Rush Began a Movement that Isn’t Going Away

by: Brent Smith

Most know, as Rush said a thousand times, where we were the first time we heard his dulcet tones emanating from our radio. I certainly do. 

I was in the passenger seat of my father’s car. We were on the highway somewhere around Philadelphia. I don’t know why we were there – must have had something to do with my Navy service. He must have been picking me up from the airport or something.

In any event, he was listening to this guy on the radio. I don’t recall what this guy was talking about, but I remember him being brash and loud and I asked dad who the hell this guy was. He said it was a guy named Rush. I think the year was 1988 – Rush’s first year. I’ was hooked.

And unlike many who came before and will come after, he will be the voice that lives on, timelessly.

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Radio Free America – Rush’s Legacy

During the dark days of the Cold War, eastern Europeans were isolated from the rest of the world behind what was warmly referred to as the Iron Curtain.  Everything behind the Iron Curtain was autocratically ruled by the Soviet Union.  As part of its effort to control the populace, all regional news outlets (print and broadcast) were in fact, state-sponsored propaganda outlets.

The only exception to the blackout of truthful news was a powerful network of transmitters in western Europe, known as Radio Free Europe.  This network of transmitters broadcast news and entertainment deep into eastern Europe.  In addition to broadcasting the truth to those under communist rule, it also provided hope and a vision of what was outside of communist rule.  It was instrumental in preparing those behind the Iron Curtain for the eventual downfall of the Soviet Union.

Unfortunately, while we were fighting propaganda overseas, citizens back home were subjected to a uniquely American version of propaganda.  For decades — before the internet and satellite TV — news in America was controlled by a select few entities, all of which were closely aligned with the Democrat party.  ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN controlled television and radio news.  The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times set the tone for printed news.

The media and leftist politicians they supported were creating narratives to shape public opinion.  They crafted their narratives by being selective in what news they presented, or by outright distortion of facts.  I remember watching Dan Rather on the CBS nightly news in the early 1980s when he read a suicide note on the air.  The author of the note stated that he was committing suicide because Ronald Reagan had taken away his welfare benefits.  This was followed by a series of stories about the damage Reagan’s economic policies were having on the poor in America.  There was no mention of how those policies had also benefited millions.  This was just one of many narratives being crafted for American consumption.

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Video Podcast – My Thoughts on the Passing of Rush Limbaugh

by: Brent Smith

I wasn’t going to do a podcast today, but when I heard that Rush Limbaugh had died of complications from lung cancer, I felt I had to share my thoughts on the effect and impact he had on me and the conservative movement.

He will be sorely missed.

God Bless Rush Limbaugh. read more

WND Exclusive – Hatred for Rush and leftists’ lack of decency

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

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Leftists proved once and for all what godless, unconscionable sub-humans they are.

The above statement used to be considered by many as hyperbole, but no more.

At the State of the Union (SOTU) speech, the Democrats and their mindless devotees showed the entire nation the true color of their collective soul, and it’s blacker than the darkest night.

Everyone on the left is whining that President Trump didn’t shake Speaker Pelosi’s hand prior to the SOTU. Well, first, neither did he shake Vice President Mike Pence’s hand. And second, watching the encounter, it’s likely the president didn’t even realize old Nancy extended her hand.

It’s not like the stunt Nancy pulled, tearing up the transcript of Trump’s SOTU speech, was payback for the non-handshake. It was planned ahead of time, and even calculated as to how many sheets of paper the old fossil could tear at a time. read more

My Thoughts on Rush Limbaugh

by: Brent Smith

As most have heard, Rush Limbaugh recently shared that he was diagnosed with Stage Four Lung Cancer. I, like many, still recall, the first time I heard Rush, the impact it had on me and the world of conservatism. read more

WND Exclusive – How Trump can help more people dump the Democrats

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

A guy called into Rush Limbaugh this past Tuesday. He was a retired college professor who is done with the Democrats. He voted Democrat his entire life until 2016 when he pulled the lever for Trump.

Basically, he wised up to the lies of the Democratic Party and became a conservative. And unlike some Republicans, he liked the way Trump fought back against the left and threw it right back at them.

