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A Tribute to Rush Limbaugh

Updated on March 12, 2018
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Rush Limbaugh, the king of talk radio and a conservative voice. He has been a regular host of his successful radio franchise that is on air 3 hours a day and 5 days a week. His syndicated show started in 1988 has over 300 affiliates and over 13 million regular listeners.

- Feb. 2018

Background

I have been a listener of Rush since the early 1990s. At first, if was just random here and there when I happen to switch to the station in NY. Since I was working full time, I could not listen from 12 noon to 3 pm on a regular basis. His conservative message is what made me a loyal customer again and again. He was the lone wolf in the wilderness. His unique style of speaking commands respect even at times when you might disagree with him which is rare by the way. He is also very entertaining in his presentation. He combines humor and politics in a simple down to earth manner that makes his audience engaged.

Rush is also a teacher. His knowledge and understanding of worldly affairs and of history is invaluable to his listeners. I have to agree that his listeners are probably smarter and more informed than the average guy on the street. Just by tuning in, one gets the important news of the day and along with his unique perspective and commentary. What is most amazing is that he is often right. He has a keen sense of the issues and is able to digest complex ideas into easy to understand parts.

Rush had a natural gift in public speaking. It is not easy to be in front of a microphone 3 hours a day and just talk. It is totally unscripted. This is a natural talent few individuals possess. Most hosts or news anchors read from a script. Rush just talks and he reacts on the fly and is quick on his feet and his wit.

With Rush, there seems to be no middle-ground. Either you love him or you hate him. There are many detractors who will tell you what Rush said and quote him out of context to sway public opinion. You only have to listen to him a few times and you will be hooked.

My Personal Experience

Having been a regular listener for twenty plus years, I know exactly what Rush is about. I know his MO. Since I am a reader of web news, I usually get the headline off the Drudge report. I believe Rush gets some of his sources from Drudge as well. He will often talk about a topic that was breaking on Drudge. This is no coincident. Rush spend hours show prep and he goes through all the top news sites and collates the news of the day and choose which ones to talk about during his show. Occasionally, he would have a call from the listener and those are few and far in between. Even more rare is having a scheduled guest on his show.

I have nevered called in or even tried to call in. There were a few times when I had the urge but stopped short. I knew it would be a small chance of getting through. Besides, I am not good at speaking off the cuff. I prefer to do my analysis by writing on my blog. That is one of the reasons I admire about Rush. He can just talk about almost any topic or issue and sound coherrent and makes sense. Not many people in this world can do that. That is the secret to his success.

Recently, I found out Rush is offering his listeners a chance to speak out. We are asked to submit a letter explaining our background and why we listen...

I jumped at this opportunity, mainly to thank him for his many years of entertainment and education. To my surprise, I received a confirmation email from Rush’s staff. They want me to conduct a video conference to learn more about my personal story. I was thrilled and humbled. Out of thousands of entries, I was chosen among a handful of listeners. That is an extreme honor.

The day of the video conference, I was sitting in front of my computer and introduced to three of Rush’s staff. They were charming and engaging and made me felt at ease. They asked questions and allowed me to tell my story. That 15 minutes was one of the highlights of my life.

About a week later, I received a box in the mail. It was a gift package from Rush. What a surprise and totally unexpected. It included a personal note from Rush, and some T Shirts and a Golf shirt, and two mugs and a Christmas ornament. He thanked me for participating in this video conference. His generosity is another of Rush’s traits. Often on a show, he would give his callers gifts of great value. This is who he is. He is like the rich uncle who just like to spoil his nephews and nieces. I will wear the shirts proudly, and hang the ornament on my tree next Christmas.

Some of My Favorites...

  • The best selling book “The Way It Ought To Be”
  • 35 Undeniable Truths
  • Rush Revere Series children books
  • Barack the magic negro...satire song
  • Rush lexicon - femenazi
  • Drive by media
  • The first Thanksgiving story...
  • Being absurd to illustrate absurdity...
  • Tied half his brain behind his back...just to make it fair
  • Debate people in the arena of ideas...

