An excerpt from Caroline Glick’s thoughtful piece on Andrew Breitbart’s philosophy and his passing away. She really captures the essence of what Andy was trying to instill into the mind and heart of the conservative movement. It was what he was all about.
Andrew Breitbart, patriot, he’ll be sorely missed.
Andrew Breitbart RIP
[…] Andrew understood the truth that eludes so many conservatives in the US and Israel. That truth — that if you want to win in politics you have to be good to your friends and bad to your enemies — is what motivated his every move. He understood that right wingers never win any points for their side by trying to ingratiate themselves with the Left. The Left believes its job is to defeat and destroy the Right and will pocket any concessions the Right makes and use them as a means to divide and conquer their enemies.
In Israel and America alike, the reason the Left wins even when it loses is because so many powerful forces on the Right are afraid to stand up for what they believe. They justify their meekness by claiming that the public won’t support them if they are unabashed about who they are and what they stand for, often citing focus groups and polling data to back up their claim.
But just as in business the only way to get people to buy your product is to sell it, so in politics, if you don’t seek to convince people that your views are correct, then you’ll never convince the public that your views are correct. If you surrender the battlefield of ideas to the Left because you’re afraid the Left won’t like you if you say you disagree, then obviously, they will continue to win the war of ideas.
This was the insight that guided Andrew’s work. It was also the key to his success. As it turns out, there is a huge market for conservative ideas. Indeed, as the 2010 midterms showed, most Americans are willing to support them. And as most elections in Israel show, the majority of Israelis consistently support them.
NOTE: The picture of Andy is from the People’s Cube.