On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden gave Americans a dour holiday message. While there are many reasons to be positive and hopeful about the end days of the coronavirus – the vaccine rollout chief among them – Biden for some reason opted to send the country into Christmas with a depressing and gloomy prediction.
“One thing I promise you about my leadership during this crisis: I’m going to tell it to you straight. I’m going to tell you the truth. And here’s the simple truth: Our darkest days in the battle against Covid are ahead of us, not behind us,” Biden said. “So we need to prepare ourselves, to steel our spines. As frustrating as it is to hear, it’s going to take patience, persistence and determination to beat this virus. There will be no time to waste in taking the steps we need to turn this crisis around.”
On his final show of the year, radio legend Rush Limbaugh said he was aghast to hear Biden talking this way.
“Folks, I have to tell you, if I were president-elect of the country, it’s the last thing I would say,” Limbaugh said. “Even if I believed it, I doubt that I would put it this way. But I don’t believe this anyway. Our darkest days are ahead of us? What a bleak way of looking at things. This is during a press briefing yesterday. He said, ‘The worst is yet to come in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic,’ which is weird, given that Biden has repeatedly claimed that it’s Trump who’s killing Americans with COVID.
“Trump’s gonna be gone soon, so why are our darkest days ahead of us when Trump is leaving?” he continued. “If Trump’s responsible for all of this? But my point is, yeah, the virus is what it is, but we adapt. I talked about this yesterday. We Americans have adapted to our problems. We’ve adapted to changing evolutionary things in our lives, in our country because of our freedom.”
Limbaugh, whose outlook on life and the future of the country has always been relentlessly optimistic, said that his struggles with a terminal cancer diagnosis have only solidified his belief in the resilience and goodness of the American way. He argued that Americans – no matter what external disaster they may face – have always found ways “to avoid it, to beat it back, to overcome it.”
“We don’t just sit there and accept it,” he said. “And, as such, we don’t just resign ourselves to the fact that they’re living in the darkest days because we, at least to this point, still have the greatest degree of freedom of any people on earth. Now, it’s under assault and under attack and we all know this. But I don’t believe our darkest days are ahead of us. I never have. People have been asking, ‘You’ve always told us you’d tell us when it’s time to panic. Is it time?’ It’s never time to panic, folks. It’s never, ever gonna be time to give up on our country. It will never be time to give up on the United States. It will never be time to give up on yourself. Trust me.”
Conservatism – and America – is going to miss this guy when he’s gone. We damn sure know that we will.