The great Rush Limbaugh celebrates twenty years of broadcast excellence today. We are all much richer for this wonderful man and his monumental, golden voice expressing conservative, honest, original views.

I discovered Rush in early 1993 while our family was stationed at Fort Drum. My husband was deployed to Somalia at the time and we were deep into winter in the north country. Bill Clinton had just taken over the White House and I felt pretty lonely in my winter of discontent. Although I was disappointed that Bill Clinton had been elected I did not at any time feel ashamed of my country. I was an Army wife and had at that point, along with my family, seen a lot of our country and had lived overseas.

What I saw in our country was good but you would never know it if you listened to NPR or watched the three television networks and CNN.

So when I discovered a voice on the radio that expressed my views with humor and exuberance I made sure to find out who he was and began to listen everyday.

Until that time there was no reason to listen to A.M. radio. Since our family traveled a great deal and sometimes late into the night we were always looking for something interesting to listen to. The kids of course wanted to listen to rock music but if I had the wheel of the car I wanted to listen to news and talk. National Public Radio was usually the only choice I had but I was constantly disgusted with the liberal tone expressed.

After discovering Rush I made sure to listen for the full three hours but when we were stationed in Heidelberg, Germany Rush’s show was only carried for one hour on Armed Forces Radio. We discovered that we could listen for the full three hours on the internet. What a blessing. All the Armed Forces Television Network offered us at the time was network broadcasting. Katie Couric’s morning show and The View were broadcast several times a day. Then there was CNN International, an outright anti-American outfit.

One March my husband and I were down in the computer room with my brother who was visiting. He had come over to Germany with his fellow active duty National Guardsmen to train in the Warfighter exercize and was able to spend a few days with us. My brother, husband and I were sitting down in the basement (which is where our computers were) and were listening to Rush. He said, “It’s Lucy from Fort Smith, Arkansas.” My brother and I looked at each other and smiled. It was our sister calling Rush. She asked him if she could say hello to her brother, sister, and her sister’s husband who were in Germany. Of course Rush said yes.

That’s one of the aspects of the magic of Rush Limbaugh. Rush’s broadcast touched four Americans very specially on that day and he continues to inform educate, entertain, and express conservative outlooks on political and cultural issues.

Thank goodness for Rush. May he continue to rule the radio airwaves until, as he says, everyone agrees with him.