Rush Taught Me How to Be a Conservative

Rush Taught Me How to Be a Conservative

Rush Taught Me How to Be a Conservative

I always was a conservative. But it took Rush Limbaugh to flesh out just why I thought as I did. Because of him, I learned how to think like a conservative, rather than just operate on knee-jerk feelings.

I first heard of Rush in the late 1980’s, while we were living in Wichita, Kansas. A man in our young adult church group had talked excitedly about hearing someone whom I thought was “Russ” Limbaugh. However, I didn’t seek out his program; my radio habits leaned towards FM rock stations.

But then my parents came to visit, and my mother raved about this guy on the radio named Rush. I couldn’t refuse my mother, so I turned on the radio. And there he was: the voice saying stuff that I had believed all my life, but no one else was saying.


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Growing up in northwest Indiana, the child of conservative Lutheran parents from the “greatest generation,” I believed all The Conservative Things. Things like pro-life, pro-military, love of America, respect for family and God and the church. Those values stuck with me, even through my college years. But I didn’t know exactly why I believed them, nor the underpinnings of conservative thinking.

Then Rush taught me why free-market economics, smaller government, and traditional values serve the nation the best — concepts which undergird Reagan’s three-legged stool. And why not? “El Rushbo” loved The Gipper.

So I began to search out other sources of conservative thought. There was no internet back in that day, so I read print sources. I gobbled up National Review, the American Spectator, and First Things, to name a few. So between Rush, William F. Buckley, Reagan, and others, I learned how to think politically. I didn’t rely on feelings for my opinions anymore. Instead, I knew how to think like a conservative.

I didn’t always agree with Rush Limbaugh. In fact, I didn’t care for his early endorsement of Donald Trump. But I also believe in Reagan’s “80 Percent Rule:” as long as you agree with someone 80% of the time you’re behind them. Where did I learn about the 80 Percent Rule? From Rush Limbaugh.

As a fellow Facebooker, a Lutheran pastor, posted: “Rest in Peace, Maha Rushie. You were a Warrior Poet. See you at the Feast of the Lamb.”


Victory Girls’ Toni Williams here. I echo much of what Kim has written. Here is my story:

I remember the very first time I heard Rush Limbaugh. It was election day 1992. I was a Corporate wife, young mother and fish out of water living in Westport, Connecticut. They walked alike and dressed alike and I just didn’t fit it. We all knew on that day that Bill Clinton was going to win. From the moment GHW Bush looked at his watch in the pony-tail guy debate, the election was lost.

On election day, I hired a babysitter and signed up to drive the elderly to the polls. It was raining and miserable. I did my shift, came home, paid the sitter, and turned on WABC radio. I was gutted even though I knew the outcome weeks before.

It was then I heard Rush behind the Golden EIB microphone. He was saying things that I had believed for years but only talked about to my husband. I became an instant dittohead.

Rush talked me off of the metaphorical ledge. I listened for the next two hours and pretty much every day since then I have listened to a least part of the show. It didn’t matter that I didn’t fit in in Connecticut, because I wasn’t alone. There was a voice every day that expressed Conservative First Principals.

When my husband got home from work on election day 1992, he expected to find me in tears. Instead, I was a happy warrior. He had been listening to Rush Limbaugh for a few months and hadn’t told anyone. We had so much hope that night. Yes, Bill Clinton would be our next President, but we had hope. No. Not Bill Clinton style hope. Hope in Conservative Principals.

To honor Rush Limbaugh, I promise I will fight for Conservative First Principals until I draw my last breath.


Victory Girls Nina:

I too stumbled across Rush Limbaugh in the early 1990’s. I grew up politically active in Wyoming, yet it never seems our voice was heard on the state and national level. Suddenly, here was a guy who was giving voice to what so many conservatives, so many AMERICANS were thinking yet didn’t have the words nor the reach. Rush gave us that reach. He gave us that time to air our concerns, tell OUR stories, and opine about issues and elected officials.

Rush was not only a voice, he was a LISTENER. Everyone who called in and was given a voice on his show, he LISTENED to. Our politicians – even on the Republican side – have forgotten that. To me, Rush with his voice and the rattling of the papers, was a man who happily engaged in pushing back against the Democrat, left and cancel culture narratives. He did so with humor, with FACTS, and with TRUTHS. Rush taught me to always dig deep as the narrative peddled by politicians and the media is never what it seems. His insightful commentary and wit will be sorely missed.

