In the movie Braveheart, Mel Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish warrior who led his countrymen to freedom from years of treachery under King Edward I of England. In one of the most riveting scenes of the movie, as some of the Scottish clans come close to surrender before they even fight in the Battle of Stirling, we hear the famous “Freedom” speech:
Today, we in America face oppression from a progressive movement bent on destroying the liberty and freedom endowed to us by our Creator and enshrined in the words of our Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Just like those Scots, we were at the point of surrender to those forces, but fortunately a William Wallace would rise from the confusion to lead us to battle.
It was Andrew Breitbart.
Examples of his leadership could be seen when he took on the powerful A.C.O.R.N. organization and exposed their fraud and corruption, leading to the end of government funding of those activities. It would be evident again when he exposed – pardon the pun – Congressman Anthony Weiner when he was caught sexting.
He created his own news website, Breitbart.com where he boldly declared; “I’m committed to the destruction of the old media guard.” He attacked deceit in Hollywood with his BigHollywood.com website, shenanigans and political corruption in Washington with his BigGovernment.com website, and foreign policy posturing and gaffes with his BigPeace.com website.
While I never had the chance to meet him, I always felt that we were kindred spirits and that I served in the on-line army that he led. It was people like Andrew that inspired me to take the plunge and start my own conservative website. He even inspired the motto for this website - irreverent, uncompromising and politically incorrect.
While it was the “freedom” speech that became one of the greatest moments in Braveheart, it’s the conversation Wallace has with his captains immediately afterwards that is my favorite part:
Stephen: Fine speech. Now what do we do?
William Wallace: Just be yourselves.
Hamish: Where are you going?
William Wallace: I’m going to pick a fight.
While the Scottish nobles were willing to protect their little “kingdoms” by negotiating with the King of England, Wallace was a man who refused to compromise. Nothing less than complete freedom would be acceptable.
That’s a perfect description of Andrew. As he states in his book, Righteous Indignation:
I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it…. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and — famously — I enjoy making enemies…. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands — who knows? — of allies.
Andrew Breitbart – The William Wallace of Conservatives
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