Some Explanations

What does it mean when Rush talk about the “drive by media.“ This is a term Rush coined to describe what some of the media does in their reporting of events. He compares it to drive by shooting of gangs. What they do is come to a scene and starting shooting and causing a disturbance. Then, quickly, they leave and let the chaos perculate. They claim no responsibility and move on to something else. That is exactly what some in the media does. They take a controversial subject matter and make a splash with a breaking news headline...and then quickly move on to another story. In a way, they created the news instead of reporting on the news.

The term Feminazi is another of Rush’s lexicon. It was miss understood by people unfamiliar with Rush and his style. They thought it to be a derogatory name calling on Rush’s part. In reality, it is a fittting description of what some feminists especially the leaders of the feminine movement have become. They have taken the position that you must agree with them or else you are a bigot or mIsogynist. That is exactly what the Fascist movement was. There is only their way or the highway. Therefore, this term is an accurate description of the leaders of the Feminist movement and NOW.

Demonstrating absurdity by being absurd. Rush is a unique talent. He try to be entertaining and inform at the same time. He spots trends and connect the dots better than anyone in the media. If you are not a regular listener of his program, you may not understand what he does at times on his show. The critics of Rush and those who constantly quote him on other media does not understand this. They will report some of the crazy things Rush said on a particular topic not knowing that it was satire.In his best selling book “The Way Things Ought To Be”, published in 1992, he has a whole Chapter explaining this. Yet, in 2018, there are still many people in media who does not listen to Rush or understand Rush or get his humor.

The satire by Paul Shanklin on Barack Obama is a classic. If you have not heard it, you need to go to youtube and check it out. It was one of the great satire of all times.

The video is funny because there is an element of truth to it. That is what makes a good satire.

A Satire on Congressman Barney Frank

Rush the Best Selling Author

Rush has written some best sellers and the most impactful are the Rush Revere children’s series. These books are entertaining, and educational at the same time. It teaches children and adults our unique and exceptional history.

Summary

This is a tribute to Rush for his many years of service and for standing up for conservative principles. Happy 30th year anniversary and wish you many more.

- Your loyal fan.

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© 2018 Jack Lee

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    • tsadjatko profile image

      8 months ago from now on

      You forgot Mike :-)

      and I must say I am hard pressed to think of any differences with the man I have regarding any issues although I suppose I too may have some differences if "differences regarding some issues" doesn't necessarily mean disagreement on those issues.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      8 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Tsad, Robin and Chris, thanks for checking in on my article. As I suspected, there are plenty of us around who are Rush admirers...

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      Chris Mills 

      8 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Jack, I can appreciate all the accolades you have tossed out toward our friend, Rush Limbaugh. He is as genuine a human being as has ever walked the earth. I have some differences with the man regarding some issues, but he still is one of the greatest communicators and visionaries alive today. The very fact that his name generates so much controversy is a testament to his effectiveness. Thank you for writing this article and congratulations for receiving recognition from EIB and the man himself.

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      Robin Carretti 

      8 months ago from Hightstown

      Well I picked this readout because my husband also listens to Rush Limbaugh and he is very detailed in what he speaks We enjoy him so much

    • tsadjatko profile image

      8 months ago from now on

      Mike, his greatest contribution has to be revealing what liberalism actually is and specifically defining it as a world view because liberals would portray themselves to gullible people as just the opposite. Rush Limbaugh broke down “liberalism” in a detailed-yet-simplistic way for his listeners.

      Limbaugh argued that “in a free country, people will not choose liberalism.”

      “If they want to eat salt, they’ll eat it. If they want to eat trans fats, they’ll eat it. If they want to eat beef, they’ll eat it,” he explained. “The only way liberals can get you to live the way they want you to is to deny you freedom to do what you want to do. And they’re not happy with you living and thinking in ways other than the way they live and think. You must conform.”

      He also pointed out that “liberals cannot survive in an unrigged contest in the arena of ideas.”

      That’s because, according to Limbaugh, “they are not about ideas.”

      “Liberals are not about choice; they are about imposition. The way they live, the way they believe, must be imposed on people, otherwise they won’t do it on their own,” he added. “It’s taken them 50, 60 years to get to this point of conditioning people, of taking hold of the education system, the university, academia system, the media. It’s taken a long time to condition people not to stand up for themselves, not to exercise freedom, not to speak outside the acceptable norms. What is political correctness but speech censorship, is all it is.”

