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Dear Rush, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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I felt I had to write and thank you for something you recently said on the air. Many years ago I decided that listening to your ramblings was a very non-productive way to use my valuable time. Let's face it, in an attempt to continually extend your fifteen minutes of fame, most of what you say is a radio version of Fonzie jumping the shark tank on Happy Days. The term "jumping the shark" has now become a euphemism for the point when a show needs to be put to rest. It is a time when there is nothing new and interesting for a show to do so The Fonz "jumps a shark". In the world of radio, the same situation could be called "pulling a Limbaugh." I don't want you to get a big head because it could also be called "Coulterizing".

As I surfed radio stations on my way home from work a few days ago, I stumbled upon your show. I am embarrassed to say that I stopped surfing and spent about four minutes of my ten minute commute listening. You were discussing comments made at the UN by a variety of players. At one point you said that it sounded like something one of the Deranged Pseudo Columnists for the Huffington Post would have said. That comment is what I want to thank you for.

At that moment I thought you were speaking directly to me. I was asked when Huffington Post was created to contribute my thoughts and feelings when so moved. I am not terribly prolific and by my own admission only occasionally do I touch on the slightly profound. However, I still feel like I am one of those Deranged Pseudo Columnists you referred to. As that comment sunk in, I was thankful that is how you felt about me. I would be very distressed if someone of your questionable judgment and propensity for making statements with no factual basis said, "I really like what that Tom Gerdy guy had to say."

I am a carpenter and a building contractor. I find great satisfaction in creating and building. I am saddened by the fact that so many people in our world today spend their time doing nothing but tearing down. The real, strength, power and magic is in creation and construction. If the foundation of your fifteen minutes is based on destructive comments and tearing down, your house is on shaky ground.

As I conclude my Deranged Pseudo Columnist ramblings, I want to thank you for placing me on the other side of the spectrum from your destructive ramblings. I like it much better over here in the world of construction. I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who used just eleven words to best articulate it when he said, "Tearing to pieces is the trade of those who cannot construct." Rush, it's time for you to do something constructive. There is no honor in being the poster child for this quote by Mr. Emerson.