The truth does not require a majority to prevail, ladies and gentlemen. The truth is its own power. The truth will out. Never forget that.
Passionate. Beloved. Influential. Go-Getter. Firebrand. Conservative. Pillar of right-wing media.
Look up any of these words or phrases in the dictionary and you’ll likely find a photo of Rush Limbaugh nearby. This remarkable powerhouse died on Wednesday after a lengthy battle with lung cancer, leaving a legacy for generations to come. Rush was 70 years old.
Rush got his first syndication deal with ABC Radio Network in 1988, was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993, and was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 1998. He also authored many best-selling books. In many ways he lived up to his name, always ready to get the job done. . .and at a fast clip! He covered more ground in a month than most of us cover in a year, but you never heard him complaining about the workload. He thrived on it.
Rush paved the way for contemporary talk show hosts and—as a thank you for his years of service to the conservative cause—was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Trump back in February 2020, the same month he disclosed the severity of his illness to listeners.
About a month ago he updated listeners on his health journey:
“Every day remains a gift. You know, I wake up every morning, and I thank God that I did. And there will probably be, down the road, similar days where I will need to take a day for rest or for whatever medical challenges present themselves. But the fact that I’m able to get back here and be with you is a genuine blessing, and I appreciate it and I appreciate your understanding throughout all of this. As we say, everything’s day-to-day, and especially in the circumstances I find myself in.”
His listeners prayed and sent letters and emails expressing their best wishes for his recovery. No doubt most are devastated at the news that his journey has come to an end.
Rush was well-loved. Ask any conservative, “Did you ever listen to The Rush Limbaugh Show?” and most would nod immediately. My grown daughters have a joke that they could never watch the TV shows they wanted to watch back in the 90s because “Mom was always watching Rush Limbaugh.”
That might be a slight exaggeration but I loved his TV show back in those days, and his talk radio show, as well. I became a conservative, at least in part, because of men like Rush, who educated me about the issues our country was facing. I guess you could call me a super-fan.
Conservatives adored him, liberals hated him, but Rush never let any of that get to him. He plowed ahead, year after year, attacking issues like they were blades of grass needing to be cut down. And cut, he did! The man knew no fear, tackling issue after issue, liberal after liberal.
He took a lot of conservatives on the ride with him. At his peak, Rush boasted 25 million listeners a week and more would agree that he played a pivotal role in their journey toward solid conservativism.
Many considered Rush to be divisive, but I always felt his emphasis on the differences between the two parties was helpful because it helped me clearly see the issues that really mattered to me, and where I needed to put my energies as a conservative.
This amazing man taught us how to tackle the various issues as they arose. In many ways he led the way in the battle against liberalism and gave the rest of us the courage and the information necessary to do the same.
You are gone but not forgotten, Rush! Your legacy lives on through every conservative willing to fight for what they believe in. Thank you for imparting knowledge, courage, and tenacity so that we can pick up the torch and carry it forward.
Why is freedom such a hard sell? That’s the question. In this country, why has the idea of individual liberty and responsibility become such a hard sell? That’s something I never thought would happen here.