It’s only been a couple of days, but I already miss Rush Limbaugh.
Of course a lot of people from the left have come out, bashing him. But to be honest, Rush didn’t give a whip about the drive by media and such peoples opinions when he was alive, and he certainly doesn’t now that he’s in Heaven.
And if you can tell the greatness of a man by his enemies, Rush was truly great. We can all aspire to have such enemies as he by the time we expire.
There are millions of us, something like almost 30 million plus, who listened to Rush over the years. And I think we all have stories of how he affected our lives. Stories of how his 3 hour daily radio program brought us hope, brought us comfort, brought us an explanation for things that were beyond our understanding, and did so in an entertaining and easily understood way.
As my dad said yesterday, losing Rush is like losing a family member.
I remember from my earliest years listening to Rush in my dad’s truck while driving around, and later on jobs as I worked Construction through college. And now, as a cubicle monkey, I could read the transcripts of his show on his website during lunch.
In addition to my dad, I think Rush had a lot to do with how I turned out.
Going through college, I was a Criminal Justice Major with a Sociology Minor. The fields tied in nicely together, but where as most of the Criminal Justice professors were moderately conservative, every single one of my Sociology professors were extremely liberal.
Plus college being what college is, I faced a lot of conservative bias and saw the popularity of liberalism. I’ll never forget wearing a shirt that had a picture of a Glock on it that said, “This is my Glock, there are many like it, but this one is mine.” And the girl sitting behind me told me that I shouldn’t wear shirts like that because guns are bad… and we were both in a Criminal Justice class!
So being surrounded by conservative voices, whether it was my dad, or construction co-workers, or Talk Radio, helped offset the pull for liberalism at college. And as Rush used to explain, liberalism is lazy. Liberalism is seeing a problem and instead of figuring out an intellectual solution, you take an emotional stance of, “oh how horrible we must DO something!”
This is what gives the left so much power, because the majority of their voters don’t see the theft of power, the usurpation of freedom and rights, the destruction of Godly traditions and morals… they see a need and they feel emotional about it, and the left taps into that need and weaponizes it for their own goals. Which are, simply put, to consolidate power and crush opposition. (Meanwhile the majority of the right will just whine about unfairness of the left’s tactics without fighting back.)
But conservatism, takes effort. It takes a conscious effort to put aside emotion and focus on results and the morality of how to get them properly with as little as possible interference in people’s lives and freedom’s.
But I digress…
Rush will be missed.
After the death of Walter Williams last Dec, Rush this month, and Thomas Sowell turning 91 this year, the conservative effort is in great need of new young bloods stepping up to take the reins.
I just wish I had 25% of their intellectual power, sadly – I think I’m closer to 15% so I’ll stick to writing books and piddling around on this blog with occasional political and social commentary.
Luckily, Rush will still be with us to some degree. His books are still being published, the EIB network is turning into a museum of Rush, his words, speeches, and radio will still be in print and audio, and the world keeps turning.
I leave you with his wife’s announcement of his passing: