February 10, 2020

Dear Rush,

I’ve had a couple of days now to process your news, and have decided it would be a good thing to write to you. As a writer/researcher for Gov. Mike Huckabee, I thought I’d also post it on the Huckabee website (with his blessing) and share it with many others who have listened to you and loved you for years. Certainly a lot of your fans are the Gov’s fans, and vice versa.

President Trump’s triumphant State Of The Union Address has just ended, and I was so happy to see you sitting there with Melania, as were many millions of others who had tuned in. This was the most powerful, confident and upbeat SOTU speech I’ve ever watched, and actually being there in that room amidst all that unspoken seething drama must have been an amazing experience. The news that you would be receiving the Presidential Medal Of Freedom had come out earlier in the evening, but who knew that you would be sitting there in the box tonight, that the honor would apparently be a surprise to you, and that it would be bestowed on you right then, on the spot! I guess they must have somehow kept you away from news reports for just long enough.

How appropriate that you would be presented this honor. I had the tissues out, to be sure. Your life cannot be separated from the American history of the past few decades, as they are so closely interwoven. You’ve been instrumental in shaping the radio industry and modern politics, and in touching lives. I’ve been listening to you for a long time and have seen all those changes.

When my then-boyfriend-later-husband (Pat Reeder, who also writes for Gov. Huckabee) first turned on your show for me while we out driving around, I have to admit I groaned. You were in the middle of talking about feminism, and you happened to bring up one of your Undeniable Truths Of Life: that feminism existed to give unattractive women easier access to mainstream society. To me, that seemed more like a defense of feminism, though I couldn’t tell if you meant it that way. Unattractive women SHOULD have access to mainstream society, I reasoned, and if they don’t have it without feminism, then feminism is a good thing. But if you were going to be critical of feminism, did that mean you thought unattractive women should NOT have access? You see my quandry. So my introduction to you was not altogether positive.

But I kept listening and gradually learned that you had an amazing view of the political landscape. So much insight. As for feminism, I’ve always thought of myself as a feminist in the classical sense, believing I should just move forward in the world as it is, as a man would do, and live the life I want to pursue rather than be pressured into something that’s wrong for me. But I came to understand that you were talking mostly about the feminist MOVEMENT, and the feminist movement did betray me, with its laser-beam focus on “reproductive rights” (abortion on demand) and its insistence on having a lot of things both ways. (The inconsistency is even worse today, as can be seen when you juxtapose the “principles” of the #MeToo movement with J-Lo’s sexed-up “empowering” pole dance at the Super Bowl.)

Anyway, the point is, I haven’t always agreed with you, but most of the time, certainly on politics, you were spot-on. It was obvious that critics of your show either didn’t listen at all or didn’t listen enough to understand what you meant, to know when you were being tongue-in-cheek. So often, they didn’t get the joke. Leftists hardly ever get the joke.

Since my husband and I are comedy writers, we have especially appreciated the humor in your show. Looking back, it seems there used to be more of that than there has been in recent years. Maybe that’s just a reflection of the times we’re in right now. (Humor today is not for the faint of heart!) Still, over the years, the many fall-down-funny song parodies you featured inspired me to write more of them myself. Thank you so much for that!

I’m indebted to you in another way, Rush. About 15 years ago, I lost the hearing in my left ear after surgery for Meniere’s Disease. The vertigo attacks were gone, but I was deaf on that side, with loud tinnitus. As I am a singer, this has been extremely challenging to deal with. But when you became totally deaf in BOTH ears, you still managed to continue your career in RADIO, no less! I was stunned at your determination to keep at it and find a way not to give up the work that so many of us value and count on. If you could do that with total hearing loss, then maybe I could find ways to keep going with music, recording and even live performances. You have been such an inspiration to me in that way, and I did eventually find help. Thank you so much.

I also admire you for sticking to your guns when you were savaged, not just by leftists but by some conservatives, for supporting Trump in 2016. As President, he has proved his conservative critics wrong --- wow, he truly has governed as a conservative --- but you seemed to really understand his potential as a conservative leader before many others on the right did.

I hope you’ll be able to be at the Golden EIB Microphone most of the time during this crazy political year. When you need some time away, we’ll understand, wishing the very best for you and hoping you’ll be recovered from treatment and back soon. I think this year will pretty much determine the future of America, so please be here for us when you can, Rush.

You’ve always said you were “having more fun than any human being should be allowed to have.” How wonderful to lead such a rich life, doing exactly what you want, and create an amazing legacy while you’re at it.

Well, I guess that’s about all. I just wanted to say how much you mean to me and to so many, but in the process I realized that mere words don’t quite get there. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to meet you personally and shake your hand, so I’ll just imagine I’m shaking your hand now. (Pause for imaginary hand-shaking. Sorry, my hand is sweating a little.) Thanks for everything, Rush. Much love to you and yours.


Laura Ainsworth

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  • Barbara Allison

    02/12/2020 11:23 AM

    Rush you are by far my favorite conservative talk show host.Appreciate you and am praying for you.We love you here in Kentucky.

