Rush the Irreplaceable: Upbeat, in his Own Words

Rush the Irreplaceable: Upbeat, in his Own Words

I just realized one thing about Rush that I had never thought of before.  I wonder if it has also occurred to the rest of Rush Limbaugh’s loyal audience, that he is human, and he might not be around forever.  I think most of us just took it for granted that, from noon to 3:00PM ET, or whenever his program is on where you live, when you turn on your radio, he’s there.  Every day, for three whole hours, he has been there, pretty reliably, for over 30 years.  It simply never occurred to me that someday he might be gone.  So the announcement that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, just hit me like a ton of bricks. Now that I’ve had a chance for it to sink in, and have heard last Friday’s show (I listened to the first hour live through his Web site, before people started interrupting me at work), I am again reminded of his likeness to a Bobo doll-you can knock him over, but he keeps getting back up every time.  And one of the reasons for that is his irrepressible optimism, about himself, about life in general, and about America.

Here, from his two books, are some of what I consider Rush’s best, most pithy, pronouncements.

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So, take some advice.  Lighten up.  We should all laugh more at ourselves. I don’t need to improve much in this area, but admit it, many of you people do. Many of you take things far too seriously in most cases.  Come on, laugh at yourselves, folks.

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We need to encourage people to contribute to the economy, not to sit around basking in self-pity. We need to help them get out of the situation, rather than glorifying and perpetuating it. Encourage them to become economically equal members of this society, rather than a collection of sycophants sidling up to the pig and looking for the biggest nipple they can find.

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Don’t fall prey to the seductive emotional appeals of the Democrats as they attempt to pit one group of society against another with their politics of class envy. Let the facts speak for themselves. If a liberal president gets elected, he, like Jimmy Carter, will make sure “fairness” applies to all economic levels.  He will see to it that we all get poor again.

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The way to save endangered species is to give someone a stake in preserving them. By allowing legitimate ranches to privatize them, we can make sure others don’t pulverize them.

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People are going to have to learn to depend less on the government. We are going to have to separate them from the federal budget sow.  But we can also make their lives better by giving them more choice in how the tax money they do pay is spent.

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I refuse to believe that people, who are themselves the result of Creation, can destroy the most magnificent creation of the entire universe.

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Environmentalists always appeal to the memories of a simpler, more natural time.  They are regressing, wanting to go backward in time.

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I want this to be a great country, and a great country needs as many great individuals as there can be.

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For the black leadership to continue to encourage their people to absorb themselves in the past, instead of helping them to get beyond the bitterness, is doing them a great disservice.

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…man is a spiritual being. If his faith in God is destroyed, the void will be filled with something else. Throughout history that substitute for faith has been a belief in a man-made god called the state. Untold crimes have been committed in its name, Hitler and Stalin being the most bloody recent examples.

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I am convinced that the most important thing conservatives have to do to win is to just keep saying no to the left.  No to their special-interest giveaways. No to their pork-barrel spending projects. No to their privileged congressional empire….Be confident and patient, and never forget History.

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Yes, I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to do what I love.  But nobody handed it to me on a silver platter.  I had to work at it and prove myself every step of the way.  My story is nothing more than an example of the Original American Ethic: hard work, overcoming obstacles, triumphing over enormous odds, the pioneer spirit. These things, my friends–not such vacuous symbolic gestures as wearing ribbons on lapels or government intrusion into every aspect of our lives–are what built this country.

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A man from Alabama recently wrote me a computer letter accusing me of being too upbeat and optimistic. He said that by listening to me, one would get the idea that there is no hurting or suffering going on in the world and that everything is working out for the best. Wrong. I realize that there are failures and suffering.  I just happen to believe that there would be a great deal more of them if everyone had that writer’s pessimistic, defeatist attitude. …What “the Suffering” need is steady doses of confidence-building optimism.

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I have not written a doctoral theses about free enterprise.   Humbly speaking, as the Doctor of Democracy, I am free enterprise. And I operate in the real world, not in the insulated atmosphere of the ivory-tower academy.

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Don’t believe the doomsayers. Don’t believe the negativity-mongers. Don’t believe the America-bashers–even if one of them is the president of the United States. Don’t buy into the lie that punishing high achievers will bring you happiness. Your own success–born of your own ingenuity and industry–is what will make you happy.

