Famed Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh, known for his support of Republican party politics no matter what the position or regardless of how inconsistent he may be, seems to be nearing his end as he has said he has lung cancer in an advanced stage.
Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh stunned his 20-million member audience Monday with the announcement he’s been diagnosed with “advanced lung cancer.”
The 69-year-old conservative talk pioneer closed his broadcast with the grim news, saying he will be leaving his golden EIB microphone for treatment, but hopes to return later this week.
“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”
The radio icon then told his audience that his job has provided him with the “greatness satisfaction and happiness” of his life.
“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today,” he said. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
Limbaugh told listeners that the disease will keep him off the air on certain days when he’ll receive treatment. He said two medical institutions confirmed the diagnosis since he first realized something was wrong on Jan. 12 when he experienced shortness of breath. (source)
Limbaugh’s seemingly impending death is more than just him, for he is also a representation of the passing of the Boomer generation into history and his eventual replacement. Radio, while important, has been overtaken by the Internet, and the old ‘stars’ of the past have been replaced by other faces that are more vitriolic, aggressive, and in essence more reflective of the past that even Rush, as they are bringing back the voice of 19th century racialist ideas and eugenics but with 21st century tools.
This is one small event of the natural changing of the guard, from Boomer Conservatism to Millennial and Zoomer Socialism, be it in the International or National form.