Listening to Rush Limbaugh Less and Less
I have listened, almost religiously, to Rush Limbaugh since 1988, and I have long been one of his greatest admirers. I even used to arrange my teaching schedule with more early morning classes so I could be free to listen to more of his 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM broadcasts.
When I first discovered Rush it was a revelation to hear someone so articulate express political views that coincided with mine at a time when all you saw on the networks and read in the newspapers were asinine liberal views. It has also been wonderful to hear him occasionally launch into a passionate expression of patriotism and of the extraordinary exploits of many American heroes. I love my country and understand its greatness and history; in the face of so many ignoramuses who wish to tear it down, Rush has often brought tears to my eyes with his monologues that honor America.
Things began to change for me when Obama became president. Don’t misunderstand me; I agree completely with Rush that Obama has been a disaster as president, and that this country will not survive another Obama Presidency, but the constant Obama-bashing on Rush’s program has begun to wear very thin. This has been compounded by Rush’s support and making excuses for certain conservative Republican candidates, no matter how stupid they sound. This came to a head for me this week when Rush tried so hard to excuse Perry’s 53 seconds outage – an episode that I believe has ended his candidacy.
Of course, there has been a big change in how I get my information since I began with Rush. I have the internet, and I can hear both sides on Fox News now. I will still tune in to Rush occasionally, but my dependence on him is over.