In the midst of Rush Limbaugh’s death (or that of any political figure), I think it’s important to not get sucked in to either of the two echo-chambers that can both give off a false impression of someone and their legacy.
So let’s sift through all the fawning from conservatives and petty snide remarks from many on the left. What was Rush Limbaugh’s legacy? Let’s look at his record objectively. He went from calling Iraq War critics “Phony Soldiers” (he later claimed he was just referencing one man who falsely claimed to have served) to then years later claiming that the weapons of mass destruction myth was a “setup against George Bush.” He defended Reaganomics and warned his listeners about socialism during an era when unchecked global capitalism has been a wrecking ball to America’s heartland. Rush was eager to defend Republicans against charges of racism and was quick to point out that the Democrats were the party of the KKK. Cheap racism against NFL players or promoting the birther conspiracy theory regarding Barack HUSSEIN Obama.
I think it is pretty clear that he was nothing more than a GOP mouthpiece who simply was good at selling whatever brand of conservatism they were running with to millions of White Americans. Any self-proclaimed populist or nationalist who regards him as a fighter for regular Americans is either unaware, lying, or not really a nationalist.