To Rush, our Republic and our Principles needed to be preserved, safeguarded, and defended. I pledge to continue to do the same.


Victory Girls Lisa:

Once upon a time, I was a young college co-ed. I bought into all of the liberal buzz-words and ideals of the university crowd in the ‘90s. Those ideals were tame when compared to what we see today.

I interned and later worked at a group of radio stations. The news affiliate ran Rush’s show daily. Back in the day, I did not listen. I was convinced that the old retirees who went to Old Country Buffet during rush Hour were Rush Limbaugh’s target audience. It wasn’t until a few conservative-minded friends (who tried to convince me that I was actually more Conservative than I was liberal) dared me to listen that I did.

Rush was instrumental in bringing me to the “other side”. I still stomped my feet for a year or so after I first heard him on the golden EIB microphone, I was in the closet trying to hold on to a career that was largely made up of liberals. Face it, Conservatism was not popular. And I was not getting ahead. I couldn’t be part of the “unpopular ones” with unpopular opinions. I needed to fly low on the radar.

Chalk things up to sheer immaturity. Conservatism still isn’t the popular choice. Conservatism is not the easy choice for most of us. I may not have always agreed with Rush, but Mr. Limbaugh was unapologetic in his stance and unwavering in his dedication in calling the left out on the carpet. His critiques of the drive-by media, his constant skepticism and questioning of their motives made me discover as a young, journalism major that being “unbiased” was only a one-way street. Rush asked the hard questions and challenged the status quo in American political commentary, culture and in his broadcasting profession. You don’t snatch up a Marconi Award four times in a radio career by being mediocre. You don’t pull something like that off without ruffling some feathers.

Driving in my car this morning, I tuned in at 9:00am to hear Katherine Limbaugh’s voice after Rush’s iconic “My City Was Gone” bumper music and I just knew…a legend was gone.

The sorrow yet profound strength in Katherine’s voice made me think of something Rush said once:

The truth does not require a majority to prevail, ladies and gentlemen. The truth is its own power. The truth will out. Never forget that.-Rush Limbaugh

The truth is out there, ladies and gentlemen. Amidst the cacophony.

Thank you, Rush, for being the outstanding, outspoken patriot and American you were.


Featured image: Bust of Rush Limbaugh in MO State Capitol. KOMUNews/flickr/cropped/CC BY 2.0.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • John Wilson says:

    Bless you all. God bless Rush Limbaugh in Paradise and peace to his family.

  • Quentin Q Quill says:

    Remember when Limbaugh ran a segment for a month on his show called “AIDS Update” where he made fun of people with AIDS, introducing the segment with songs like “I Know I”ll Never Love This Way Again,” and “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?” Unfortunately, this is true. If you doubt it, fact check it.

    Remember when Limbaugh called for strict enforcement for drug abuse for both sellers and users, but then got off without serving any time when he finally admitted to being an addict?

    The late political writer, Molly Ivins, had this to say about Limbaugh in her article, “Busitn’ Rush – Molly Ivins takes on the big bully:” “The kind of humor Limbaugh uses troubles me deeply because I have spent much of my professional life making fun of politicians, I believe it is a great American tradition and should be encouraged. We should laugh more at out elected officials – it’s good for us and good for them. So what right do I have to object because Limbaugh makes fun of different pols than I do? I object because he consistently targets dead people, little girls, and the homeless – none of whom are in a particularly good position to answer back. Satire is a weapon, and it can be quite cruel. It has historically been the weapon of the powerless people aimed at the powerful . When you use satire against powerless people, as Limbaugh does, it is not only cruel, it’s profoundly vulgar. It is like kicking a cripple.

    So Lil’ Kim, can you run Limbaugh’s penchant for making fun of AIDS victims by your Lutheran pastor friend to see what his response is? “Maha Rushie?” Where did this dittohead fool study religion? Did Michelle and Marcus Bachman have an online Lutheran divinity school? It might be a good idea if you and the rest of the Victory Girls Clique took some time to read some of Molly Ivin’s writing even though she came from a very different political perspective. Reading Ivins might help some of the Girls Clique up their writing game from their usual snarky and sarcastic blather. Ivins was a good writer, was witty and funny, and displayed a compassionate side in her more serious pieces.

    I hope you don’t mind this perspective, Lil’ Kim, on Limbaugh and don’t consider it coming too soon after his passing. I’m sure you can take it in stride considering how Limbaugh made fun of people who died of AIDS. “Maha Rushie,” from a pastor no less. Holy shit.

