Remembering Rush Limbaugh | February 18, 2021
Here's your conservative, not bitter host, Todd Huff.
That is right, my friends are listening here to the Hello conservative, not bitter talk. And it is with a heavy heart that I come to you this morning. And I just, this is tougher than I expected. With the passing of the great rush, rush limbaugh, and we're going to talk about him today, I'm going to talk about his impact on me. on you, on America, I just there's so many thoughts that I have. And for those that may not know, I imagine all of you know, but for those that do not know or hadn't maybe haven't heard, yet, rush limbaugh passed away yesterday morning from complications due to his lung cancer, the diagnosis that he received about a year ago. And you remember that rush was honored, I think maybe the day or two after he announced to his audience that he was, had been diagnosed with stage four, very advanced and aggressive lung cancer, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address back just right around a year ago. And so just so many thoughts, so many memories. For those that I know that obviously you listen to talk radio by tuning in here. It's such a unique, I think, form of the media and a way to connect audience and host and I feel it from you. You know when I hear from many of you and we communicate through email and through social media, and I'm not a fan of social media, but I love connecting with people that listen to this program through social media. And however else that we that we connect multiple ways I've met some of you even and it's just a powerful, powerful medium and rush had that connection or just the mass connection with millions upon millions upon millions of Americans. Any impacted people in such a profound way including me, and I want to share that and I don't it's not about me I just want to share his impact and just portions tiny sliver of his legacy. So anyway, this is a tough day for me. So we may take breaks at places that I wasn't prepared to do that. So just be advised that that might be the case. And I want to tell you too, I talked to two pedals yesterday afternoon in the office pedals does our well if you're on the email newsletter pedals puts that together you can subscribe to that Tata show.com slash subscribe for free and by the way you will even send you an official membership card of the conservative not bitter Party, which is pretty cool by the way. But I talked with her I said you know what I want to do today This was yesterday I said what I want to do tomorrow is you know can we put together for those of you that watch on that stream the video whether on the website or on social media you're gonna see during our breaks some slides to honor to honor rush limbaugh things that he said. And he said so many other things. These were just things yesterday afternoon as I was having lunch and trying to wrap my head around just what this Titan of conservatism of inspiration of political talk, what he meant to me and just to rap and what he meant to you and to to the movement to America. All these things, and there were some things that jumped out. So I'm also going to say them for those of you in my way, I can't, I cannot you know completely imitate the great rush limbaugh but this and it's it's for no other reason than it's just you know some of these some of these things that it just is kind of a personal thing for me to be able to to say some of the things he would say I don't want any of you to think I'm trying to be him or anything like that. It's just my, my way of expressing gratitude, and honor and appreciation to to rush limbaugh and I also for those of you that are watching on the camera, I got my old rush limbaugh t shirt on the last one to say the last, the last man standing. I think if you look at the back of this, it says rush Hudson limbaugh. Which again, as with many things with the rush limbaugh program, unless you watch the program, or listen to the program, I should say regularly, you wouldn't necessarily know what it was about. In fact, it's one of the reasons I think Russia often found himself in trouble. He would say things that the media was already saying, and he would make it more dramatized. And people would think it was him that was making the you know, the statement, but when in reality, what he was doing was illustrating the stupidity, the absurdity, and so forth, of what was being said in the media. And I think oftentimes, people missed that. People did not understand that. Anyway, so lots of thoughts running through my head on this. As usual, I jot down notes, this program is not scripted. And by the way, that is that is for, or that is, I guess, based upon, you know, what I learned from from Russia? I don't, I think that we connect in more genuine and real ways. If I just come on here and talk. Maybe that's maybe that's crazy in the minds of some television producer or whatever, some radio executive, but that's what we do. We come on here. And we talk, we have a conversation. And it feels like a conversation, because candidly, that's what it is. It's a camera. It's a monologue many times. And and by the way, I've, you know, we've looked at adding the capability, which we've always known how to do this to add phone calls. But there's a couple of reasons why I didn't want to do that just yet. But we might do that here sooner rather than later. Add some the capacity for taking callers. And there's again, there's a couple there's two reasons actually, there's three reasons for that. And I'm not going to go into those right now. But anyway, it is. I feel like now with you know, just that's one of the things that Russia did so well was interact, interact with his callers. And so maybe now's the time for us to, to look at doing that oz over here may have different opinions on that. But that's something that's something that we've always wanted to do. So I want to start here, though, I want to start and I'm gonna play this in its entirety. This is this is sad. This is This is tough to hear. But if you missed it yesterday, this is Catherine limbaugh making a statement at the beginning of Russia's program yesterday. And for those of you that have or may have for all of you, even if you haven't listened. Russia has been his he's not been consistently behind the microphone. These past I don't know, many months. I mean, he if he could get there he would he oftentimes maybe even filled in when he didn't quite fill up to it. fact, I believe one day he had to leave early, if memory serves me, right, but with his treatment and so forth, he just wasn't able to do it. So there was this period of time for several months where you didn't know necessarily if Russia was going to be in or a guest host. And so anyway, yesterday, you didn't necessarily know at the beginning of the program, sometimes whose voice you were going to first hear and this is the first time at least that I'm aware. I don't think she's ever done this before. Catherine limbaugh begins the program with the statements sharing with Russia's audience that Russia passed away. So here is her here's her statement.
