OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Rush Limbaugh passed away today at the age of 70 after battling lung cancer. I say that with a heavy heart, and with a sadness as if a friend I know has died. Obviously, I didn’t know Rush, but I knew Rush, ya know? He’s been a part of my life since I was in junior high.
I’m a Rush Baby and dittohead. I started listening to Rush when I was in eighth grade. I would stay up late to watch Rush’s TV show. Rush’s book, You Oughta Know, blew my mind, and changed my thinking. I was blown away by the…common sense. So, this is a sad day for many people in this country. His loyal audience is definitely shedding tears today.
Rush LOVED this country. He was a true American patriot. There will never be another Rush. Rush Limbaugh was a trailblazer. He opened the door for conservative talk radio. Without Rush, we wouldn’t have Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Ben Shapiro, or even The Chicks on the Right.
Rush proved, with his life experience, that hard work and tenacity pay off. He didn’t have a college degree. He had a passion that he worked his butt off to pursue and he made it to the very top of his profession.
Rush had such keen insight into politics and the liberalism and conservatism, but he was also very funny. Two of my all-time favorite Rush terms are the chopadickoffamy and the addadictomy.
Rush kept telling us in 2020, after Trump lost the election to keep the faith. In the spirit of Rush Limbaugh, let us keep the faith, and fight on for this great nation.
Mega Dittos to Rush in Heaven. I trust Rush is in pure joy, with God, smoking a cigar and playing a round of golf.
Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show. “Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” she said. “Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”
The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. First lady Melania Trump then presented America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.
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The program that began 33 years ago on national syndication with only 56 radio stations grew to be the most listened-to radio show in the United States, airing on more than 600 stations, according to the show’s website. Up to 27 million people tuned in on a weekly basis and Limbaugh has lovingly referred to his passionate fan base as “Dittoheads,” as they would often say “ditto” when agreeing with the iconic radio host.
In his final radio broadcast of 2020, Limbaugh thanked his listeners and supporters, revealing at the time that he had outlived his prognosis.
“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”