Righteous Indignation: A must read for the right

“Pop culture matters.” Andrew Breitbart couldn’t be more correct. Conservatives would be wise to follow the blueprints for success he left us in Righteous Indignation.

I put off reading Andrew Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation for some time now because I felt as though I didn’t need to. I followed him for years, was lucky enough to speak to him when he visited The Heritage Foundation a few years ago, and knew that his transformation from a default liberal into a conservative in many ways mirrored my own. I thought the impact he had on my life was complete. I was wrong.

On Friday night I asked God for help. I needed to know what my next step should be. Over the years I’ve met incredible people within the conservative movement, from academia to media to grass roots activists. Professionally, I’ve been blessed, yet I wanted to know what I should build with the tools I’ve been given. On Saturday I woke up and literally felt compelled to buy Andrew’s book. Imagine my surprise to find out he (as an atheist!) turned in the same direction when he most needed guidance:

“I’m not the most religious guy. In fact, at the time, I considered myself an atheist. But that pent-up frustration caused me to say aloud, in my car, ‘Please God, give me something to do that I’m passionate about. Please give me a mission.'”

If not for a night shift I pulled at work, I would have finished Righteous Indignation in one sitting.

The most important chapters of Breitbart’s book are those detailing his “lost” years, when he considered himself a liberal, and his ideological transformation upon graduation from Tulane. The chapters on Drudge, The Huffington Post and ACORN scandals are interesting, but they don’t particularly cover new ground. Conservatives know the media is biased. What they don’t know is how to relate to young people. Andrew’s epiphanies hold the key to unlocking a relationship with younger voters at a time when their political identities are still forming.

Just a few of Breitbart’s observations include:

  • Pop culture matters. What happens in front of the cameras on a sound stage at the Warner Bros. lot often makes more difference to the fate of America than what happens in the back rooms of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
  • Humor is a weapon to be deployed as often as possible — it is almost impossible to defend against. It is the weapon the Frankfurt School lacked — their seriousness made them boring an inaccessible. [Saul] Alinsky is no such thing. He is hilarious, and that hilarity breeds the sort of social change only a Jon Stewart or a Stephen Colbert could bring about rather than a Noam Chomsky.
  • You must provoke your enemy into reacting so that you can work off of the reaction. If you do a good enough job, you can force them to make a mistake. When they do, you must be ready to exploit.
  • The psychic high from standing up for what you believe in and being attacked for it far surpassed the comfort to be derived from [a] bath of praise. … Revel in the name calling — it means you’ve got them reduced to their lowest, basest tactic, and the one that carries the least weight if you refuse to abide by their definition of you.
  • Don’t pretend to know more than you do.
  • Don’t let them pretend to know more than they do. … You can always puncture their balloon with one word: why.
  • Truth isn’t mean. It’s truth.

As I read passages of “Righteous Indignation” to my wife (I’m sure she was thrilled), she deadpanned, “That’s you. You love when they call you names.” She’s right. And I loved Andrew Breitbart because he “got it.” In fact, perhaps the only person within media who gets it even remotely that well … is Greg Gutfeld. We need more Andrews and Gregs. A lot more. And the blueprint for accomplishing that goal can be found in Righteous Indignation. Reading the book has inspired me an has given me a better focus. I’m confident that it will do the same for you.

God bless you, Andrew. We miss you.

Campus Progress to Liberal Kids: Embrace Your Inner Loser.

Hi, I'm a hairy whiney liberal kid who thinks you owe me health insurance. Now if you'll excuse me, I NEED to head out to Starbucks, buy some concert tickets, and something hipsterish from Urban Outfitters.

Thanks a lot, Greg Gutfeld. The last thing I wanted to see when I came home from work on Friday was whiney, naked, Campus Progress kids complaining about Health Care on Youtube.  However, you did get in some zingers:

Something tells me these folks – despite lack of health care – still manage to have I-Phones, IPODs, tickets to Lady Gaga, Spring Break vacations, and all the beer they can throw up five days out of every week. You’re young, healthy, and boring: get your own insurance, you freeloading fools.

These kids bring me back to the days after I got out of the military and needed health insurance. Or when I graduated from USC…and needed health insurance. Or when I finished graduate school…and needed health insurance. I got a job. And when the job didn’t offer health insurance (I’m not nostalgic for my “temp” days, I’ll admit)…I did this crazy thing called budgeting my money. I had a crappy cell phone, I didn’t get to buy that new laptop I wanted, and I couldn’t buy all the new clothes I wanted. Shocking, isn’t it.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed hates everything about America...except the hairy backs of American liberal college students. I think that's a true story... Weird.

Campus Progress has an interesting way to market liberalism. It’s called “Embrace Your Inner Loser.” Here’s part of the health care script:

“Congress covered us by passed historic legislation that reformed our health care system. Now we can stay on our parents plan until we’re 26…”

I guess 26 is the new 21 since most liberals would like to stay holed up in academia for six or seven years al la Ryan Reynolds in Van Wilder. Get ready for waiting tables in restaurants the rest of your life with those entitlement attitudes, my Campus Progress friends.  You must really like Ryan Reynolds (although, truthfully, I do have high hopes for his take on Deadpool).

How are the consequences of Obamacare treating you, kids?  Not so well?  Get a clue.  It’s called conservatism.

Note to Mark Lamont Hill Liberals: Come November, Daddy’s Home.

