• Goodbye, Rush! Picking Up Limbaugh’s Mantle … and Going Forward with It

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    Surge Summary: With the passing of Rush Limbaugh, America has lost a key figure in the conservative, patriotic movement. What now? Those who love the nation must pick up where Rush left off — and move ahead with it.

    by Gary Bauer   

    By now you have probably heard the heartbreaking news that Rush Limbaugh passed away this morning from the consequences of the lung cancer he had been battling.  His wife, Kathryn, opened his radio show [Wednesday] to make the announcement.

    I don’t need to tell you that Rush was one of a kind.  He touched millions of lives, and was, in many ways, the heart and soul of American populist conservatism.  They say no man is irreplaceable, but he came as close to fitting that definition as possible.

    Our condolences go out to his wife, Kathryn, his brother, David, to the rest of his immediate family, and to all those who knew and loved him.

    In the days ahead, many things will be said and written about Rush Limbaugh.  I was honored to speak with him at an event in California a number of years ago.  In 2000, when I found myself in some controversy after exiting the Republican presidential primaries, Rush graciously interviewed me on his show so I could present my side.

    If I had to pick one thing that made him so countercultural to the left and such a vital force, it would be his unapologetic, enthusiastic, heartfelt love for the United States of America, its history, its accomplishments and the goodness of its people.

    Rush was a patriot from top to bottom.  That shouldn’t be rare, but, unfortunately, it is rare in far too many places these days.

    God bless you, Rush.  You fought the good fight and kept the faith.  We will pick up your mantle and fight on!

    This column updated February 18, 2021.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally Posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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