The number one radio talk show host in American history, Rush Limbaugh, has been — for over a quarter of a century — the nation’s biggest voice in defending conservatives and conservatism.
Millions upon millions tune into The Rush Limbaugh Show to hear Limbaugh’s insightful opinions, sharp wit, and marvelous sense of humor, especially when it’s used to mock liberals.
Over the years, Rush has been a true independent voice, where listeners could get unabashed conservative opinion and truth telling without the filter of the leftstream media.
However, during the 2016 presidential campaign, the nation’s greatest defender of conservativism has enabled the conservative movement to be hijacked by a bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor — a golf buddy of Rush’s — who has no principles — conservative or otherwise — other than what benefits him personally.
Rush Limbaugh has spent untold hours each explaining the “Trump phenomenon” to an audience that already understands it, sometimes dedicating nearly an entire show to reading Trump’s latest absurdity or outright lie, explaining why Trump is still popular, while avoiding any criticism of Trump — a phony conservative, i.e., a lifelong New York liberal who suddenly became “conservative” during his presidential run.
Moreover, every stereotype that liberals have of conservatives, whether it’s racist, mean-spirited, xenophobic or sexist, are exemplified in Trump. Yet, Limbaugh acts as though the reason he has taken a gloves-off approach to Trump, a former supporter and friend of Hillary’s, is to somehow help him defeat Hillary Clinton in a general election, rather than fighting to get the most principled conservative to the nomination.
It is Rush Limbaugh’s own “Limbaugh Rule” that states: “Vote for the Most Conservative Candidate in a Primary,” an axiom that he has mostly buried during the 2016 presidential cycle.
Sure, Limbaugh, will pipe in for a minute or two pointing out that Ted Cruz is the most conservative and principled candidate in the race, but will then take the remaining hours of his program focusing on how the establishment (the same establishment, ironically, that Trump funded for decades) hates Trump and that the billionaire is somehow an outsider, even though Trump has assured us that he gets along just swell with leftists like Nancy Pelosi , Harry Reid and Charles Schumer , who received campaign contributions from Trump while Limbaugh was fighting to destroy them.
As a loyal listener to The Rush Limbaugh Show since its inception, it’s painful to listen to it nowadays. I mean, when my kids were growing up, we’d listen to the parodies played by Paul Shanklin on Rush’s show mocking Bill Clinton and Al Gore. I still have them and my kids, now adults, still know words to the tunes. Rush has been a major influence in my life, but I just can’t listen to three hours a day of him explaining away Donald Trump — instead of fighting his hijacking of conservatism and possibly the country with a brand of authoritarianism that is neither conservative nor constitutional. My personal circle of friends feels exactly the same way.
Setting aside the inconvenient truth that Donald Trump has divided conservatives more than any liberal could ever hope for — while Rush diddled — the last straw was Rush giving himself a self-imposed gag order, refusing to comment on the arrest of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who lied about even touching former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, even though surveillance tape proved otherwise, as did the bruises on her arm.
Since when has Rush Limbaugh refused to comment on what was the number one story of the day? Barack Obama couldn’t hush Rush but a reality TV actor can?
As The Blaze reported, callers this week are letting Rush have it for his soft-handed approach to the Trump fiasco, including one caller accusing the radio icon of insulting their intelligence.
The calls came as the talk show host provided a defense for Trump’s Wednesday gaffe on abortion in which the brash billionaire endorsed a legal punishment for women who would have an abortion if the procedure were theoretically outlawed.
“I believe that most of the time you stimulate my intelligence, but today I feel like you’re insulting my intelligence — and that of many other people,” a caller identified as Gene from Philadelphia told the host.
Another caller, identified as Ron in Indiana, told Limbaugh that his “opinion accuracy may have gone down a little” because his defense of Trump’s abortion remark was “off a little bit at a fundamental level.”
“A true pro-lifer would instinctively not go after the would-be mother. It’s an instinct,” the caller told Limbaugh. “It’s part of how you think.”
Limbaugh seemed to have enough by the time the third caller phoned in.
“Hey, Rush. I’ve been listening to you for a long time, and you’ve always said you would just be objective, not endorse candidates, not take sides,” Mike in South Carolina said. “[B]ut, Rush, come on, being objective here, I look to you as a source of common sense, and it just seems to me you’re just making — Rush, you practically spent the last hour and a half just trying to explain this thing and slice it and dice it 87 ways to Sunday.”
Obviously, Rush Limbaugh loves America and the principles upon which it was founded. But why he refuses to criticize the man who has been the moneybags for everything Limbaugh has fought against is beyond comprehension and extremely disappointing.