Rush Limbaugh, a conservative radio talk show legend, gave his audience a emotional and heartfelt message of gratitude opening his final show of the year on Wednesday, thanking his family and the listening audience for all of the love and support they gave him throughout his battle with lung cancer.
The All-Seeing, All-Knowing, All-Everything Maha Rushie revealed that according to the doctor’s prognosis after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer, the conservative legend “wasn’t expected to be alive today” and he shared what he’s learned from his experience.
Rush let his audience know that he was “shocked” after he was advised on his fate back in late January, noting that he went through a period of denial. He talked about the outpouring of support he received from people that was overwhelming, so much so that he has felt in a place of sheer gratitude.
The top host, who admittedly changed my life, reminisced about when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom back in February during the State of the Union address. He reminded his listeners that at about that time he told his audience that he gained “a little bit of understanding of something that had perplexed me for a lot of my life, and that was Lou Gehrig.” Gehrig was a legend baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS, which cut his record-breaking career short in the 1930s.
Rush went on:
“On the day that Lou Gehrig announced that he had his disease that was forcing him to retire from Major League Baseball, he said to the sold-out Yankee Stadium, ‘Today I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the earth.’I didn’t understand that. I mean, here’s a guy who’d just been diagnosed with the most terminal of terminal diseases, and I said, ‘This can’t be real. He can’t really think he’s the luckiest guy in the world. This is just something that he’s saying because it will play well.’ I don’t mean to be insulting Lou Gehrig; don’t misunderstand. I’m just saying, how in the world if you’re being honest can you feel like you’re the luckiest man on the face of the earth?”
Limbaugh went on to talk about how he now understands, “Well, when I got my diagnosis, I began to receive all of the outpouring of love and affection from everywhere in my life from so many of you in so many ways and from my family.”
He added, “because I have outlived the diagnosis, I’ve been able to receive and hear and process some of the most wonderful, nice things about me that I might not have ever heard had I not gotten sick. Again think, how many people who pass away never hear the eulogies, never hear the thank-yous? I’ve been very lucky, folks, in I can’t tell you how many ways.”
When I was a young man, fresh out of college, I was a died-in-the-wool liberal. I drank the Kool-Aid and asked for more. I believed all the left-wing garbage that was fed to me by college professors, TV anchors and Hollyweird and so on. One day, during the Gulf War I tuned to a local talk radio station out of Philly to listen to the news about the war, because my cousin was serving there as an Army engineer before, during, and after the war, and at that point he was one of the unlucky few who had to put on a suit, go outside and test for chemicals in the air after every SCUD missile that Saddam Insane fired off at them.
Anyway, after I got the news and before I was able to turn the radio off, I heard this guy coming back to his show, and he had rock and roll bumper music playing that I actually liked. This guy went on talk about things in the political world that I had never heard before on the air. Even though I was a liberal at the time, there were certain things that I believed that I had never told anyone, because God forbid they found out that a fellow liberal believed in certain principles that were very pro American. But this guy was going on and on about things that I had already believed but had never heard anyone, in any form of media, ever have the balls to say so. That man was Rush Limbaugh, and he gained a new fan that day, and I spent the next 20 years listening to him daily. He changed my life, and made me a happier person.
This man went on to win five National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Awards for “Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting.” He was also a #1 New York Times bestselling author back when that actually meant something unlike today. He is a Radio Hall of Fame and a National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame member.
And I have loved him since the moment I personally discovered him. He saved AM radio and he was a man who for the first time I knew of made fun of the left wingers in media and politics who up until that time always made fun of conservatives. Rush made it cool to be a conservative.
I hope we get another year with him before God takes him home.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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