RUSH: We've got Isaac on the phone. Isaac is 12 years old and he's from East Wenatchee, Washington, and he was on hold yesterday.
CALLER: (talking to someone else) The high score is 49,000.
Mother: Hey! I'm not going to let you play anymore. You're going to beat my score.
RUSH: Say, Isaac, are you there?
CALLER: Owen's high score is 491,516.
RUSH: Whatever he's talking about, he's right. Isaac, are you there? Isaac!
CALLER: Yeah? Yeah?
RUSH: Isaac, it's Rush. Are you there?
RUSH: We interrupted your family conversation.
RUSH: I was just telling people that you called yesterday but you didn't get on the air, and your parents let you stay home from school today --
RUSH: -- just so you could try to call back and appear on the program, right?
RUSH: And here you are. You've got great parents, Isaac. You've got parents with great priorities.
CALLER: Yes, I do. (chuckles)
RUSH: They're absolutely right. How are you?
CALLER: Good. Good, sir. (sneezes)
RUSH: That's great to hear. What else is going on?
CALLER: Well, I was actually kind of angry when I came home from school knowing that -- well, thinking that -- Christopher Columbus was evil, money-hungry, greedy, Native American-killing person, which was a total lie.
RUSH: That's what they taught you?
CALLER: Yes, in my school.
RUSH: And you were mad?
CALLER: Yeah, and it took my parents probably about an hour on the computer to tell me that he wasn't, that he was actually a hero.
RUSH: When you came home mad, were you mad at Christopher Columbus or were you mad at the teachers for telling you things that weren't true?
CALLER: I was mad at Christopher Columbus.
RUSH: See? That's how it works, folks. You came home mad because you thought Christopher Columbus was this evil guy who came and killed people.
RUSH: Native American people. He killed them and he took what they had and he established his own place and the heck with them. He killed them.
CALLER: Yeah, that's what I thought. (chuckles)
RUSH: And your parents told you that that was not true?
CALLER: Yep. They said he was a hero.
RUSH: Well, he was a courageous man. Everybody back then thought the world was flat and if you sailed too far, you would fall off the edge.
RUSH: Well, have you read Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims?
RUSH: Let me guess.
CALLER: Rush Revere.
RUSH: Rush Revere is your favorite character? Oh! He's going to be so ecstatic, because most people like the horse. Most people like Liberty.
CALLER: Yeeeep, but I like Rush Revere more.
RUSH: He's cool. I've gotta tell you: You're very, very smart, Isaac. Isaac, hang on because I'm going to send you some stuff. I'm going to send you an audio copy, and we've got the second book that comes out March 11th. But I've got to hit the break.
RUSH: Isaac was a little nervous out there. We ran out of time with the young man. His parents really kept him home from school today so he could try to appear on the program. They actually let him -- these are parents with their priorities straight, folks. Kept the kid at home so that he would have a chance to be on the program. Now, he told Snerdley why Rush Revere is his favorite character. And that's because Rush Revere puked on one of the crew mates, one of the crew members on the Mayflower during a fit of seasickness. I told Snerdley I almost took that out because puking, it's a little gross. And Kathryn said, "No, no, leave it in. Kids love people throwing up on other people. They love it."
Then my instincts were right. So we left it in there. That's why he liked Rush Revere, because he puked on a bad guy. I was going to tell him -- did you hear what he said? He came home from school hating Christopher Columbus because he had been taught that Christopher Columbus hated Native Americans and came here and killed them and then basically conquered and took everything he found for himself.
One of the things they teach about Columbus is that he brought racism and he brought sexism. He brought sexually transmitted diseases. They actually even lay syphilis on Columbus. I kid you not. And they also blame -- I'm not making this up -- the multi-culturalists blame Columbus and other white Europeans for bringing horses. There were no horses here. And without horses there was no way of conquering the Indians. And of course that was a bad thing, because the Indians were at one with this land. They were at one with nature. The white Europeans, led off by Columbus, came here and basically plundered, raped, pillaged and brought racism, sexism, bigotry, and homophobia, too. And sexually transmitted diseases.
This is what these people, young people are taught. He's telling us he's going home from school one day mad, hating Christopher Columbus, and fortunately he got home and told his parents and they were able to show him where that was wrong and part of an agenda curriculum. That's why I did these books. That is exactly why. And the first book Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims tells the true story of that. We just went to pre-order on the second book, which, for all intents and purposes is by popular demand. I mean, ever since the first book, two weeks into it, people have been begging for another one. Parents, kids have been writing, and there was always going to be two books. The only thing we had to decide is when did we want to announce the second one.
Do we do one a year, two a year, three a year? Do we want to become a factory of these things? And we're still ironing that out. But the second book is available for pre-order. You could be one of the first on your block to get it. Pre-orders are available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Books a Million. The book is actually on sale, audio and hard cover, on March the 11th. And look, I wrote it. I can honestly tell you if I wasn't that excited about it, I wouldn't tell you if it was good if I didn't really think it was. They're both excellent. I'm so proud of them. But the second one, there's some real, real conflict and some entertaining ways of teaching tyranny in a way that 10 to 13-year-olds can understand it.
These books focus on freedom and what it is. We're getting to the point in our culture, I sense anyway, that freedom, the word "freedom" and the concept of freedom, if you discuss them to people in the context of freedom being taken away, some people smirk and laugh at you. "Come on, nobody's taking our freedom away. Come on, Rush." It kind of reminds me of back in the '80s even, to start describing certain people as communists was ineffective, because nobody wanted to believe it.
