Rush Limbaugh's Contribution to Life
With Rush Limbaugh's passing, I'd like to offer a few thoughts about his contribution to Life:
Jon Brown of The Daily Wire wrote a very thoughtful article about Limbaugh. One part that struck me as especially human, was where Limbaugh, in his last Show, confessed that he's struggled mightily with his own perception that his Life's Work fell far short of his goals:
“There’s a large part of me that feels like I have failed in such a major way, in a political sense. I’ve had 30 years here to try to convince people, to try to persuade people, to try to encourage people to critically think on their own; to realize the difference between Conservatism and Liberalism, the difference between the Republican Party and Democrat Party as it relates to Conservative versus Liberal." Acknowledging his undeniable impact, Limbaugh said, “Even with all of that, there’s still far more people than should be, voting for Democrats, voting for the Left. And I chalk it up in part to having failed to convince people, persuade people of the truth.”
I understand that feeling.
There is a desire to do as much good as possible, to help such a large number of people to see what you see, that you help change everything. Falling far short of that goal can be crushing.
Or it can be humbling.
I try to take a lesson from Rush Limbaugh's journey ~ from his contributions to Life.
When I first stumbled across his Cast, hauling furniture around Chula Vista, in the early 90's, I was at first exhilarated by his searing insight and eloquence...But it wasn't long before I was turned off by his bombastic blowhard style. And he focused too much on what he hated.
He focused too much on what he hated.
I see many similarities between him and Donald Trump.
And I see it in my own articles.
There is always the danger of drifting into disgust, when truly evil people are busily at work.
And it's very worthwhile to point them out, and to point out their evil work.
But as brilliant an orator as Donald Trump is ~ very much Rush Limbaugh's equal ~ he obviously turned off a lot of people with his venom, righteous though his venom is.
The shame of it is that Trump's evolved dramatically from that self-indulgent misogynist that he was in the 1980's, and became The Dream President: One motivated entirely by a desire to contribute to Life, which has been so kind to him. He wanted to serve his fellow human.
One of my most cherished tenets, echoing the words of John Kennedy, a magnificent person:
"Ask not what Life can do for you. Ask what you can do for Life."
I don't know if Kennedy ever explained the rationale behind his words, but I can explain mine:
We are all, every one of us, driven by the need to Give Something Back, to serve.
Tragically, most of us don't listen to our own voices.
Consequently, we live a life of debauchery. Pleasure, as I like to say, is a healthy part of any spiritually balanced diet...But to mistake Pleasure for Happiness is a tragic mistake.
And it is one which the vast majority of people make.
I believe that Limbaugh and President Trump, at least partly, have understood the drive to serve.
Where they erred, I believe, was in spending too much energy on righteous rage.
It's not too late for President Trump, who is already on the right path as a human being, to even further evolve beyond the extraordinary person he has already become.
It's not too late for his message to evolve.
It's easy to forget that the vast majority of Democrats ~ the ones who naively vote those lying filth into office ~ are kind, loving human beings, motivated by a desire to help others.
Rush Limbaugh's successes and failures ~ Rush Limbaugh's life ~ have illustrated both how to get the Small Government message across well...and how to fail to do so.
In so doing, he has enlightened me...and Donald Trump, I strongly suspect.
You spoke the truth, Rush Limbaugh. And you enlightened and inspired good people.
There's a little bit of Immortality in that. Thank you.