Yesterday, millions of fans learned that beloved talk-show radio host Rush Limbaugh has been diagnosed with “advanced lung cancer.”
The outpouring of support and prayers was overwhelming, but at least one former CNN host had the audacity to speculate whether the world would be a “better place” without Limbaugh.
In fact, the difference between conservative support for the health of ultra-leftist Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is evidence of the fact that conservatives have compassion… liberals have hate.
For anyone to ask such a question and call a man who has worked for the nation for decades a “curse,” is a prime example of this vile, soul-killing animosity that liberals seem to cultivate. It’s like Rush has always said, liberalism is based on misery. I’ll add that it is also based on envy and greed, and a desire to appear altruistic, while secretly enjoying a faulty self-worth that is founded on the belief that you are better than others because of what you believe.
“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”
The radio icon then told his audience that his job has provided him with the “greatness satisfaction and happiness” of his life.
“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today,” he said. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
Limbaugh told listeners that the disease will keep him off the air on certain days when he’ll receive treatment. He said two medical institutions confirmed the diagnosis since he first realized something was wrong on Jan. 12 when he experienced shortness of breath.
“I thought about not telling anybody,” he said. “It is what it is. You know me, I’m the mayor of Realville. This has happened and my intention is to come here every day I can, and do this program as normally and competently and expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally.”
“I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about, but I do, and I have been working that relationship tremendously,” he said. “I am, at the moment, experiencing zero symptoms.”
Limbaugh said he will undergo further testing and planned to “push ahead and keep everything as normal” as he could.
“I felt that I had to tell you because that’s the kind of relationship that I feel like I have with those of you in this audience,” he said. “Over the years, a lot of people have been very nice, telling me how much this program has meant to them but, whatever that is, it pales in comparison to what you all have meant to me.”
The radio veteran — widely considered one of the most powerful voices in conservative media — said he “can’t describe” the feeling but he’s aware his audience understood him.
“The rest of the world may not,” Limbaugh said. “But, I know that you do.”
“I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about, but I do, and I have been working that relationship tremendously.”
— Rush Limbaugh
Limbaugh called his listener base one of “the greatest sources of confidence” that he’s ever had in his life.
“I hope I will be talking about this as little as necessary in the coming days, but we’ve got a great bunch of doctors, a great team assembled, we’re at full speed ahead on this,” Limbaugh said. “It’s just now a matter of implementing what we are going to be told later this week.”
He said he “hopes” to be back on Thursday.
“If not, it’ll be as soon as I can,” Limbaugh said. “Every day I’m not here, I’ll be thinking of you and missing you.”
On his radio show, Sean Hannity discusses how he was hit by Rush Limbaugh’s announcement of stage 4 lung cancer
Limbaugh’s name began trending on social media within minutes of his shocking announcement as countless users offered thoughts and prayers. “The Rush Limbaugh Show” has reached up to 27 million people per week on more than 600 stations, according to his website.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity responded on his own radio show: “I don’t think talk radio would ever be anything like it is, or I’d be here, if it wasn’t for all that Rush has done.”
Many people my age remember watching Rush Limbaugh on his short-lived television show. I can recall the “America Held Hostage” counter to this day, and remember the inspiration Limbaugh provided using facts about the Clinton administration.
In fact, Limbaugh made sense to me as a teen… he used logic, not emotions to make his point, and that was something that even back then, seemed rare.
But, appreciating a man who is dealing with a life-threatening illness is apparently not in the make-up of one former CNN host.
The Daily Wire reported on Reza Aslan, formerly of CNN’s “Believer,” who tweeted the question asking if the “world would be better off” without the beloved, informative talk-show icon:
In a tweet, Aslan wondered aloud if the world would, in fact, be a “better place” if conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh died of lung cancer — a disease he announced to be suffering from during his radio show on Monday.
“Ask yourself this simple question: Is the world a better place or a worse place with Rush Limbaugh in it?” Aslan openly pontificated.
Though some of Aslan’s followers piled on to this grotesque display of impropriety, others were notably enraged by it. Later, Aslan doubled down on his question by openly declaring Limbaugh a “curse upon this nation” who has caused “mass suffering.”
“I am not ‘celebrating’ anyone’s diagnosis. I’m posing an important philosophical question,” said Aslan. “Rush is not ‘my adversary’ — he is a curse upon this nation, a purveyor of hatred and racism who’s at the very least indirectly responsible for the mass suffering of countless people.”
Ask yourself this simple question: is the world a better place or a worse place with Rush Limbaugh in it?
- I am not “celebrating” anyone’s diagnosis. I’m posing an important philosophical question
2. Rush is not “my adversary” – he is a curse upon this nation, a purveyor of hatred and racism who’s at the very least indirectly responsible for the mass suffering of countless people. https://t.co/buUdG0V3IF
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) February 3, 2020
[Incidentally, many people ask why such a tweet is allowed, given that it includes misinformation. Limbaugh is not a racist, nor has he ever purveyed hate or been responsible for the “suffering” of countless people, directly or indirectly. What sort of trash is he spewing? Perhaps this “suffering” Aslan speaks of is the “suffering” liberals feel when the truth is embraced?]
Aslan is far from alone in his glee over Limbaugh’s diagnosis. None other than far-left activist Tariq Nasheed tweeted, “Rush Limbaugh has spent decades spewing dangerous anti-Black racism. Now he has cancer. … I know we shouldn’t celebrate one’s misfortunes. … but #PartyOverHere.”
In fairness, other left-wing advocates wished Limbaugh a speedy recovery.
“I wish Rush Limbaugh a safe and rapid recovery; which also includes a secret Empathy Transplant. May his pre-existing condition, and the pre-existing conditions of all the Americans he fights to keep from being covered for pre-existing conditions, never return,” tweeted John Fugelsang.
“No one should ever have to suffer from cancer. I can only hope Rush Limbaugh makes a speedy recovery and dedicates himself to advocating for cancer research and affordable health care for all people, not just those who can afford it in our current system,” tweeted Charlotte Clymer.
“As a liberal Democrat, I oppose Rush Limbaugh with every fiber of my being. But as a physician, I don’t wish advanced lung cancer on anybody. We must have compassion and empathy for suffering human beings—even for our political enemies. I wish him the most time with his family,” tweeted Eugene Gu.
While Reza Aslan speaks on the subject of human suffering, it can be noted here that pro-life religious conservatives largely believe abortion to be tantamount to murder. Despite that, however, here’s what some prominent conservatives said when left-wing, pro-abortion rights Justice Ginsburg underwent treatment after she broke her ribs in a fall:
“I understand a lot of conservatives don’t like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because of her politics, but her friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia was beautiful. It should serve as an example to our country to stop demonizing those who you disagree with,” tweeted Kassy Dillon.
“Keeping Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in our prayers and wishing her a speedy recovery!” tweeted Students for Trump.
“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, breaks ribs in fall. Best wishes for a quick recovery!” tweeted Tom Fitton.
Many of us will be praying for Limbaugh’s recovery and healing, and truly know that the world is a much better place with him in it. We’ll ask God for more time for Rush, because America needs his strong voice of reason and truth.