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How Rush Limbaugh rescued
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Posted By: Magnante, 2/18/2021 5:16:00 AM

Like millions of my fellow Americans, it was like a gut shot hearing the news that Rush Limbaugh went to be with the LORD after succumbing to stage four lung cancer. (snip) He is the reason, this American, who also happens to be Black, became a conservative. (snip) I was told by my parents and the culture that Conservatives/Republicans were racist towards Blacks. Now I was finding myself agreeing with a guy that the media had deemed as dangerous. This was a real conundrum since, at the time, I believed everything the media reported as truth.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: GustoGrabber 2/18/2021 5:20:20 AM (No. 700061)
Do you remember where you were when you first heard Rush?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: BirdsNest 2/18/2021 5:56:01 AM (No. 700071)
I remember where I was, but not the year. Driving to DC. Listened the entire time. My husband had heard him before. I was impressed.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: privateer 2/18/2021 6:29:51 AM (No. 700083)
I do not think any trifbute can make Rush seem greater than we already knew he was. But this well-written column provides a different and valuable perspective. He had followers; but also students.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: F15 Gork 2/18/2021 7:00:15 AM (No. 700103)
Stumbled across Rush in early ‘92. He always said you needed to listen to him for six weeks to understand him......hell, I was a ditto head after 6 seconds.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Gabula 2/18/2021 7:19:55 AM (No. 700116)
I found Rush on TV not knowing he had a radio show. My late husband and I received ticked to his show on June 6, 1994, we met Rush and it was a wonderful time. We soon found the radio show and I'm really missing The Great One. RIP Dear Rush. Gabula
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Marcus 2/18/2021 7:34:28 AM (No. 700134)
I couldn't stomach Rush. I thought he was bombastic and conceited and wondered how can my husband listen to this guy. But after a few years of being a captive audience on numerous road trips, Rush grew on me. I believe the light came on in 1996 ... and I've been a huge fan and loyal listener ever since. I honestly don't know how I'm going to cope without Rush in my life, especially in these insane times.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: thethirdruffian 2/18/2021 7:57:26 AM (No. 700154)
I have a pretty similar story, but Jewish liberal family and Brookline, MA: Came back from the Gulf War and was treated like a criminal by family and neighbors and at college (across the Charles, won’t say its name out of embarrassment). Neighbors thought I was like a dangerous dog that shouldn’t be allowed in the neighborhood. Didn’t know what was wrong. Left and went active again, no money so was a barracks rat for a while. Forced to listen to Rush and figured it out.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 2/18/2021 8:16:27 AM (No. 700185)
If Rush like Trump was a racist, they were both really really bad at it. SInce Rush had his sidekick Beau Snerdley(black, in case you didn't know) with him for decades just like Trump had Hirshel Walker (also black in case you didn't know) as a best friend. I never saw a racist who had a close black friend but I guess it depends on what the word "friend" means. Kind of like the definition of IS right?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: greyseal 2/18/2021 8:27:18 AM (No. 700199)
Similar story - in '91, I had to visit various state agencies as a state employee and had to drive a state-issued car that only had an AM radio and I ran across Rush and couldn't believe what I was hearing. I took a few times listening for me to get that he wasn't a parody - he was the real deal. I was hooked and listened every day, going out to my car at lunch so I could catch his opening monologue (he was on noon to 3:00 here). Living in the original NC Zoo in Chapel Hill (thanks to the late Jesse Helms for that one), I'd take Rush's books with me to read while my daughter had various practice sessions at school and got more than one dirty look from the other liberal parents. Like Mr. Bahr, hearing Rush made me go and do my own research and reading on civic matters. I had some knowledge of US history and the Constitution thanks to an education acquired before this post-modernist swill they serve today, but he made me dig deeper and get a much broader understanding. Thanks, Rush - rest in peace. greyseal
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Highlander 2/18/2021 8:49:06 AM (No. 700217)
Dittos to all the previous Dittoheads. This snippet from the article explains everything about robotic liberalism: “This was a real conundrum since, at the time, I BELIEVED EVERYTHING (my caps) the media reported as truth.” That, people, is the main problem we’re facing in this country. No independent thinking.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: smokincol 2/18/2021 9:24:02 AM (No. 700270)
