The long-time “Doctor of Democracy,” the MahaRushdi, the one with “formerly nicotine-stained fingers,” the “harmless little fuzzball,” El Rushbo, Rush Limbaugh has died of a year-long battle with lung cancer at age 70. He was the most-listened-to radio personality of our time, hosting his mid-day radio talk show since 1988.
I would say that I agreed with Limbaugh on many cultural and social issues, but had many disagreements with him on foreign policy, immigration and the idea of “American Exceptionalism.” More on those below.
But before I get into those things, let me get this out of the way. Some people on the radio have been describing Rush Limbaugh as the “King” or even the “Dean” of talk radio. Nuh-uh. Jerry Williams was the “Dean” of talk radio, from 1957 to 1998 when he retired. So there.
But Rush Limbaugh certainly was one of the great radio broadcasters of all time, right up there with Paul Harvey, Larry King (who also died just recently), Gene Burns, and, dare I say, Bob Steele.
Regarding talk radio, I have been listening to talk radio for decades, since the 1970s when I would listen to the Fitzgeralds on WOR, as well as Arlene Francis and Dr. Meltzer on that station, and Larry Glick on WBZ. During the 1980s Boston’s talk radio WRKO was #1 in the ratings, with the aforementioned Jerry Williams, and his fellow great talk radio personalities Gene Burns, David Brudnoy, and Janet Jeghelian. But getting into the 1990s Jerry was getting reduced air time, that station WRKO stupidly got rid of Janet Jeghelian, and also Gene Burns moved away to another city. WRKO went downhill at that time, in my view. The station then replaced Gene Burns with syndicated Rush Limbaugh.
So around 1992 was when I first heard Rush Limbaugh. I didn’t really like him then, because his show seemed like mainly just juvenile name-calling and typical conservative-statist stuff. So, I didn’t listen very much then. I did start listening more during the 2000s. At that time Limbaugh seemed to cut down on the name-calling, and the vitriolic rhetoric.
I certainly appreciated hearing Rush Limbaugh more in these past 5-10 years, especially with the information he gave daily on the revelations of RussiaGate, the “Trump-Russia collusions” conspiracy theory, and the illegal FISA spying that FBI and DOJ apparatchiks did in their treasonously going after the 2016 Trump campaign and attempting to frame Trump and some of his associates including Carter Page who is now trying to sue those FBI and DOJ parasites for their crimes. And I appreciated Limbaugh in the early months of the Covid scamdemic in his exposing some of the inconsistencies and irrational fear-mongering that government bureaucrats and fake news media have been giving us.
I certainly did disagree with him on some things. Limbaugh was a nationalist, a True Believer in “American Exceptionalism,” whatever that is, an America Firster. And he was a warmonger, in his support of George H.W. Bush’s Gulf War a.k.a. Iraq War I in 1990-91, as well as Bush’s son George W. Bush’s Iraq War II in 2003 and the junior Bush’s war in Afghanistan. Both wars seem to be never ending, the 30-year-long Iraq War and the Afghanistan War going on 20 years now.
Well, supposedly Limbaugh supported conservative Pat Buchanan’s candidacy for president in 1992, but then went with the warmonger Bush when Bush beat Buchanan in the primaries. Buchanan was very critical of Bush’s war, but apparently supported the bombing and destruction once it got started.
On the immigration issue, Limbaugh was very strongly opposed to “illegal” immigration, and spent many hours of his show ranting and raving on the issue. Limbaugh was typical of many conservatives and nationalists, in which they seem to believe in some kind of collective ownership of the territory as a whole, with “citizens” as the co-owners. But as I have written a lot before, such a system negates the concepts of private property, free markets and voluntary exchange. It’s a very socialistic system we have regarding immigration, involving government central planning, and involving making employers have to get government bureaucrats’ permission to hire someone, or workers having to get government bureaucrats’ permission to work somewhere. That’s socialism. (But don’t tell Rush Limbaugh I said that.)
Limbaugh was good at going against the Establishment in some ways. At first during the 2020 Covid scamdemic he was very critical of “public health” bureaucrats and moonstream media exaggerating the disease, which they were doing. This Guardian article from February of last year quotes Limbaugh:
“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponised as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said on his Monday show. “Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.
“The drive-by media hype of this thing as a pandemic, as the Andromeda strain, as, ‘Oh, my God, if you get it, you’re dead’ … I think the survival rate is 98%. Ninety-eight per cent of people get the coronavirus survive. It’s a respiratory system virus.”
