On Wednesday, February 17, it was announced that conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh, passed away from stage four lung cancer at age 70. Former Stockton College Republican member and recent graduate, Todd Lund, shared some words on behalf of the club:
In 1992, Rush Limbaugh was properly dubbed “the number one voice for conservatism” by Ronald Reagan. His nationally syndicated talk show propelled the Republicans to the Congressional majority for the first time in 40 years!
But, what does Limbaugh’s passing mean to us? I might be the only Stockton College Republican that listened to his radio show regularly, but he shaped the voices of today: Levin, Beck, and Shapiro. His brand of conservatism will go on to live within us much like Scalia, Bork, Reagan, Goldwater, and Coolidge before. As a club and as conservatives we mourn the death of Mr. Limbaugh and strive to make our voices heard just as he did.
Todd Lund Jr. – Class of 2020
In February of 2020, shortly after Limbaugh announced on his radio show that he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, former President Donald Trump awarded him with the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address. Since its premiere in 1988, the Rush Limbaugh Show has been a go-to for conservatives across the country. Over the years, the radio show has aired on at least 600 stations. Started during the conservatism movement of the Reagan-era, Limbaugh as a political commentator won the hearts of millions of right-leaning Americans.
However, this did not come without its controversy as Limbaugh was often disparaged by the left for what many saw as offensive comments about women and minorities. Many of Limbaugh’s fans have overlooked these comments, and he is remembered fondly in their hearts after his passing.