Iconic radio host Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday at 70, after having fought a courageous battle with advanced lung cancer.
During his final live show on Feb. 2, the man behind the golden microphone offered words of wisdom to one caller by recalling experiences from his own career and sent out a warning to President Biden to avoid setting blue-collar workers against his administration, as reported by Fox News.
He started the program off by slamming Lincoln Project leaders over their association with disgraced co-founder John Weaver.
Sarah was a caller from Glendale, Arizona, who expressed exasperation with the state and local Republican Party apparatuses. Sarah and her husband had relocated to Arizona from New York City, as they were not comfortable with conservatives’ lack of action, but unfortunately were finding similar issues in Arizona.
Limbaugh replied that it was unheard of in today’s society for people to work their way up by going through the ranks. “I think that, frankly now, is B.S.,” he said. “When I was young, that’s how things were done. That’s the only way you could advance, unless you know somebody, because there are elites everywhere.”
“You started small and you had to prove yourself at every step along the way.”
Limbaugh’s radio career began in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. “Then I got a job at a suburban station in Pittsburgh,” he continued.
“You just climbed the ladder, hoping somewhere along the way you get a break, and I didn’t get mine for 20 years [until] Sacramento, 1984—and that’s just how you did it.”
Things are different now, remarked Limbaugh as he referred to the recent gains by raw investors making megabucks in one hit with shares in GameStop and other companies. “Some guys earned, on GameStop, enough money to put their kids through college for four years in one day. It’s not generationally necessary—you can still start small, get experience, and build yourself up.
“I would apply the same thing here to politics. It used to be the same way; you’d have to advance in electoral politics.”
In what turned out to be his final show, he commented on an interview Fox News had conducted that morning with several former Keystone XL Pipeline workers who are now jobless after Biden canceled the project’s permit.
“What do you think the Democrat Party is? It’s clear as a bell they have no desire to enhance your life. They’re taking jobs away from you,” Limbaugh said. “This is what Biden and his administration are hell-bent on doing. They want you to become dependent on them, a ward of the state. You’re not supposed to have enough power to oppose them.”
“Odds are,” Limbaugh later concluded, “there are a lot of people who voted for Biden who had no idea what he’s going to do and what’s yet to come, and that’s why I say they’re going to overstep—and it isn’t going to take them long, and it isn’t going to be pretty when all kinds of people are going to start to figure it out.”
In the last few seconds of the show, Limbaugh asked his producer who was on “standby,” to host that day’s program in case he had been unable to continue due to his health.
When he was told the standby was Mark Steyn, a frequent guest host, his final sentiment was, “Thanks for standing by today, Mr. Steyn.” “We’ll be back soon.”