There’s no way I can improve upon the many eulogies to Rush Limbaugh by his friends and fans. I’ll simply point to an item that probably seems trivial and irrelevant to many out there: his unflinching support for Elian Gonzalez’ Miami family during the tragic Elian saga.
This proud and unflinching support was at a time (lest some forget) when most Americans (and even many conservatives including Rush’s future friend, soulmate and frequent substitute Mark Steyn) deplored “Miami Cubans” and championed the Castro-Clinton kidnapping.
Thanks to what Cuban-Americans of the time already called the “Fake News Media,” on the Elian issue, polls of the time showed almost 70 per cent of Americans supporting the cause of a totalitarian dictator who jailed and tortured at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror–and whose lifelong obsession was the destruction of the U.S. (Fidel Castro.)
The most poignant and moving eulogy to Rush I’ve read was penned yesterday by his friend and frequent substitute Mark Steyn. Yet here’s what the (otherwise brilliant) Steyn wrote about the Elian tragedy and Miami Cubans (i.e. the most loyally Republican ethnic voters in recent U.S. history) :
“Everywhere in America outside the Greater Miami area, the reaction to Janet Reno’s dawn raid was not `Oh, my God, how could she do that?’ but `What took her so long?” wrote Mark Steyn expressing his own sentiments. “Everyone was sick of Elian’s `Miami family’: the pert young Marisleysis (Elian’s teenaged cousin) may have the cutest butt on network TV but most of us dearly wish some FBI sharpshooter would fire a tranquilizer dart into it….given that the American people are overwhelmingly opposed to making Elian a political symbol, it’s hard to see what Republicans hope to accomplish by signing on with that crazy Miami crowd.(i.e. Cuban-Americans) …taking up the cause of a lawless Hispanic mob (Cuban-Americans) as it trashes Miami seems expressly designed to offend the Republican party’s core voters.” (Here’s a link to Steyn’s diatribe against Cuban-Americans)
(BTW, there was no “trashing of Miami” by Cuban-Americans during the Elian circus. In fact, according to George Gilder in his classic Wealth & Poverty, that “lawless mob!” accomplished quite the opposite.)
Point is: Audience-wise Rush Limbaugh had nothing to gain by siding with those “deplorable” Miami Cubans,– and especially by siding with a single unwed mother. Rush was a divorced man who devoted much of his show to expertly (and hilariously!) exposing the fraud of contemporary “feminism.” A large segment of his listeners also seemed to be divorced men who’d suffered from feminist judges in child-custody disputes. I was a big-time Ditto-Head of the time and remember their phone-calls, relentlessly bashing Rush for seemingly caving to feminism on the Elian issue.
But Rush never flinched–simply because–though he’d never experienced totalitarianism, much less Castroism, in the flesh– he SAW THE TRUTH.
Decades later Rush was STILL flaunting his support for Elian’s freedom…
Rush Limbaugh’s proud and unflinching support for a defining cause in the Cuban-American political saga, proves beyond all doubt that former President Trump nailed the essence of the great man when he wrote: “Rush was a patriot, a defender of Liberty, and someone who believed in all of the greatness our Country stands for. Rush was a friend to myself and millions of Americans—a guiding light with the ability TO SEE THE TRUTH.” (Donald Trump, Feb. 17.)