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Guest Post by Eric Greitens
President Trump won Missouri by nearly 20 points in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. Missouri has a Republican governor and Republican supermajorities in both chambers of its state legislature. Missouri was also home to Rush Limbaugh, and millions of its citizens share his strong conservative values.
And yet, when liberals objected to a bill that would have honored Rush Limbaugh with a “Rush Limbaugh Day” on his birthday, 12 January, Republicans caved.
Over and over, all across the country, we see this kind of caving and capitulation from Republicans. In Congress RINOs like Liz Cheney voted to impeach President Donald Trump, while other “Republicans” backed a commission to ostensibly investigate the events of January 6.
In Missouri, conservative legislators wanted to honor Rush, one of the state’s most distinguished citizens and an icon to an entire generation of conservatives. But back-stabbing establishment politicians cut a deal with the Democrats to cut Rush out of the bill. Those same swampy Republicans had no problem passing a “Pioneering Black Women’s Day” on March 26, in honor of the state’s first black female state senator Gwen Giles, a Democrat. Giles deserved to be recognized. But so does Rush Limbaugh.
As Governor, I saw this again and again. When I called Missouri’s first ever pro-life special session, the people who were most opposed were not liberals. No, the most vocal opponents were the cesspool Republicans who wanted to cut deals with the Dems.
The cowardice of elected Republicans shows why we need to remember Rush Limbaugh more than ever.
Rush Limbaugh was not just a radio host or a conservative, but a pioneer. Through his voice and his ideas and his persistence, he rebuilt an industry and provided an insightful perspective that shaped our nation.
Some forget, or may not know, that before we had tech censorship on social media, Democrats used the government to censor conservative radio. Conservative radio was a booming industry in the 1950s and 1960s, but became a political target of Democrats who feared its growing influence over the American people.
Then as now, Democrats couldn’t compete with conservatives in the free market, so instead they flexed the muscle of big government through the Federal Communications Commission’s Fairness Doctrine. This new rule required broadcasters who aired any political opinion to also provide equal airtime to a contrary opinion. Democrats then funneled money into lawsuits against conservative broadcasters to shut them down and silence their influence. It was a dark moment in American history that often goes unrecognized.
Thankfully, reforms were made under Republicans in the late 80s and early 90s that restored freedom to broadcasters. And when that freedom returned, Rush Limbaugh became the pioneer who restored conservative talk radio and grew it to into the mighty force it remains today. Even after his passing, conservative talk radio completely dominates the radio ratings charts. Limbaugh’s show was so popular that it revived the entire format of AM radio, but his reach also extends well beyond it. Rush paved the way for the conservative podcasts and YouTube channels that guide the conservative movement today.
Rush was a fighter, and today, America needs fighters. It needs men and women who are more than just “Rs” on their CNN chyron, but citizens who are willing to lead in things big and small.
This must change, and very soon, it will. In 2022 and beyond, the MAGA movement is going to hold establishment Republicans accountable. Many of them will find themselves unemployed come their next election.
The opportunity to honor Rush Limbaugh was squandered by establishment politicians who surrendered to the liberals in Missouri.
Rush Limbaugh was a beacon of courage and common sense who spoke to the common man. To honor his legacy, and advance a conservative agenda, patriotic citizens across the country are going to have to stand up — not just to the left, but to back-stabbing Republicans who make a living off of politics. If we do that, Rush’s voice will still be heard loud and clear.
Former Missouri Governor and Navy SEAL Eric Greitens is currently running for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat.