Libertarian “mouth foamers” actually tend not to be mouth foamers at all. They are often quiet, reasoned people; the kind of folks who will be happy to debate intellectually, and make everything they believe politically fit into a nice, simple intellectual framework. They will often passionately debate others for being inconsistent in their beliefs. They can be off-putting at times, but are Â generally reasoned people. They often don’t have the qualities that make them useful in a political right, and they certainly are not the kind of folks who are willing to take a fight to the enemy, and battle them using the left’s own tactics. This is one reason libertarian thought gets no play in politics.
This did not describeÂ Andrew Breitbart. Whether you’re on the left or the right, he was a muckraker in the grand tradition of an art pioneered by progressive writers in the beginning of the 20th century. Perhaps that is why the left so despised Breitbart; he represented an usurpation of some of their most effective tactics. He didn’t mind throwing the left’s hypocrisy back in their faces, and forcing them to look at themselves good and hard in the mirror. They hated him for it.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
– Winston Churchill
My hope is that Breitbart has inspired more people to enter the political fight and become activists for liberty. Today, on Twitter, folks are asking people to find the most hideous and vile venom being spewed by the left, and retweet it. I believe that is a most fitting tribute to the man. Many of our opponents in the political sphere, especially in RKBA, are hateful, vengeful people. Make them look in the mirror and confront what they’ve become. Make them live up to their own standards. That’s what Andrew Breitbart taught us, and what Saul Alinsky taught a generation of leftists before him. Breitbart was liberty reflected in the mirror of the left’s tactics. Hopefully others will be able to step up and take his place.