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Happy Anniversary, Rush!

July 29, 2008
El Rushbo

El Rushbo

This Friday, August 1, is the 20th anniversary of Rush Limbaugh’s national radio show. He, of course, will credit his listeners, sponsors, radio stations, and business partners with creating his enormous success. However, it really is Rush himself that makes it all happen, and that’s why he is the ultimate big dog in talk radio.

He also is one of the three most influential political conservatives ever in the US. First came William F. Buckley, who did more than anyone, post-WWII, to define and promote the conservative movement. Second came Ronaldus Magnus, the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who brought conservative principles to all Americans and proved they could be used to provide more freedom and opportunity to all.

And then there’s Rush. College dropout, former disc jockey and former promotions director for the Kansas City Royals. He became a major media success after the repeal of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” and now has a daily audience of over 20 million people.

Rush can be belligerent, cantankerous, stubborn, and delightfully funny. He understands and uses hyperbole better than anyone I know. He also is a patriot of the first order and has done more to form my political views than anyone. Happy Anniversary, Rush, and I hope you have many, many more!

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