He said he was definitely done with the lying Democrats, but he also voiced his frustration with Trump, which Rush didn’t seem to understand. Well, I for one understood exactly what the professor meant, because it’s the same way many conservatives feel. read more

Podcast – No Justice for Democrats – Beiber Slams PETA

by: Brent Smith

A phoned into the Rush Limbaugh show the other complaining that none of these democrats are held accountable for their illegal and unethical behavior. He was referring to this latest scandal over Ukraine and specifically Adam Schiff. And he’s right. It seems no matter these people do, they are never made accountable. I discuss his and my frustration.

Singer Justin Beiber and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) got into it over Beiber’s recent purchase of a couple of high-priced exotic kitty cats. PETA took offense and called him out. Unlike other entertainers and corporations, Beiber didn’t wilt or bow to the pressure. Instead his response was classic. read more

WND Exclusive – Justice Kavanaugh Will Only Drift Left From Here

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

I can’t quite figure out what Rush Limbaugh is up to regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling by Justice Brett Kavanaugh. I can’t figure out whether Rush is being critical of Kavanaugh, or instead trying to give a veiled excuse for his recent siding with the anti-constitutionalists on the court.

Normally, it’s easy to know exactly where Rush stands on any topic or event. It’s easy because he’s so predictably conservative and constitutional.

But Limbaugh has been noticeably different since Trump was elected. Although there is no doubt of Trump’s love of country and his desire to put America first, it’s also common knowledge that he is not an ideological conservative or advocate for small, limited and less expensive government. He just wants the U.S. citizen to get their money’s worth. This is and will continue to be a bone of contention for us constitutionalists. read more

The Blue Wave May Not be Coming

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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What have we been hearing since the 2016 presidential election? That’s right – “just wait until the midterms.” There’s a “blue wave” a-comin and it’s going to sweep democrats into power and flush away the Republican majorities in the House, if not also the Senate.

Almost everyone on the left and right has bought into the notion of a blue wave. And why not? After all, it’s a common occurrence, almost tradition, that the Party which won the presidency, lose the midterms. The Party in power invariably becomes complacent and voter turn-out suffers.

But this time, we’re told, it’s much worse than mere tradition driving democrats to the polls. This time it’s about Trump and the democrat hatred of everything Trump. It’s how the notion of a “blue wave” began in the first place.

There’s never been any empirical data showing this democrat blue wave. The most they can come up with is the ethereal “generic ballet,” which means absolutely squat. Figures continue to show that those polled may “generally” favor the unnamed democrat over the unnamed Republican. As I said, these polls mean diddly squat, because as soon as names are attached to the ballot, the numbers can and often do shift wildly from the generic. read more

Mark Sanford Lost his Primary Bid … to Trump

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Most of us know about the defeat of incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Sanford to South Carolina State rep. Katie Arrington. Many are pointing to president Trump’s influence in the race. Trump tweeted his support of Arrington over Sanford on election day, which may have been what put Arrington over the top.

Sanford is considered to be one of those dreaded Never-Trumpers. If true, that’s a rather idiotic stance to take. It’s as idiotic a stance as being an Ever-Trumper, or Trump apologist. No man is perfect, nor is he completely flawed.

Damning a politician for who he is rather than his policy positions is just stupid. You don’t have to like the man to like his policies. But you can disagree without being disagreeable.

The feud between Sanford and Trump dates back a couple of years, when Sanford exclaimed after a meeting with then candidate Trump that he wasn’t particularly impressed with Trump’s knowledge of the Constitution. Sanford mocked him slightly, which was unnecessary.

Sanford also criticized Trump’s use of the word “s***-hole” to describe some third world countries. Again, this was an unnecessary criticism, particularly because they are s-hole countries. read more

Trump, the Lunch Pail Billionaire, has Driven the Left Mad

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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It was August 1, 1988. Remember the date? Maybe not, unless you’re a common sense, right thinking conservative. It was the first day of Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated radio talk show. And it was the beginning of the new conservative movement. One that the everyman, like you and me, could be part of.

The show took off like a rocket. No one had ever heard such things, particularly from the boring, deadpan, AM dial.

And why did it become an instant an enduring success? First was the shock factor. People, me included, couldn’t believe what we were hearing. “Can you believe what that Limbaugh guy said on the radio,” was a common refrain.

And second, and more importantly, Rush gave voice to what we were thinking. It’s just that simple. Finally there was a guy in the media who actually thought like us – believed what we did, and was not shy about expressing it. In a sea of liberalism from the left and measured politispeak from the right, Limbaugh was breath of fresh air. read more