Frank Gaffney

Andrew Brietbart similarly inspired or stage-managed exposés of outrageous misconduct by President Obama’s favorite community organizers at ACORN, the Agriculture Department’s Pigford scandal, NPR’s willingness to take money from the Muslim Brotherhood and Anthony Weiner’s moral turpitude. All were designed to put a withering spotlight on and upend the established order – and compel action to correct its corruption and venality.

Andrew's network of websites — Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Peace — served as a latter day, electronic equivalent to Samuel Adams' famous Committees of Correspondence.

As Dr. Waller put it, “Those were local groups of patriots who networked among themselves across Massachusetts and most of the rest of the colonies to spread news, discuss issues, plan action, coordinate their political action, and serve as an underground information dissemination network to circumvent the establishment.”

I was privileged to work with Andrew in launching his most recent “Big,” Big It rapidly became a vehicle for just such collaborations by those committed to a strong America and appalled by policies espoused by Barack Obama – and, regrettably, to varying degrees, by some Republicans – that are having the effect of devastating our country’s ability to project power and deter aggression.

Sadly, unlike Sam Adams who lived to see the fruits of his efforts give birth to a new nation, Andrew Brietbart has passed on while there is still much work to be done.

While he has left behind a terrible void at a moment when a skilled, brilliant and effective political warrior is more needed than ever, Andrew’s abiding legacy will be that he helped create movements and networks that are sure to shape our future.

It falls to us to realize his vision of an America rooted in freedom, limited government and patriotic common sense — a vision he certainly shared with Samuel Adams.

Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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