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Back in 1985, I was a college student in Sacramento, California, when Rush launched his classic three-hour show to a Northern California audience. How refreshing to hear such a funny, thoughtful conservative so full of life. People wanted to put him in the far-right, evangelical Christian box from the beginning, but such was not Rush. He did not suffer fools, no matter their political or religious beliefs.
In Sacramento, we had a powerful Christian group based in the Capital Christian Center. A couple of years after Rush began broadcasting, a Midwest minister began announcing how you could hear Satanic messages when you play certain songs backward.
I remember Rush jumping on the bandwagon on a Monday. He wanted to have fun with the story, and the whole idea of Satanic messages embedded in rock albums when played backwards. (Rush loved rock music. He had been a music DJ in earlier years.) He recounted the story, which as I recalled had something to do with the theme song to the TV show Mister Ed.
On Monday, after reporting the story, he sounded depressed, saying that he had played a certain song on his show and felt guilty for unwittingly exposing his audience, already quite substantial, to the Devil. He talked about resigning, but didn’t say what he had played.
By Tuesday, the calls were flowing in from preachers and their flocks demanding that he reveal what he had done. He explained that he was a God-fearing man and his program had been taken over by the Devil. He admitted that he had found a Satanic message on one of his favorite Slim Whitman albums, the song “Una Paloma Blanca.” But he refused to play it, and besides, most people would never notice it because you have to have special electronic equipment, called a “disgronificator.”
On Wednesday, since there was really a rumbling going on in the community, he said by the end of the show he would play the track backward, since he had acquired the disgronificator and had a turntable with disgronificator circuitry. When he played it, it clearly was the most ridiculous message. In a deep, cartoon voice, you heard over the backwards song, “Well, you got me. It’s old Beelzebub here…” etc etc. People said they had all of Slim Whitman’s albums. What should they do? Rush said, “Burn them.” And apparently they did!
What was amazing is that through Wednesday not one caller had called him on the joke. He was playing it completely serious and people like me and my friend who listened every day were having a ball with it.
Finally, on Thursday, someone called him on the joke. After resisting for a segment, Rush admitted he was playing with the audience, with some of these foolish beliefs. He thought it would end on day one, but since so many went along, he kept up the joke, going deeper and deeper into it.
You can imagine the uproar. Members of the Capital Christian Center banded together to get Rush off the air. But their own foolishness had been revealed and the station managers, who approved what he did, although they did want him to end it quicker than he did, would not take any action because by this time Rush was their most popular broadcaster. Everyone knew that Rush would soon go national.
It has been incredibly eye-opening to see how the Left had to implant false images of Rush into people’s minds before they had a chance to listen to him.Taking him out of context. Making things up.
Although not entirely successful, they did learn with Rush, in the late-1980s and early 1990s, how effective these mental propaganda implants could work to prevent people from seeing and hearing the Truth right in front of their eyes and ears, paving the way for the level of mind implants so common in media today. A strong, emotional mental image attracts focus away from the actual truth in front of people.
Rush created the modern conservative movement, and paved the way for Donald Trump. I hope someday our establishment Republicans get a clue.
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