LISTEN: Rush Limbaugh “Thanksgiving Was to Thank God for America”

Rush Limbaugh:

RUSH: I don’t know about you, folks, but as I look at the news every day and as I study it and as I prep the program, you know what I give thanks for every day is that I am not in the news. What an absolute cesspool the news is! It is a cesspool. And yet we wade around in it each and every day here at the EIB Network.

Great to have you, my friends. We’re gonna do Open Line Friday on Wednesday today because of the Thanksgiving holiday, will not be here on Friday. Who did you say is gonna — that’s right, Ken Matthews of the NSA will be here on Friday guest hosting. So the rules are whatever you want to talk about, have at it. No restrictions in terms of what you can — normally Monday through Thursday callers have to talk about things I care about Friday or am interested in but that’s not gonna be the case today. Can be anything. Have at it. It’s 800-282-2882 and the email address, [email protected]us.

A tradition on this program, the real story of Thanksgiving, we will share it with you yet again. This has been a tradition since my first book, The Way Things Ought to Be, and it’s especially relevant now since the original Thanksgiving is so misunderstood and so much of education is mistaught and actually young people lied to about much of the founding of our country. And so our tradition is to set it straight each and every day here.

So the real story of Thanksgiving. It is a tradition on this program. And this is the time of year, to me, the holiday season begins and I think to most people. This time of year I just become overwhelmed with so many emotions, memories. And the way I’m built, most of my memories are positive. I think, in my case, when I think of nostalgia or the past, the things that automatically occur to me are pleasant ones.

Now, I’ve got bad memories; everybody does. But they’re not the first ones that surface. I think of my childhood, memories of my childhood. My first real demonstrable success track in radio was in Sacramento, California. My first job away from home, Pittsburgh, in the early seventies when the Steelers dynasty was forming, which is why I’m a Steelers fan. Then moving to New York in 1988.

None of these things were foreseen. None of these things were objectives. None of these things were goals. I’ve never be a focused goal setter. To me that’s always been too narrowing. It’s been too limiting. I’ve had wide, broad-based goals, like being the best at whatever I did. I don’t mean at things I’m not good at. I mean, I never dreamed of being the best golfer in the world. But, I mean, this is my business, and my objective was to be the most listened to and have that be defined as the best. I didn’t want to be said to be the most listened to. I didn’t want some PR firm or buzz suggesting I was. I wanted it to be legitimate and real.

So I went wherever I could to climb the ladder. Well, those were not specific places. I never said I’m gonna have to go to Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Kansas City. I was just open to it. In many cases, they were the only places I could get a job. So it really wasn’t a matter of choice. And yet I think about all of these things that happened to me in the past that all led — you’ve heard people say that they wouldn’t change a thing in their past. If they’re honest with you, that’s what they’ll tell you, because you can’t anyway, and everything in your past is a factor in defining and determining who you are, the good and the bad.

So there’s not a thing that I would change. Well, maybe if I actually sat down and thought about it, there would be a couple of things, but on the grand scale, no, because it isn’t realistic. So I have all these great memories at this time of year. Some people these memories occur over and around other events. But for me it’s always the holiday season. And I’ve got family scattered all over the place now, and, “Are you coming home for Thanksgiving?” we’re at the stage now where it’s changing.

Thanksgiving has always been at someone’s home. But not anymore. Now it’s gonna be at a different location. Changes the dynamic. You roll with it, flow with it. Everybody hopes you can make it, gonna try, don’t know, ’cause there are a lot of tugs and a lot of pulls. And sometimes I end up feeling guilty ’cause I can’t get everywhere every time. I’m feeling a little guilt right now, even though the memories are positive and even though the time of year is my favorite, there are still commitments and other things which stand in the way.

Now, I’m not complaining about anything, folks. I’m sharing. I don’t complain. I don’t whine. And you know why? ‘Cause I don’t know how to deal with it when other people do. I literally don’t know what to do when somebody’s complaining, other — well, I shouldn’t say this. No, I’m gracious, but, I mean, I don’t know how to help ’em. I don’t know what to do. Other than say, “Oh, man, what a bummer.” But I always think if somebody’s complaining to me, they’re asking me to fix it, and most of the time it’s not the case. They’re just venting. But I think I have a responsibility to fix it or to offer a solution, so I struggle, “Well, what the hell are they asking me for here?”

And that’s why I don’t whine and complain because I think other people are gonna think I’m asking for something, so I hold it all in. And what do I have to complain about, anyway? I’m just not good at dealing with other people’s complaints. So I just now, the way I’ve dealt with it, they’re just venting and they’re not expecting me to have the solution. And then if they are, I’ll find out.

It takes me to The True Story of Thanksgiving. It was written about in chapter 6 of See, I Told You So, book two. It’s in a chapter titled, Dead White Guys or What the History Books Never Tell You. And this chapter, by the way, served as the foundation for the first book in the Rush Revere series, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. Where, in addition to the true story of Thanksgiving, we have the true story of the Pilgrims, who they were, where they came from, why they came, what happened when they got here, what they had to do to fix what went wrong when they got here, and what role the Pilgrims play in the overall founding of America.

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