  • Helen Frick

    02/11/2020 12:36 PM

    Laura, This is a beautiful letter It says what I have loved and appreciated about Rush for many years. I pray for his complete healing and he will continue for many more years! God bless you for you letter!

  • Seymour Lenz

    02/11/2020 11:41 AM

    I have always been amazed how Rush listens to a callers question, thinks about it for a few seconds and then proceeds to talk about it from perspectives that I never even imagined! Rush is an expert in political analysis and he has broaden my way of thinking as well. God Bless you Rush. You are an American hero!

  • Marilynn Hoyt

    02/10/2020 08:40 PM

    Laura, I think you speak for many of use that have been listening from the begining. Remember the Rush rooms. The place we often had breakfast in town had one and the radio was on. What a great time that was.

  • Luetta Wood

    02/10/2020 07:07 PM

    Amazing and heartfelt post to Rush. So glad I found it to read. May God Bless Rush and also you for your gracious post to let him know your feelings. ??

  • Gae Calarco

    02/10/2020 04:51 PM

    Rush, you are a truly honest man. Unlike many in TV, and radio communications, there no guile, or falsehoods in what you say. For your outstanding character, you are to be commended.
    When someday you stand before your Creator, you will have no regrets, as He takes you into His Arms. How many of us, can measure up to your standards, especially in the media? Not many, that’s for sure.

  • Karen Harmon

    02/10/2020 04:34 PM

    You really captured the true Rush. I can say with confidence that all his listeners are praying for a full recovery.

  • John Hussey

    02/10/2020 04:10 PM

    Rush should check out "Rife
    Technology" it was used successfully in 1938....saved
    19 terminally ill cancer patients....but was buried by
    The AMA and discredited.

    A friend of mine was sent home to die....used Rife and
    Is cancer free and thriving
    Today....It is frequency therapy....worth a try?
    Good luck Rush!!

  • Laura Benton

    02/10/2020 03:49 PM

    Written from the heart Laura. Beautiful, thank you.

  • Rose Petrie

    02/10/2020 02:36 PM

    What a wonderful letter and I think a lot of people can relate. We wish all the best for Rush. We pray for a speedy recovery or better yet, Providence in a complete healing. We look forward to the next 9 plus months and pray our Country continues to be great again!! Thank you for sharing the letter.
    Rose Petrie

  • Carolyn Levinson

    02/10/2020 02:15 PM

    I guess she said it all - or maybe not. As I read what she wrote, I was not sure that there was enough emphasizes on just how much you are appreciated by your fans. The appreciation is limitless!!! God bless you!!!!!!

  • JoAnne Hamm

    02/10/2020 02:04 PM

    Great comments!
    There's no one like Rush to tell it like it REALLY is!
    He is loved by so many who wish him well.

  • Cindy Zdunkewicz

    02/10/2020 01:36 PM

    Love. This. Thank you for sharing...

  • Anthony Domas

    02/10/2020 01:30 PM

    Very nice.

  • Andrea Simon

    02/10/2020 01:28 PM


  • Shirley Hill

    02/10/2020 01:26 PM

    Ditto!!!! ??????

  • Sherry Toms

    02/10/2020 01:23 PM

    Tears in my eyes. Praying for you Rush Limbaugh!! You have helped make America great! The SOTU message was spot on this year and making you a part of it was exceptional. ????

  • james alan randolph

    02/10/2020 01:12 PM

    ditto .

  • Susan York

    02/10/2020 01:07 PM

    This is a very nice tribute for Rush. All of the U.S.A, we are behind you Rush, lifting you up in our hearts, our minds, thoughts, and our prayers, while singing Praises To & through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour. ??
    Psalm 121
    A song of ascents.
    1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
    2 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

    3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
    4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

    5 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
    6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

    7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
    8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

    Sincerely, Susan York

  • Richard Robinson

    02/10/2020 12:52 PM

    Choked up at the 5th sentence in,... so beautifully written,...and that is no joke.

  • Nan Wysock

    02/10/2020 12:23 PM

    Thank you Laura Ainsworth for a beautiful tribute to a precious man who has given us so much for so many years. He has educated generations of us and I am praying that will go on and on when he is able to be with us full time again.

  • Vera Cleek

    02/10/2020 11:23 AM

    So well said, Laura. Thank you. I'll be praying for Rush, that he feels God's loving arms around him as he faces his most challenging future. It's so reassuring knowing that Rush believes in Jesus Christ and his redemption. No matter what, we Christians have the best to look forward to some day in Heaven. I truly believe we're in the last days. And thank you Laura for standing up for the truth! It's rare these days, unfortunately.

  • Suzanne Utts

    02/10/2020 10:41 AM

    This young lady speaks for many of us. Rush will likely be inundated with cards and letters, so please, Mike Huckabee, since you have a way to contact Rush and get through to him, let him know how much he is loved and that so many are praying for him. Indeed it was a stellar moment when President Trump announced that Rush would be getting that medal on the spot that night. God bless our dear President for his love and care for our people and for knowing how to make Rush know how much he is loved!