To: The Right of Rush Limbaugh
In Loving Memory – Part 2
By: Lynne Wolfe
February 22, 2021 —
Stick to your principles, folks. They may fear you for that, but that’s when you’ll make your point. – Rush
The Republic: Can We Keep It?
Rush’s Legacy is filled with hope about how we can save and keep the Republic. His life was dedicated to it. All we must do is have a closer look at his principles, his philosophy and optimistic view of Americans. How does refusal to crumble amid unrelenting cultural decline and political upheaval inspire other Patriots?
The Reviews and The Tributes
Superlative analyses of the man and acknowledgments of his impact on broadcasting continue to pour in. For the purpose of this writing, I have avoided them. Other than a couple of notable memories, stirred by Mark Steyn’s EIB podcast, these are my own observations of the Rush that I knew and loved, after listening and watching for thirty years.
A casual listener, upon hearing “Talent on loan from God!” could initially be put off. A regular listener understands. There is nothing boastful or narcissistic about the statement. He knew where his gifts came from and wasn’t afraid to say it with an echo sound effect. To question the irreverence of the claim is to be reminded from where your own gifts come. I think Rush knew the Lord a lot better than we gave him credit for all these years. The Lord has a sense of humor.
If one’s mission is to spread the truth about Washington, D.C., crooked politicians and the media, then why not do it with a sense of humor? He called himself an Entertainer, first and foremost. He asked that new listeners give him three months before deciding to tune him out. In the early years, he’d say things that would make me shout out, “Yeah! Yeah, Rush – You tell ‘em!” This man was saying things that I have known in my heart since I was about six years old. Something about the drug culture and violent anti-war expression, plus Dan Rather’s and Walter Cronkite’s tone seemed anti-American. I told my parents “I can’t stand those hippies.” I didn’t yet have the right words.
Later, I was lucky enough to attend a college whose Liberal professors were ‘true-believers.’ Opposing views, logically supported, were encouraged. I was a hand-raiser, a front-row sitter (mainly because I needed glasses), and a book-nerd. I never minded the snickers behind me because I believed and stood for what I was saying. I could back it up. When Rush boomed his way into my car, I felt he knew my heart. He was a kindred spirit. He had a fascination for learning that transcended the schoolroom. And he had a dream to broadcast and entertain, whether through music, sports or his legendary contribution to the causes of Conservatism.
The brilliance of Rush’s wit and wisdom shone brightly through his signature: “Illustrate the absurd by being absurd.” And while he was at it, he’d make you spit your coffee on the desk or the steering wheel. Something about putting make-up on in the car, Rush said the highways would be much safer if women would stop farding in their cars while driving.* My husband sprang that on me as we were running late somewhere. I’ve always been one for a good gas joke, but immediately analyzed what I thought I’d heard: Well, yes. Because if you do, and it’s bad enough, you must roll the window down and take your hands off the wheel. But men do it too, so why did Rush target women’s gas? Is it because men do it so much that they are used to it, and they like it, or something? You know, like YOU? So, I learned a new word. (Look it up!) I still apply make-up while driving at 2 mph. in an Atlanta traffic jam. My sister uses an adapter and hot curlers during her commute. Don’t judge. You can get a lot done in a 15-minute standstill.
In Part 1, The Parodies were examined. There was one I wasn’t fond of because I love animals. Andy Williams’ “Born Free” was layered with audio of terrifying jungle sounds: stampeding herds, elephants, roaring lions, and angry gorillas who were not in the mood for peaceful human contact. The sound of big gunfire was added. The heart-rending strains of Williams’ song, vs. terrifying stampedes, gunfire and Rush’s belly laughter was absurd, shocking and outrageous. “Rush is an animal lover.”** The point of the “Born Free” parody was, in my opinion- to illustrate the danger and foolishness of taking up residence with wild animals who can kill you. Siegfried and Roy’s horrific accident with one of their white tigers is a perfect real-world illustration. And Rush called himself, “the mayor of Realville.”
He also called himself a “Benevolent Dictator” because he was determined to run his show the way he saw fit, for the benefit of his audience. He had few guests. Callers who were lucky enough to get through and developed a case of nerves would be gently calmed and encouraged. Then, they could try to make their point or ask a question. If they stumbled, Rush was a quick study; he could make the incoherent understandable. He could reframe the caller’s message with logic, reason and best of all, patience.
Rush’s depth and altruism can be illustrated by one of his core beliefs: Your character is shown by how you treat those who can do nothing for you. He repeated this often over the years. He lived his life with it in mind. Rush raised and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to battle Leukemia in children. His example inspired audience contributions during the drives that made a difference. What can one voice do? His Presidential Medal is in honor of personal charitable contributions as well as career achievements. I predict we will learn more about Rush’s secret acts of charity in times to come.
Speaking of children, though Rush had no kids of his own, his nieces were beloved by him. When a child called in, the delight in his voice was touching. He would listen and hang upon every word the child spoke. After expressing his profound appreciation for the call, boasting to listeners about the little callers, Rush would typically send generous gifts such as iPads, phones or books, stuffed “Liberty” horse plush toys, whatever was age-appropriate.
