The Path To Conservatism Went Through Rush

Andrew Breitbart wrote, One day I asked [my future father-in-law Orson Bean] why he had Rush Limbaugh’s book The Way Things Ought to Be on his shelf. I asked him, “Why would you have a book by this guy?”And Orson said, “Have you ever listened to him?”I said yes, of course, even though I never had. I was convinced to the core of my being that Rush Limbaugh was a Nazi, anti-black, anti-Jewish, and anti-all things decent. Without berating me for disagreeing with him, Orson simply suggested that I listen to him again.…This is where my rendezvous with destiny begins.

I had listened to Rush when he was on television and it prompted me to read the same book, The Way Things Out To Be. The book was the clincher. From that day forward i was a dyed in the wool ditto head.

Rush had a great sense of humor. He didn’t beat you over the head with conservative ideology. He pointed out the absurdity of liberalism with his wit. He was definitely a talent on loan from God. If it had not been for Rush plus some other factors along the way i might never have become a conservative or found my next major influence, Mark Levin.

The issue of abortion was the first catalyst in my life. My folks were staunch Democrats. i was not only a staunch Democrat like them but what you would consider a flaming liberal to boot. They were one but not the other. i doubt they would recognize or support the Democrat party today. At first i was convinced that abortion was a matter of choice and no one should interfere with a woman’s decision. Keep in mind 3 yr out of high school abortion was legalized. i was also pregnant around the same time & made up my mind abortion was out; when it became personal i realized i strongly opposed it. Years later i would return to the Catholic Church and give up what was obviously a flawed lifestyle. Let’s say my creed was eat,drink and be merry for the longest time.

Rush’s show went off tv. At that point i lost track of him. Years later, through ppl uploading his shows from his EIB network onto you tube tube and bit chute, rediscovered him only to find out we’d be losing him again. Rush was diagnosed with cancer. He had already lost his hearing and had surgery. Not even that could keep Rush away from his audience. Stage 4 lung cancer couldn’t keep him away from his audience. The highlight of the encounter with Rush was seeing him receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Pres Trump. i just wish i had not missed out on all those years in between.

The Great One,Mark Levin, has been a major influence on me but i probably would never have given him 2 minutes of my attention had it not been for the influence of Rush years ago. Andrew Breitbart himself was an inspiration to me in this journey. I read his book Righteous Indignation. He hit the nail on the head with his honesty and insight.

And it is Breitbart who explains again,

Most important, though, Limbaugh, like the professor I always wanted but never had the privilege to study under, created a vivid mental picture of the architecture of a world that I resided in but couldn’t see completely…

[resided in that kind of world too, Andrew, not bright enough to see it at the time]

If you can’t see it now though you’re either mentally blind or willfully ignorant. Liberalism does have a strong hold on people. i know from being there myself you can believe the other side is tyrannical and avoid it like the plague. You can only break out if you’re at least a little open minded; enough to consider another pov. You can only break out if the grace of God finds a crack in your arrogance. Liberalism is so morally bankrupt that it’s dangerous. The Democrat party attacks anything near and dear to the heart of our truly American principles. i identify those principles as faith, family and freedom.

There is a reason i wouldn’t even consider going back to the Democrat party. i considered our family Kennedy Democrats but that party was gone long before i discovered it was MIA. My folks never left though. They consistently voted Democrat and attended all the fund raisers. Mom just loved Hillary Clinton but i’m sure she voted for Obama. They didn’t get into ideology or examine the party very closely. All they knew was a candidate had a D beside their name and that was good enough for them. The main reason i won’t ever go back-besides abortion-is the vile and viscous attacks the left has for people for people who disagree with them. Their response to the news of Rush’s death was reprehensible and confirmed exactly why i can’t go back. It was trending on Twitter but i won’t repeat it here. A young lady tweeted how she disowned her own family because they voted for Trump. My folks never divulged who they voted for but i could give it my best guess and it would never have caused me to disown them! These ppl think they’re making good points. They don’t realize it’s the kind of thing that eventually drives most people out of the party or confirms to people like me why leaving was the right decision. The American people are fair minded about their fellow Americans. The kind of thing i’ve seen on Twitter and experienced personally just doesn’t fly with them.

Rush Limbaugh Jan 12,1951-Feb 17,2021