The communists were so bad that nobody could be one, other than the Soviet communists. But if there were domestic people that were sympathetic to it, it was not a persuasive way, it was not a good way to persuade people to think of people by calling them communists. And I'm sensing now that even discussing the concept of freedom and losing it, which is happening frighteningly fast, in many cases not being taken, we're giving it away, incrementally, little by little, we're trading freedom for other things. A cell phone. Security. Food stamps. I mean, you name it. People are unwittingly or wittingly giving it away.
And getting it back is much harder than just saying, "I want to be free." Tyranny is the natural state for most of the people who have lived on this planet. Tyranny and totalitarianism, authoritarianism, that's what's exceptional about America. We came along and as a country, a society, a culture, we were the exception to the rule of how most people lived. We were free and our leaders were subservient to us. That had not been done before. That had not been codified. Magna Carta came close. But nation-wise, it had never been codified. The country had never been established on that principle, just the exact opposite. And that's why we're exceptional. It's not that we're better people. It's not that we're stronger DNA, not smarter, we're just free. It was our natural state. We were born that way.
We talked the other day, and I think this is fascinating, this mindset that in most of the world people are born thinking everything is illegal until their government or their leader tells them something is legal. We are born thinking everything's legal until the law says it's not. And the law is a collective effort that we as a society participate in writing. Laws are not decreed. Our elective representatives do them. That's what's so bad about what Obama's doing. Obama is making up law, choosing to enforce it or not, without the representatives of the people being involved. That's not how this country works. It's not how it was founded. That's why so many people are scared by it and angered by it and very frightened.
The whole concept of freedom, it's not insignificant. It is huge. It is the reason this country became what it is. It is why this country remained what it became. It is also why there hasn't been another United States anywhere else in the world, because there hasn't been any other country that has declared the natural state of the citizen his freedom. Everywhere else freedom is parceled out by virtue of what the state permits. Here we're born free, able to do what we want until the law tells us we can't. But we participate in making those laws. It's a truly, truly exceptional place. And that isn't being taught anymore, folks. That's why I wrote these books.
Now, I would love it, you know, you hear these 10, 12-year-olds calling, I would love if every one of them would listen every day and understand and comprehend, but that's not realistic. A, they're in school. B, I don't know how interesting all this would be to a 10- or 12-year-old. But yet I value what I am and do and I want as many people as possible to be exposed to it so they could have the chance to agree with it. So that's why I did the books, to take the values you and I all believe in to that age group or demographic. And in order to reach them we have to get to their parents. They don't have the money to go out and buy the book for the most part. We have to reach their parents and grandparents.
So the books are actually written for everybody. And the mission behind these books is freedom and the history of this country, why it matters, why we are what we are, why the country is what it is. Why it is special, why it is exceptional, why it is worth fighting for, why it is worth preserving, why you should love it, why you should be proud of it. Understanding how it came to be, the people who made it. The people who founded it. The people who started it, who were they, who are they, why did they do what they did. How did they do it? What odds did they face? That's what these books are about. Because, frankly, folks, you and I learn most of this when we were in school, but people today are not being taught this.
This is not what's being taught. Instead what's being taught is why this country's unjust; why this country's immoral; what's wrong with this country; what this country's faults are; what does this country need to apologize for; what this country has done to other people around the world. We have imposed our values. I've never looked at freedom, by the way, as an imposition. But the multi-culturalists and the left have gotten hold of the curriculum decades ago, so you've got kids coming home from school hating Christopher Columbus. And next they will go home hating Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, if they don't already or not even knowing who they were. But they'll certainly go home knowing who Bill Clinton was or Barack Obama or what have you.
But the people that write textbooks today are no different than the people you see hosting shows on MSNBC. That's who's running American education. Federal, state level. In most places. Exceptions to it, of course. So that's why these books. It's not because I haven't done it. Although, that is a challenge, but it's not just to have something else to do. It's not to enter the book market like everybody else. Because I've been there, done that. There's an actual mission here.
So the second book is Rush Revere and The First Patriots. And one of the big things that I think is going to be helpful, educational, informative and entertaining at the same time (it has to be for this age group) Rush Revere and Liberty end up in the palace where King George lives and Rush Revere gets into a debate, asks the king: What the heck are you doing to these people? Why do you want to subjugate them? Why do you want to deny them their freedom? It's a way of teaching statism, totalitarianism, without mentioning the words. It's a way of explaining how people lose their freedom and what kind of leaders want to take freedom away, what kind of people those leaders are, tailored for that audience.
One of the things that's been gratifying is that in the process we've found out that there's some adults, in the first book, reading the story of the pilgrims learning things they didn't know, like there's a second ship, Speedwell. I'm finding nobody knew. But there are other events in the books that adults even say they're learning. So it's all been an upper, a big plus, but there's a mission behind it. And I try not to overdo it because I don't want you all to get tired. "Oh, here we go, talking about the damn book again." I don't want that to ever happen. But two or three days go by and I don't talk about it, and Snerdley is trying to goad me into talking about the book. But I don't show up anywhere on other TV shows hyping it. We don't buy ads or any of that.
We put it out there and leave it to itself to grow, prosper, whatever. And it's healthier, cleaner that way. And real. It's not artificial. So I appreciate your indulgence here as I explain in detail the purpose here and how these books come together. And yeah, there are going to be more. I don't know at what rate. But we have a great team that puts these together, the illustrations, the original illustrations, the finding of public domain pictures and artifacts and graphics and so forth. It's really fun to put these things together, and it's educational for us as well.
RUSH: Rush Revere and The First Patriots. Snerdley is asking me the title again. People might not have caught it. Rush Revere and The First Patriots, second book. Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims is the first one. Both on sale. The second one is in pre-order.