    • GWB says:

      It might be a good idea if you and the rest of the Victory Girls Clique took some time to read some of Molly Ivin’s writing
      How about, NO? Molly Ivins was a political hack who was as partisan as they come. She regularly lambasted folks on the right with untruths and crass opportunism. She has absolutely NO business criticizing Rush. (Oh yes, I am familiar with her work.)

      As to the AIDS issue…. You do realize that AIDS was one of the few diseases that was almost entirely containable by stopping the behavior* that spread it? And yet, the authorities insisted that wouldn’t help? That is what Rush was mocking. (Oh, AIDS was also Saint Fauci’s first go at politicizing a disease and failing to follow the science.) If the response to AIDS had been quarantining of the infected, AIDS would have been stopped in its tracks. Rush was right to mock those who bewailed the disease while insisting no one stop the behavior that spread it.

      (* Anal sex and illicit intravenous drug use. Period. Stop those two behaviors in the beginning and AIDS stops spreading. Until it got so far along it crossed the barriers.)

      • Joe R. says:

        Don’t forget the ay-wholes of the ‘community’ that posted ads they were looking to “catch the bug” and would “bareback with anyone infected” just to try to glom onto the group getting sympathy FROM CONSERVATIVES HOPING TO HELP THEM, not from their own, who are a bunch who regularly partake in unsafe behavior, not just unhealthy behavior.

        Homosexual people have to wrap their mind around the idea that they are a self-limiting minority whose very existence requires heterosexual activity. Neither group gains anything by being confused by or with the other when each attempts to garner the attention of their desired mate, and each has extremely limited opportunities, on this planet, to do so. Therefore EQUALITY IS NOT WHAT IS DESIRED, since neither can afford to be equated with the other (outside of the basics, yes were all human, yes we have right to life/liberty/the pursuit of happiness, but when you attempt to equate each other “wholly” and find some part significantly lacking, or abhorrent, then you chuck the equation and you move to viewing the other as wholly un-equal [something that you cannot be made to equate yourself with or to] [loosely paraphrased, J.M. Thomas R., TERMS, 2012]).

  • Joe R. says:

    RUSH was and is awesome. One of his greatest gifts was in invoking GOD’s name as He is the only permanent “Greatness”. Another gift was effectively trouncing the ignorance of the satanic communist “green” movement.

    We will miss him, but we will never forget.

    • GWB says:

      One of Rush’s favorite bits was pretending to the narcissism he so regularly skewered on the left. The “Talent on loan from God” was a combination of his actual acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty and a tweak to people who already thought he was too big for his britches. Always made me chuckle.

  • Quentin Q Quill says:

    Hi GWB,

    Thanks for your comments. You sure seem triggered. Are you suffering from TDS (Trump Deafeat Syndrome)? Would you care to share your global perspective on AIDS? In Africa it has mainly been spread through heterosexual sex. Research has shown that it appears that HIV existed for decades in Africa at a low level before it became more common and eventually spread out of Africa. Maybe you can do some research and come up with some ideas as to how HIV could have been stopped in Africa so it never would have reached the U.S.

    You obviously don’t care for Molly Ivins’ views, which is fine, but she was certainly a better writer than any of the writers on Victory Girls Blog. It’s nice of you to defend the cackling scolding hens on this blog though.

    • GWB says:

      In Africa it has mainly been spread through heterosexual sex.
      But not how it initially got spread.

      Research has shown
      “Research” shows a lot of untrue things when it’s not done properly. It’s entirely possible it was brought to Greenwich Village, et al, from Africa. But it was entirely spread within our country by homosexual activity and illicit intravenous drug use with shared needles until it became spread far enough.

      As to your comments “triggering” me, you’re a pompous, snide, lying troll. So, no, I’m not a fan of your antics. I feel the need to correct your lies. It might be a flaw, but it’s a better flaw to have than your apparently compulsory, pathetic, sliming prevarications and slanders.

      Now you can go on about your day knowing that your charms have once again produced a negative reaction in better people than your own self.

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  • Scott says:

    RIP Rush, my “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” coffee mug still triggers the hell out of my totalitarian siblings.

    Thanks for always being a conservative, and exposing the lies of the left. Thanks for the sarcasm and satire that the left will never understand.

    Thank you VG for the tribute. very fitting

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