RIP Rush

Featured image by Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock. Don’t bother with the original article.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has passed away, following a battle with cancer. It didn’t take even a day for the hit pieces to start. It has become very clear that the playing field is not level, that the recognition of the good things that people provided during their lives is often drowned out by the few bad things that they did, particularly when you are anti-progressive. The institutional capture has been so thorough that not even a day goes by when links for websites are laden with such triggering language. Below is the link for the featured image. The addition of the tags that I have put in bold should be evidence enough to make my point.

I get that there is a clear double standard, that neo-leftists will overlook things that are cardinal sins of the woke cult if the person perpetuating these things are on their side. Adherence to ideology, willingness to repeat the message, and compliance to the collective are considered higher values than integrity, honesty, and equality. But there is really no point in complaining about that, save some release of frustration in a non-physical, non-violent manner. Complaining about a double standard is akin to me complaining that I am fat, and not changing my behaviors or making any efforts to modify my behavior. Part of getting where you want to go is recognizing where you are.

Rush Limbaugh’s legacy is complicated, as are the legacies of all great individuals. He has certainly impacted my political and philosophical journey, both turning me away from being an assumed Republican like my parents and brother, evolving first into a conservative, then helping me recognize the inconsistencies of the conservative movement and beginning my transformation into a Libertarian. I can’t help but draw a comparison between Rush Limbaugh and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The notorious RBG was heralded as a hero of the left, given documentaries, murals, T-shirts, and generally viewed as a quasi-saint. After I had heard of her passing, I had posted that it didn’t matter what your thoughts were of her, but that she lived a historical and influential life. I hold the same sentiment of Rush.

It takes so much energy to stay in a negative place. It takes more energy and effort to remain stagnant in the currents of life than it does to let life change you. That idea is both what opened my eyes to my failing marriage, and what, in my opinion, kept my ex-wife from making things work.

If all things stay the same, I won’t be remembered. My “sins” (both real and imaginary) will be paraded around to tarnish whatever legacy I may cobble together. I will end up upon the ash heap of history, another of the billions of lives that have come and gone. At this point I don’t care. If the world wishes to remember me, then so be it. What matters is how I leave the world. If I don’t speak up now, at this most critical junction, then who will? If I don’t practice the things I wish to see in the world, then who will? If I don’t change myself, improve myself, evolve, elevate, and enlighten myself, then who will?

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