Saturday, March 3, 2012

"Politics Is Downstream From Culture"

A happy culture warrior passed away way before his time last Thursday.

Andrew Breitbart-- activist, provocateur, citizen journalist, husband and father of four-- is gone. I'm halfway waiting for this to be some sort of Andy Kaufman type prank that James O'Keefe is behind.

But this isn't about how Andrew died. It's about something I've heard him say several times in various speeches. That "Politics is downstream from culture."

That phrase sat in my head for a long time, like a itch on my back that I just couldn't scratch. Until this past Superbowl I saw this commercial that made it sink it:

And at the end of the commercial, there is Flavor Flav sitting in the dudgeon with Elton John. Flavor Flav rose to fame as part of the militant rap group, Public Enemy.

So the guy who helped the group to perform this song:

Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant ---- to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Mother---- him and John Wayne

Now has had several shows on VH1, MTV and is a current pop culture icon.

The entertainment complex has decided to prop up a washed up, racist, militant extremist from twenty years ago as a mainstream pop culture icon for today.

And people wonder why Republicans have trouble shaking the old white guy image.

Andrew understood that. I finally got that. Republicans need to get this or they'll be swept off to the byways of history.

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