 

 

Ode to My Hero Rush Limbaugh-Updated

This is the saddest post I have ever written for this blog, which has been going since 2010.  At the end of his three-hour radio program today, my Hero announced that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.  This announcement shook me up, as you might imagine given the title of my blog.  I have been a RushBabe for as long as that appellation has existed.  Rush has been my go-to source of information and commentary on every possible subject, for as long as I have been an addict (2001).  He is absolutely irreplaceable, and has risen above all possible sources of competition.

No radio host, of ANY persuasion, has Rush’s reach or audience, or reputation for straight-talking.  No one can match his sense of humor, or ability to get to the heart of any issue in few words.  He has always been the master of the pithy phrase, and if he’s not really right 99.7% of the time, he’s so close as to not bother with a distinction.  What Rush says, goes.  Rush always says that he knows the Left better than they know themselves, and that is perfectly true.  He can divine intentions from very few words of any leftist, and communicate that to his audience.  Remember Air America? He had them pegged from Day One, and they didn’t last long.

We all know the the Left has zero sense of humor.  Well, Rush has it all.  Every last dotted “i” and crossed “t”.  I remember the first time I heard Rush on the radio.  It was early in 2001, and I was in my boyfriend’s (now Hubby) car on the way out to dinner-I even remember where we were, going south in I-5 in Everett.  He turned on the radio, and Rush happened to be on.  I said “You’re not going to make me listen to Rush Limbaugh, are you?”, and he didn’t say anything, but he left the radio on.  Well, after I had listened to about ten minutes, I was laughing out loud, and I was hooked!  I remember saying to boyfriend, “This guy is just hilarious!”, and the rest of the drive was very pleasant, since we had something to talk about.  We loved his fake commercials, and the “Justice Brothers” skits, making fun of the Left, and race-baiters everywhere.  He made Paul Shanklin, who did those skits, more famous than he otherwise would have been.

Who hasn’t heard Rush claim that he lives rent-free in someone’s brain? And who hasn’t said that he lives rent-free in Their brain?! Well, he lives rent-free in my brain, I don’t know about yours.

Rush also made a lot of people very popular, with just one or two words.  All he had to do  was mention any Web site, and it would immediately get so much traffic that it would crash.  He mentioned this often, when warning fans what they would be in for if he gave out their address on the air.  That’s how influential he is.  Advertisers beat down his door, begging to be a sponsor of his show.  In fact, when he said something a leftist didn’t like, and that leftist trashed Rush, it just made him more popular!  More than once, the internet trolls tried to get people to boycott his advertisers (as a way of getting to him), but it would never work.  Loyal fans just directed more business their way, and made the advertisers and Rush even more popular (and wealthier, too).

Rush has had his problems before, and always been honest with his listeners.  I know he’s had weight problems, and you could tell from the various pictures he’s post how his weight would fluctuate (a condition that RushBabe is quite familiar with).  We also were with him through marriages and divorces (and we were thrilled at his marriage to Kathryn, which should stand him in good stead now that he has her by his side).  Then, there was the issue with drug use (where the lame media tried to destroy him without result), and his resulting deafness.  And he has come out on top every single time.  For someone who lives by his voice, he triumphed over his deafness astoundingly well.  If you had not known him before, you would not have a clue about it at all.  And we were all right there with him, lending support, every day.

Earlier, Rush also made me smile, with his cat tales.  I was jealous, because he had two different Abyssinian cats, and I had one at one time, too.  So I could perfectly understand when he had to pull a kitty off the curtains!  This is one of my favorite pictures that he posted on his Web site.  Can you resist either of these fuzzballs?

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In 2005, I was fortunate to be able to speak to Rush on the air.  I actually called in from my desk at work, and I don’t think my boss ever found out about it!  I was on hold for over an hour, and did my work while I waited.  This was around the time of Hurricane Katrina, and I thought he’d get a kick out of my idea for what to say if we had to evacuate the city during a disaster.  With Seattle trying to get everyone out of their cars and into public transportation, no way would I offer anyone else a ride out of town!  Well, he was a very gracious host, and carried on a fine, two-way conversation.  He liked my tale of how I got to start listening to his show.  I still remember, and will always cherish, that opportunity to speak with the world’s smartest talk-show host.

