Rush Limbaugh has been gone about a week and the press seems obsessed by calling him hate-filled or divisive. He’ll live on rent-free in their minds.
First off, no one has probably done more for the conservative movement than Rush Limbaugh. But there are some consequences for that kind of success. He was targeted by the Left’s smear machine for decades. It’s what happens when you are effective.
The steady drumbeat from the media is calling him hate radio and divisive, polarizing. Only by the Left’s terminology and standards.
So telling the truth about the Left, their agenda and tactics is hate? Exposing what the Left is doing is divisive? Talking about issues and policy is divisive? The DNC has no patience for anyone truth-telling on the airwaves.
Rush could have been the original cancel culture target. They wanted nothing more than to remove him from the air, shut him up and destroy him. They couldn’t. He thrived on their efforts and it fed into his talk operation. Certainly the Left will be on the lookout for anyone rivaling his reach and popularity. Yes, he was a phenomenon.
But one has to understand what came before Rush: The Fairness Doctrine. That was the policy that forced airwaves to give “equal time” to issues and politics. As usual, the Left found a way to use that to shut down conservative opinion or ideas. The media would say they could not give equal time to the other side, so effectively it cancelled conservative speech. In effect, you were limited by your opposition’s inability to present another side.
The effect of that policy worked the same as their silencing agenda. They use social media now to do the silencing. There is no fairness. Equality is the last thing the Left wants. They want and demand a stacked deck: institutionally, culturally, and in the airwaves.
With Rush, they could have none of that. He wasn’t going to give them a minute of peace. He was probably enemy number one for that reason. The Left despises competition. They resent being challenged by the truth. And they certainly hated any idea about the numbers of Rush’a audience.
But yet in such an environment Rush Limbaugh flourished like wild flowers.
Just an aside, I remember back about ’92 a friend from Kansas City gave me Limbaugh’s book. He said this is the guy to watch and listen to. I started reading the book and realized this guy had the same ideas I had. For the first time the issues he would talk about made sense in a sea of political chaos. But the very best part was to realize there were a lot of people out there, almost a limitless amount, who agreed and felt the same way. And we were not going away. That is the way I remember it anyhow.
So now there are over 20 million Limbaugh’s who are out there. They are not alone or isolated. He started the ball rolling. But the Left saw the same thing with Goldwater and then Reagan before. They at least knew what it meant for them. If imitation is a form of flattery, the Left tried to duplicate it but couldn’t make it work on Air America.
I’ll miss Rush, but never ever forget him.
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