Rest In Peace, Mighty Warrior

So today, in the early morning hours, Rush Hudson Limbaugh III passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.

He knew the day was coming and yet, I imagine, he maintained his unflappable good humor until his last breath.  That is just the way he was.  When he announced his diagnosis last year, he treated it as another “day in the life”.  When October rolled around, he was bemused that he wasn’t supposed to make it this far. November came and went, followed by December, and then January, and never once did he complain.

In listening to him speak, one could detect no hint of regret or sorrow. It was his time and he was ready.  I’m sure part of this was because he was a true leader and men like him always try to show strength for those whom they leave behind so they, too, can carry on.  They have to.

I could go on.  I could talk about how Rush saved the AM dial by turning a small, hokey, agricultural segment into something humorous and from there, redirected it all toward something more satirical to capture a wider audience. The finale, of course, was the greatest radio show of all time.

Suffice it to say, “he had quite a run.”

But that’s biography; something for Wikipedia in the years to come.  Myself?  I would rather focus on something a little more meaningful and let Rush’s last public words tell the story about who he was and and what truly mattered to him.  God, in His mercy, allowed Rush this one, last, great privilege; the privilege of knowing a man like President Trump:

“My days on earth are numbered. But before I fade away, there is something important I need to say. It may not be important to anyone else; but it’s important to me. Win, lose or fraud President Trump, I just want to say thank you for the last four years.

Thank you for making it cool to be an American again. Thank you for showing us that we don’t need to be under China’s thumb any more economically, or any other way. Thank you for one of the strongest economies we’ve ever experienced in my lifetime.

Thank you for all you have done for the minority communities, and the outstanding decrease in the unemployment rate you had. Thank you for making it feel good to love our country and to be a proud patriot again.

Thank you for supporting our nation’s flag and the men and women who fought for the freedom that stands behind that flag. Thank you for supporting our nation’s law enforcement organizations, and understanding how difficult their job really is.

Thank you for quelling the flood of illegal immigration, and bringing to justice the thousands of criminals that flood brought us. Thank you for giving corporations a reason to come back to America to make our own products and put Americans back to work.

Thank you for bringing our troops home from endless deployments that presented us with little more than body bags; and for your commitment to strengthen our military.

Thank you for operation warp speed and keeping your promise to bringing the Covid 19 vaccine to us in less than a year. Thank you for your never-ending attempts at bringing peace to the Middle East and your support for Israel.

Thank you for your tax relief, and thank you for our energy independence. Most of all though…

Thank you for taking a damn rotten job that you never had to take!! Thank you for caring enough for this country to want to try and make a difference.

Thank you for showing Americans how little career politicians actually work for their constituents; for showing s how much those politicians despise you for showing America how easy it is to build a great nation, rather than rape her to line their own pockets and stock portfolios.

Thank you for allowing us to experience a President that wasn’t a lifelong politician, but a lifelong American. Thank you Mr President…you did your best.”

And thank you, Rush, for never losing hope in America. For pointing the way forward. You were both the first of your kind and one of a kind. May the the Lord bless your family and grant you rest in the bosom of your father, Abraham “in a place where there is neither sorrow nor suffering, a place of verdure, where the saints repose”.

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III: a man who did the job he was put on this earth to do and did it well.  Thank you, “good and faithful servant.”   


  1. RIP Rush. I didn’t care anything about politics until I graduated college a few years ago and started listening to him. He “red pilled” me I guess you could say. May God grant him mercy.

  2. Chris Banescu says

    Memory Eternal to a great Patriot and decent man, a fearless defender of truth and righteousness.

    Well done good and faithful servant!

  3. Jennythehammer says

    And he did with half his brain tied behind his back just to make it fair. Memory Eternal

  4. Fr. Dn. Mark Bohush says

    May God grant you eternal rest and peace. God bless you Rush and your family.

  5. Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster says

    “Dittoes,” George!

  6. Amen to the above! My dad’s devotion to his show rubbed off on me and Rush really turned me around from wrong-headed thinking in my younger years. God bless him! and Snerdly

  7. Michael Bauman says

    There is literally nothing left on radio worth listening to.

    • Matthew Panchisin says

      Dear Michael,

      I think it’s better not to go dark, some of us listen to on occasion to see what they are up to against the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Ukraine, Russia and Greece etc.

