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Hugh Hewitt: Rush Limbaugh’s Legacy

Rush Limbaugh died this week at the age of 70.

To say he was a giant in our industry of talk radio is an exercise in understatement.

When I talk about the format of talk radio on my own program, I have often said that “Rush Limbaugh built the mall. Everyone else just has a storefront in it,” and I was true then—I’m true now.

I’m grateful for my own storefront, but I’m particularly grateful to Rush for building the superstructure of our medium.

There’s no question: talk radio is more needed now than ever.

I’ve been doing talk radio since 1990. Two years earlier than that, Rush Limbaugh had started his syndicated show—and he was already a monster hit. He, a giant in the industry, helped me out—a newbie—cutting promos for me. He was one of the great gentlemen in the business—and he never stopped being a professional’s professional.

Rush Limbaugh will be greatly missed. But the mall that he built is alive and fuller than ever. And for that, we should all be grateful.

Rest in peace, Rush.

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Hugh Hewitt: Framing the Trump Legacy

Donald Trump’s legacy will be framed by his actions between now and the inauguration.

He won in 2016 against all odds—and went on to four years of knockdown battles with the political, media and legal establishments.

He awakened the American people to the threat from the Chinese Communist Party, brought new peace and alliances in the Middle East, isolated the rogue regime in Iran and rebuilt the U.S. military.

He saw through three—count them, three—Supreme Court justices and more than 220 judges total. He can claim the first realignment since Ronald Reagan in 1980—all in the face of the most partisan impeachment in U.S. history.

His actions over the next 60 days though can frame his legacy and secure that place in U.S. history.

They ought to be focused on Operation Warp Speed delivering vaccines and therapeutics while the nation and the world witnesses a smooth transition of power.

It will be a glorious pivot in the story.

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Hugh Hewitt: Barbara Bush: 1925-2018


On Tuesday night this week Barbara Bush, the beloved First Lady and wife of our 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother to our 43rd president, George W. Bush, died at the age of 92.

And what a wonderful woman she was. What a terrific American. She was admirable as a spouse, a mother, grandmother and of course—I think it’s safe to say— America’s favorite First Lady.

Whether Left or right, young or old, politico or non-politico—it seemed everyone loved Barbara Bush.

She was feisty. She was funny. She was a straight talker.

Barbara Bush will be greatly missed. But her life and her legacy will remain alive in the hearts and minds of Americans.

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Albert Mohler: In Honor of Billy Graham

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As we commemorate the life and ministry of the Reverend Billy Graham today, there is much that can and should be said about his legacy.

 

But I also have to speak about him in a very personal way. In 1993—when I was elected President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary—he indicated he wanted to do whatever he could to help me in the cause of recovering and reforming SBTS, moving it in a very clearly, confessionally, decidedly conservative direction.

 

So: I asked him to speak at my inauguration as President of Southern.

 

And he did. He pointed to the gospel, he pointed to Christ, and he gave an enormous word of affirmation that was invaluable to the great cause of recovering the institution I lead to this day.

 

The best way to honor Billy Graham—I’m confident he’d say—is to preach the gospel he preached. Starting here. Starting now.

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Michael Medved: A Lesson from Lincoln on President’s Day

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On the eve of Civil War, Abraham Lincoln concluded his First Inaugural Address with two sentences of incandescent eloquence: “Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

These words remind us that Lincoln—whose legacy we honor on President’s Day—became one of the greatest English prose writers in history, despite his background as an impoverished frontier boy with only a year of schooling. His rise constitutes one of the many American miracles that should inspire anyone willing to look with open eyes at our uniquely blessed past.

Throughout the Civil War and till the day of his death, Lincoln followed the approach later recommended by Bismarck: Listen for God’s footsteps marching through history, then grab his coattails and hang on.

May we see God’s design for America as we celebrate President’s Day.

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Albert Mohler: Hugh Hefner and a New Sort of Enslavement

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If there were to be a single, most powerful symbol of the sexual revolution in the 20th century, that symbol as an individual would’ve been Hugh Hefner — the founder of Playboy magazine who died recently at age 91.

The 20th century was the great century of sexual revolution. One of the driving engines of that change was the modern industry of pornography—and you cannot separate that industry from the one man who made it most mainstream and most profitable.

The Playboy founder sought to redefine not only femininity in terms of pornography but also masculinity in terms of a kind of sophisticated, urban model that would be very attracted to pornography in terms of a normal pursuit and a normal entertainment.

By any analysis, what Hefner left behind as his contribution to our society is not only a breaking down of an old sexual morality, it is the new enslavement of people who declare themselves liberated and “free,” but are absolutely enslaved to pornography.

That’s the real legacy of Hugh Hefner.

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