Longtime influential conservative radio personality and talk show host Rush Limbaugh announced on his show Monday that he was diagnosed with a form of “advanced lung cancer,” which was a shocking announcement in which he said he will miss shows for treatment.
The All-Knowing, All-Seeing Majah Rushie said he intends to still host his show during his treatment. That’s dedication.
“(I plan to) do this show as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally,” Limbaugh said. “(and) personally.”
Rush was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1993 and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998.
—- This is a developing story, so I’m just going to give you my personal journey into conservatism through Rush Limbaugh.
I was a liberal Democrat, because I was born into a Democrat family. Both my parents were Democrats as were both of their respective parents. This was because of FDR. You grew up Irish in Philadelphia, you were a Democrat.
I believed the garbage that was fed to me at the college level where even in the early 1980’s my college professors were spewing liberal lies and trying to indoctrinate as many young people as they could.
I have a cousin who served in the army, and he was stationed in the Middle East before, during and after the Gulf War. That was the first war in Iraq, for those of you from Rio Linda. Anyway, my cousin was an engineer, and one of the soldiers who drew the unlucky straw and had to go outside after every SCUD missile was launched at them by Saddam Insane’s military, and test the air to make sure there were no chemical or biological weapons delivered with the SCUDs.
To do this, he had to dress up in a bio-hazard-like suit to protect him from biological or chemical weapons, if God forbid, the crazy man next door started using them. The temperature outside was 110 degrees F on a cool day, and the suits made it so unbearable that a rule was mandated that they could only stay outside in those suits for no longer than 20 minutes. That meant the soldiers had to go outside, leaving air conditioned housing, into the blistering hot sun, travel to the areas they were assigned to test, run the tests, and make it back before the heat rendered them unconscious.
So, one day I turned on a News/Talk radio station that played in Philly and parts of New Jersey near Camden and surrounding areas. The station was 96.5 FM WWDB – The Talk Station. Don’t look for it now, it’s no longer around, but I soon learned that it was probably the greatest talk radio station in the country, right up there with WABC our of New York.
Anyway, I used to hear my mother listen to that station, and one day during the early days of Gulf War I wanted to hear how things were going, so I tuned to WWDB to catch the news. I heard this guy talking, and I figured I’d listen in until the top of the hour for the news, but this man on the radio was talking about the war, and then turned to other topics. He spoke in vulgate, or plain man-on-the-street language, and didn’t talk down to you, and he was actually funny too. He went on to make fun of liberals and Democrats, something I had never heard before anywhere. Not on radio, not on TV, nor in newspapers or books.
As I said, I was a liberal because my parents were liberals. Liberals back then weren’t as crazy radical as the average liberal is today, and though I voted Democrat and accepted it with a grain of salt whenever a professor blamed white men for all of life’s problems, I did so to get the grade. I knew I believed in some things that liberal stood for, like I didn’t think it was right to be cruel to animals, though I didn’t believe animals had rights. I also believed the indoctrination that abortion was simply a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body, and who was I to say any different, right? Wrong.
It’s obvious by now that the talk show guy was none other than Rush Limbaugh, and I went on to listen to him until this day. I became a conservative because of him. No, that’s not right. I was already a conservative and didn’t know it. Rush helped bring that out, and I will be thankful for him forever.
We have just been informed of his diagnosis and the start of his journey through this, and I don’t want to speculate horrible things here, so all I can say is if you’re a fan please keep Rush’s health in your prayers, because he was the man who not only saved AM radio, but he spawned a conservative movement like no other figure in my lifetime.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr., The Range, Illicit Info and other online publications. “Raised under Reagan, suffered under Clinton”
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