Hello, everyone, I know that I am most certainly not the limba that you tuned in to listen to today. I like you very much wish rush was behind this golden microphone right now welcoming you to another exceptional three hours of broadcasting. For over 32 years, Russia has cherished you, his loyal audience, and always look forward to every single show. It is with profound sadness, I must share with you directly that our beloved rush, my wonderful husband passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer. as so many of you know, losing a loved one is terribly difficult. Even more so, when that loved one is larger than life. Rush will forever be the greatest of all time. Rush was an extraordinary man. A gentle giant, brilliant, quick witted, genuinely kind, extremely generous, passionate, courageous, and the hardest working person I know. Despite being one of the most recognized, powerful people in the world, rush never let the success change his core or beliefs. He was polite and respectful to everyone he met. Even most recently, when he was not feeling well in the hospital, he was so appreciative to every single doctor and nurse and custodian and first responder. He never wanted to put anyone out and always thank them profusely for their help. From today on, there will be a tremendous void in our lives. And of course on the radio. Rush loved our miraculous country beyond measure, an unwavering patriot. He loved our United States military, our flag, our Constitution, our founding fathers. He proudly fought and defended conservative values in a way that no one else can. Rush often stood up and took arrows on his own, because he knew it was the right thing to do. Russia encouraged so many of us to think for ourselves, to learn and to lead. He often said it did not matter where you started, or what you look like. As Americans, we all have endless opportunities, like nowhere else in the world. Rush gave us hope that through hard work and determination, we can overcome the obstacles in our lives and be our best. Many of you started small businesses or pursued personal dreams. Because rush gave you the faith that you could. He made the most complex issues simple to understand. While making that level of genius, look easy. It most certainly was anything but easy, irreplaceable, remarkable talent. On behalf of the limbo family. I would personally like to thank each and every one of you who prayed for rush and inspired him to keep going. You rallied around rush and lifted him up when he needed you the most. I am certain without a shadow of a doubt. If he could be here today, he would be he loved you. And he loved this radio program with every part of his being. Instead, we know our rush is in heaven increasing reaching us in the same way he always did on Earth. Russia's love for our country, and belief that our best days are ahead, live on eternally. in Russia's honor, may we all continue Russia's mission in our individual lives, and communities. I know all of you listening are terribly sad. We all are. I'm terribly sorry to have to deliver this news to you. God bless you rush. And God bless our country. And with that, we'll take our first timeout. Today's program is in honor of America's real anchorman be back here in just a minute.
