20 Years of Rush Limbaugh
Posted by Sal on August 1, 2008
Today is the 20th anniversary of the nationally-syndicated Rush Limbaugh Program. In the history of the Conservative movement, there are only a handful of people who can be truly described as having the scope and influence to shape and define conservatism. Rush Limbaugh is one of those people. Along with William F. Buckley, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh has influenced the direction of politics in this country in ways that few others can lay claim to. Rush helped to bring the conservatism defined in the pages of National Review and the leadership of Ronald Reagan to the masses through his daily, 3 hour Radio show. His good-natured humor, satire, ability to make fun of liberals by using their own words against them, along with his crystal-clear logic and ability to synthesize core conservative principles and apply them to the news and issues of the day, while at the same time entertaining the 20-million+ listeners who tune into his show in any given week.
Rush also revolutionized the radio industry. Before him, political talk did not have much of a place, AM radio was on its way out, and nationally-syndicated shows were used as fillers. Rush is credited with saving talk radio, and defining the “Issues Talk” radio format. He also became the first break from the main-stream liberal media’s monopoly, paving the way for Drudge, Fox News, and a whole generation of conservative commentators such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and others.
I was in middle school, probably around 1991, and had some teacher spewing nonsense about how we were going to destroy the planet by the ever-growing hole in the ozone layer (funny how you really don’t hear much about the ozone layer anymore.) I repeated the nonsense to my parents, who proceeded to laugh at me. Flustered, I kept insisting that we were going to destroy the planet. The next day, when my father picked me up from school, he put on Rush’s show for me to listen to. Since then, I have learned a lot from Rush about conservative principles, but his show helped me to think and develop many of my own beliefs and principles on my own. His show opened my eyes to the biases that existed in the world, and to the foolishness and utter intellectual bankruptcy of liberalism. I can honestly say that his show gave me an education that helped to form my own grasp of Conservatism.