Rush drove the hard, cold truth home when it came to children. He was unapologetically a warrior for the Unborn. The right to Life is God-given. His adherence to the principles of the Constitution as an immutable construct for this Republic never wavered. This aspect of Rush’s integrity made it seem easy, bringing Truth to an ever-growing, ever changing audience in fresh ways that kept us rapt and entertained. He believed that abortion is the holy grail for Liberal Democrats. He said so. It remains so. Thirty years ago, would we have even contemplated the infanticide that is legal in some parts of this nation?
Rush grew up in God-fearing, intact, upper middle-class family of high achievers, whose elders expected him to follow in the professions of Law or Medicine. He never failed to express his appreciation for this good fortune. While his mother was still alive, she would call in to “Rusty’s” show to let him know how much she loved him and how proud she knew Rush, Sr. would be. The work-ethic was strong, and he had it. And then some. He’d joke about hours and hours of show preparation and study, having read his comedically retitled “The New York Slimes”, “The Washington Compost” and “The Atlanta Urinal and Constipation.” He watched the Sunday shows, “Meet The Depressed” and “Slay The Nation” to spare his audience.
Despite his father’s disappointment about Rush not getting a formal education, the education he absorbed during family meals and their healthy debate helped build the character of this man. He had a gift with words, remarkable voice control and a flair for the dramatic that added impact to his monologues. He would credit the love and support of his family for his highest accomplishments. They instilled optimism, confidence and determination that would serve him well in the face of being fired seven times. He accepted responsibility for his own personal failings. Broadcast station managers had not signed up for his politics. He never waivered in his personal values. By staying true to the Lord and true to his worldview, he found his own way to have fun and get paid for it. Having more fun than a human being should be allowed,” he often said. Staying true to his core values made it easier to be truthful, consistently over the years. He could tout being correct 98.6% – 99% of the time, as reported by independent watchdogs. He had gifts for the prophetic and the philosophical, based upon his knowledge of history and human nature. Rush Limbaugh was justified by the Truth of his political predictions. He was not joking when he warned: The only way for Liberals to get elected is to lie. And lie they did.
After the tumult of the 2020 election and the anarchy that tainted his America, the cynicism, the division, the violence, a bioweapon, and Socialism’s creep, Rush announced at least twice, “I feel I have let you down.” After all these years, it wasn’t enough. What more could he have done?
Rush, if you are listening, you did not let us down! You went out fighting like only a true American Patriot can. However, if we dismiss 30 years’ in pursuit of Justice and Truth and do not follow the American way back to our own identity, we will have let you down. And worse, we would have surrendered.
The Legacy: Take Heart
Rush demonstrated how important it is to remain persistent, optimistic and confident in the face of Victory or Defeat. By admittedly “outliving his expiration date,” he showed what it meant to fight against the odds. He endured the ravages of cancer treatments in order to stay around for his audience and to support President Trump. Though time on Earth was running out, he took joy and thanked God upon every waking morning. He was noble in the battle being raged upon his body.
By December 23, 2020, before Christmas break, Rush Limbaugh had already spoken the words many longed to hear. He acknowledged his ongoing walk with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This was not a sickbed decision. Rush was demonstrably obedient as a bold servant of the Lord. Rush was abundantly grateful for all intercessory prayers. He reported he could feel every one of them. Few things brought Rush to tears. In his last months, the love that poured in through emails, letters and calls humbled a hero who was not afraid to get a lump in his throat or wipe his nose on camera.
Once upon a time, Rush wanted everyone to like him. He matured to the point that he knew it was impossible. He also knew it was foolish. He believed about 50% likeability was reasonable to expect when presenting truth under his searchlight: his beacon of truth. His audience approval is much higher, of course. It is our Love which helped embolden him. Thirty-plus years of relentless attacks on many fronts, is a long time to stand firm. Rush stood until he no longer could. He was valiant in the face of death and left us inspired by his belief in us. His belief in Americans’ adherence to long-held principles is where he felt the answers lay. He believed the cream always rises. A tenet was “My success or failure does not depend upon who occupies the White House.” Can we speak those words, as a Country and abide be them?
Limbaugh’s legacy is a roadmap. His biography is a playbook for how “American Exceptionalism and Rugged Individualism,” can help the weary Patriot save this Republic.
According to Kathryn Limbaugh, Rush’s core beliefs were: “God, Faith, Family and Country” — testament to a life well-lived. Enjoy your reward, Rush. I bet the music is beautiful.
*(Mark Steyn, Hour One: The Rush Limbaugh Show, EIB Podcast replay – Thursday 2/18/21)
**(Mark Steyn, Hour One: The Rush Limbaugh Show, EIB Podcast replay, Thursday 2/18/21).
~~Photo credit: Screen grab by PSB Editorial Staff
~~Writer’s Note: I hope I have done justice to the memory of an unforgettable man. If I have missed anything at all, please use the feedback feature to let us know.