Welcome back, my friends. Today we are taking time to honor and remember the impact of rush limbaugh, who passed away tragically yesterday from from complications from lung cancer. And I, you know, I, I want to share with you the impact on on me for moments, because rush is there's there's three influencers to primary, one secondary influencer for this for, for me doing this today, the first and foremost without, and this is no disrespect to any other influencers out there. I believe that rush was so much better than anyone who's ever done this, everyone else was simply playing for second place. I don't think that the chasm between rush, and anyone else who's done this is so massive that I don't believe that that gap will ever be closed. I he was a master at the art. He was a genius, incredibly brilliant. And, you know, one of the things that you know, from from someone who's listened, and hence such has been so inspired by rush, and I think many of you would say this as well. He had a very good heart, and that people will never who people who hate him will never ever agree with that they will never even be open to that. In fact, I would go as far to say if you didn't listen to rush regularly, it was easy to misunderstand who he was and what he did. And if you only read the headlines about rush, you certainly have a misconception of who he is because the media is not there to explain to you what Russia was doing, why he did it, what he really thought they weren't there to highlight all of the giving this guy had, had given so much of himself of his resources. He's he was a blessing to many, many, many people, including me. And I again, venture to say the vast majority of you as well. But there were three there are three influences on this program. Russia's first and foremost, the second is Dave Ramsey. The third is Lee Strobel, who's an author and a Christian apologist. He wrote the case for the case for Christ. Dave Ramsey. You know, his inspiration on me is more along the lines of what he's doing with, you know, his Financial Peace University. Total money makeover stuff, the programs, the books, the education, that is really the foundational inspiration, I guess you could say, of what we're doing with conservative, not bitter University. That's to put additional teeth into helping people become better and not bitter, in add in advocating for conservative principles and values, and understanding and being able to communicate those and to persuade others, that sort of stuff. So to put, it's where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, and that's why we're launching that and you can find out more about that at conservative, not bitter.com. But rush hisense spiration for me is how I structure the program what I do every day to prepare for this again, I this is not scripted, there are not, I shouldn't say there's no notes I have sometimes I jot down notes sometimes. Usually what I do I use a program on my computer where I put articles that I want to talk about, and I just you extemporaneously get there. And that's what rested so masterfully. He had a way of interweaving the political stories of the day to get to the deeper fundamental truths. And that's what I want to get to. In fact, I'll be honest, I get a little bit bored. When I get into the minutiae of some of these things, like when there's a complicated, you know, I don't know story in Washington, DC or politics, I get bored with the minutia, this person said this, and this person really meant that. And, to me, I would rather talk about these principles, I'd rather talk about the values, I would rather talk about the philosophical truths and concepts. And if you notice, I think that's where the program leads. In fact, I don't get into much of splitting hairs on on comments. And I'm not saying it's never necessary. But I am saying, I'll leave that up to other people that doesn't, that doesn't float my boat, what I want to do is communicate larger truths. What I want to do is get people to understand the beauty of this country, what I want to do is get people to see in Russia, in fact, I just saw a video clip of Russia on fox and friends for maybe a year or so ago, couple years ago. And he was talking about his relationship with with Jesus, which is something he didn't do a lot on the program, I think in, you know, these these last couple of years, maybe more so than he did in the earlier days. But rush had a relationship with Jesus, which is why, which is why we can all take hope that, you know, Russia's with his father in heaven, not because of what Russia did. But because of what Jesus did. And so all these things, those are the things I want to communicate and I, I credit, rush for inspiring me to do that. And I think about, you know, what's his his impact on your life as well? How has he helped articulate things made them clearer in your mind? How has he taught you how have you connected with with the rush for those of you that listened over, over all these many years, it's a remarkable feat, the ability to do that, and to connect with people and to, to build that relationship and to really be genuine about it, to really to care about those on the other side of the microphone on the other side of the speaker, those that are listening to what you say, to really have a heart and a concern, to think about those as those as individual human beings, not just some number of people. And I think so many people fail because of that. Well, you may not. We, we pray before the program here. And we pray for you, I pray for myself as well. In fact, sometimes I'm like, Where am I going to start today, but that connection, that desire that just that concern and relationship that Russia had with his audience was a major inspiration for me and I hope, I hope I'm one 1,000th of as successful as he was at doing that. And it starts with sincerity and genuine genuineness, and of course you got to be able to be interesting and thought provoking and entertaining and all that stuff as well. But just a master at this I'm going to share more about his impact on on me as well maybe briefly just kind of paint the picture of how I ended up here. I don't know if I've, to what degree I've shared that and this again is not about me, it's just to say to you the impact of one of one person the impact that one person can have the impact that you can have you know, you don't just have to be behind a microphone to have an impact the impact that you can have and have certainly had on people in your life as well. And so anyway, I just want to share it just it's kind of it's just something in my you know, on an on this day, it's just something I want to express. I just want to express as a form of my gratitude Donna the great rush limbaugh so that being said, a timeout is in order. Again to honor the great rush limbaugh. He would say you're Listening to the excellent excellence and Broadcasting Network the EIB network Rush's network where he carried his program for all these years. Back in back in just a minute.
