Rush Limbaugh has died at the age of 70. It's a celebration for those who detest racism and people who push division. Rush will go down in history as a Nazi sympathizer and a bigot, just like racist ex-president Trump.
"I always say my real purpose is to attract the largest audience I can and hold it for as long as I can, so I can charge confiscatory advertising rates," Limbaugh told NPR in a 2007 interview. "Every time I've said that it's, 'Oh, he's just saying that! He doesn't care what he says! He's just trying to generate a big audience!' And that's not true. The benefit here is, I have the freedom to be entirely honest about my passions." That honesty included being one of the most outspoken racists in the history of modern media.
Now humanity just has to wait for the rest of the racist people who hold power to die out. Once the sheep have no one to lead them anymore, they won't be so compelled to belong to circles that preach division and hypocrisy.
Limbaugh's clout in conservative circles was so great that he was wooed by three very different Republican presidents: George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump, the latter a kindred spirit in many ways who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address in February 2020.
After the Reagan administration set aside the Fairness Doctrine, which instructed broadcasters to present opposing views on controversial issues, Limbaugh unleashed his buoyant conservatism to great effect in Sacramento, Calif., and then New York City. And in his emergence on the national scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the man perfectly met the moment. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his allies would give Limbaugh a tremendous amount of credit for the GOP's rise in 1994 when the party took over the U.S. House and Senate for the first time in four decades.
"There's a whole psychology of doing the program the way that I do it," Limbaugh told NPR. "And there is a lot of schtick and a lot of humor to it. But the one thing that I don't do is make things up or say things I don't believe, just to cause a reaction. Because that takes no talent."
But it didn't take talent to do what Rush Limbaugh has done. All it took was racism. History proves that anyone who preaches racism and division can easily rise in media and gain attention and ultimately large followings. Many people are so weak and dependant on feeling superior that they will gladly support known racists and others who speak division just to merely feel significant.
Hey, wouldn't it be nice if all openly racist people just crawled into a cave and suddenly died?