He was criticized for telling the truth. The “fact-checkers” had to “debunk” his truths with their lies and propaganda. But Limbaugh was exactly right about that on every point there. As I wrote here and here, the Covid survival rate is roughly 99.9%. And the Establishment really did bring down Trump, and they did it by terrorizing the population to beg for mail-in voting, to enable the mail-in fraudsters and cheaters to exploit it for their election steal, which they did.
But sadly Limbaugh seemed to get less and less vocal about exposing the Covid fraud. I’m glad his substitutes over the past few months, Todd Herman and Ken Matthews, have not been afraid to honestly communicate the reality of this Covid scamdemic.
On Limbaugh’s cancer, I think he may have had more of a chance of survival through alternative, non-Establishment medicine treatments and nutritional therapy. In my view it was the drugs that killed him, not the cancer. Sadly, many people have a blind, superstitious faith in Establishment medicine and pharmaceutical drugs, oh, well.
Anyway, Limbaugh was very conservative on cultural and social issues. He believed in traditional marriage, obviously, because he had four of them.
And he often fused his views with his sarcastic sense of humor. Unfortunately, some people took it the wrong way. When a law student named Sandra Fluke was testifying before Congress to promote insurance coverage of birth control, Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” causing many of his show’s advertisers to jump ship. So, this young “lady” wants to have a promiscuous lifestyle and she wants others to pay for it, was essentially her argument. No, I think that if women want “equality,” they can pay for their own damn birth control, just as they pay for other items in the drug store. That’s reasonable.
So if people didn’t like Limbaugh’s sarcastic sense of humor, they could just turn the dial. Sandra should know that when she appears before a congressional committee for public testimony, she risks being made fun of and called names, just as were Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Zuckerberg, and many others.
Many commentators now have been referring to Limbaugh as a “hate-monger” and a “racist,” which he wasn’t. Obviously those people hadn’t listened to Limbaugh’s show. He wasn’t a “hater.” As far as “racist,” his longtime producer and call-screener, “Mr. Snerdley,” is black. Would a racist hire a black man to be the show’s producer and call-screener? I think not. So please shut up, you idiots out there.
And regarding the racism issue, Limbaugh had been like many other conservatives, critical of what we now have in our society this phenomenon of reverse racism, anti-white racism, and so on. The race-obsessed fanatics have been installing something called “Critical Race Theory” in the government schools, many colleges and universities, and in government agencies and many corporations now. People, and kids in the schools, are being trained i.e. indoctrinated to have to believe and state that white people are inherently racist and are “white supremacists,” which is totally absurd. The indoctrinators are telling white people they are racists because of being white, an assertion which is itself racist!
The obsession of the people on the left with race and skin color is literally like a brainwashed cult. Add this race cultishness to the obsession the same kinds of people have with sex and sexual perversions. Yech.
Many of the same people, you see them on CNN, MSNBC, the White House Press corps, they call anyone who disagrees with them on any issue, “racists,” even if the issue has nothing to do with race. They do not seem to argue facts, in the “racism” accusation, or in “climate change,” and other hot-button issues.
So it is those people on the left who are the name-callers and haters, certainly much more than Rush Limbaugh was. Limbaugh supported traditional marriage and family values. And THAT is why they call him a “racist” and a “hater,” which is quite irrational, given that favoring traditional family values has nothing to do with racism or “hating” others. If you want your non-traditional lifestyles (and perversions, etc.) you can have them, but how about leaving others alone who don’t agree with you?
Many of the cultists on the left have said that they want to jail the haters, and the “deniers,” that they are now referring to as “domestic terrorists,” and jailing people without due process of course, and they want to put people in concentration camps a.k.a. “re-education camps.” They have been using very dangerous rhetoric and we can hear them and how brainwashed and ignorant the cultists are. These are very frightening times. Can you imagine conservatives saying we should “jail progressives,” calling them “domestic terrorists” to justify such policies? No, I have never heard conservatives suggest any such thing in all my years.
Too bad so many people are calling Rush Limbaugh a “hater” or a “racist,” in the critics’ news items and articles about him and his death. If only they had listened to his show.
And finally, I think the suggestion that Donald Trump replace Limbaugh on that mid-day show is a great idea. That would really bother the real haters out there, those little pricks, and guarantee continued high ratings for that show.