Welcome back. By the way, this program is brought to you in part by our friends at the outdoorsman sports shop. outdoorsman sports shop was established in 1976. And they have one mission is to bring a high quality hunting shop to the Greenwood area. So, check them out outdoorsman sport shop.com outdoorsman sport shop.com where you can visit their store in Greenwood visit their store in Greenwood as well the outdoorsman sports shop. Want to continue here our conversation with her about I should say, rush limbaugh and his passing yesterday and his impact and I just want to share so his impact on me personally I was like I'm quickly do this I was I was raised in a small town in Central Indiana became a Christian follow followers of Jesus in 1993. And that happened that a Fellowship of Christian Athletes football camp and a little bitty place called Marshall, Indiana, beautiful, beautiful place in western Indiana. And my life was was changed pretty dramatically. My priorities shifted immediately. And the things that I took most interested in were politics and religion. This was I was 15 years old. And so I went upon graduating from high school, I went to Butler University, and my plan at that time was to go to law school I wanted I know there's way too many lawyers out there. This is I'm waiting for this insert good lawyer joke here. I just don't have the time or too much interest in doing that. But I really wanted to eventually get into politics, which I'm honestly glad I didn't do that. Because I think one of the things we have too many of are lawyers in politics, we need regular people with other professions doesn't mean that you can't be a lawyer and be in politics, we just have way too many. It's much too disproportionate in that regard. So anyway, once a butler actually went to a pre law program in American University in Washington, DC, and that's where it was, I learned as a conservative and as a Christian. And that's when I learned just how I guess I knew before, but I wasn't as outspoken. I was quiet, believe it or not at Butler. Most of the time, I would speak with professors, individually, but not in front of the class. Usually, I was quiet. But when I got to Washington, DC, and we were openly debating a lot, a lot of cultural, political, societal issues. It was oftentimes me against the class. And I loved it decided I didn't want to go to law school. But that is when truly the dream of doing this was born. I didn't understand it. I didn't even know what this was at the time. But that's when this dream was born. And when I came back, when I came back actually lived on a standardbred horse farm in a little town called Hall, Indiana, back in 1999. And it was there that I was turned on to the rush limbaugh program by by my pastor by gentleman named jack and we I loved rush from day one. In fact, I would schedule my day I kid you not around when I could listen to rush limbaugh, which was 124, which I didn't know at the time. I didn't know what the time was an hour delay. Rush has always been on from noon to three. The local station here carried it from one to four. When I found out it wasn't live I about lost my mind because I couldn't. I couldn't even come to grips with the reality that this guy was saying something an hour previously to what I was hearing it, but I didn't just listen, I studied in fact I remember that focus was 2022 years ago now. I literally remember trimming the way and miles of fence line. I remember trimming the fence line and listening to rush or even better yet doing some mock some mock interviews I was having in my mind with people like Matt Lauer. Yes, I'm that kind of nerd. But I studied I listened I thought I he inspired me to do these things. He was so good at what he did so captivating, so just connect and pull you in and teach. And it was so wise and intelligent and wasn't just about explaining the history of the day it was talking about the bigger picture. And the ideas and why it mattered, the Constitution conservatism, why these ideas matter why they fundamentally changed the landscape of the world and changed all that. And they set the foundation for what we experienced here in this great nation today.