In 2006, my husband and I took a short vacation in Upstate New York, after the Everett Symphony gave our concert in Carnegie Hall.  I was wearing my Rush Limbaugh Club Git’mo t-shirt.  I just had to have hubby take my picture in front of the Democrat Party booth at the Albany July 4 Fair.

Carol at Democratic Party booth, 7-4-2006
In front of “enemy lines”, July 4, 2006 in Albany, NY

It’s remarkable how Rush can talk at length about just any item of news or information, with no notes and little hesitation.  His breadth of knowledge is profound, and there seems to be nothing he is unfamiliar with.  He would speak at CPAC, or one of his “Rush to Excellence” tours entirely without any prompting or notes of any kind, and his audiences always listened closely and applauded in all the right places.  Every year, he would have his Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation telethon on his show, and raise literally millions of dollars; he got me to become a donor!  His sale of Betsy Ross T-shirts also raised many millions of dollars for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Having a medical background from my pharmacy technician days, I know what a formidable foe cancer is, especially lung cancer.  But the unsurpassed American pharmaceutical industry has come up with many new treatments for all kinds of cancer, and I will never count him out as long as anything remains untried.  I expect that Rush Limbaugh will have access to the very best oncologists that exist in this country, and the very latest treatments.  I’m sure that he is aware that he has at least 27 million supporters out there, who will all be sending their prayers heavenward on his behalf.  Just the members of the Ricochet “Divine Help” group will be sending up some pretty powerful prayers.

[Update on February 4]

Tonight President Trump will give his State of the Union speech, in the Camp of his Sworn Enemy, the DemocRats of the House of Representatives.  My Hero, Rush Limbaugh, will be in the audience for the speech.  And he will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by his friend, Donald Trump.  That award couldn’t happen to a more deserving Champion of Liberty in our country.

From the Fox News Web site, praise for Rush from Andrew McCarthy.

Rush Limbaugh is a true National Treasure, with the biggest heart on the radio.  I urge all my followers to keep him in their hearts, and in their prayers in the days ahead.  Rush, We Love You! You will live Rent-Free in our hearts forever.

Congratulations to My Hero

Congratulations to My Hero

On August 1, Rush Limbaugh celebrated the Thirtieth Year of EIB Excellence in Broadcasting.  Nearly singlehandedly, Rush Limbaugh started the revolution in Political Talk Radio, and he maintains it to this day.  For thirty years, he has spent three hours each weekday speaking to the American public about events and people who make America work, and about the politicians and organizations who hamper that work.

I started listening to Rush in 2001, when my boyfriend (now husband) turned on the radio in the car on our way out to dinner.  My first exclamation was “You’re not going to make me listen to Rush Limbaugh?!”; back then, I believed all his many detractors in the liberal media.  Well, I have to tell you that it only took about 15 minutes to change my mind.  Listening to his monologue turned out to be the best commentary on modern life that I had ever heard.  And he was funny, to boot!  I was totally hooked, and became a regular listener.

I was fortunate to be able to get on his show in August of 2005, and spoke to the Great One on the radio.  I was impressed by how gracious a host he was, and we carried on a spirited conversation.  He also was pleased to hear how I had become a listener.  That was a smashing experience for me, and I cherish the memory.

So, here’s to the next Thirty Years for My Hero, Rush Limbaugh!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! (Dem) Pollster Pat Caddell Agrees with Rush Limbaugh!!

I am currently on a cruise ship, the Crystal Symphony, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, heading east toward Mexico, in the company of a large contingent of Hillsdale College supporters and employees.  On our sea days, we have been presented with a group of the best speakers known to conservatives.  Self-identified Democrat Pat Caddell has treated us to some inside secrets of the polling universe, and we have been often startled by how conservative he actually sounds. In fact, I have been pleasantly surprised at how many times he has seemed to agree with my Hero, Rush Limbaugh, about events taking place in the US recently.

