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What Happened to Rush?

What Happened to You, Rush?
Posted on January 9, 2012 by Lew Rockwell
Writes John Tonnemacher:

I started listening to you in 1988. You were on the same station as Sean Hannity (he was the local guy), in Huntsville, Al. I was a Reagan conservative, who had graduated from college in 1982. I was so thrilled to find you, because you espoused the concepts of limited government and the Constitution. You spoke to me as no one else could. We used to order lunch in at our office and watch your television show. We were dyed-in-the-wool conservatives and you were our "leader". I have been a life-long "conservative", I supported both Gulf Wars because this had to be, and it was in our "best interest." I happily voted for George W Bush two times.

A funny thing happened in GW's 2nd term. While I never considered him a rock-ribbed conservative, he was the man to "protect us". That didn't mean I agreed with him on everything, I didn't. He was too much of "big government guy" and his spending, honestly, unnerved me. Your unwavering support for him, even in the areas of "big government" caused me pause. What happened to the Rush I knew that talked about limited government and the Constitution? I quit listening to you because I felt like I wasn't getting the straight scoop anymore, and you were becoming the "media type" you always railed against. I held my nose and voted for John McCain, another "big government guy.". I watched as Republicans supported TARP, and bailed out GM and Chrysler - which I opposed, even though my livelihood is tied to the automotive industry. I found out we went into Iraq under false pretenses, based on the lying information of a defector and a false notion of "nation-building".

I thank God both of my nephews made it back from Iraq safe, and I grieve for the parents of those killed, due to people like me buying the propaganda that we needed to go in there because of an imminent threat. I have voted a straight Republican ticket my entire life. I was thrilled the House turned over in 2010 by the sea change inspired by Obama, and understood, finally, we were going to see action. Most all of them, voted in favor of raising the debt ceiling, and could only find cuts amounting to roughly $3.8B out of a $3T budget. All of these things helped me to understand that the game is rigged. All of the great inspiring talk you and others throw out there mean nothing. It is the same old, same old.

You continually trash Dr. Paul, and he is the one person that aspires to represent the things you used to espouse, back those many years ago - "limited government and the Constitution". You used to talk about the "marketplace of ideas", of which Dr. Paul is the one candidate who plays in that arena. The cast of characters in the Republican field, outside of Dr. Paul, is the same old washed up bullcarp (pardon my French). I am 53 years old, love what this country was founded on, and fear for my children and granddaughter. You paint us all as some kind of "whack jobs". Maybe so, but am I a "whack job" because I believe in those things that made America the unique experiment in human history?

Brush me off as someone who doesn't get it, but I am finally living and breathing my conscience and listening to the voice of liberty that has been pinging me for a very long time. I support Dr. Paul, and hope that, even if he isn't given the nomination, his ideas will cause this country to right itself and turn back to its roots. The cause of liberty is God-given and I am all in. Mock us if you will, but there are many more like me out here, and Romney isn't going to make it without us. My days of voting for the lesser of two evils is over.


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It's not Rush, it's you

I'm not sure Rush has changed much. I used to listen as well. It's a shame so many people still have the blinders on.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

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Coming soon:

The "wack-jobs" and "kooks" will equal the vast majority.
I too listened to Rush in the late 80's, but then he started giving me nausea and he got the off button.


“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

He's a corporatist divider just like fox msnbc cnn

abd cbs nbc pbs crntv...They all act like they love freedom until someone exercises their rights that cuts into corporate profits like less expensive drugs from Canada or medical cannabis or standing up against the military industrial complex or standing up against the dept of education(which has no teachers or anythng to do with education other than towing the corporatist line)..

Bottomlin Rush is a freedom hater of the most disgusting ilk and by his own measure should be in jail for life for the 30,000 oxy pills. He probably would be if he were black.

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

Rush has always known....

that if he didn't toe the Neocon line on foreign policy that the Powers That Be would have found a way to shut down his radio show. It's about money with him. He can't get enough of it even if he has to sell his soul to get it.

Minnesota Mary

Wonderful expression Cark.

Wonderful expression Cark. Glad you found Dr. Paul.

who is Rush?

That was a great libertarian band...but who are you talking about?

Rush changed his veiws

And this is my honest recollection. When he paid a visit to the White House. Back when Senior Bush was president. He spent the night in the Lincoln Bedroom. I noticed his veiws softened right after that. He was at the time a Buchanan conservative. Then switched to Bush. As I remember. :)

It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

exactly what happened

At the time, before his Reform Party loss and subsequent loss of spirit, Buchanan was the Ron Paul of his day. Buchanan was the real deal back then dispite what he is saying now. Buchanan was making waves in the Republican Primaries and Rush stated on the air that he planned to vote for Buchanan and that he thought that his audience should too. Shortly after that Rush got an invitation from the Bushes and promptly changed his views.

So basically, whoever feeds

So basically, whoever feeds him and lets him sleep at their house.... he'll rabidly support. Got it. :)

Limbaugh has been Neo-Conned full-on.

He is NOT a conservative.

AND he said a couple of months ago that Obama is a better president than would be Ron Paul.

That pretty much said it all.

Limbaugh is a shameless, big-government, war-mongering hypocrite.

I've got no time for this rotted shyster.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Excellent!This 55 year-old Agrees With you!

You're correct.We can no longer be ignored.Nominate another RINO goon and lose to Obama.Simple as that...

Ron Paul'08


oops, sorry! LOL

Just out of curiosity

what would happen if not one person voted for anyone in the presidential election?

Then pigs could fly

Who cares?

"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."