I guess it’s Conservative Bionic Commando Week around here, because Greg Gutfeld is on a roll. It turns out that when liberals aren’t trying to paint an entire political party as deranged, violent cable guys for five bucks, they’re going back to the racism well.

Dear Liberals: We can hate the Nanny State and think Usher is smooth at the same time. Nobody cares about the race card anymore. It's over. Move on.

In short, at any large gathering of conservatives a reporter will show up and claim someone screamed the word that shan’t be said. Actually, I’d say it innocuously to prove a point, but the NAACP killed and buried it long ago (Unless it’s possible racist conservatives exhumed it, breathed new life into it, and now zombie racial epithets are rearing their ugly heads at Tea Party rallies). Or maybe liberal LA Times columnist David Ehrenstein has been showing up at Tea Party rallies incognito? Who knows.

Can you imagine if “Hip-Hop intellectual” Mark Lamont Hill was on his way to an Obamacare after party and someone threw eggs at his bus? Or maybe he rides a hip-hop train with Quad City DJ’s as conductors? Either way, there would be hell to pay. Without a doubt, Mars Attacks! stunt-double Al Sharpton would recall the non-existent eggs as feces (or maybe eggs with feces inside them because that’s the sort of thing conservatives can concoct at will?) thrown by a “racist” cop. And when the whole thing turned out to be a farce…silence.

But back to Gutfeld’s point, which is to ignore them and stick to the issues by asking everyone you know:

1. How could adding 32 million people to the health rolls SAVE us money?
2. How is hiring 14,000 new IRS Agents to enforce this NOT an expansion of government?
3. How can you be considered a “child” for the sake of health care until you are 26 years old?
4. How is forcing everyone to buy something constitutional?
5. How could there be no tort reform in this?

The only way the race card works is if you allow it to work (just as zombie-racial epithets only work when the person being insulted gives a word the power to control their life). The vast majority of Americans are not racists and are through allowing liberal race-hustlers to put them on the defensive for what’s largely a non-issue in 2010 America. I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe the random racist loser we all encounter has any power to significantly impact the trajectory of the average black person’s life.

The American people know in their gut that this bill is a dud. Now it’s up to us to articulate the reasons why. We have a responsibility to not get sidetracked by scare tactics and race games. And if we stay focused we can fix this mistake come November, take back control of Congress, and say, “Daddy’s Home.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for a meeting with “hip-hop intellectual” Mark Lamont Hill’s graduate level class on how to Bust a Move.

Greg Gutfeld: Bionic Commando Dismantles “Hip-Hop” Professor, Progressives Everywhere.

I suppose if Mark Steyn is Mega Man that would make Greg Gutfeld the conservative movement’s Bionic Commando. Once again, Gufeld delivers a punishing response to the “leading hip-hop intellectuals” (Yes, Mark Lamont Hill actually believes that) and liberal pundits trying to paint the Tea Party movement as some sort of pseudo-Scooby Doo villain, who pulls off a mask to reveal the racist, bigot, homophobe beneath.

It goes like this: for the media, anger is only okay if its targets meet their stereotypical, romanticized criteria. Meaning: the corporation, the conservative, the daddy who never loved them.

Here’s a list of people doing angry things the media is okay with:

-People calling Bush a Nazi
-Students and non students rioting on college campuses
-Animal rights freaks dousing rich folks with paint
-Actors wishing average folks would get rectal cancer
-Bureaucrats labeling military vets as potential violent right wing extremists
-Radical environmentalists advocating violence against loggers
-Pranksters throwing pies at conservative commentators (you know, somehow they never pie Michael Moore, which makes him sad; he likes pie)

But this health care bill anger is different from all that – not just because it’s right, but because it involves Obama. And being angry at Obama is like being mad at Santa Claus. How can you be mad at Santa, when he brings us so many gifts?

And so, this anger is scary! It’s a mark of incivility! It’s deadly!

For some reason I don’t recall Mark Lamont Hill, Professor Hip Hop with a minor in pre-Civil Rights scat battle reenactments, being concerned over liberal kiddies who “Funk the War” by smashing in the windows of military recruitment centers with cans of yellow paint, but perhaps that was just an innocent mistake. I would hate to think that intellectuals like Hill are okay with a little subversion and sabotage when it’s perpetrated by big-government misfits and malcontents (or the Beastie Boys).

Greg Gutfeld: Bionic Commando

In general I’m not too worried about this tactic working. Sure, Organizing for America can use it in a fundraising effort, but that’s about it. The old racism card doesn’t work anymore. Sorry. Conservatives are through playing games and have more important things on their mind, namely, ensuring that the United States we leave to our kids and grandkids still Kicks Ass.

American Exceptionalism is real. Conservatives aim to keep it that way. As Gutfeld notes:

We are angry not because we lost, but that we lost to losers. I’m not talking about Obama, or the Dems. They’re winners, sadly. I’m talking about progressivism. The reason why I’m angry, my friends are angry, and my imaginary unicorn Captain Sparkles is angry – is because the greatest, most winningest country in the history of the world, just embraced the loser’s doctrine.

For two hundred plus years we’ve kicked ass, and we’re now choosing the belief system of the idiots whose asses we’ve kicked.

Whether you’re of the segment of the population that’s known for quite some time that progressivism is a loser, or if you’ve just taken off your Mind-Forged Manacles, welcome. But as I said the other day: If this is your first night, you have to fight. Welcome to The Club.