Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Rush Limbaugh: Super Patriot

You simply must read this fawning, sycophantic column by Pat Boone about Rush Limbaugh. It begins:

Rush Limbaugh is a patriot. Pure and simple, a patriot.

I see him in the select company of other patriots like Paul Revere, Thomas Paine and Ben Franklin. Thankfully, he hasn’t been asked to make a dying proclamation like Nathan Hale – “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country” – but I suspect he would, if it came to that.

And it gets worse. He does everything but get down on his knees and fellate the man.

I compare Rush to Paul Revere, the colonial silversmith who rode across the night proclaiming, “The Redcoats are coming!” His loud alarm may have irritated some. (We forget some 30 percent or more of the colonists actually preferred to remain British subjects, not to rock the boat or risk war.) But he and our Founding Fathers had a vision of a free and independent republic – and they pursued it, with everything they had.

I compare Rush to Thomas Paine, the American Revolutionary author who wrote the famous 16-pamphlet series “The American Crisis,” which he signed “Common Sense.” Greatly fanning the flames of colonial independence, his first essay, issued Dec. 23, 1776, was read aloud to the Colonial Army at Valley Forge by order of Gen. Washington. In it, Paine wrote:

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us – that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

Rush, like Paine, has not shrunk from the conflict; indeed, he is energized by it, believing in the triumph of the true American will. He brings the humor and wisdom of Ben Franklin to the battle, and we cheer him on.

Words fail me.