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February 18, 2021

The Morning Report - 2/18/21 [J.J. Sefton]


Good morning, kids. Thursday, and it's almost impossible for me to process the fact that Rush Limbaugh is gone. I suppose after the theft of the election and the effective overthrowing of the nation formerly known as the United States of America, his passing is, as the saying goes, the other shoe dropping. On New Year's Day 2020, President Trump (now President-in-Exile Trump) and our nation were riding higher than perhaps any time since VJ Day 1945, despite the entire combined might of the malignant political, bureaucratic, corporatist, media and cultural entity that has since subsumed that nation focused to take him out. Then, from out of the blue (no pun, but fitting I suppose), Rush came on the air in late January or early February and dropped the news of his stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis on us. When he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, arguably deserved more than any other person who has received that medal over the years since off the top of my head I can't recall any of them, the word "harbinger" began creeping up from the back of my mind and planted itself front and center. . .

I must have started listening during the latter stages of Dubya's presidency, when Rush was merely almost always right 99.4% of the time. And that also coincides with my discovery of this here website, but I digress. It more or less coincided with my political consciousness-raising, which stirred during the Clarence Thomas hearings and became fully awakened ten years later on 9/11. In a quote attributed to Winston Churchill "If you're not liberal when you're young, you have no heart. If you're not conservative when you're older, you have no brain."

As has always been the case, the Left demeaned Rush as a shock jock; a loud, odious Svengali who brainwashes the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, Bible-thumping rubes in flyover country what to think and what to say. And these fools have been spouting this same, tiresome, tedious trope for his entire career. What they have gotten so massively and spectacularly wrong is that Rush never told people what to say and think. He was only articulating what millions and millions of us were already saying and thinking but who never had a voice nor a national platform on which to say it. But it was more than just his superb presentation and absolute command of events, facts and the truth. It was his incredibly sharp wit and humor that minute after minute effectively pantsed Leftists and their sacred cows that kept Rush Limbaugh relevant, vital and successful for 33 years -- one third of a century -- on the air. Were it not for cancer, or perhaps an FCC that going forward will no doubt be unconstrained from that thing called the First Amendment, Rush Limbaugh would have been broadcasting perhaps for another 10 years, maybe even 15 or 20.

Through the dark days of the Obama reign of error and on into perhaps the even darker days when the abject corruption of our political systems was exposed for everyone who has eyes to see, Rush always tried reassuring worried listeners concerned about the trajectory of the nation "I'll let you know when it's time to panic." About two weeks ago, the last time he was behind that golden EIB microphone, I think knowing his time was almost up, he lamented the fact that despite everything, he couldn't convince enough people about the dangers, madness and insanity of Democrats and socialism. Despite the election being stolen, the fact remained that millions of people still legitimately cast their ballots for them. This was his reaction to Zhou Bai-Din's bleak, depressing assessment of the future:

[I]f I were president-elect of the country, it's the last thing I would say. Even if I believed it, I doubt that I would put it this way. But I don't believe this anyway. Our darkest days are ahead of us? What a bleak way of looking at things. ...We Americans have adapted to our problems. ...Our freedom has allowed our adaptability. If disaster is coming our way, we don't just sit there and endure it. We come up with ways to avoid it, to beat it back, to overcome it, but we don't just sit there and accept it. And, as such, we don't just resign ourselves to the fact that they're living in the darkest days because we, at least to this point, still have the greatest degree of freedom of any people on earth. Now, it's under assault and under attack and we all know this. But I don't believe our darkest days are ahead of us. I never have. People have been asking, "You've always told us you'd tell us when it's time to panic. Is it time?" It's never time to panic, folks. It's never, ever gonna be time to give up on our country. It will never be time to give up on the United States. It will never be time to give up on yourself. Trust me.

There's been an ocean of ink and pixels spilled on the subject of leadership. While Rush lamented what he perceived to be a failure, nothing could have been further from the truth. He (and Donald Trump) effectively awakened millions of people to the rot, corruption and danger that for so long we were unaware of or, worse, refused to see. No one person, not even Rush Limbaugh can fight this fight alone, though that in no way takes away from his achievements which I believe in the fullness of time will be a key to changing the course of history for the better.

Rush Limbaugh was the voice of freedom, the voice of America. I don't know where I would be today without him and for sure I don't know where I'll be tomorrow without him either.

May the Lord bless and keep Rush Limbaugh.

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