My home town was conservative - or at least Republican. All the schools were named after Republicans, except for Wilson Junior High, the newest of the three. One junior high was John Deere, and the other was Calvin Coolidge. When the class of 1966 graduated, we scattered all over for college. Our generation was the first to be lobotomized by Left-wing propaganda, and the effect was permanent, as I can see on many Facebook discussions.
Deep into the last century I was struck by the way the word "conservative" was used and often avoided. Without evidence, anything bad was conservative or Right wing. Everything good was liberal and nothing was Left-wing. The English language death squads were already patrolling American speech patterns and telling people which words to use and avoid.
Rush Limbaugh established a beachhead in the midst of America's death-by-a-thousand-cuts socialism. He spoke in favor of common sense, conservatism, and the US Constitution. He favored individual accomplishment rather than socialistic solutions.
Oddly enough, Jay Webber, OJ Stormtrooper - whose first call was in Cape Girardeau, Missouri (Limbaugh's home town) - introduced me to the Limbaugh show. From that point I enjoyed many people telling me they found this new radio show, had I ever heard of it? They were overwhelmed by the different style and humor of the Rush Limbaugh show.
Growing up in Moline was a history lesson, because my mother and father were at least 10 years older than my friends' parents. My parents became adults during the Great Depression, when work was dear and wages were in pennies. Dad said, "I was a pin-setter at the bowling alley for 2 cents a game, later raised 3 cents." During WWII, he legally piled up bakery supplies but he also shared them with his competitors. My mother taught in one-room country schools and opposed the consolidation of school districts and the loss of those rural schools. She seldom liked what the system imposed on her for textbooks but knew she could not complain too much.
Rush Limbaugh, about the same age as I am, echoed the training of his parents, and questioned the improvements being foisted upon America in the name of a better society for all. He did such a good job in the midst of opposition and slander that the word conservative began to have some luster - and meaning - again. The Left fought back. After Reagan's terms were up, the two political parties served up 28 years of American-Socialist-Party, or ASP. The presidential candidate's party did not matter, because each opposition pair represented the same ideology of war, higher taxes, and *gubmint meddling -
- GHW Bush versus Carter
- GHW Bush versus Clinton
- Clinton versus Dole
- George W. Bush versus Gore
- George W. Bush versus Kerry
- Obama versus McCain
- Obama versus Romney
Suddenly in 2015 - for most of us - a candidate appeared without a terminal case of MeTooism. FDR made fun of Republicans who parroted his ideas with "Me Too!" Candidate Trump spoke directly to the people, as Reagan did, and overwhelmed all opposition.
Even with Trump's long history of success in the midst of opposition - often obscured by his bouts of self-praise - The Donald would be the first to concede that Limbaugh opened up and secured a place for Constitutional conservatives to occupy.
I remain confident that America will renew itself with the help of a much larger group of Constitutional Conservatives, no matter what their label may be. Whatever has been set in motion will complete the work that needs to be done. Long ago, Aristotle write, "Patience and courage are so close to each other than one is either the mother or the sister of the other." For an old guy, barely remembered, Aristotle was pretty smart - and still is.
Here is one more Greek.
|"Give me a lever and I can move the world." Archimedes.|
That lever is the Word of God.
* Reagan always said gubmint with intent, since he had perfect diction.
From Rush Limbaugh's Father
- Francis Lewis, New York delegate saw his home plundered -- and his estates in what is now Harlem -- completely destroyed by British Soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse.
- William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home they found a devastated ruin.
- Philips Livingstone had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working in Congress for the cause.
- Louis Morris, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops, and livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family.
- John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family.
- Dr. John Witherspoon, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey, later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college library in the country.
- Judge Richard Stockton, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family found refuge with friends, but a Tory sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress finally arranged for Stockton's parole, but his health was ruined. The judge was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause.He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the triumph of the Revolution. His family was forced to live off charity.
- Robert Morris, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met Washington's appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his own fortune and credit almost dry.
- George Clymer, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the Germantown and Brandywine campaigns.
- Dr. Benjamin Rush, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland. As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes.
- John Martin, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence, most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were: "Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it [the signing] to have been the most glorious service that I have ever rendered to my country."
- William Ellery, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to the ground.
- Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on the voyage, he and his young bride were drowned at sea.
- Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., the other three South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Florida, where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their large landholdings and estates.
- Thomas Nelson, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into Nelson's palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in rage to the American gunners and asked, "Why do you spare my home?"They replied, "Sir, out of respect to you." Nelson cried, "Give me the cannon!" and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson's sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson's property was forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later at the age of 50.