Derek Hunter

Even still, Obama was re-elected by 50.9 percent of the American public who find logic a bridge too far, facts a difficult concept and educating themselves too time-consuming, yet make sure their DVR never misses any show featuring a Kardashian. To say society is being dumbed down is to insult both the dumb and the concept of down. And all year long these fellow travelers in the media were all too happy to keep people’s desire for pap satiated.

If ignorance is truly bliss, 50.9 percent of Americans are the happiest people in the world.

On the plus side, this year saw the end of Newsweek, so it wasn’t all bad.

Andrew Breitbart

This year, we lost a warrior and a leader, and those of us lucky enough to know him lost a friend. The news of Andrew Breitbart’s tragic sudden death hit like a ton of bricks. But while he’s no longer with us, the citizen journalism movement he created and the bravery he instilled in millions of previously silent Americans lives on and grows each day. No victory will ever replace not having your friend around, but we are all better for having either known or simply known of him.

For a glimpse of who Andrew was as beyond the bombast, do yourself a favor and listen to him on the Adam Carolla Podcast by clicking here (or download it from iTunes). Andrew was on the show promoting his excellent book “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save The World” and the two hit it off right away. They talked politics and pop culture, liberal Hollywood hypocrisy on taxes and Andrew’s love of John Waters movies. They also talked about Arianna Huffington, unions, the failure of communism, sports and the Los Angeles in which they grew up and what has happened to their once thriving and beloved hometown.

If you were lucky enough to be a friend of Andrew’s, this podcast is a great trip down memory lane and a chance to hear the man we knew when the microphones were off and the cameras gone. If you didn’t know him, this is a chance to get a glimpse of the man himself and I highly suggest you take it.

At the end of the show, Carolla has added a clip from the day Andrew died and his reflections on the man and the time they went to dinner and to see the movie Thor.

Andrew is dearly missed, but he lives on in this site and in the spirit of the millions he inspired. Listen to Andrew talk about why he fought and say, “I feel like a kamikaze, but I cannot leave this country like this. I cannot say I didn’t fight.” No one can say Andrew didn’t fight for his country. Our country is better off for his having lived.

Take this chance to be inspired all over again.

Of course there was a lot more that happened this year, both bad and good, but I’ll spare you the details and save that for a book. As for what to expect in 2013, aside from anything the Mayans ever said about anything being laughed at for the rest of eternity, your guess is as good as mine. But one thing is certain – we’re in for fight.

Happy New Year.

Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.