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Rush Revere Takes the Values of This Program to Young People

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RUSH:  Rush Revere and Liberty are being deluged with fan mail.  Folks, I have to tell you, it is so... I don't know of another word to describe it but "cute," and I don't want to offend anybody with that. But it is just so cool to be taking the values of this program to young people.  I can't tell you how long I have... You sit around and you think about what you could do to expand your career or whatever, and obviously reaching young people is a key element. 
             

This age-group (10 to 13) for whom Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims was written, is obviously not gonna listen to talk radio. They may listen with their parents, though, so now -- because the parents are buying the book for them -- they're reading the book and they're reacting to it and they're sending characters in the book fan mail at the TwoIfByTea.com website. They love it, and I can't tell you how thrilling it is for me and all of us involved in the project to suddenly realize that the things we hold dear are out there.

The values, the traditions, all of these things, they're out there. They're reaching that audience and getting started with this, and they're reacting to it; they're getting it, according to the mail and according to the some e-mail even from the parents.  So it's really cool.  It's cute to read some of this mail, and it's really gratifying.  So you will accept my thanks again for this, for helping to make it happen.  Some of these e-mails from these young people are just priceless.

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RUSH:  By the way, folks, I want to remind you again that at RushLimbaugh.com... We have websites out the wazoo here.  We're working on a Rush Revere Facebook page.  We're thinking about hiring that company from Canada that the regime used to set up our Facebook page. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!  Just kidding.  Well, no, we can't afford that bunch.  Anyway, we're getting ready our Facebook page.

We've got the TwoIfByTea.com page, which is the Rush Revere portal, if you will, for the book and everything about that.  At RushLimbaugh.com, we posted a YouTube video interview of me by the publisher of the book, Simon & Schuster, about why I did this.  It's a little bit more extensive than what I've said here on the air, so that's available at RushLimbaugh.com.  So we've got you covered. 

Everything happening on this program and with the new book is at RushLimbaugh.com, and at TwoIfByTea.com

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RUSH: I mentioned at the top of the program -- can I share one other piece of news?  You know, sometimes I don't know what to tell you and what not to tell you. I just heard every day's sales are better than the previous day on Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.  It's just astounding, folks, and once again, I'm at a loss as to how to thoroughly or properly express all of our thanks and gratitude.  But I have to tell you again what I shared in the first of the hour of the program. 

One of the reasons for writing the book is to take the values of this program to people that otherwise wouldn't hear the program.  Young people ten to 13, they're not gonna listen to AM radio or talk radio unless they're near their parents who are listening.  And like I said yesterday, folks, I am proud to be an American. I have no embarrassment, no shame, no guilt, none whatsoever.  I want everybody to be proud of this country.  I'm not looking for nationalism.  I'm looking for genuine pride rooted in real understanding of how we came to be. 

It is a miracle.  The United States is a blessed miracle.  The people of this country are blessed because we have inculcated in our founding documents the nature of our creation.  And that's why we're blessed.  We're born as free spirits. We human beings are born yearning to be free.  We're not born to be in shackles.  We're not born to be living under tyrants.  And sadly, the United States is the exception in terms of the way most people have had to live in the world. 

This is the place dreams do come true.  This is the place that dreams set the course for a future.  There are no limits.  Your imagination in this country should not be limited.  And way too many people in this country are being told by adults, "No, you can't do that. No, if you do do that you shouldn't 'cause it's not fair.  If you do that, somebody else can't do it, it isn't fair."  There's too much guilt.  There are too many lies being told about the founding of this country, why it came to be.  Too many people are being made to feel guilty that America is illegitimate.  Yes, it's a superpower, but that's because it's robbed other people and stolen from other people, and this is bogus.  But it's being taught. 

I'm proud of my family, my parents. I'm proud, fortunate, give thanks to God the way I was raised, for the family I have.  I've always been one that wanted to share my passions, and I've always wanted people, everybody, I don't care how old, young, whatever the race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, I wanted everybody to listen to this program.  It's how proud of it I am.  And so the writing of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is an effort to expand the universe of the program, share the pride, if you will.  And to now get mail from young people reading the book, I said in the first hour of the program, it's cute, and I don't want to insult anybody by describing it as that, but it's cute to me.

It's heartwarming at the same time because it seems like here in the first week that it's working.  So it has the aura of successful mission about it.  People read it, get feedback that they like it, it's icing on the cake.  Here's just a sample of fan mail.  This is from someone named Schaffer. 

"Dear Mr. Rush:  I really like how you animated your book and how you hide little things in some pictures, like in chapter 2 where the horse is wearing shoes.  I like that.  By the way, I'm nine years old, and I'm on chapter three of the book.  I got it yesterday.  I also think that Liberty -- the talking, time traveling horse -- I think that Liberty is humorous.  Please write more time traveling horse books.  Sincerely, Schaffer." 

And then there's a little PS:  "Rush, I homeschool Schaffer.  Sitting and reading has never been his favorite thing, but he loves your book.  He eagerly reads it, and I even use Liberty reading time as a reward.  Thank you, and we can't wait for more.  Avid listener and fan since 1990, Cynthia, Schaffer's mom." 

They're all rolling in like this.  Now, yesterday I mentioned that we are asking those of you to do intelligence recon for us.  As you travel across the fruited plain and you go out in your neighborhood mall or shopping area to find the book, if you encounter weird experiences, we want to know, and we want you to tell us this at the TwoIfByTea.com website. You just visit the Rush Revere pane there, you click on that, and a new pane opens up and it's Rush Revere and there's a yellow mailbox.  If you just click or tap on the yellow mailbox, you'll get an e-mail form already filled out to Rush Revere. You can address it to whoever you want, whatever character, and we get it.

