Talent On Loan From God

Lauren Rogulski

HOUSTON, TX, – Rush Limbaugh, the unapologetic conservative talk show host died on Wednesday February 17th at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. He was 70.

His wife, Kathryn, announced the death at the start of Mr. Limbaugh’s radio show, a decades-long destination for his flock of more than 15 million listeners. “I know that I am most certainly not the Limbaugh that you tuned in to listen to today,” she said, before telling the audience that he had died that morning from complications of lung cancer.

For more than three decades, his radio program drew 27 million listeners five days a week on 600 stations. The late media titan was instrumental in instigating what is known as The Republican Revolution. The Republican Party won control of both the House and the Senate in midterm congressional elections, the first time in 40 years the Republicans secured control of both houses of Congress. Mr. Limbaugh is also credited for influencing Republican politicians including former President Donald Trump.

The passing of broadcasting legend Rush Limbaugh hit close to home for me along with millions of other fans. Rush had a word for people like me: “a Rush Baby.” My father always had Rush on in his car and so did my best friend’s mother. His voice a regular feature of daily life — from homes to workplaces and the commute in between. Millions of Americans know that same drive-time radio my family cherishes.

My family was politically active for many years. My grandfather was George Romney’s campaign manager in the 1960’s. My mother worked for Texas Congressman Bill Archer in the 1980’s. My father is a reporter and was truly honored when Rush featured one of his stories in October 2009.

In a media world surrounded by mainstream liberal coverage and opinions, Rush was the relentless cheerleader for conservatism and a pioneer in our country’s talk radio landscape. Whenever a political event occurred, the conscious was to hear what Rush had to say on the subject.

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said “Rush was a giant in the conservative movement for a reason: he exhibited unrelenting boldness for the truth. He never backed down. You knew where he stood. And he was never, ever afraid to speak truth to power and challenge the mainstream media.”

Limbaugh truly believed in the greatness of America and the principles of the Constitution and freedom for all. His love for country and the people who live here was boundless.

At the 2009 CPAC conference, Rush delivered a legendary speech that conveyed his eternal optimism and ardent patriotism.

“I want everyone in this room and every one of you around the country to succeed. We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We love and revere our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, Freedom and the pursuit of happiness.”


Though Rush has departed this life for the next, he leaves behind a generation that will catapult forward the movement he created.