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How Rush Limbaugh Transformed A Young Skull Full of Mush
Original ^ | April 21, 2004 | Britt Gillette

Posted on 04/21/2004 6:10:59 PM PDT by brittgillette

When I graduated from college a few years ago, I faced a job market mired in the mediocrity of the Clinton Recession. The stock market was on a downward trajectory, unemployment was climbing, and interest rates were rising. Despite graduating cum laude with distinction in the marketing program at James Madison University, few employers wanted to take a chance on an unproven 22-year-old with zero workplace experience. Like myriad college graduates who trod before me, I faced the inevitable conundrum: Employers want experience; but to get experience, one must first be employed. Such a circumstance creates ideal conditions for an Oprah-like crying spell or a "quarter-life crisis".

But in my case, such a crisis never materialized, because unlike many of my graduating peers, I arrived in the workplace armed with additional and invaluable experience - an ongoing education at The Rush Limbaugh Institute For Advanced Conservative Studies (where no degrees are ever conferred). Listening to The Rush Limbaugh Show provided me with the attitude necessary for success. In fact, it provided more of an education than grade school, high school, and college combined. Above all, I learned that in America room exists for each of us to achieve our dreams, and that's the most valuable lesson of all.

My story begins when I was 12-years-old, and I discovered The Rush Limbaugh Show on AM radio. Tuning in while I sorted baseball cards, the show became a way to escape the rigors of the smothering mid-day summer heat. At first, I listened because the show was funny. I liked the host's unique brand of humor and Paul Shanklin's musical parodies. It was like a political Saturday Night Live five afternoons a week. But as the days passed (and it takes at least six weeks for all you new listeners), I came to accept several rules and universal truths espoused by the host that have thus served me well in life. Two are relevant to my story, and the first is a prerequisite to the second.

Rule #1: "Thou shall not participate in recessions."

Rule #2: "The United States is the greatest, freest nation on the face of the earth. And the beauty of America is that if you can't find a job, then you can create one."

While a continually fruitless job search frustrated others, I remained hopeful and optimistic. Schooled in the concepts of hard work, rugged individualism, and the entrepreneurial spirit, I set out on a quest to create my own job.

My problem then became what kind of job to create. That's when I remembered something else Rush said, "Find something that you're passionate about, do it until you're the best at it, and the rewards will follow." At the time, I was passionate about two things in particular - writing and The Rush Limbaugh Show. So naturally, I decided to create my own job by writing a book about The Rush Limbaugh Show.

I wanted to create something the show's audience could identify with, a product that captured the essence of the dittohead experience. That vision ultimately lead to The Dittohead Guide To Adult Beverages, a book that combines the show's trademark irreverent humor with its own distinct language (the Limbaugh Lexicon), incorporating the two into a series of humorous "adult beverage" recipes fans of the show will find both hilarious and irresistible.

And trust me, if you're a dittohead, you will find this book irresistible. Because unlike past attempts to capitalize on the millions of dittoheads dotting the Fruited Plain, this book was not put together by a liberal Manhattan publishing executive out to make a quick buck. It was created by me - a proud, card-carrying dittohead who has spent over half his life immersed in the infectious airwaves of EIB. So have no doubt - you will love this book!

As such, you will probably purchase this book, which leads us to a third important economic concept (and one you will find difficult to comprehend if you are a Democrat).

Rule #3: "The economy is not a zero sum game. One person's success creates boundless opportunity for all those around him."

If you don't believe this, then you should, because the very existence of my book is proof. Absent the enormous success of Rush Limbaugh, the creation of my book would be utterly impossible. However, because of Rush Limbaugh's enormous success, such a book does exist. And I'm determined that it play a leading role in the expansion of the Bush economic juggernaut. I'm determined to bring this book from the obscurity of the self-publishing world to the forefront of every bookstore in America. I'm determined to see this book picked up by a major publishing house, and I'm determined to get Rush Limbaugh to write the foreword and agree to split the author royalties so he has a personal incentive to push the book on his show (an entrepreneurial concept I learned by listening). Furthermore, I'm determined to see the astonished looks on all those art & croissants crowd liberal elitists when they hold this book in their hands and say, "I never read this. I'm certain none of my friends ever read it! How did this get to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list?"

In America, you don't have to be dependent on the government, or even the economy, for a job. You only need the confidence to rely on yourself. The product you now hold in your hands is proof that you can create your own job. But don't be misled. It wasn't easy. It was hard work. It's taken over three years to learn the ins-and-outs of the publishing industry, and I'm still learning. The Dittohead Guide To Adult Beverages has been through several drafts, two of them under a pen name. Along the way, I worked several low-paying jobs far below my skill level so that I could devote more free time to the pursuit of excellence in my chosen field. I experienced numerous failures, but despite the obstacles, I persevered. I reached inside myself and found that I was capable of far more than I originally believed.

In addition to this book, I've written a novel about the war on terror (Conquest of Paradise), and I'm currently working on a second. Writing novels for a living is my idea of the American Dream, and each day I live that dream. I wake up, get out of bed, and do exactly what I love to do.