      In America you can listen to NPR to see what the Dems are up to against humanity, why not, you’re are paying for their programming , both of them as a matter of fact.

    • The weather forecast?

    • Pat Reardon says

      There is literally nothing left on radio worth listening to.

      “Sermons from All Saints”?

      • Michael Bauman says

        Father, where do I find that in south central Kansas on my car radio? There are podcasts all over the place but that is quite a different medium.

      • Father, when are parts two and three of Reclaiming the Atonement going to be available?

  8. Austin Martin says

    All the important things about Donald Trump are not what he did but what he revealed. We didn’t get the wall, but we got a cultural shift, and that alone deserves eternal gratitude.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      I voted for a candidate who overwhelmingly won the election. I expect to get that man in office! I didn’t vote for a cultural shift or for people’s eyes to be open. People lie, cheat and steal every day in Corporate America and never think twice about it. They aren’t going to care if they find out their party cheated.

      • Maybe Trumpism wasn’t about winning the election, but the friends we made on the way…

        • Gail Sheppard says

          God knows. I’m just thankful I’m on the journey.

          • George Michalopulos says

            Orthodoxy is paradoxical: the journey is all but so is the destination. And the friends we make along the way and the friends we’ll meet.

            With Rush, ordinary, run-of-the-mill Americans knew a friend, one who didn’t hate them (I’m looking at you mainstream media, academe, punditocracy). Like Trump, a flawed individual (four marriages) but still an American.

      • Austin Martin says

        I’m not disagreeing, but now we know that we can’t fix the problem through solutions. No longer is the government seen as cowardly and incompetent. Now both parties are considered to be a malicious and hostile occupying force.

        • Gail Sheppard says

          We have an agency that deals with malicious and hostile occupying forces and I believe they are at work as we speak.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Actually we got quite a bit of the wall. Prediction: things are going to get so bad under Kampala that I have a feeking that the wall will go forward. In fits and starts but there it will be

    • “We didn’t get the wall”

      We got the wall of our dreams, the Democrats just put it around themselves in Washington DC, instead of on the US/Mexican border.

      Even North Korea’s capital isn’t as militarized as DC. The only thing comparable to it, is what the US did in Baghdad, Iraq, with green/red zones to protect themselves from an occupied nation of Muslims.

  9. Michael Bauman says

    Years ago when I did a lot of local driving for my work I would listen a lot to Rush, Jim Rome and Hank Hannegraf, the Bible Answer Man.
    Lost interest in sports and Hank lost his radio show when he became Orthodox through the influence of Watchman Nee and other Chinese Christians.
    Hank’s Bible answers were actually quite Orthodox prior to his conversion but his distributor was an Evangelical organization, BOT Radio Network and they could not abide Hank’s apostasy.
    He still does his work through his website:

    His conversion story got me looking at Chinese Orthodox. We have several official martyrs because of their participation in the Boxer Rebellion.

    Their icon can be found here plus a bit of their story. It occured to me that we might implore tgeir intercession regarding all things Chinese including Covid. Just a little slow on the uptake.

  10. This is embarrassing. Greatest radio show of all time? Give me a break. The man was a Zionist – look at the way he thanks Trump for his “support for Israel” which has brought endless suffering to the people of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Qatar, Libya… but most of all, Palestine and America. How many of our soldiers have been forced to die in wars for Israel? Why would any Christian support the Jewish state? How many more billions of taxpayer dollars (in the middle of an economic crisis) are we going to send to the Jews? For what reason? This is sheer insanity. Trump is a corrupt oligarch, who gained his wealth through crooked real estate ties handed down by his father Fred (who is the one that made friends with the Netanyahu family back in the 1980s), and casinos (his involvement with Resorts International should be known to all, an organization run by the CIA and the Jewish National Crime Syndicate of Meyer Lansky). These are the activities of a “lifelong American”??? This letter from Limbaugh is childish and ridiculous. I don’t understand why any Orthodox Christian would have the least amount of respect at all for a man like Trump, or Limbaugh for that matter. These pseudo-American loudmouth false conservative protestant Zionists are one of the greatest blights on what should be a prosperous and healthy nation – they’re almost as bad, if not worse, than these maniacal homosexual liberals (who also support Israel just as vigorously as the conservatives, by the way).

