Last year at about this time Rush Limbaugh (of Rush Home – The Rush Limbaugh Show) let everyone know he was fighting cancer. Yesterday, his beloved Kathryn announced his death (see Kathryn Adams Limbaugh on Our Beloved Rush – The Rush Limbaugh Show). Limbaugh did not lose his battle. God simply did what we hope He will eventually do for each of us, bring us home.
I started listening to Limbaugh back in the eighties. Because I had work to do, I usually caught bits and pieces of his program, but I found what Limbaugh had to say wise. Therefore, I made an effort to catch Limbaugh’s show whenever I could. Hence, I tended to be familiar with what Limbaugh had said about most matters. Thus, I found the anger Limbaugh induced in Liberal Democrats astounding. What was it about this guy that ticked them off? He was not even guilty of what they accused him of doing.
After decades of listening, what do I find most interesting about Limbaugh’s radio show?
- Whenever someone talks on the radio three hours a day, they have to ad-lib. So, we may not get to know them well, but we do get to know them surprisingly well. There are not many people we can spend as much time with year after year as a five day a week, three hour a day, radio talk show host.
- We are all flawed, and time does not improve all of us. In Limbaugh’s case, he did improve with time. Patience and greater understanding slowly replaced the relatively small amount of nastiness, anger, and vindictiveness I found in the man. That is, over the decades Limbaugh focused more and more on the positive.
- In spite of the fact Limbaugh struggled with a drug problem, a hearing problem, the health issues that come with age, and an unrelenting smear campaign from the Liberal Democrat news media, his audience grew. As Limbaugh overcame each challenge, his optimism and hope provided a sanctuary from a mass media that peddles anger, fear, sex and dystopian fantasies.
- Limbaugh talked realistically about American values. He admitted our nation’s historical flaws, but he emphasized the importance of what those who came before us had gotten right.
- When Limbaugh talked about our nation’s problems, he talked about problems we can solve. He saw the opportunities. He saw what we could gain, not just losses.
- When Limbaugh talked about people, he emphasized the importance of finding good people to lead us. Moreover, he loyally and rigorously defended the people he saw battling our our behalf.
- Limbaugh did not preach, but as he grew older it became clear he was unashamed to be a Christian, that he found his hope in our Lord.
So, it is today that I hope you will join me in thanking our Lord for sharing Rush Limbaugh with us. Through Limbaugh our Lord loaned us a little of His talent.
Here is a selection of news articles. To varying degrees the Liberal Democrat media is using the event of Limbaugh’s death to destroy his memory. When a man is no longer around to defend himself, some will happily attack him. The last article unintentionally funny. Limbaugh was one of that few people who would take Liberal Democrats to task when they started using someone’s victimhood to score political points. Yet they call Limbaugh shameless.
- Remembering Rush :: SteynOnline: See The Indispensable Man: Rush Limbaugh, 1951-2021 :: SteynOnline and Tucker Carlson: Why Rush Limbaugh mattered | Fox News (if you don’t have access to Fox online).
- Rush Limbaugh, the incendiary radio talk show host, dies at age 70 (cnbc.com)
- Conservative Radio Pioneer Rush Limbaugh Dies at 70 (webmd.com)
- Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio host, dead at 70 (nypost.com)
- Rush Limbaugh, Voice of American Conservatism, Has Died | Political News | US NewsRush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70 | Fox News
- I’ll Never Forget Rush Limbaugh Mocking Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s (thedailybeast.com)
I miss Rush Limbaugh.
It has been so unsettling… this pure ugliness that other human beings are heaping upon the death of another. I’m certainly not surprised, but it is all so simply terribly disappointing. We might not like or agree with others, but to disparage others in death is so dehumanizing.
When we worship idols like stuff, sex, science, state, or self instead of God, we become savages.
Let’s be thankful for the veneer of Christianity that remains from our heritage. When we preach the Gospel, it gives us a place to start.
Absolutely changed my thinking pattern. I salute him.
Loved his kids books too, listened to the audios of them driving my kids back and forth to school.
Good for you!
Amen, Tom. Whether a person is politically left or right, they honestly would have to admit that Rush changed the landscape of talk radio forever. He was also the inspiration and forerunner of many Conservative pundits and even media companies. He definitely left a legacy.
I also remember listening to Rush sometimes on my lunch break when I worked in Chicago. He always had a lot of fun making liberal’s head spin by saying stuff like “talent on loan from God,” as you mentioned, and one of my favorites: “I’m your host, Rush Limbaugh, with half my brain tied behind my back – just to make it fair.”
It is a cinch Liberals were not happy with the half of Limbaugh’s brain that wasn’t behind his back.😀
Anyone who who achieved the No. 1 radio show program ratings in the Nation on a daily basis for so many years should be credited for his achievements regardless of political views in my opinion. He was certainly no flash in a pan influence on American politics.
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Nope! He sure was not that.
A fitting tribute.
This moment all those who loved Rush feel the massive vacuum in their lives but over time they will discover that what he left behind is much greater than this vacuum, that his legacy is much greater than we think it is now.
One thing he will never be: forgotten.
True. We are the children of the people who teach us.
Good tribute, Tom! I’ve seen some of the mockery and celebration online. As distressing as it is to see people behave that way, it’s kind of cool to have made such an impact on the world that the devil is just dancing on your grave when you go.
Death is never good, but it has been a good week for Christians saying goodbye, for passing over. I just loved that beautiful quote from Rush, “with talent on loan from God.” Carman Licciardello also passed and the Babylon Bee quipped, “Carman Licciardello has passed away after a lifelong Addiction To Jesus.” That’s the spirit, that’s how it’s done, that what we hope for.
“Carman Licciardello has passed away after a lifelong Addiction To Jesus.”
Hard to beat that epitaph.