Rush Limbaugh has God inside him (and so do you).
If that’s too much for you to swallow (without actually thinking about it), then I suggest reading my post on Iron Man for a watered down version of the ideas I’m about to write about, as well as what makes America great. However, if you’re willing to entertain the idea, then read on.
Years ago, straight out of the military and with no political affiliation, I went to college. Before encountering liberal professors who claimed, “Only redneck Republican hicks who are happy to get a free pair of boots join the military,” prompted me to start looking into conservatism, there was this guy on the radio who made me laugh by turning Elvis’ “In the Ghetto” into an Al Gore Global Warming parody titled “In A Yugo.” His name was Rush Limbaugh. He hooked me with humor, but it wasn’t long before he introduced me to his more substantive side with appeals to intellectual giants like Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams, and Friedrich Hayek. Through his radio show I was encouraged to pick up Paine’s Common Sense, J.S. Mill’s On Liberty, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, as well as books by Natan Sharansky and Dinesh D’Souza.
What does all of this have to do with God? Or Rush Limbaugh? Simple. It’s impossible for anyone to read the catalog of thought mentioned above without coming to the conclusion that each and every one of us is in possession of God-given talents we can harness to contribute to the creation of a better world. It’s also near-impossible for someone to read the works of those authors without doing a little soul-searching of their own.
There are people out there who decry Rush Limbaugh and any number of out-of-context quotes taken from his radio show on a daily basis, but the fact remains that he inspires millions of people to take control of their lives. When someone realizes that they’re here for a purpose and that they control their own destiny—as opposed to unprincipled politicians in Washington, DC—an awesome transformation happens.
Rush Limbaugh is one of the most positive personalities alive today, contrary to what the talking heads at MSNBC say. Sure, he’s pessimistic about public figures who want to “plan” every aspect of your life, but he’s inspirational when it comes to empowering the individual. And Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann and the New York Times can’t stand that.
God didn’t put you on this earth to sit back and abdicate the most important decisions in your life to some third party whose only real worry is how they’re going to get reelected. You’re here because you’re worthwhile. You’re here because work is a virtue, and nothing is more satisfying than finding out what you love to do and then doing it for your family, the community, and the world at large. No matter what Rush Limbaugh’s faults (and we all have faults), his consistent efforts to educate Americans in self-determination, liberty, and individual freedoms will pay dividends for decades to come.
What would the trajectory of my life have been if I had never turned on the radio and listened to Rush all those years ago? I’m not sure. I think my family, my faith, as well as my time in the military instilled values in me that would have served me well regardless of my midday radio preferences. But, I think it’s safe to say that the liberal mind-forged manacles my professors encouraged me to willingly slip into would have been around for a lot longer. And that would have been a shame because life is precious, but life is short. It seems as though the older I get the more I realize how little time we really have to leave our mark upon the world. And while we can have a positive impact on humanity at any age, it’s sad to think of all those wasted moments and missed opportunities we can never get back.
We all have saints inside us, and we’re all sinners. The challenge is to bring the former to the forefront much more often than not. Rush has done that, and he’s inspired millions to follow in his footsteps. And for that I’m thankful. Worst Person in the World, Keith Olbermann? I beg to differ.
No go out there, and make a difference.