I, like so many, are shocked and disappointed by the sudden loss of our brother in liberty, Andrew Breitbart. The first time I saw, and briefly met, Andrew it was at the 9/12 Tea Party rally in Quincy, Illinois back in 2009. I photographed him in front of a camera prepping for an interview, and then later as he spoke to the thousands who were in attendance on that day.
Most recently I had the chance to have a real conversation with him when he attended the first ever black conservative convention held by Move-On-Up.org at the Crown Plaza in St.Louis last August.
Where Bill Hennessey, co-founder of the St.Louis Tea Party, inspired me to grab my camera and start covering what our local media would not about the St.Louis Tea Parties, Andrew Breitbart gave me a whole new level of drive and respect for the army of citizen journalists who work everyday to cover what the "Media Complex" refuses to report. Over the past few years I had emailed articles to him, as well as other editors to the Big sites, and was incredibly honored to have become a Contributor on his sites. When we last talked it was during the time when I was working on a couple of articles on Sharia Law & Sharia Compliant-Finance which were later published on Big Peace. Andrew helped so many of us have a voice and inspired so many more to seek the truth wherever it may lie. For that I am incredibly grateful.
I was not what you would consider a close friend to Andrew, but that was the great thing I got from him. If you believed in the exceptionalism that makes America great, you had a friend and fellow solider for liberty for life. He showed us so many times the weakness of the liberal argument, and the fearlessness we should all have in defending our freedom and our voice. Andrew will forever be missed and forever continue to inspire us all.