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save The World, and it’s a decent introduction to the work picking up some highlights of what’s in it.
As an aside, I met Breitbart last year in New Orleans during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. He was in the bar at the Hilton Riverside, and we struck up a conversation for about 45 minutes talking about a number of items. At the time he was still really interested in the question of what was going on with James O’Keefe, with whom he made history taking down ACORN, and the lay of the legal land surrounding the arrest when he tried his stunt at Mary Landrieu’s office in New Orleans. We talked about that for a while, and Breitbart gave me a few good pieces of advice about getting the Hayride off the ground.
A couple of days later, we found out that on the night I met Breitbart, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief fundraiser Allie Bautsch and her boyfriend had gotten beat up a half-mile or so away by a gang of anarchists who were protesting at an event at Brennan’s Restaurant. Our coverage of that attack literally put this site on the map, and Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com played a part in publicizing the story. Since then we’ve tried to copy as much of what Breitbart does as makes sense for us, with a whole list of things on our to-do list that he’s inspired.
Because, at least the way I perceive it, Louisiana isn’t a bad microcosm of the country Breitbart sees in his book and in this speech. We’re a deeply conservative state with a media elite (such as it is) completely out of touch with that conservatism and – in my opinion – disdainful of the public they’re supposed to be serving. And just like on a national level, it’s completely legitimate to question how tough the GOP is in taking on what is a failed – and leftward-moving – Democrat Party and the legacy media which props it up. Which we do, at times.
Breitbart’s book, which I read on Monday night – knocked it out in 3 1/2 hours on the Kindle, lays out a battle plan against what he terms the Democrat-Media Complex. You don’t particularly need to read the book to know how Breitbart perceives the enemy or see in broad strokes what his style is in fighting the battle.
But what he does is to trace, in a surprisingly clear and perceptive fashion (which is not to take a shot at Breitbart; it’s surprising because he spends a good part of the beginning chapters of the book talking about how he drank his way through Tulane and only really started becoming educated about the world after he got out of school and started listening to Limbaugh in the car while he was doing his job as a runner for a low-budget movie studio, so he doesn’t exactly lay down a predicate for the philosophical and historical analysis that follows), the origins of the Democrat-Media Complex. He traces it to the migration of members of the Frankfurt School, a coven of low-grade Marxist scholars, to the United States in the 1930’s after Hitler, no particular enemy of Marxism himself, ran them out of Germany because they were Jewish.
As Breitbart tells it some of these clowns – most notably Herbert Marcuse, Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno – ended up at Columbia. And from Columbia they managed to launch a project to destroy American culture from within. Critical theory, deconstructionism, political correctness – all of the awful, tyrannical crap that college kids wade through rather than actually learning useful things, all of the stuff which turns perfectly good 18-year olds into flaming dumbasses by Thanksgiving, as Breitbart talks about in the video above – came out of Marcuse, Horkheimer and Adorno and people like them after Hitler ran them out of Germany. And now, the descendants of these philosophical abortions are running academia. They’re also running the media in New York and DC. And, as it happens, they run Hollywood.
It’s out of that understanding that Breitbart’s book issues a clarion call to the rest of us to fight. And he’s leading the charge from the front. Breitbart is on every left-wing TV show that will book him, and he’s fearless. He goes after these people with absolutely no mercy whatsoever. Take, for example, his absolutely legendary Martin Bashir appearance on MSNBC a few days ago…
The guy has, to use a phrase from not so long ago, sand. And sincerity.
I mentioned meeting him above. At the time, though I really liked him I thought he was a little abrupt. But since then it’s become extremely clear that he’s not abrupt, he’s a man on a mission.
Or, better put, he’s full of Righteous Indignation. So should we all be.