As millions of Americans mourn the passing of radio legend Rush Limbaugh, the Conservative Political Action Conference will reportedly honor him at their annual gathering this year and induct him into the Conservative Hall of Fame.
Limbaugh passed away after battling terminal lung cancer at the age of 70. He will be the first individual person to be commemorated in the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Hall of Fame. The National Rifle Association received the honor in 2018.
As tributes flow in from Limbaugh’s family, friends, and fans, he will be remembered lovingly this weekend at the largest gathering of conservatives in America, Fox News reported. There will be a video tribute to Limbaugh on Saturday night during the Ronald Reagan Dinner that will celebrate his life and career. It is being reported that Limbaugh’s friend and long-time producer, Bo Snerdley, will be in attendance at the event as well.
The “Rush Limbaugh Show” exploded onto the political scene in 1988 and talk radio was never the same. Limbaugh commanded an audience of millions across the nation and was a conservative staple in many of their daily lives. The conservative movement has been heavily influenced by Limbaugh and his decades of humorous and inciteful commentary.
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Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), recalled Limbaugh’s 2009 CPAC speech which rallied conservatives and once again changed the course of politics. That speech was considered one of the highlights of Limbaugh’s long and storied career.
Limbaugh was reportedly a very private person with an incredible work ethic. He only spoke at CPAC once. When the iconic conservative giant defined “who conservatives are” at the conference, the audience erupted in chants of “USA! USA!”
“The fact that that speech stands alone as this very important moment for CPAC and for conservativism is somehow appropriate,” Schlapp noted to Fox News.
“He told us what being a conservative is in his language that we got so used to. He told the country what motivates us, he captured [it] in that fly-over country, Midwestern language,” Schlapp stated, remembering Limbaugh fondly. “I think a lot of people watched it again over the course of the last several days since his passing.”
Rush Limbaugh loved people, loved conservatism, and loved America. He inspired and gave voice to an entire generation of freedom-loving patriots. Let’s honor this great man’s life by making sure his legacy endures for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/I3lxu3uUvj
— CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 17, 2021
That year, Limbaugh’s historic speech revolving around success was carried live by cable news networks and helped showcase CPAC and the conservative movement. Many saw the address as a “Conservative State of the Union” which not only reached out to Republicans, but Americans from every walk of life.
“We love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans,” Limbaugh said. “We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit.”
“What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work, we do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations, and too much government,” Limbaugh told a riveted audience.
“We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We love and revere our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence,” he added. “We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.”
The words, humor, and advice of Limbaugh will be played once again at CPAC 2021 in his memory. The gathering begins on Thursday and concludes on Sunday in Orlando, Florida, and will feature former President Trump as the headline speaker.
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