I made the hardest choice the other day. I stopped listening to Rush Limbaugh—at least, for a while. Now, I know what some of you other dittoheads are saying. But hear me out. A dittohead, by the way, for those uninformed about Limbaugh nomenclature, is simply a religious—excuse me, a devout, er, a regular listener to or viewer of Rush Limbaugh’s radio and television programs, agreeing with Limbaugh to the extent of orally awarding “dittos” to his commentary.

Some dittoheads may think I’m straying from the conservative fold. Fret not, fellow fearers of big government and socialism in all its insidious forms. You will have to journey far to find someone more cynical about the ability of centralized government to solve anything.

So what’s the problem? The story goes like this: I was at the pizza parlor with my fellow ministers of the Lord, enjoying the aftermath of ministry at a nearby prison for juveniles. At one point, the conversation turned to politics, as conversations often do these days. Having discovered Rush a few months earlier, I had dutifully cultivated my attitude toward anything that could be labeled “liberal.”

Sitting with me at that very table were brothers and sisters in Christ espousing political positions belonging, shall we say, to the left of center. And I found myself getting that close (picture here Maxwell Smart, from the old Get Smart television series, with thumb and forefinger pressed together) to getting into an actual argument with a fellow believer over politics.

That’s when I stopped—talking, that is. And later, when I took time to analyze that encounter, my devotion to the Rush Limbaugh show was also put on hold. Why did I feel so ...

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