The crooked politicians and lying media creatures hated Rush Limbaugh.
He had a deep understanding of what they were doing, and wasn’t afraid to call them out.
There was some kind of “conservative media” before Rush came along, but I never heard of any of it.
I was a liberal Democrat, the son of lifelong liberal Democrats. I didn’t become acquainted with a dedicated Republican until I was about 30 years old.
One day I heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio. He was hilarious, as he played a routine making fun of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who retained his seat despite his despicable actions which caused the death of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne.
I began listening to Rush, although my job clashed with the possibility of being a regular listener. He amazed me with his knowledge of so many political issues, as well as his rapport with listeners and quick sense of humor.
Rush helped me believe that being a conservative wasn’t a totally crazy, uncool thing to become. Because of Rush, Dr. James Dobson, and a few friends, I migrated into the conservative camp.
Because of Rush, many other outstanding conservative radio hosts found prominent spots on powerful stations – including Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Mike Gallagher. I became a regular listener of them and many others.
Rush was a pioneer of the conservative freedom movement, which has changed America for the better – in many ways beyond what I can attempt to describe.
Since he died, I have seen so of my favorite writers, broadcasters and friends who have expressed the deep ways that Rush influenced them. Many expressed the deep grief they are experiencing.
I also feel the grief at the loss of the godfather of all effective conservative broadcasters.
Rush became a lightning rod for those of us who are interested in politics, government and history.
You either love him or hate him. That is evident in the response to his death of grieving conservatives -- and left-wing lunatics who are foaming at the mouth and spewing celebratory messages.
Shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, he declared Rush his Public Enemy Number One. What a high honor! Obama warned people not to listen to him. What more could Rush have asked for to improve his ratings?
That honor was only exceeded by President Donald Trump’s award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, bestowed on him by First Lady Melania Trump before a live audience of millions at the 2020 State of the Union Address.
I don’t know what Rush’s response was to Nancy Pelosi’s tearing up of Trump’s speech – but I’m sure it was classic.
Rush Limbaugh is sorely missed already. But his legacy will live on as long as Americans and other freedom-loving people hunger to hear the truth about phony politicians and their sycophantic media parrots.
Rush would say his talent was “on loan from God.” Thank you Lord, for lending Rush to us.