From The Indispensable Man – Rush Limbaugh, 1951-2021 which you should read through yourself. I quote this only because of the Australian connection.
Throughout his entire time on air, there were genius GOP consultants who, in reaction to any electoral setbacks, would insist that what the GOP needed to do was come up with a way to ditch Limbaugh. As I said on air many years ago: Really? For almost a third of a century, Rush’s audience was over half the total Republican vote. How many do all you genius “Republican reformers” bring to the table? I’ve recounted previously the first time I was asked to guest-host, back in 2006, when I happened to be down in Australia and the Prime Minister, John Howard, asked me to some or other event a day or two hence. And I politely declined, saying I had to get back to America to host The Rush Limbaugh Show. “I hear that’s a pretty big show,” said the PM.
“Yeah,” I replied. “Twenty-five, thirty million listeners.”
“‘Strewth,” said Mr Howard. “Rush has more listeners than we have Australians.”
Indeed. And all these GOP clever-clogs never explain, once you throw Rush and his millions overboard, what’s going to replace them.
Rush made a difference since he put things into context which is what we bloggers on the right also try to do but without the wit and the range of such a unique genius. Didn’t get to hear him often, but read him always and each day. A great loss.
AND NOW LET ME ADD THIS
Rush Limbaugh Changed America, another article also to be read through. But this really caught my eye:
The mob has grown more powerful, more accepted by elite institutions. I wrote and Rush read:
“To some, the Mob is a symptom of disenfranchisement, urban malaise or institutional hurt feelings. The Mob, after all, only awoke after a questionable police shooting in London. Excuses all, of course. Nothing justifies this behavior in nations built on the rule of law. Excuses are paralyzing those with the responsibility of enforcing the law, both in England and the United States.”
So sad. So true.
We’ve seen it all before, and Rush was reading the full piece, including the conclusion about the stakes:
Sir Winston Churchill understood this. ‘Civilization will not last,’ he said at the University of Bristol in 1938, ‘freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.’
Some of you agree with me that there are no coincidences. For me, Rush reading the piece about the dangers of mobs burning down civilization, reading it to me while I was driving off to the other side of the world to fight Guam’s racially-discriminatory laws was no coincidence. If nothing else, it made the 15-hour flight more significant.
Here we are, a decade later, and it has only gotten worse. The voice that was our daily pilot is gone. Prayers for you, Rush.
It is hard to say exactly what needs to be said day after day in a way that attracts an audience. Indispensable men really are indispensable.