In Memory of a Great Patriot

Catherine Engelbrecht, Leader of the King Street Patriots and True the Vote wrote wrote this thoughtful tribute to Andrew Breitbart who passed away Thursday.


When faced with the challenge of expressing your heart, it is often said that words do not do justice. Andrew Breitbart knew how to use words for justice; the impact his words have had on our country is truly immeasurable.

When history folds in on our generation, and our children speak of who we were, they will speak better of us because of Andrew and God willing, they will still speak freely because of the war Andrew fearlessly fought for so many years.

My friendship with Andrew began in 2010. We'd been sued, we'd been slandered, we'd been all but silenced. Why? A simple miscalculation. We thought that a citizen's volunteering to uphold election integrity would be a good thing; a thing no one could find fault with. How could you be against True the Vote? What we know now that we didn't know then is that in present day America, if you tell the truth, and if that truth threatens power, then you will be attacked. Not debated. Attacked, intimidated, smeared, destroyed. Then we met Andrew.

He said "let me be your rodeo clown". In rodeos there are bulls, bull riders, and rodeo clowns. When a bull rider gets thrown, he is at the mercy of the animal until the rodeo clown, the bravest one in the arena, shows up to distract the bull long enough to turn its attention to the clown. If there is a hit to be taken, the clown takes it for the sake of the bull rider. Let me be your rodeo clown, let me take the hit, so you can come back to ride another day. What is the measure of a man who would willingly take the hit, over and over and over and over again, so that truth could ride one more day?

There are many depraved, godless, evil animals out there right now, writing and saying horrible things. I can assure you those things are not true. None of them. Andrew sought the truth, supported the truth, told the truth. The more these animals spew, the more they out themselves as the pitiful lot that they are.

Andrew spoke often of and dearly loved his family, he was passionate about his country and countrymen, he knew the stakes of the battle he was in and even still he warred on without reserve.

Today our country lost one of its greatest patriots. Our hearts are broken - but our resolve is redoubled. 2012 is for you, Andrew.

Onward - Catherine Engelbrecht


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