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All Things Jason Mattera

Posted on April 24 2010 8:00 am
Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and polemicist. His works have been posted on numerous sites from The Daily Caller (Washington D.C.) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). He blogs at Positively Churchillian.
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Jason Mattera

Jason Mattera must be smiling like a pumpkin. Recently, he became the editor of Human Events making him one of the youngest editors of a mainstream publication around. Moreover, he walks the walk. Indeed, when the New York Times manages to report a few unfiltered facts on any right-of-center writer without a “Yes We Can” badge, it’s time for a celebration.

Here is Jennifer Schuessler:

Mattera, a regular on the conservative Web site Hot Air, came to wide attention in February after giving a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that reached its climax with his declaring, like a hipper William F. Buckley Jr., “We must be that generation that stands athwart history yelling, ‘Hey, jackass, get your government off my freedom!’ ” In the book, he offers a “Six-Point Battle Plan for Awakening Obama Zombies From Their Brainless Slumber.” No. 3 on the young conservative to-do list? “Get a Job, Make Money and Be Happy” (and thus annoy liberals). Sounds as if it’s already working for Mattera. His book lands at No. 14 in hardcover nonfiction this week.

Granted, it might be a little harder for a young American to find a real job in today’s economy, especially if you belong to this week’s unpopular minority group, or happen to live in a blue state. (Sigh.) That said, Mattera is one smart guy. And on trend. But best of all he is a healthier-looking version of David Brooks, without Stockholm syndrome. While many kids were suffering from socialism (aka undergraduate measles) in 2009, Mattera, now 26, was talking up low taxes.

Contrary to MTV rhetoric, young people aren’t all going to thrive in a socialist system, and Mattera is speaking to them through the new media. My predictions? Well, if Mattera’s roll continues, then hold onto your seatbelts. New media king Andrew Breitbart believes he’ll “inject new energy” into an old publication; blogger queen Michelle Malkin refers to him as a “game changer”; and America’s sweetheart and bestselling author, Ann Coulter, associates the word “Brilliant!” with the twenty-something. Other pickup lines and compliments from anonymous sources include (but are not limited to): “Hot,” “Very hot,” “Filthy cute,” “Mmm … mmm girlfriend,” “Damn fine,” and “You go boyfriend.”  Also: “Nuts and a half” (meaning mind-blowing), “On the boss,” and “Rollin’ dude.”

Will Mattera change America’s culture? Okay, that’s probably the wrong question here – because while conservatives love individuals they don’t place all their faith in so-called personality figures. But certainly as another 26-year-old by the name of William Wilberforce discovered, God can work in mysterious ways. Heavy weights aside, I hope Jason Mattera continues to smile like a pumpkin. Enjoy the ride kid!


Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works have been posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). For more information see, Pizza Trays and Beer Bottles.

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