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Nearly the first idea he expressed, that “the sovereignty of the US has been hijacked by the Political Class against the American People”.  Funny, but Rush has been saying this for years.  Mr. Caddell cited results showing that 70% of Americans have expressed the opinion that the country is “in decline”, and that today’s children will not be as prosperous as their parents are.  He says that the political class has all the power, and uses it to make their own rules-there are essentially separate codes of conduct for the political class, and the rest of the people (to whom they are supposed to be answerable).

Here is Caddell’s Law:  The Wisdom of the American People in the aggregate cannot be denied.  Pat notes that the elites are allied with the mainstream Press in telling the People what they should think.  Again, another place where he agrees with Rush Limbaugh, who has been discussing this for nearly as long as he has been in the public eye.  And he agrees with Rush that today’s Democrats and bureaucrats are attempting to nullify the results of the 2016 presidential election that brought Donald Trump to power.  He even used the same word to describe what is taking place!  Both men, one a staunch conservative, the other a Democrat, have described the same actions of those who believe that Trump’s election was illegitimate, and that he is mentally unstable and unfit for the high office to which he was elected.

In Caddell’s talk on the polling business today, he started by describing how the media’s polls are biased, and ignore responses that are counter to their anti-Trump narrative (thus presenting false results).  Bingo!  Another area of agreement with Rush! He pointed out the colleges, like Marist and Quinnipiac, that have started their own polling operations, and how their student poll-takers are subtly influencing the answers they receive from those they poll.  Remember now that most colleges in the US today are strongholds of progressivism, safe-spaces, snowflakes, and Trump-hatred.  And he also noted how often media and college polls over-sample Democrats. Bingo again!  Rush has been mentioning this for a long time, that this artificially lowers the ratings of Republicans, and understates the actual popular support for President Trump.

Caddell also notes how the media do minute-by-minute polls when the Republicans are doing poorly or in the midst of a (often media-fueled) scandal; but they go silent when the Conservative party is doing well.  Bingo!  Rush has mentioned often how the press kept the heat on President George W. Bush, and misrepresented the economy as doing worse than it actually was.  Our speaker went over the whole Benghazi scandals, and how the media and the Obama Administration perpetuated lie after lie after lie to deflect attention away from Hillary Clinton’s culpability for the deaths of four of our American diplomats.  Bingo!!  More agreement with Rush!

Mr. Caddell says that the media are telling us which “truth” we may know, and they suppress the Truth.  He thinks, and our audience agrees, that the press are making themselves the enemy of the American public.  He emphasized how the advent of 24-hour TV news coverage has expanded the power of the media, and enabled them to literally destroy a law-abiding American’s life and career.  Remember Joe the Plumber, whose life was turned upside-down when he was seen as not supporting the previous president?  He notes that in the 20th Century, the press deferred to presidents, and did not ask tough questions.  Now, they try to destroy the duly-elected president!

Rush has often discussed how the Press does not report what happened, but what they Want to happen, and Pat Caddell is in agreement with that.  Mr. Caddell also discussed how in times past White House correspondents for major media organizations were experienced veterans of years in the news business, while today’s “reporters” are raw college recruits, with little knowledge of the way the White House should be covered.  They mainly report on events that coincide with their preferred narrative, and ignore things that don’t. Bingo!  Another agreement with Rush.

Mr. Caddell also discussed how today’s news-readers sound exactly alike when reporting a particular news story, to the extent of even using all the same words and phrases.  Triple Bingo!  Rush Limbaugh has had his experienced production team producing montages of all the news readers expounding on the same subject, and you can plainly hear how everyone sounds exactly alike!  In fact, those montages are the best part of Rush’s demonstration of how today’s media operate.

So, Mr. Pat Caddell, when are you going to finally admit the obvious?  Isn’t it time for you to leave the “dark side”, and come out and admit that you are not really a Democrat, but a Republican?  If you do that, and join us, you will discover that we conservatives are real people, who work for a living and appreciate all work and workers.  We conservatives do NOT attempt to destroy the lives and livelihoods of those with whom we disagree, we reason with them and try to help them see the light.  We clean up after ourselves, and don’t leave the mountains of garbage behind at political rallies like the “progressives” do. And we welcome new people-the best conservatives are reformed “liberals”.  You have already seen, over the past week on the sea and in Hawaii, how friendly we are.  Join us!

 

STOP RUSH? Good Luck With That!!!

STOP RUSH?  Good Luck With That!!!

