Rush Limbaugh single-handedly ushered in the era of conservative radio broadcasting. Yes, there were others in the space, but no on did it like Rush – or attracted so many listeners. In his prime, it is estimated Limbaugh attracted over 20 million per week; during once broadcast, Limbaigh said his own EIB Network estimated 43 million.
Regardless of the actual size, it is Limbaugh’s influence that propelled him to unparalleled heights. We could use his voice of reason, sanity, and humor now more than ever.
What’s really amazing is how prescient he was; whereas many conservatives today are still living in make-believe fantasies about the left’s true ambitions, Limbaugh was calling it out everyday as far back as the early 90s. In one such clip, watch as the iconic host called out the insane woke virtue signaling we see so much of today.
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— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 13, 2022
Hi, because I’m wearing these ribbons, I care more than any of you about anything.
And these ribbons say so. I want you people sitting at home on you people in the audience, look down at your lapel right now. I want you to do this. Put the camera back on me. Do this.
When you look down, what do you see? You don’t see anything because you’re not wearing any ribbons. It means you’re a bigot. It means you’re a racist. It means you’re a sexist. It means you’re a homophobe. It probably means you’re a white guy. It probably means you’re a European and you and are you alone are responsible for all the ills of America. But I’m not because I’m wearing these weapons.
I care more than you.
This is simply marvelous. Blue and yellow flags waving? Blue and yellow social media colors? He nailed it. Man, do I miss Rush.
The clip predates the classic show Seinfeld, but they do an equally great job of pointing out the absurdity of virtue signaling. In one of their later episodes, Cosmo Kramer participates in an AIDS walk, only to be pulverized by peers for not putting on a silly ribbon. He walks, mind you, but he doesn’t want the ribbon. It’s both funny and tragic in how accurate this other 90s representation was. Watch:
After he awarded Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom during his final State of the Union, former president Donald Trump recounted how he initially met him and why he was so deserving of the honor. Trump spoke to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, saying:
“I got to know him right after coming down the escalator [to announce my candidacy in July 2015]. He was there right from the beginning. Rush was so great, and it was something very special to know him. A very terrific man. He could just talk for three hours, no phone calls, no anything, just talk and everybody found it spellbinding,” Trump said.
One thing is certain, the world could use Rush right now. He will never be copied; his combination of wit, intelligence, insights, and ability to see the big picture are uniquely his own. Even his distinct cadence and voice belong all to him.
Featured image: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)
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