And now we're getting intel reports.  We got some great recon. 

"Rush:  I was listening to you yesterday talk about the Barnes & Noble lady not wanting pictures taken in the store.  Well, I wanted the book anyway.  I was on my way to the DR, and I stopped by a Barnes & Noble in Winston-Salem on Hanes Mall Boulevard.  I was determined to get photos as well with my iPod.  So, first of all, I had to ask where the book was located when I got in the store, and the man acted like he smelled something really bad.  He asked me twice what I had said, and then he pointed me in the right direction."

So what this means, this guy goes in, tries to buy the book, and the clerk goes, "Ew, you want what? Ew. What did you say?  Ew." 

"He finally pointed out where the book was, and when I reached the cashier to pay for the book, a different person, the cashier said, 'Man, these things have been flying off the shelves today.  Every third sale has been this book.'  And I said to her, 'I wish I had the money to buy a hundred of 'em and put 'em in the public schools in Forsyth County.'  Thankfully my five grandkids are being homeschooled in Virginia, and this will be one of their Christmas presents.  I was reading the book at work on break last night, and it's fantastic, Rush.  It looks like you are paving the way for more adventures.  Well, if you are, I can't wait. 

"And God bless Vince Flynn and your wife for keeping at you about it.  I hated history in school.  I've learned more from your show the past 20 years than I ever learned in school.  Oh, I almost forgot.  Your book was also at the top of the teen best-seller aisle.  I got two shots off.  No one said a word to me, but I was elated the cashier seemed excited about the sales.  I love your show and enthusiasm more than words can express.  Keep doing what you're doing.  Gellaine from Walkertown, North Carolina." 

So are intel recon efforts are working.  All of you are considered central intelligence agents for us. Some people at Costco can't find the book. They have to ask people where it is, even in Costco.  But it's there.  I can imagine, you go into the right place, and say "I'm looking for Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims," and the clerk goes, "Ew, ew, ew, ew," acts like it's dirty or smelly or something like that, have fun with them. Do not be rude, whatever you do, just have fun with it.  Offer to buy them a copy.  Don't really do it, but just offer to just to show them you have the generous characteristic. 

So the mail from young readers is coming in, and right now I'd have to say, anecdotally, probably the most e-mail coming in is for Liberty, the talking horse.  Liberty is a smart aleck.  It was fun writing the character of Liberty, the talking horse. My brother said it's like Mister Ed meets William Bradford or something.  He had a great review of it, too.  So that's the update on Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. We are having profound success with it this week, and you all are just great, can't thank you enough for sharing your feedback with us. But really, you know, I'm not around young people that much, so if I'm using the wrong word in describing them as cute, don't be offended, because it is to me. 

I mean, here are these young nine- and 10-year-olds writing me e-mails as though they're adults, but they're not, expressing how much they like it, and it's just like I said, it has the aura of success about it.  Because I really mean it.  I'm proud to be an American. I'm proud of what I believe, and I'm happy for people to learn that and hope maybe some of it rubs off.  It's what this program's always been about, creating the largest universe possible of informed, participating citizens.  If I had to be pigeonholed and give a definition of what the objective here is, outside of the business requirements, I mean, you gotta do those first, otherwise nothing else happens.  But that would be what it is.  And do that with honesty and passion, truth and all of that.  So this feedback, to me, is actually priceless.  
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RUSH: Here's Becky in Orem, Utah. It's great to have you on the program.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush.  How are you?

RUSH:  I'm good, thank you. 

CALLER:  Good.  It's just an honor to talk to you.

RUSH:  I appreciate that.  Same here.

CALLER:  I've been trying all morning to get through and I finally did, because I read up to Chapter 4 in your new book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. I'm 60 years old, and I bought it when you first advertised it.

RUSH:  The pre-order.

CALLER:  Yes. I bought it early before it even came out for my grandchildren. I thought, "Oh, my grandchildren will love this." The oldest is only five, so I thought I'll read it with the last one. I'll read it to 'em no matter what. So I got it and said, "Well, I'll just read it to see if it's at their level," and I love it.  It's at my level.  I love it, and I wouldn't lie about that like some people lie, you know? 

RUSH:  No, I understand that.  That's really kind.

CALLER:  It's great.

RUSH:  It was interesting to you. I mean, you're 60. You know the story. You probably know the truth.

CALLER:  I do, but, you know what? I didn't know William Bradford came from Holland.  That was quite interesting how they met in England, and I can feel your love for your country. I can feel your love for your country through the book.  I'm just... I love it how nice you are to Freedom, the little girl, and Liberty is just a doll. That little horse is just great, and it's just super.  I love it.

RUSH:  Ah, this is overwhelming.  You're making my day here because I must admit, this is exactly the kind of thing we were hoping for is that parents/grandparents would enjoy reading it even to kids younger than it's intended for.  It's written for 10 to 13.  We got some e-mail from people that have a seven-year-old. They said he couldn't read it, it was just above the seven-year-old's reading level, but he was able to listen to the audio version and liked it because the parents were able to play the audio version.  This is exactly what was intended. You're making my day.  In fact, I want to send you an audio version of the book, Becky.  Do you have one?

CALLER:  Last night I was reading it, and had to use an English accent, and I was just wondering if in your audio book if you use your English accent, too.

RUSH:  A couple of times.

CALLER:  Okay.

RUSH:  A couple of times, yes.  There are various different voice inflections for the characters including the horse.  But you can hear it for yourself.  Just hang on and we'll get an address. If it's a good FedEx address, we can get it out today so that you'll have tomorrow.  The great thing, folks, is the truth is universal.  The truth is at everyone's level.  That's great, so I appreciate that very much. 

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