by BEN SHAPIRO 7 Jan 2013
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Andrew Breitbart built the platform that became Breitbart News Network to give young and important voices a chance to reach a broader audience. Ben Shapiro has been part of the Breitbart “family” and team from the very beginning (Andrew first met him when Ben was 17 or so) and an instrumental part of the Breitbart News site since its re-launch in March 2012. His voice is unique in the fact that he has taken on a broad range of subjects from Hollywood censorship to, now, the bullying tactics of the progressive left.
No one would have been prouder of Ben Shapiro than Andrew. He understood the sacrifice and the tenancity it takes to edit a dynamic site and simultaneously write a dynamic book — “Bullies.”
President Obama and his leftist allies like to claim they’re anti-bullying. They stand up for the little guy. They stand up to the powerful. They protect victims.
They’re liars. What’s more, they’re the true bullies, as I explain in my new book, Bullies: How The Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).
Standing up to the bullying of the left was Andrew Breitbart’s chief mission in life. That’s why Bullies is dedicated to him – Andrew was a mentor to me. I met him when I was 17 years old, a sophomore at UCLA. Andrew saw a column I wrote in the UCLA Daily Bruin and emailed me. That’s what Andrew did. He identified people who wanted to fight back, and he nurtured them. That’s why he’s so irreplaceable. And that’s why we must live up to his dream: of an American public empowered to fight the bullies.
Andrew hated the bullies of the left. “These liberals are bullies,” he said once. But he didn’t run from them. Instead, he embraced the fight. He called it “fun” to “call out these intellectual bullies.” It was this task that got Andrew up in the morning. It’s the fight he sought. It’s the fight in which he reveled.
It’s a fight we must embrace. Leftist bullying reaches new heights every day.
And it has found its apex in the Obama administration.
Just take a look at the White House anti-bullying program. In March 2011, President Obama led a White House conference on the supposed scourge of bullying plaguing America. There hadn’t been an uptick in childhood bullying by any available measure; in fact, bullying was down across the board. But President Obama spoke up loud and strong against bullying. “Bullying isn’t a problem that makes headlines every day,” he boomed. “But every day it touches the lives of young people all across this country.” He launched a website under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services to combat bullying. And, of course, he joined forces with the It Gets Better Project.
But Obama wasn’t really against bullying, as I explain in Bullies. When the DHS wasn’t busy running StopBullying.gov, they were busy bullying religious employers into violating their consciences by forcing them to cover contraception for employees. And who headed up the It Gets Better Project? Dan Savage, the thug who screamed at Christian teenagers who had the temerity to walk out on one of his anti-Biblical screeds.
Obama isn’t against bullying. Neither is the left more broadly. After all, when someone stands up to a bully – say, Israel standing up to Islamic terrorists, or even George Zimmerman standing up to a young bully pounding his head into the pavement – the left goes berserk.
Actually, the American left has become the greatest purveyor of bullying during the last half-century. That’s the dirty little secret: buried beneath all of the left’s supposed hatred for bullying is a passionate love for bullying—the use of power to force those who disagree to shut up, back down, or face crushing consequences up to and including loss of reputation, career destruction, and even death.
In order to accomplish their bullying tactics, however, the left has to portray itself as the defender of victimized groups. Those who oppose their….
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