    • George Michalopulos says

      Herman, you paint with too broad (and antipathetic) a brush. While I agree that Christian Zionism is a heresy, it is ridiculous to assume that all of the problems of the Arab and Moslem world is brought about because of the creation of Israel in 1948. That part of the world is just freaking unstable. The only time it was stable was when the Ottoman Turks ruled it –and with an iron fist at that.

      As for how Trump’s father made his money (or Trump himself for that matter): how did the DuPonts, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, etc make their money? Selling girl scout cookies? The Trumps made their money through real estate. That, by the way, is not a “Zionist” conspiracy.

      As for our foreign aid that we give Israel (and everybody else for that matter): I’m against it. So should all Americans.

      That doesn’t mean that Rush wasn’t a patriotic American. He was that, and not just in respect to the Left (who truly despise Americana). Patriotic to the core in a middle-American sense of the word. And Trump, was the first America-first POTUS we’ve had since Reagan. (JFK was the last of the America-first presidents on the Democrat side.)

    • “Netanyahu: America is something that you can easily maneuver and move in the right direction. And even if they do say something, so then they say something… so what? 80% of Americans support us! It’s absurd! We have such support there, and here we’re thinking ‘what should we do if?’…”

      • Gail Sheppard says

        Yeah, when you catch boys out of school you’ll often hear them say, “That guy? He’s not tough. I can take him. His kid sister kind of likes me so he’ll go along. I ain’t afraid of him.”

        It’s all BS. Both Israel and the Palestinians are so stuck in the past, they don’t see the dangers ahead of them. One day, they will be fighting on the same side. Until they get their heads out of the sand, I have no interest in helping either one of them.

        • Your perspective seems to be a typical one of the type of person that generally has no clear idea what is going on in the Holy Land (“It’s all BS”). Stuck in the past? The Jews are establishing the future capital of the global government right now, centered around the future rebuilt temple. Every day the Palestinians get their homes bulldozed, and their existence as prisoners in the own homeland gets more and more extreme. They don’t have much of a say in this matter. Who do you imagine the Palestinians and Israelis fighting together against? The Chinese? The Russians? Within a couple decades there won’t even be a Palestine anymore, the Jews will just eventually take it all for themselves. Our Orthodox brothers and sisters desperately need our help in Palestine. Especially Mat. Maria at the Bethany School –

          • Gail Sheppard says

            The school is under ROCOR. There are hardly any Christians in the district so I’m not sure how this school has anything to do with supporting our Orthodox brothers and sisters in Palestine, but it looks like a very nice school and I appreciate you sharing the video. The caretaker of the school is Martha, not Maria. The school is under Reverand Abbess Elizabeth of the Mary Magdelene Monastery.

            I know a few things, my friend.

            • I know it’s under ROCOR – so am I. I spent 10 days there in 2019 doing volunteer work. She was Sister Martha before – but, she is Mother Maria now. I know a few things as well – my friend. If you are not sure how this school has anything to do with supporting our Orthodox brothers and sisters in Palestine, maybe you should watch this video, which will make it crystal clear to you.

              • Gail Sheppard says

                Herman, the Abbess is Elizabeth according to your video and their website says Martha is one of the sisters. Presumably, this is the same Martha who heads the school which is primarily Muslim. Very few Christians attend, let alone Orthodox.

                Alan, you inserted the words “Orthodox Christians” into my statement. Saying one does not wish to support the Palestinians or Israelis is not the same thing as saying I don’t support Orthodox Christians.

                You are both provocateurs, my friends. I have no intention of going down this or any other rabbit hole with you two.

          • Given that the Israelis are all out to Pfizer-jab themselves,
            while giving none to the Palestinians, things may not pan out like that.
            What if the next round of COVID flu causes mass ADE in the general population, and specifically in the IDF? What happens then?
            Perhaps the Palestinians will inherit…

        • No interest in helping out the Palestinian Orthodox Christians?? Wow.

      • George Michalopulos says

        Netanyahu is a classic case of narcissist. America is part of “perfidious Albion”. Any country which puts their trust in the Anglosphere is bound to be disappointed sooner or later.

    • “Why would any Christian support the Jewish state? How many more billions of taxpayer dollars (in the middle of an economic crisis) are we going to send to the Jews? For what reason?”

