FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS Tribute to Andrew Breitbart
Appreciation for Life & Men Who Matter
The 1600′s English poet, priest, and essayist John Donne wrote lines which stir our hearts these many years later. In the essay, known as Meditation XVII from “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions” we hear the compelling words which Ernest Hemingway used for the famous novel titled, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
From a fellow writer and conservative, the greatest tribute I could offer this younger man whose life ended far too soon is this: that he lived life “fully” with nothing hidden, nothing wasted, a family man who understood what he believed and believed what he understood.
The world is less, the conservative movement and our country too often held hostage by main stream media however, is stronger because of him.
If we could “knight” a fighter for values so inherently constitutional and quintessentially American we would say, “Well done. Come forth and rise, Sir Breitbart!”
James Michael Pratt is a New York Times bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction. His most popular title, The Lost Valentine was recently made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame world premier event with Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt and viewed by 14.5 million. He has appeared on national radio and television including Hannity’s Great American Panel. His books have been published in 6 languages. He is a frequent guest columnist for major online news sites. More about his writing and career may be found at www.jmpratt.com.