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Hard Work and Jaden Smith

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RUSH:  Okay, we're gonna try going to the phones now with our rebooted, reconstituted, flushed phone system, and we're gonna start in Glasgow, Kentucky, or maybe it's pronounced Glasgow.  This is Bill, great to have you, sir.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  It is not honor to talk to you.

RUSH:  Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER:  You mentioned earlier that liberals hate people that work hard, and I honestly I love it when you say things like that because that is the utter complete truth.  But my point --

RUSH:  Can I stop you there for just a second?

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  You know what's strange? You say you love hearing me say that because it's the truth, but there's another aspect.  It's 'cause it's rare.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  It's so rare, that you like having somebody say it.  It used to be common!  It was the ordinary, common, accepted way.  Now, when somebody says it, you're sort of happy because you know it's gone by the wayside.  That's not good, when it's remarkable that somebody says hard work takes you somewhere. 

CALLER:  That is right. 

RUSH: That is devastating. Anyway, continue.

CALLER:  I was born in the late eighties, and my parents say that all the time, but my dad would love to hear it. He'd love to hear this conversation for one, but my only point was that it never hurts to be forced into hard work, and that is the greatest defense against liberalism, in my opinion, is hard work, because they cannot compete with that.

RUSH:  You're right.  It leads to self-reliance, and that's the worst thing for them.  It's exactly right.

CALLER:  Well, that's my only point.  I appreciate you taking my call.

RUSH:  Well, now, wait a second.

CALLER:  Okay.

RUSH:  That's not your only point.  I know 'cause it says up there that you wanted to talk about Will Smith's kid.

CALLER:  Yeah, that's true.  I figured out I wouldn't be able to say it very clearly, but Jaden Smith tweeted that --

RUSH:  Wait a minute.  Why did you think you wouldn't be able to say it?  It's up there.  I'm expecting you to say it.

CALLER:  Okay.  Well, good.  Good. Jaden Smith tweeted that he thought that younger people should drop out of school, and of course he got lambasted for that by everyone, but -- and I'm sure he didn't say it for the right reason, he probably didn't, but the liberals despise the thought of people dropping out of school, but for good reason.  Dropping out of school could be the best decision anybody could make because you're forced into hard work.

RUSH:  It depends on when you drop out of school.

CALLER:  Yes, doctor.

RUSH:  Now, I understand that Will Smith's kid said the best thing for kids is to drop out of school.  Do you know his reason?  Did you hear that?  Do you know what it is?

CALLER:  No.  All I heard is a bunch of liberals are very angry at him, of course, but I can't imagine it being a good reason because their excuse for him is that he's a rich kid and doesn't know what hard work is.

RUSH:  Now, wait a second.  Wait just a second. I'm not sure about that.  My guess is, I think his dad probably does work pretty hard.  You know, the jobs those people do, acting, the stars, I mean, they've got a lot of things taken care of, but it is not easy. It's a lot of time. It's a lot of "hurry up and wait." It's really hard to do.  It takes a tremendous mental ability.  You can tell, if you're watching an amateur or somebody that doesn't know what they're doing.

You know a great actor, because you don't know they're acting.  You're watching who you think they really are.  They have the ability to totally become somebody else.  That creates the psychological problems that explains them being liberals, but that's beside the point. Jaden Smith has probably seen his mom and dad work real hard, so that's why I'm curious why he would say it.  I didn't know he said it. 

CALLER:  I hope you're right.

RUSH:  Now, he could just be trying to get noticed, and making some radical statement as a young kid.  All right, here it is.  Here it is.  He said society would be much more intelligent if people educated themselves, because, "School is the tool to brainwash the youth." He said it's, like, formulaic. It's brainwashing. They don't teach you anything.  Now, in a sense, you know, depending on whether... You need a basic, fundamental education through high school. 

But I think it's certainly true about college.  You know, our society is rooted -- still is, since the Great Depression -- in the idea that college is the ticket. Without that, you don't have a chance. A lot of people believe it.  It's also a mark of social achievement as well as intellectual achievement, something parents really want for their kids is to go to college and get a degree. They save up money for it, scrimp and save for it, however they can get it. It's still very important. 

I understand formal education isn't for everybody, and for the really advanced, standout students -- really capable of learning and already knows what he wants to do and is just chomping at the bit to do it -- school can be a drag.  But there's no point in getting out of junior high. I think that makes no sense.  You need a fundamental foundation even if what you're taught is BS. You know, there are all the other aspects to it that are important.  But still it's intriguing. 

