COLUMN: Talent lent by God | Free sharing
This is an opinion piece.
WWe have heard it said hundreds of times, as have many of you, “Talent lent by God”. Some of Rush’s Limbaugh critics liked to say the statement was haughty. But those of us who knew him recognized his famous signature on his radio show as humility and not ego. Rush was truly an extraordinary talent, a media icon of unprecedented stature. His radio audience of 27 million Americans turned to him not only for advice and ideas, but also to express their deepest beliefs and deepest concerns. Every time he sat behind his golden EIB microphone, Rush would say what millions of patriotic Americans were thinking and feeling who had no platform to speak out.
Although he enjoyed monumental success, Rush was a humble man who readily acknowledged the source of his talent and success. He has now returned home to be with his Creator, Lord and Savior. It is said that angels sing when a true child of God comes home. We like to think that instead of singing, they’ve all come together to listen to Rush talk about the state of our nation; a nation that God has blessed above all others, but a nation in which many now take his blessings for granted while refusing to acknowledge their source.
I, Oliver North, have worked with Rush on many projects. We’ve teamed up to raise money for conservative causes and support the heroes of our armed forces, firefighters and law enforcement. These are the men and women he admired above all. Ironically, Rush never seemed to realize that for these American heroes, he was a hero. Author of seven books, Rush has helped me become a bestselling author by showcasing books I have written on his radio show. Along the way, we have become more than media colleagues, we have become soul mates. America has lost its most influential voice for conservative values and we have all lost a dear friend.
If the American conservatives had a guru, it was Rush Limbaugh. Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom – America’s highest civilian honor – was a fitting and well-deserved cornerstone for a media career spanning more than three decades. At the presentation of the award, during the State of the Union address in January 2020, President Donald Trump thanked Rush for his “decades of tireless dedication to our country”. In doing so, the President revealed in a few words why Rush’s show lasted 33 years and was broadcast on more than 600 stations: “… tireless dedication to our country”.
Unlike some in the media, Rush’s radio program was not about him; it was America, the country he loved passionately and unceasingly. Rush understood that America is not just a geographic location on a map of the world, but an idea; an idea imagined by our founders over 240 years ago. The foundational elements of this idea include individual freedom, limited government, personal responsibility, opportunity, and free markets. Few in the history of our great nation have made such a commitment to upholding these ideals of our founders. Even fewer have been more influential in educating millions of people in these ideals.
Diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, Rush Limbaugh survived his doctor’s prognosis. But he didn’t live long enough. In an age when America’s history is rewritten by ideologues who reject our founding principles and values, we could use its firm voice at the microphone of excellence in broadcasting. At a time when left-wing politicians are rejecting the economic principles that made America the envy of the world for socialism, we could use Rush’s no-frills analysis of their nefarious and misguided plans. Rush told his audience an unfailing truth and it resonated with patriotic Americans who are tired of being patronized by media elites, Marxist professors, and dilettantes in Congress and Hollywood mansions.
He gave voice to the everyday Americans who do the hard work to make our country work, who put their lives on the line every day in fire departments and law enforcement, who grow the food we eat, and who fight and die as soldiers, sailors, airmen, guards and marines. He spoke on behalf of the Americans who kneel down for God and defend our flag, who proudly sing our national anthem, no matter how insignificant they are, and who want little from the government except to be left alone. .
Rush knew that America had become the world leader in innovation, inventions, technology, manufacturing, and charity because of our core principles of freedom, opportunity, and American work ethic. That is why he has dedicated his professional life to the preservation of these principles. He was a firm believer in American exceptionalism and used every ounce of his substantial influence to preserve the factors that make America exceptional. For Rush, America is good and great at the same time; a status that he considered useful to fight to preserve it. America has lost not only a media giant, but a staunch, articulate and shameless patriot who gave his life fighting for our country. Rest in peace, Rush. You will be missed but not forgotten.
Oliver north is a Combat Decorated US Marine, # 1 bestselling author, Founder and CEO of Fidelis Publishing, LLC and Fidelis Media, LLC. David Goetsch is a Marine Corps veteran, business professor, Christian advisor, and author of 26 books.