February 17, 2021

Rush

Rush Limbaugh has passed. 


He was a voice in the darkness for many years. When there were no other opinions being broadcast he was there reminding people that no matter what they might see, hear and read in the media, there were other people who thought like them. We were reminded, by Rush, that each of us was not alone and or crazy, no matter how much the powers that be insisted that we were alone. 

He was quite possibly the most influential radio personality in U.S. history. He jump-started conservative publishing, highlighting conservative thinkers on his program at a time when no one else would give them the time of day. His very existence was a lifeline to both the populist and intellectual right, and the megaphone he wielded broke the the information monopoly of the day, allowing voices not of the establishment to be heard, and affect change. 

In his own odd, button down way, he was kind of..punk, delighting in stirring up controversy and when the scolds came for them, he'd usually turn the tables on them and raise millions for various children's charities. 

I don't agree with everything he said. He talked 3 hours a day for 22 years so I'm sure there's something there to offend everybody. But he was a voice for the people that the powers that be hate. People like myself would never have emerged from the wilderness if not for him. 

Through his personal hardships , his deafness, his cancer he remained, in public, upbeat until the end, providing an example as well as an inspiration.

His optimism will be missed.

There's more on his passing here, here, and here

I especially recommend this late addition

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1 Mark Steyn got it in one with "Rush took politics seriously but not solemnly."  Rush was an inherent optimist, and that was also why so many people followed him.  IMHO, he was one of those childhood heroes that, after all these years, remained a hero.

I like to think that in Elysium, he, Andrew Breitbart, and Ronald Reagan swapping tales and laughs.

Posted by: cxt217 at Wed Feb 17 23:23:32 2021 (4i7w0)

2 R.I.P.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu Feb 18 21:09:16 2021 (LZ7Bg)

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