On Friday a 26-year-old former prison inmate dialed into conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh’s program to thank him for having saved his life.
“I’m just calling in to say that, you know, you saved my life, man,” the caller, a man named Jerome from Michigan, said to Limbaugh.
“You changed my life completely around. You saved me from a bad place. I made a mistake when was 18 years old and got sentenced to 18 years in city in Texas.”
Jerome explained that four years into his sentence he got tossed into solitary confinement with nothing but a radio for fighting with a prison guard. And since the local music stations bored him to tears with their endlessly repeating songs, he decided to give talk radio a chance. That’s how he discovered Limbaugh.
“I started listening about 4-1/2 years ago, give or take, and it just completely changed my whole shape of view in life,” he added.
Once Jerome got out of prison with his newfound wisdom from the Maha Rushie, everything quickly fell into place: He acquired a job, moved out of his parents’ house and even began debating liberals (which some would argue is even harder to do than turning one’s life around).
“I just am constantly getting in debates in the streets with people who don’t really know what they’re talking about and also trying to teach people what conservatism really is and try to teach people how our government’s really supposed to run,” he said.
“This is incredible,” Limbaugh replied.
When Limbaugh then asked Jerome whether false narratives from the radical left had “contributed” to his previous delinquency, the former prison admitted that they had.
“When I went into seg, I thought Barack Obama was the best thing ever. And then once I started actually, like, learning and stuff like that and seeing how he’s actually screwed up our country, you’ll never catch me saying that ever,” he said.
He added that the left “brainwashed” him into thinking that he had no chances to succeed in life — that his poor upbringing doomed him into failure. The left likewise brainwashed his fellow prisoners into hating President Donald Trump.
After Trump got elected, Jerome explained, a fellow inmate warned him, “Trump is not for us. He thinks we’re scum.”
But Jerome disagreed: “And I told him, I was like, ‘You know what, you gotta take a look around. We kind of are scum until you get out and prove yourself that you’re not scum.” I was like we wreck homes, we wreck families, all of us criminals.'”
Exactly. Nothing is owed or guaranteed in this life, including respect. But judging by all that Jerome has managed to accomplish with his life, chances are quite high he’s earned the respect of Rush Limbaugh — not to mention the rest of America.
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