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Be better in Rush Limbaugh's death than he was in life. Say nothing.


Rush Limbaugh is dead.

About that much, at least, we can all agree. But our divided nation is split over the legacy of the conservative political commentator who dominated the airwaves as one of the loudest voices on talk radio. For decades, he used his national broadcast to promote racial prejudice, spread unproven conspiracy theories, and denigrate women and LGBTQ people — all as he helped shape the Republican party into what it is today. Limbaugh was the “talk titan who made right-wing radio financially viable in American media and himself a Republican kingmaker years before Fox News,” as USA TODAY reported.

Them’s the facts.

Conservatives posted tributes: Senator John Kennedy, R-La., tweeted that he “fought for your right to believe and think freely. He invited people into the conversation & championed their right to agree & disagree alike.” Former President Donald Trump referred to Limbaugh as a “legend” and a “great gentleman.” That’s one way of describing him, and people are certainly entitled to their opinions.

The rest of us, especially those Limbaugh relentlessly and mercilessly attacked, will remember him differently. So how do we talk about this man’s legacy without becoming like him?

USA TODAY Entertainment:Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio titan, dies of lung cancer at age 70

FILE - This Nov. 5, 2018 file photo shows radio personality Rush Limbaugh introducing President Donald Trump at the start of a campaign rally in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

For generations, parents have told their kids, as did my mother, “If you can’t say something good about the dead, then don’t say anything.” I agree that it’s bad form to celebrate anyone’s death, even someone who hurt us and mocked us. I’m again reminded of what former first lady Michelle Obama famously said regarding her opponents: “When they go low, we go high.” I’m trying.


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