Andrew Breitbart: Bold, Fearless, and the One Who Said “Yes”
posted at 1:53 pm on March 1, 2012 by SusanAnne Hiller
Like so many, I was stunned and immensely saddened to hear of Andrew Breitbart’s passing. After all, I had just come from morning mass–what could have happened in an hour? I had only met Andrew once at CPAC a couple of years ago, but that meeting left a lasting impression. He was intense, passionate, and even though he was off to visit a friend in the hospital and appeared rushed, he was cordial and took the time to speak with those he encountered. He had the ability to soak up all the energy in a room and everyone gravitated to him. He was also bold, sharp-witted, and quick-thinking, but so matter-of-fact and so relevant.
With his “Big” sites, Andrew provided the platform for so many great minds to flourish, published hard-hitting news and reports, and there was no denying the Left feared him. His site, Big Government, was the holy grail of blogging, if you will. Andrew was always open to new talent. And Andrew was also the only one who said yes.
People often ask me how I started writing at Big Government. I simply state, “It started with one Tweet to Andrew Breitbart.” I asked Andrew a question, and he simply replied, “Yes.” One word. Yes. That one word unlocked a door that was closed– and I was blown away that he said yes–I mean this was Breitbart! But, because this was Breitbart, I also knew excellence was in order. Posts had to be accurate, articulate, and thought-provoking. I had a serious respect for Andrew, learned not to back down, and it was an honor to write for him.
Andrew provided the foundation, created the need and opportunity, and only now can we continue to repay him for that. God uses each of us in great ways–as He did Andrew. Now, it is time to pass the torch, not to one, but to many, and carry on and out the work on the Right and let the truth prevail. In some ways, Andrew’s death, can be a rebirth. We will never know why God took such a great man at such a young age, leaving behind his wife and young children. My heart weeps for his wife, Susie, who lost her love and my heart streams tears for his children whose father cannot tuck them in any more. However, we can continue to be a light and hopefully, one day, Andrew’s children will know that their father was a great man, created opportunities, spoke the truth, lived life to its fullest, and was the one who said yes.
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