Rush Limbaugh: Saying Farewell to a Conservative Icon

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To say that Rush Limbaugh was an American icon would be an understatement.

His death at the age of 70 is a sad day, but his work will never be forgotten. Rush told the world that he had lung cancer a year ago and his wife Kathryn shared the sad news of his passing on his talk show.

The gifted talk radio host shaped and led the conservative movement for decades, paving the way for everything that’s happened and energizing and inspiring conservatives to demand more.

Rush never settled for second best or backed down from his convictions. He never minced words.

Rush always called it like he saw it and how he saw it was this: Americans need to stand up for their country and their liberty no matter what the cost and no matter how many progressive lunatics try to break their morale or lie about what’s true.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Rush Limbaugh was an American hero. Here’s a look at his extraordinary career.

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Rush Limbaugh: a Voice in the Wilderness

For over three decades, Rush regaled the nation with his sharp and politically incorrect commentary on politics and patriotism. His show was carried on around 600 stations around the country and he became a massive influence on the Republican party and conservative movement. Rush’s career also made him a very rich man, worth over 484 million.

“In my heart and soul, I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement,” Rush commented in 2010, displaying his trademark ego.

Liberals called Rush the “most dangerous man in America” which was a title he coveted, although he laughed at the idea that he was some kind of menacing authoritarian noting that he was actually a “lover of mankind” and a “lovable little fuzz ball.”

Rush never shied away from calling out his political enemies, and he labeled the Democrats and left-wing political activists as “feminazis,” “f—gots,” “communists” and insane wackos. His radio shows became immensely popular partly because of him not caring at all about the offense people took to the terms he used.

He also wasn’t afraid to cross the line into being genuinely offensive, mocking the AIDS epidemic, calling teenage Chelsea Clinton a “dog,” calling university students who wanted birth control included in their insurance “sluts” and admitting he wanted President Obama to fail. Rush would sometimes play a joke song called “Barack the Magic Negro” on his show, which some called racist, commenting that Obama was just there to “make guilty whites feel good.”

Rush’s Ideology

Rush’s top hero was always President Ronald Reagan, who praised him in 1992 as “the number one voice for conservatism.” As he became more and more famous and influential, Rush had a major influence on the Republican platform and his voice directly helped the Republicans take control of Congress in 1994.

Rush struggled with addiction to painkillers and began having a hearing issue in the early 2000s, but continued to broadcast his popular show. He was married four times and had no kids.

As the party and conservative movement evolved, Rush also adapted to the times, coming to believe that President Trump’s MAGA movement was the future of conservatism. Unlike the laughing progressives and Never Trump crowd, Rush realized Trump would win early on in 2016 and saw similarities in his supporters and those who loved Trump.

In Trump, Rush saw someone who was “fearless and willing to fight against the things that no Republican has been willing to fight against.”

Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both lived in Palm Beach, Florida. Commenting on Rush’s death Trump said he was a “legend” who fought until the very end.

Rest in peace, Rush!