Rush never differentiated as to who his audience was, only that they believed in our country. he talked about politics but was not political, in any sense. there will never be another Rush Limbaugh. listened to him from the early '90's and damn proud to say that. now, it's Michael Savage's turn to take the reins and continue to move us forward, away from the prevailing winds of communism.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Namma 2/18/2021 9:24:19 AM (No. 700271)
Rush will live on. Every time the libs do something that Rush told us would happen, we can say, "Rush foretold this would happen." I think we will be saying this a lot.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Lawsy0 2/18/2021 9:27:37 AM (No. 700279)
Thank you, Dax. Now I can cry those unspent tears.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: red1066 2/18/2021 9:42:24 AM (No. 700306)
I started listening to Rush after several people I know started talking about this guy on the radio. I think it was in 1993. That Pretenders song stopped being the Pretenders song decades ago. Notice how it's never played on the radio. The only time one hears it, is when Rush Limbaugh was coming on. I don't know about anyone else, but from now on, when hearing that music, I will always be waiting to hear Rush's voice. Pavlov.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: fcwiv 2/18/2021 9:54:19 AM (No. 700330)
Beautifully written
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Reply 16 - Posted by: udanja99 2/18/2021 9:56:51 AM (No. 700334)
Yes, #1. My father in law suggested that I sit down with him and listen to Rush in the summer of 1990. I was already a conservative and, like so many others, was thrilled to find a voice for my beliefs on the radio. I listened that day and was still listening yesterday. I like to think that my late father in law is getting to meet Rush in heaven today.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Aubreyesque 2/18/2021 10:04:11 AM (No. 700350)
He helped this young newly graduate-of-college / newly-wed shake off the mush-brain shackles in the early 90s. Earliest memory of me listening to him was simply being at home in an apartment. It didnt take long for me to sit there and think "but thats what I really think all along anyway!!" Soon got to be what my mother declaimed as being more conservative than my father! I only hope when the times comes G-d will allow me into heaven so I can speak with my heros. Rest in peace, Maharushie! We will sorely miss you!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: cedar 2/18/2021 11:37:18 AM (No. 700482)
I don't remember when I started listening to Rush, but I remember when I first heard of him. My ultra liberal crusty old boss at the law firm I worked said something derogatory about Rush. So, I decided to check out Rush and I'm glad I did. There are many nice articles on AT today about memories of Rush, but this was the best:
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Reply 19 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan 2/18/2021 11:43:13 AM (No. 700499)
The first time I heard/saw Rush was in 1992, when he was on the Phil Donohue tv show. Phil was twisting his words, and Rush had brilliant responses. I found the local radio channel and was instantly hooked. My favorite story that Rush told was about a sea otter rescued after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Rush really painted the picture of an elaborate repatriation ceremony in AK where the local high school band played, the school kids had the day off - all to celebrate this little otter being returned to the sea. Well, long story short, the adorable otter got eaten by an orca, right there in front of everybody. I laughed til I was in tears.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: DebraAnn 2/18/2021 12:31:43 PM (No. 700570)
I first heard Rush in 1988 after my husband told me "You have to listen to this man. He speaks every thing I think". It happened to be at the time of the Clinton-Monica impeachment mess, and I found myself listening every day just to hear the TRUTH for a change. I was still listening every day when I heard the awful news. There is no place left to go, but we do get Sean Hannity on Rush's station. I will start there. God Bless Mr. Limbaugh, and watch over his family (mine too, please).
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Reply 21 - Posted by: padiva 2/18/2021 1:57:57 PM (No. 700724)
Dec 1991, on the way to NY for my father's memorial service. My former husband had Rush on the radio. The station was out of NYC. There was a lot of static. Rush was talking about the 'happy' dolphins. (not appropriate for my school age children) I've been a caller at least 4 times. Cherished memories.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Folsomguy 2/18/2021 5:51:26 PM (No. 700976)
I had not heard of Dex before this article but will watch for him from now on. He nails it.
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