      Jews are very influential in the world, so much so that you have pick a faction of them to align with. So, the Clinton family literally married (Chelsea) into the tribe, so did the Trump family (Ivanka). The red meat that Trump throws his Jewish allies is recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, allowing Israel to control a few square miles of territory, etc; things that come at no real cost to us. The Jews that the Leftists align with are the Soros types, who are eagerly building the Globo Homo one world system of the Antichrist.

      • George Michalopulos says

        Herman, if I may add to Myst’s assessment, my critique is more precedent to the “billions of taxpayer dollars…we going to send to [Israel].”

        I would add every other freaking country we send money to. For whatever reason. I’d be totally fair in this regard. As for legal and illegal aliens, I would redirect all payments that they send back home or at least put a surcharge on them, say 50%.

        • I agree. However, Israel gets far more than anyone else. A lot more than anyone else. In fact, we have essentially provided their entire military to them so they can commit genocide against their neighboring Arabs with impunity, and anytime the UN tries to reign them in, the good old USA vetoes the resolution.

          • Gail Sheppard says

            We have provided their entire military? Really? – It’s statements like this that make it hard to have any sympathy for the POV of the people who make them. It’s not honest. It’s not accurate. It’s designed to inflame.

            • George Michalopulos says

              Herman, while I am totally sympathetic to the view that we should NOT give ANY foreign aid to ANY country (including Israel), the fact remains that Gail is correct: we do not subsidize the “entirety” of their military outlays. In fact, many in Israel are not happy because for every dollar we give, the IDF has to turn around and buy 70 cents from our Military Industrial Complex.

              Right-wingers in Israel view this as hobbling them, not only making them dependent upon the US but retarding their own armaments industry.

              And in the interest of fairness, the Israelis have engaged in the ethnic cleansing of Arabs but that is not the same thing as genocide. I’m not excusing it but making inflammatory statements like that make it hard to take {justified} criticisms of Israel seriously.

              • Gail Sheppard says

                I share this POV. The problems between Israel and the Palestinians are between them. I don’t support either side, politically, nor do I think we should fund either side.

  11. Russia Calls Trump’s Impeachment Trial a FARCE
    as Serbia Elects New Orthodox PATRIARCH!!!

    Steve Turley having fun…

  12. Praising this man is weird. 4 wives. No children. Strong strong unrepentant advocate of war, bombing, and invading sovereign countries after 9/11. Caught coming out of the Dominican republic with boner pills.

    This article really lowers the quality of discernment I thought this blog had. Are y’all boomers? Rest In Peace rush but he was part of this system and helped bring about the situation we are in.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      You know what else you missed about this blog? That we are able to differentiate between discernment and judgment. Discernment is knowing what is true. Judgement is finding another man lacking.

      Oh, and before you dropped off into space, thanks for stopping by and dumping all over us. It’s always so edifying.

    • Kurt,

      The Old Testament is full of figures who’d be in prison by our modern cultural standards. Yet God used them to accomplish His will.

      That God cannot use flawed figures like Rush Limbaugh (or Trump, or Putin, or others) to accomplish His will is a contemporary delusion and fallacy.

      Our modern societal delusion that “you must be morally/emotionally/politically presentable (as I define it) before I’ll listen to you” is just that – a delusion that our culture has wedded itself to, and much to our detriment.

      It’s the same delusion of logic that leads some to say “I won’t believe in God (or Orthodoxy, or sacramental Christianity) unless I fully understand Him first.”

      As Fr Seraphim Rose said, we in the West are too often prisoners of our own flawed logic and “logical delusions.” We must learn to crucify our minds… that there are some things we are not meant to fully grasp or comprehend. Or it may take decades to even begin to understand them.

      The recovery programs AA, Al-Anon, and ACADF understand this, encouraging participants to “put their mind where their mouth is.” Say the words and do the actions first – the cognitive understanding may come later.

      • George Michalopulos says

        FTS, one of the worst things about the Reformation (and subsequent Age of Enlightenment, Victorianism, Progressivism, etc.) is the loss of human realism. Call it human nature, sexual reality, whatever.

        The worst aspect of most Protestant sects is their adherence to “Jesus the nice boy” paradigm, a man who spent his afternoons picking daisies and otherwise not being “threatening” (i.e. not being a man).

        We see the secular realization of this type of mail in the soy-boy phenomenon, wherein low-T effete mannerisms are considered to be the ideal. Someday, when a future Edward Gibbon writes the books about the fall of the American Empire, it will devote an volume about the feminization of men and what caused it.