So, the good people (???) at Media Matters For America (a Liberal hate group, which spreads misinformation nationwide) have been carrying on a “grass-roots” smear campaign against Rush Limbaugh‘s radio show, trying to intimidate local businesses from advertising on Rush’s syndicated radio show (which is run on 600 radio stations).  Over here, the Heritage Foundation has an excellent story on the futile effort the Liberals are carrying on, to deny Rush his advertisers, and thus revenue for the EIB Network.  Funny thing…it isn’t working!  As Rush has said many times, advertisers are clamoring to be on his show, both locally and nationally.  Since the very beginning in the late 1980’s, Rush’s show has been the go-to place for businesses to promote themselves.  Rush’s listeners are about the most loyal there are, and we support Rush’s advertisers.  Heritage did some research, and found that the majority of anti-Rush Twitter messages were coming from about ten Media Matters henchmen, most from out of the state which they were targeting.  Liberals have always said that they supported the “little guy”, but actions speak louder than words.  In this media smear campaign, they are trying to deny local small firms the Limbaugh national advertising platform.  Not in small business’s best interests.

Well, Rush has many enemies, and they have not stopped him yet.  My bet, as a RushBabe, is that they never will.  My money is always on the Truth, and on my hero, Rush Limbaugh!

EDIT, on November 10.  Here’s a link to a Fox News story.  It seems that Mr. Limbaugh has threatened to sue the DCCC for defamation.  GO RUSH!!

The Natural Order of Things

My hero, Rush Limbaugh, likes to point out that, through much of human history, the natural order of things in our world has been tyranny and misery.  Since humans  started to live in groups, the vast majority of people have led lives that were “nasty, brutish, and short”.  Until very recently, human life-expectancy has been under 40 years.  The average person worked on the land, for a master who had no concern for his or his family’s lives.  Small groups of nobles ruled their lives, limited their choices, and commandeered their labor, and the fruits of that labor.

That situation began to change, in the 14th Century, when the populations of Europe and the Middle East were decimated by the Plague.  Barbara Tuchman’s book A Distant Mirrorgave an excellent account of that time.  For the first time, peasants had some power over nobles, who needed them to work the fields and mines.  The average person had somewhat more control of his life, and could bargain with the nobles over his situation.  He could leave his area and move to another, where there might be more demand for his services.

Gradually, the Natural Order of Things started to change.  We all know where that led… It led to the rise of Capitalism, elucidated by Adam Smith in his world-shaking book, The Wealth of Nations.  The Founders of the USA were aware of that tome, and many others, when they left Europe for America, in order that they should have Religious Freedom, and live their lives as They wished, not as their Masters wished.

Fast-forward to today.  Much of the developed world lives in luxury unimaginable to their recent ancestors.  Even today, great masses of humanity still live in semi-primitive conditions; many of those people every year, leave their miserable countries, and attempt to emigrate to other countries where they might be able to earn a better living, and support their families amid better conditions.  Why do you think so many people clamor, and apply, and positively break into our country?  Because, over the short history of the USA, we have led the way to Prosperity, and Liberty, based on our Founders’ vision of the Rule Of Law, Religious Freedom, and the ability to Pursue Happiness.

But beware, there are elements of our own people, who deem the previous history of America to be Evil, and Grasping, and Imperialistic.  They view the Founders of our country, perhaps the most remarkable group of people EVER in Human History, as thugs, who forcibly deprived the people living here when they arrived of their lives and culture. (Just so you know, the tribes of Native Americans were just as evil, and just as thuggish to each other, often warring among themselves over land and animals).  For nearly 50 years, public school children in America have been taught to hate their country and its founders.  We are now reaping the whirlwind, with whole parts of the world engulfed in war and destruction (Ukraine, Israel, Africa).

The United States was founded on an IDEA, of Liberty, not tyranny.  Even here, we are being subjected to the Tyranny of the EPA, ObamaCare, and the ever-present Executive Orders of the president who thinks he’s a King.  The Natural Order of Things changed with America.  We need to make sure that it does not get reversed, back to tyranny and misery.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, AMERICA, AND STAND UP FOR YOURSELF, LEST WE BE PLUNGED BACK INTO MISERY AND TYRANNY.