All of Us should Strive to Be Like Rush
Rush Limbaugh’s death is one of the greatest tragedies of 2021 so far. Yes, most every death is a travesty and it’s upsetting people are still dying from Covid or other issues. But few people have had such a vital impact as Rush; he was one of America’s greatest defenders. We should all hope and try to be like Rush. He was a hero and an American titan, a demigod of radio and brilliant defender of American values.
I’ll confess that I didn’t listen to Rush as much as I should have. While a few family members, namely my grandma, were huge fans of his, I tended to listen to other conservative commentators. It wasn’t that I dislike his show; I thought it was great. I just fell into a habit of listening to other people and had time fitting his hours-long program into my daily schedule.
But what shows I did listen to of his were excellent. His distinctive voice had an air of confidence and authority that few others have. He was funny, intelligent, convincing, and, best of all, authentic. He was the voice of the common man, a radio host who stood up for conservative thought and American values with all of his strength.
To me, his authenticity came most of all from his cigar smoking. Like Churchill, he always seemed to be puffing away on a glorious stogie and did so unapologetically. Whereas far too much of society is health-focused today, Rush smoked because he enjoyed it, the potential health consequences be damned. I have little patience for those who Churchill described as the sort of person who has “all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” Rush’s unapologetic smoking endeared him to me.
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And because of his many positive attributes, Rush was incredibly popular. No one has faith in the media, but they had faith in Rush. People tuned in to hear him opine, find out what was going on, and listen to him attack radical leftists and defend conservative values. His points were, without fail, excellent and his shows were entertaining.
But, most importantly, he had the right enemies. The far left hated him with a passion they reserve for only the most effective conservatives. He fought for conservatism and they hated him for it.
Andrew Breitbart, in his statement on how to fight the culture war, said that we should:
“Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you. All of those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it too.”
We should all strive to be like Rush because did that better than anyone else, with the possible exception of President Trump. Rush walked toward the fire without looking back. Whenever there was a chance to fight, he fought. Whenever a swamp creature like Pelosi acted in a lampoonable way, he lampooned them. And when the leftists attacked him relentlessly, he stood there and took it and then fired a powerful broadside right back at them. His way of fighting was glorious and he had all the right enemies. If only we could all have the same enemies that he did.
And now, with his unfortunate passing, it’s time for the next generation of culture warrior to step up. We’re surrounded by enemies on all sides. The socialist Gestapo and cancel culture Red Guard try to cancel us, there are Stalinist purges happening in the military, the radical leftists are trying to rewrite the English language in an Orwellian manner, and Biden’s Administration is getting more radical by the day. This is the time to fight. There can be no more retreats, no more retrenching, and no more appeasement from the Chamberlains of the GOP. We must fight with all our strength, as Rush did. That’s the only way we’ll win.
By: Gen Z Conservative