We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I first heard Rush Limbaugh years ago when I had long commutes. I thought "Who the heck is this guy."
He was articulating, humorously, thoughts and doubts that had been bubbling in me just below the surface. At the time, I was a normal uncritical Liberal thinking the same way I had been since age 17. I would not term it a conversion, but my mind did open to a kind of "critical thinking" that I was not getting from the news. As somebody put it, "awakening from a mindless political slumber."
I recall first hearing about Rush in the late 80s. A vendor from Louisiana stopped at my office and encouraged me to listen to him. Not being much of a fan of talk radio, I didn't do that.
But then he expanded to television and I watched his show. THAT made me a radio listener.We shared the same politics. I have never been a habitual listener, but if I was driving somewhere when he was on, I would tune in to see what he had to say.
His two books, The Way Things Are, and The Way things Ought to Be, are easy to read and basically explain conservatism. You will likely find yourself agreeing with everything he wrote.
The vitriol on FB is amazing, though not unsurprising.
I like Rush. He was one of the people on my short list of People I"d like to Meet, in person for a chat, maybe a coffee.
T'will now have to wait until the next opportunity.
One thing I though he could have done better was more depth to research & topics. Some days there seemed to be more things happening that would have served the audience better than just the few topics he was on that day. But that is the nature of the news cycle anyway, not his problem.
The Grace that he displayed will be greatly missed.
I started listening very early on in 1988, on one of the first stations to carry him nationally. He was more of an entertainer then, pointing out the foibles of the left with great good humor. He let them speak for themselves when they were ridiculous, which was more effective than criticising. He moved more and more to analysis of the cultural and then political scene as he went forward. I put up a quiz about his early shows at Assistant Village Idiot site, but no one got a single thing right. I'm old in more ways than one, apparently.
Assistant Village Idiot
AVI , been reading at your sight for some time, never comment as I don’t do goo gul . Enjoy your comments and commenters, I do wonder why you support the Borg/skynet though. Maggie’s Farm please blow this away if not kosher.
When I was a 32-year old liberal Democrat operative (1992), my mother-in-law gave me a book for my birthday by a guy named Rush Limbaugh, told me to read it and listen to his show. That gift literally changed my outlook on life.
Last week we buried my sweet mother-in-law. This week Rush went up to thank her.
Thirty years ago I started listening to Rush as a young homeschooling mom. Fast forward to now and up until his last broadcast on February 2nd, I listened and learned. I feel his loss keenly. He was one of my best friends. I talked to him twice but never got the honor of meeting him.