by Alice Flanders
I awoke this morning to read the on-line news that Rush Limbaugh had passed away. May he rest in peace.
Truly a gentle giant – but such a powerful giant! The Left Feared him. The Left Hated him. And so many of the rest of us were grateful for him.
The Leftist Media will probably go on a shark-type feeding frenzy, like the 3-minute hate in the George Orwell book, 1984 – except their hate will go on for much longer than 3 minutes. So I will take a few moments to share only a couple of words about Mr. Rush Limbaugh, a person I held in high esteem for many a year now. I will miss his voice coming across that GOLDEN EIB (Excellence In Broadcasting) microphone… I will miss that he communicated intelligently and succinctly without need of profanity.
My introduction to the Late Great Rush Limbaugh happened in 1989 when I was assigned to the Island of Guam as Administrative Officer of the Naval Station there. His syndicated show came on in the wee hours of the morning. I could just barely pick up the broadcast on my personal small radio. But I strained to hear the broadcast, which fed an inner need of mine. He mentioned every day that his was talent on loan from God. He further said daily that God was welcome to his program every day. That sold me, as God was also most welcome in my home every day, as well.
His discussions and dialogues required the listener to think. Never did I recall pandering to Democrats or to Republicans, although he was definitely on the Far Conservative side of the spectrum.
I recall Bose Speakers was one of his sponsors. And sadly, I recall years later when he lost his hearing. Every winter season he would break out the Mannheim Steamroller Holiday albums. He introduced me to Mannheim Steamroller… Thank You Rush!
How many of us recall his Caller Abortion monologues. I don’t remember how long he did these monologues for… but his delivery of the concept forced us to consider at a deeper level what an abortion was… a termination of a life that had the potential to express meaning in the lives of other sentient beings. And he ended the unwanted call at his will. He made us think. It hit home with me because the left was out with forks and knives championing Abortion Education and Indoctrination. I took it upon myself to become involved with Guamanians For Life at that time (in my off-duty, after hours).
I believe he once had surgery that resulted in severe back/spine pain. A doctor (or doctors) prescribed very strong pain meds, which resulted in a physical dependence to the prescribed substance. This resulted in a drug addiction that he had to go through lengthy rehab to overcome. And the MSM made out that he was some sort of cheapy drug addict. My heart went out to him.
He was unequaled in his arena. As a result of his efforts many talk show hosts came into vogue. None matched his winning wit and keen command of the current issues of the day, every day, 5 days a week, with some breaks. Prof. Walter Williams (Of Blessed Memory, who passed away about 2 months ago) was often a trusted stand-in for Rush.
Talk radio will never be the same.
The author is a Hartford resident and 2020 candidate for the Vermont House.