H-ilarious (…and Humanitarian)
Our Doctor of Democracy has left us this Ash Wednesday 2021. No coincidences there. It’s difficult to imagine life without Rush Limbaugh regaling us from our radios. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. What a spectacular run he had, and how blessed we were to go along for the ride.
This writer first heard Rush Limbaugh nearly 30 years ago while attending the University of Arizona in Tucson. My left-leaning girlfriend at the time first brought Mr. Limbaugh to my attention by criticizing him. He was unknown to me and my folks soon thereafter mentioned Rush and to give him a listen. Upon my first hearing his broadcast a light flashed on in my brain. It was an ah ha! moment realizing you are a conservative at heart.
Rush articulated so many positive and true things about conservative thought and philosophy, and he did it with good cheer and humor. As Rush liked to say, here we highlight the absurd by being absurd. He was hilarious, and his sense of humor was what this listener liked best about him. You could tell he was having a ball doing what he was doing. His passion was infectious, and there were many times his bits would bring tears of joy to my face. Who can forget his riffs on the former British Based Cunning Stunts PR Agency. Rush would make mention that only a highly trained broadcast specialist could say the phrase, Cunning Stunts, over and over again rapidly without making a mistake (he never did.)
Broadcasting with half his brain tied behind his back (just to make it fair,) Rush taught us every day. At the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies there are no graduates, because the learning never stops. As my Dad likes to say (and Mr. Limbaugh taught us,) every day we are going to school.
Over the decades, Mr. Limbaugh’s program got me through some lean times scraping the bottom of the barrel. His show was always a beacon of light, hope, and humor. He never changed, and you could always tune in and learn something new, and have fun doing it. During many a dead end job for this writer, those 3 hours when Rush was on the air were a lifeline in getting through those challenging times. Rush would instantly make an 8 hour slog feel feel like 5. You still had to gut out those 5 hours, yet with Rush’s presence he took the sting out of those 8 hours. He taught perseverance and doggedness. Stick to it’edness as Rush would say.
We will never see another one like him in our lifetimes. He single handedly changed the format of Talk Radio, impacted politics in the United States of America and gave back to our country. Rush was 70 years old and no doubt still had more to do. He must be holding shop now with Mssrs. Tony Snow & Tim Russert in Heaven. Rush’s talent truly was on Loan From GOD and he left an indelible mark we carry with us. Life goes on, but it’s sure going to be different without El Rushbo…no more waiting for the clock to strike 10:07 am any day of the week and getting to hear what is on the minds of all us Dittoheads. Rest In Peace Mr. Limbaugh, you will be missed ~ and Thank You. God Bless.