I'm gonna print some stuff out from the printer, what he said about this.  But basically he tweeted that if everybody in the world dropped out of school, we would have a much more intelligent society.  He did this back on September 13th. "People Use (sic) To Ask Me What Do You Wanna Be When You Get Older And I Would Say What A Stupid Question The Real Question Is What Am I Right Now? All The Rules In This World Were Made By Someone No Smarter Than You. So Make Your Own."

This is right out of Steve Jobs, by the way, and he probably got it while traveling to India.  Who knows.  But this, "All The Rules In This World Were Made By Someone No Smarter Than You. So Make Your Own." We all make the mistake of thinking everybody else is smarter and the formula exists 'cause it's tried and true and proven.  "School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth.  Education Is Rebellion. If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth."

Now, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but I understand the point.  They haven't been polluted yet. They haven't been corrupted. They haven't been lied to and taught a bunch of pap.  Now, don't misunderstand.  I'm not thinking we got a conservative kid here by any stretch. Don't read that into it.  He said, "Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do," and in Jaden Smith's world, school is an obstacle to doing what you want to do.  In my case, it was.  I'll be honest.

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RUSH:  Now, here is something interesting.  I did not know this.  Jaden Smith is 15 years old, and his sister Willow is 12. Both were homeschooled.  Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett, homeschooled their kids, or somebody did.  Interesting.

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RUSH: Okay, I want to close the loop on this Will Smith business, this Jaden Smith.  Something I did not know, is that Will Smith's 15-year-old son's out there tweeting everybody that school is a brainwashing tool and the best thing to do is to get out of it.  There is an ABC News story that hit yesterday about Jaden Smith.

It says here he "might be best known as the star of the remake of The Karate Kid and for his lifelong role as the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, but the 15-year-old is also starring in his own online controversy after sounding off against America’s education system, calling school a brainwashing tool." Now, here's a 15-year-old kid who's caused a stir with this. 

Now we, you and me, have thought this for the longest time, but here's a kid, a student who's dropped out of it and is homeschooled, which I did not know.  "Jaden and his sister, Willow, 12, are both home schooled. Jaden had attended the New Village Leadership Academy, a private school his parents founded in California five years ago, until it closed its doors in June because of lack of funding.

"The academy used 'study-tech,' a teaching method created by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, something to which Will Smith alluded on Live with Regis and Kelly in 2007. There are 'powerful educational concepts that we believe in,' Smith said on the show." Some of this may be rooted in Scientology.  That's why we spend the time to dig deep here, folks, and get beneath the surface.

You read something that might sound really, really cool and you find out that there's something at the root of it that you may not have figured out on it.  So here are Jaden tweets that caused all this:  "People Use To Ask Me What Do You Wanna Be When You Get Older And I Would Say What A Stupid Question The Real Question Is What Am I Right Now." "All The Rules In This World Were Made By Someone No Smarter Than You. So Make Your Own." 

"School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth." "Education Is Rebellion." "If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth."  "If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society." "Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do." So those tweets ended up causing a firestorm out there, understandably so. 

Here's the story from 2007 about Will Smith intending to start his school. "Having immersed himself in educational theories while home-schooling his kids, Will Smith says he and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, plan to put that knowledge to greater use by teaming with like-minded parents and creating a full school." Now, this is six years ago.  "The institution could launch next year, Smith, 39, said...

"He didn't offer details, but said the idea came out of his family's experience in grouping home-schooled children together. 'We started home-schooling our children probably six years ago,' he said. 'We found about eight or nine other parents that home-school, so we put them together. ... There's just very powerful educational concepts that we believe in, and we feel like "I want to design the system that revolutionizes public education,"'"

So he did, using some of the "tenets" of Scientology.  Now, the school has gone out of business since for lack of funding, which means there were no customers -- at least not enough to pay the freight, however the freight was defined here.  (interruption) What? (interruption) Well, no, there wasn't any government funding.  He didn't get any government money. There's no way this regime was gonna fund home-school, not even for Will Smith. 

There was no way that was gonna happen.  There is no way that this president's gonna sabotage his school union buddies in that way.  So there weren't any subsidies, and the school didn't make it, but Will Smith did home-school his kids. 

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