And so that's where it began. And I went through a series of you know, after I left that horse farm, I got into sales I got into, worked at a marketing firm. Friends of mine still today, in fact, you'll hear them on this program, jarbo marketing, I worked there years ago, great guys, great organization, great company. And I ran a Boys and Girls Club, then I became an entrepreneur. And all this was, I'm telling you, I was inspired in some degree, as the radio talk side massively, but the other side was still rush inspires people like his wife said, they're not saying that. Her comments yesterday that I played in the first segment, she pointed out that he inspired all of us, I'm guessing he inspired the vast, vast majority of you in some way as well. So eventually, eventually, I told my wife or I asked my wife back on a family vacation in 2015, what she thought about me starting a podcast and she said, that sounds like a good idea. I think she was thinking it was something I would do on the weekends. I'm thinking nationally, syndicated talk radio show. And anyway, that was the birthplace of this program. And it's, it's, it was it was grown by listening to and learning from and studying the great and I mean, great rush limbaugh. There's hate out there today. The people that say things, despicable things, that these folks aren't worth two seconds of your time, and there's a lot of them out there saying some really bad things about rush I just completely 100% ignore that stuff would encourage you to do the same. decent human beings don't say those things. Anyway. Anyway, that's the impact he had on me. That's why I'm here today. And I'm guessing each of you have a story of how he's you know, thinking back to the things that he said which we'll we'll do here. As well as we take this next time out. Again, rush would always say these things again, this is not to steal his stuff. This is the honor him when I say this, we're going to take a quick timeout, and as rush would say documented to be almost always right 99.8% of the time, be back here in just a minute.
Folks, I gotta be honest, I am. This was this has been tough for me today. This has been really, really difficult for me to lose this, this icon, this influencer, this genius. And again, I outside of you know that there's all individual people that I know personally, I'd never met rush and I gotta be honest, I I don't care. I'm, I don't care to meet anyone else in the industry or whatever. I really don't if I do, that's great. I don't mean that as a disrespect to enable anyone. But with the rush, I would have loved to have sat down and had the opportunity to you know, to, to talk with him to pick his brain to understand just I just the amount of things he would have been able to teach the amount of things he did teach through the radio. So I would have, I would have loved would have loved to have had had that opportunity. But But of course that's that's something that we can't, we can't do but the archives of stuff that he has left us from his his show three hours a day for since 1988. When it was syndicated August 1 I think it wasn't 1988. But even before then he was doing radio I think back to 1984 is when he started his talk show I think in Sacramento And then, even before that he was he was he's always wanted to do radio. And that's what his dream was. And he was a master at it. And so a couple of other things I just want to share about about Russ here. In fact, there's one. One of the things he said that I don't know. I've tried several times to say it, and I don't know that I can. But this what I liked as well. This is one of the things I liked about Russia as well. And again, to understand what Russia was trying to do when he would say these things. People misunderstood them as arrogance that oh, this guy thinks he's so great and reckless rash was confident. Don't misunderstand rash was a confident guy. The rash wasn't arrogant. You know, I always tell people, there's a difference between confidence and arrogance. Confidence is me believing in me, right? Or me believing in what God's made me to do if you don't have a confidence to Christ? Me. arrogance says I want you to see, right arrogance is looking outward to say, I want you to see how great I am. Confidence is just Alright, this is what I gotta do. Put my nose down to the grindstone, and let's do it. And rush was understood to be arrogant by many people, but in a such an erroneous way. Because he did it on stage, he had a performance factor. And people confuse these things. But one of the things he said, and we're gonna take a break here with this. And he would often say this, when he came back, came back from the break, half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair. And again, as with everything that he said, the vast majority of things that he said, Sometimes he made mistakes, look, there's no, there's no denying that he's human, like the rest of us. But the point of this statement was to just illustrate how absurd some of the things we're being told in culture and society are, when it comes to fairness and all that sort of stuff. So Russia's fine to make it fair left, all tie half my brain behind my back. So with half my brain tied behind my back, just to make it fair, we'll take this next time, come back and wrap up. be back in just a minute.
All right, I'll be honest with you, I have almost said this 10 times in the show today, I just have had a very, very, very difficult time saying beresch would say who bear with me here. Rush would say oftentimes talent on loan from God, who, and fact I remember in the last couple of weeks, in the last month or so Russia even making the comment where he paused and said, You don't realize how true that is. Folks, we did have a great talent given to us. on loan from God, on loan from God, indeed, and I take great comfort. I apologize. I tried my level best here to keep it together. But it is. I take great comfort in knowing that rush is with that Creator God today because of because of his faith in Jesus Christ and that is a very reassuring thing. So I apologize. Toughest show I've ever had to do folks. Have a great day s dgc tomorrow, take care