The Cockroaches’ Nemesis

 Nothing like turning on lights to see the cockroaches scatter. That’s what Andrew Breitbart did in his relatively short 43 years. His exposure of the shenanigans of public officials and publicly funded organizations embodied the observation of paleo-progressive Louis Brandeis’ observation that sunlight is the best disinfectant. Breitbart took to heart that “the debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.” New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964). In recent years he was instrumental in the extinction of ACORN, the resignation of Congressman Anthony Weiner, the shakeup of National Public Radio’s management, and the firing of Agriculture Department Georgia director Shirley Sherrod. He was an outspoken advocate for inclusion of gays and lesbians in libertarian-conservative politics with the organization GOProud. Not a bad resume for such a short life. I would wish that Breitbart rest in peace, but he would doubtless be bored.

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