I was just wondering because in the article he said he is done voting for the lesser of two evils so I just started thinking about it. But anyway thanks for your AWESOME response there Minarchist.

Guys, please..

...stop paying attention to him. He's not worth your time.

His listeners are

He reaches MILLIONS.

They are worth our time.

"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."



Sadly, he has tremendous influence as host of the most listened to radio program. Too many people rely on him for information and insight. Look at RPs negatives among conservatives the last couple of weeks after the relentless attacks from Fox, Rush, Hannity and the rest of MSM.

EVERYBODY: E-mail this to Rush!

The more people that e-mail a copy of, and link to, this wonderful letter, the more likely it will be to get his attention, and, maybe, just maybe, he will address it.

The e-mail address as given at www.rushlimbaugh.com/email-rush is ElRushbo@EIBnet.com

Personalize it... add something unique, specific and true about you and Rush that ties your personal experience with what this letter says.

"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."


Exactly my Experience

It's disgusting how these talk show people are so practiced in the art of behavior manipulation. They wrap themselves in the American Flag. How dare they? Sean Hannity puts on his "Freedom Festivals" on behalf of our service people all the while building the war machine and sending them through hell. Can you even get any more evil? They know how to invoke their tribalism, right down to the toy nerf football symbol.
There is no way in hell that any of these media people love America. Zero. So enjoy selling out your souls- you get your reward now. This goes for all the others as well.
I hope Rush Limbaugh received this letter. DITTO.

I quit listening to Rush when. . .

he said that Buchanan didn't have a chance in 2000. I hate being told by the MSM who does & does not have a chance! And, I never liked his know-it-all style, anyway.

I have to think his audience

I have to think his audience is dwindling. But then again we're entering an election cycle and that's usually when his audience grows. All I know is myself, my brother, his wife, you and a lot of people on here "used to listen to Rush".

Of course Rush is so demented he thinks we're all lying and are "democrats". Yet he's the one who'll vote for a democrat as long as they're labeled a Republican. What a loser.

He could have used his powers for good.

But, he didn't.

What good are his millions now?

For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

In Reality Rush Limbaugh hasn't changed,

what has changed, is that following Ron Paul we have found what a real conservative Constitutionalist really means. Rush still talks the rheteric of misdirection, but do to Ron Paul's gained recognition as a model of Constitutionalist, he can't continue to use those words any longer, because people might swing to Ron Paul. Remember, Limbaugh sold us on Newt Gingrich being such a great Conservative, but now that we have looked at his actual record, he is much closer to Bill Clinton than Barry Goldwater. Even, teflon Ronnie, when his record is closely observed, wasn't a real conservative, whether he knew it or not. I know making such a statement about the scripted 'Reagan the Great' is much like saying anything negative about Israel's action, but if you would like to see the real 'gipper', read this by Murray Rothbard. http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard60.html

The dillema Rush, Hannity, Beck, ect fail to realize when the SHTF and we have an economic collapse due to an attack on Iran, that these Goebells newspeak operators have encouraged, people are going to remember who led them down this path, and the PTB aren't going to protect them.


I agree Rush hasn't changed.

I've listened and been disappointed many times and many years but the rants from Rush and others upon Ron Paul got to me big time. They have a hatred which has caused a "greater" or a "complete" distrust in their broadcasting.

President Reagan was the last Republican I've voted for to be president. Wasn't happy with his appointees so I supported third party efforts instead. Many of us yelled to Bush Sr. not to appoint Judge Souter as a Supreme court justice and look at what that got us. Eminent domain issues and property right violations just to name a few.

I've listened since early 90's to Rush and the local hack pundit Belling supporting these so called conservatives and their actions. So, maybe there's a greater discernment coming down the line from many folks. Maybe a waking up to the spirit of Freedom IS occurring and when we see it being pushed down we don't approve anymore! We're able to get information other than these pundits and we're able to not approve because of the WEB. Complacency is being shrugged off the proof of this will be in these primaries.

Rush hasn't changed but the people are and the news is out!

The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
And those who have not heard shall understand.

Right on

I used to also was a die hard listener. I had a few concerns but the straw that broke the camel's back was back when Congress was debating the Brady Bill in the fall of 1993, the vote was on a Wednesday and it was close. All Rush talked about Monday and Tuesday of that week was the Micheal Fay caning in Singapore and ADHD. It was then I smelled a Rat and have not listened to him since. Right when he could have made a difference he was silent.

One quality common to Ron Paul supporters

is that ability to smell a rat, know we are smelling a rat, and walk away from the rat.

All too often

Rush has remained silent on issues. Now I recognize what is was. Even during the 2008 primary he wouldn't come out and say he was for or against a candidate because he so desperately did not want to be wrong. He did not come right out and bash Paul simply because he didn't want to alienate his supporters. He simply brushed them off. That is until McCain was declared the winner and Ron Paul was still there calling McCain out for his liberalness. It was then that Rush began the attacks against Paul, even though many times before the primary I heard so much from Rush attacking McCain for the very same things Paul was calling him out on. Rush was simply waiting for his commands from HQ.

I've had this same experience with Rush

but in a much smaller time frame. A few months ago, I discovered a radio station that espoused conservative views as I drove home from school. From Rush to Levin, they spoke of limited government and the unconstitutional policies of our sitting president. Music to my ears.

Then one day, they started viciously bashing Ron Paul. Oh, the dissonance! Needless to say, I have not turned them back on. I rather listen to the talent devoid top 20 music charts.

Hello, my name is Andrew Ryan and I'm here to ask you a question: is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?