And although I alone am responsible, I credit Rush Limbaugh for teaching the principles of success to a young skull full of mush. As a result, I feel more than qualified to answer Time magazine's infamous January 1995 headline, "Is Rush Limbaugh Good For America?" The answer is yes. Yes, he is. My life is living proof...


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Although I take great pride in my self-reliance, the help of fellow dittoheads is essential to making my book a smashing success. Please tell your friends about my book by using the red "Send this site to a friend" link on my website (www.brittgillette.com). With the help of the Freeper community, I feel confident The Dittohead Guide To Adult Beverages will sell more copies than all the current Bush-bashing books combined!


Many Thanks and Mega-Dittos,


Britt Gillette, Author of The Dittohead Guide To Adult Beverages
www.brittgillette.com

1 posted on 04/21/2004 6:11:01 PM PDT by brittgillette
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To: brittgillette
 *   Welcome to FreeRepublic 

2 posted on 04/21/2004 6:13:01 PM PDT by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: brittgillette
I went back to the Guidelines about advertising and the like -- that seems to be frowned on though I didn't see it there...
3 posted on 04/21/2004 6:17:46 PM PDT by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: brittgillette
Congratulations on writing your book.
4 posted on 04/21/2004 6:19:59 PM PDT by Mel Gibson (Suffer from Allergies, Asthma or Adversely Affected by Foul Air ? See "About Me")
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To: Mel Gibson
Thank you.
5 posted on 04/21/2004 6:22:27 PM PDT by brittgillette
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To: Eala
I think this is a relevant topic because my story is indicative of the enormous influence Rush Limbaugh has had over the last sixteen years. Those of us who were kids when the show first premiered are now becoming productive members of society, and I believe our conservatism will have an amplified and positive impact on the nation.
6 posted on 04/21/2004 6:27:47 PM PDT by brittgillette
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To: humblegunner
Rush ping!
7 posted on 04/21/2004 6:31:14 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Always finish what you st)
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To: brittgillette; Jim Robinson
Usually, I'd make some remark about a post like this that is in a way an advertisement.

But not this time. I wish we could graft your grasp of the American "work ethic" to others in your age group. Maybe your success, and I wish you great success, will make that happen.

8 posted on 04/21/2004 6:32:01 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (I'm isthisnickcool, and I approved this post!)
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To: brittgillette
Well, let me know if your successful and make a lot of money on this adventure.

Who knows.....to keep the Limbaugh economy alive, I might write a book about a ditto-head who took his devotion to the Limbaugh Institute of higher learning, wrote and published a book about it.
9 posted on 04/21/2004 6:34:22 PM PDT by Prolifeconservative (If there is another terrorist attack, the womb is a very unsafe place to hide.)
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To: isthisnickcool
ps

I bought a copy of your book.

10 posted on 04/21/2004 6:34:49 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (I'm isthisnickcool, and I approved this post!)
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To: isthisnickcool
Thank you for your compliment. As Rush will tell you, the future is bright and optimistic. A lot of young people like myself are out there - a lot more than the media would lead us to believe. Right now, Iraq and Afghanistan are in the midst of being liberated, thanks in great part to a lot of young Americans with an impeccable work ethic.
11 posted on 04/21/2004 6:36:20 PM PDT by brittgillette
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To: brittgillette
Welcome!

What a strong entry post into FR -- I hope it isn't just to push your book!

I look forward to future posts and thread entries without the blatant self-promotion.
12 posted on 04/21/2004 6:39:15 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Tagline under development... check back later)
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To: brittgillette
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny. - Mahatma Gandhi

I observed from reading your initial post (and thought to myself) that you have very good command of the English language, very well versed with the written language.

13 posted on 04/21/2004 6:39:52 PM PDT by Mel Gibson (Suffer from Allergies, Asthma or Adversely Affected by Foul Air ? See "About Me")
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To: brittgillette
The Dittohead Guide to Adult Beverages
14 posted on 04/21/2004 6:40:53 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Why the long face, John?)
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To: brittgillette
well although self-advertising is not allowed here you have brilliantly marketed it with the Rush connection- I dont know whether to ping the moderators to pull this thread or congradulate you for learning your marketing skills well...

still, I dont think this thread belongs here
15 posted on 04/21/2004 6:40:53 PM PDT by Mr. K (`,,`,,I stole this cuz its funny,,`,,`))
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To: Mr. K
still, I dont think this thread belongs here

That's up to Jim. Recently, there was a book advertised here that Jim wrote the forward for. It's called "Hillary's Secret War". I'm waiting for my copy.

Someday maybe someone will write a book about Jim and FreeRepublic. Mybe it will be our young writer of this thread.

16 posted on 04/21/2004 6:48:41 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (I'm isthisnickcool, and I approved this post!)
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To: brittgillette
Welcome to FR! And I'll check out your book. See you on the threads......
17 posted on 04/22/2004 4:57:45 AM PDT by b4its2late (I don't have a solution; but I do admire the problem.)
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