I was a new engineer at a consulting firm in a Midwestern city. I joined them in 1991. I became good friends with an engineer named Ali, an immigrant from Turkey and a damn good engineer.
Ali had a curious habit. He would pack his lunch from home. At lunchtime, he would go sit in his car and listen to the radio. One of the guys mentioned it. It was a mystery in the office. Ali was not listening to music. They wondered if he was listening to a Turkish broadcast, but nobody had wanted to probe about what Ali was listening to.
I suppose I was more brash than them, or perhaps it is just different the way Southern people approach other people, compared to Midwesterners.
Ali was sitting in his car and listening, three or four or sometimes five days per week. After observing this behavior for a week, one day I asked him if he would lunch with me the following day, and he cheerfully accepted.
We talked about family stuff and a little about people we knew from other offices of the firm. Then I asked him about his listening habit.
Ali explained to me what he was listening to. For several days each week, Ali would pack a lunch that he would eat in his car while listening to the radio. It was a local broadcast, and it was just a guy talking, and sometimes people would call in and he would talk with them.
Ali was listening to Rush Limbaugh.
I had heard of Rush Limbaugh but at that point had never heard the show.
“Talk radio” was a term that had not been coined in the early summer of 1992.
“Bubba, you have to listen to this guy. It is the only way to know what is going on.”
“You mean about community stuff?”
“No; national stuff. World stuff. Political stuff.
“The news media are only telling us half of the information. Some things they tell us are lies. The newspaper has the same lies as TV. People don’t know what is real. You have to listen to this guy. It is the only way to know what is going on.”
Recall that in 1992 there was no Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh was the only talk radio. At that time my only source for countervailing information was National Review. American information flow was still strictly controlled by the major media companies. We were all still just beginning to realize what a Leftist project the field of journalism had become.
Rush Limbaugh has been broadcasting his eponymous show for over thirty years now. Rush singlehandedly saved AM radio, and singlehandedly launched an industry called “talk radio.” He was instrumental in breaking the hegemony of the Legacy Media over information flow in America. He is the national leader in conservative thought. Without Rush Limbaugh, Donald J. Trump would not have won the presidency in 2016. Mr. Limbaugh has recently been recognized for his accomplishments and his service to America and American values.
Rush Limbaugh has many fans. I became a fan through my friend Ali.
God bless Ali. He approves of President Trump. He is no fan of Erdoğan.
Ali is a fine American citizen, and is proud of his citizenship. Ali embraces and celebrates American values.
We need more like Ali.