On most nights, I would prefer to write about Cap and Trader Mark Kirk than about Captain Kirk, William Shatner. But tonight I must make a notable exception. Shatner interviewed Rush Limbaugh for his "Raw Nerve" show on A&E. This interview was shockingly good.
To his credit, Shatner dares to do what few in the state controlled would even remotely consider – he asks Rush “What is a conservative?” and actually gives him a chance to answer the question.
Rush lays out what conservatives actually believe in: the principles that founded this country, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Rush explains that conservatives believe in individual liberty and that the individual is best left to pursue the aspects of daily life on their own. Also to his credit, Shatner listened to Rush’s answer and said that nobody would disagree with what Rush said. This exemplifies why Rush makes liberals’ nerves raw. Whether they are willing to admit it or not, they know that when most people listen to Rush they agree with him because he makes sense. They’re even more afraid that he makes more sense than they do.
If you're like me, you still may be wondering what Rush is doing being interviewed by William Shatner. It turns out the two men have something in common - tinnitus - a ringing, hissing, or buzzing in the ear that replaces normal sound.
Rush discussed how quickly he was going deaf (he was losing 10% of his hearing EVERY WEEK) and how scared he was it would end his career. For a month before his cochlear implant operation he could literally not hear himself speak while he was broadcasting. I knew Rush was dealing with serious hearing loss before his procedure, but I had no idea of the severity until this interview.
Rush is perhaps the nation’s top spokesman for American Exceptionalism and motivating people to overcome all obstacles to achieve their goals. The stories Rush tells here about his hearing loss shows that Rush walks the walk, even when he can’t hear himself talk the talk.