      The thing is, although Rush is a Republican, he is not talking about Democrats per say but liberalism and there is liberalism, too much liberalism, in the Republican party and he also points that out.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      8 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Mike, I agree. Rush is also a National treasure.

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      Readmikenow 

      8 months ago

      This is a good article.

      I'm sure we can all agree that Rush Limbaugh forever changed talk radio. I consider him a living legend.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      8 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Tsad, thanks for checking in. I do believe we are winning in the arena of ideas.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      8 months ago from now on

      Well said Jack. I was apolitical until I began to listen to Rush many years ago (but not soon enough). When I was young I focused on the obvious hypocrisy in politics on both sides of the aisle and simply dismissed it as a waste of my time but Rush opened my eyes to what is really going on in politics and the world and once you gain his perspective on things it all makes sense and you realize "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." was never more true and applicable than in the realm of liberalism verses conservatism.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      8 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Jennifer and Tsad, you are both right. Rush is one of a kind. I find him very intelligent, self taught since he dropped out of college, and he is a student of history. He has taught me so much via his many books, starting with the one Jennifer mentioned and later with the Rush Revere series for children. They are really entertaining and teaches about out history and heritage. He is also not political like your typical talking heads or politician. He enjoys being independent and away from Washington DC but he does interact with many in the politcal scene. He does have influence one way or another. He is an american icon.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      8 months ago from now on

      Jack, nice to see anyone speak out about Rush, his talents and accomplishments. He is above all else an educator and anyone who will listen regularly to his broadcast (for at least a month) and not learn anything of value to affect their world view, outlook and opinion on life, politics, society and government is beyond help of any kind.

      Jennifer - odd that you say you were a never Trumper and cite that as a disagreement with Rush, then you say you like Prager and Medved when neither of them were never Trumpers, actually very supportive of Trump, even more so than Rush. Rush really doesn't "support" anyone as much as he just tells it like it is and let's you decide. If you listen to him on Trump and still are a never Trumper then you simply aren't listening. When the choice is between pure evil like Hillary and policies that will and are helping America how can anyone say never Trump?

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      Jennifer Mugrage 

      9 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

      In the early 1990s, I was in high school. I guess Rush had been broadcasting for about 10 years by then, but that is when I remember him bursting onto the scene. He published his book, The Way Things Ought to Be, and I think there was a cover story about him in a major news magazine. So, that was when I first became aware of him, just as with you. After that, my brother and Dad started listening to him occasionally.

      Though our family was Christian and hence conservative on many social issues, still I had never heard anybody make a compelling, heartfelt, unapologetic case for political conservatism. In the political climate I was raised in, we were apologetic about being American and capitalist, and we were against national defense because it involved killing people. Before Rush, I had never heard anybody talk about free markets, the USA, and actually defending yourself like they were *good* things rather than necessary evils.

      The main thing I remember him saying in his book was, "Look, I'm entertainer. I believe everything I say, but I wouldn't be saying it on the radio unless it entertained people and made me some money." I found this refreshingly honest and practical and I think it's crucial to understanding Rush.

      I don't listen to his show regularly (I like Dennis Prager and Michael Medved). Nor do I always agree with him. I was a never Trumper, for example. Also Rush's extensive research means that half the time, I am new to the topic he is talking about and have little idea what's going on.

      That said, when I do occasionally tune in, his gift is obvious. Even if he's just reading one sentence from an article he wants to talk about, the way he reads it is entertaining.

      And it's nice to see a current picture of you, Jack. :-)

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      9 months ago from Yorktown NY

      AB, thanks. I do believe there are more of us out there... we are winning some hearts and souls and thanks to Rush.

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      A B Williams 

      9 months ago from Central Florida

      Good for you Jack!

      I too am a big fan of Rush. I have been ever since I was venting to my husband one day about who knows what that say...

      He said there is this guy on the radio, you have to listen to him, he sees things as we do. I've been listening ever since. It works out well for me to do so. We are self-employed, I am at a drafting table most days and Rush is on the radio.

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