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Rush Revere and Henry Ford


RUSH:  Okay.  We're gonna stick with the phones, and this is Kevin in... (interruption) Yeah, we're gonna get to the minimum wage stuff.  We have lots of stuff left to go, actually.  But we have some people on hold for a while with good stuff. 

Kevin, Cincinnati, great to have you.  Hello, sir.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  How are you today?

RUSH:  Fine and dandy.  Thank you.

CALLER:  I have a dilemma that I want to run by you.  I have a 6-year-old son. He's gonna turn 7 next month. But he came home from school last week -- he's in the first grade -- and, of course, as any parent does, I asked, "What did you learn today in school?"  He said, "We went over biographies today."  So I said, "Well, tell me about it.  What did you learn?"  So he went through, you know, George Washington.  I said, "What was he?" "Well, he's the first president."  He mentioned Thomas Edison invented the bulb, and, interestingly enough, the third one was Henry Ford. I said to him, "Well, what did he do?" And he said, "We learned he invented the car." I said, "No, he did not invent the car, son." And he said, "No, yes, he did, Dad."

RUSH:  Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.

CALLER: (chuckling)

RUSH: Wait just a second, Kevin.  I'm gonna venture a guess here that a lot of people in this audience do think Henry Ford invented the car.  That is what's taught, that Henry Ford invented the automobile, and it was the Model T or the Model A.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH: Your son's not the only one who's taught that.

CALLER:  I understand that, but it's ridiculous because what he really had is an amazing teaching moment, and why would a teacher teach that?

RUSH:  She doesn't know.

CALLER:  I don't know if she's lazy, but it just dumbfounds me.

RUSH:  She doesn't know.  She also thinks Henry Ford invented the car.  She doesn't know that it was a guy named Wilhelm Maybach --

CALLER: (chuckling)

RUSH: -- in Germany, who founded Daimler-Benz way back when.  What Henry Ford did was invent the assembly line, the automation of the manufacture of automobiles, which made them cheaper so that everybody -- theoretically, I mean, in a proportionate way -- could afford one.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: Because, up until then, they were all handmade and the only people could afford ones were the king and queen.

CALLER:  And what a great lesson to teach a first grader.  It just dumbfounded me.  The other thing I thought about was your books, and I have a feeling he's a little too young for your books, don't you think?  At 7, basically?

RUSH:  He's not too young for you to read it to him, and he's not too young for the audio version of it.

CALLER:  He will grasp it, you think?

RUSH:  If your son is being taught biographies -- he's in the first grade, and he's being taught biographies of people like George Washington and Edison and so forth -- yeah.  I mean, the book is written for a reading skill of 10 to 13 or older.  We've tried to target it to an interest level of 10 to 13.  What we found is that a lot of adults are learning things in it that they didn't know.  But, yeah, it's clearly a children's book. It's the first stab at it for me. 



RUSH: But I think it would be ideal if somebody was reading it to him. Let me send you the audiobook.  I'll send you the audio version, and you can see.  You can run a little experiment.

CALLER:  That would be amazing.  I'd appreciate it. I've held off buying just because I thought maybe it was above him.  I have to do something to counter some of this stuff that he's learning.

RUSH:  Yeah.  Voila!  It can be... If you read him this every day, you're gonna doing this every night.

CALLER:  Sure.

RUSH:  Now, this Henry Ford stuff, I just think the teacher doesn't know.  You'd be amazed at the number of people who are shocked right here having heard for the first time Henry Ford did not make the car.

CALLER:  Right.  That's just sad, 'cause it's like I said: It's such a great teaching moment about what he really did do.

RUSH:  What he did do was brilliantly invent a way to make 'em cheaper and faster, which made them a mainstream product.  Henry Ford really is the guy who said sayonara to the horse and buggy, and then Bill de Blasio in New York finally dotted the T's and crossed the I's and wiped them out. 

CALLER:  And by the way, he paid his employees amazingly, you know?  So that's not --

RUSH:  Henry Ford, he had another thing.  That's exactly right.  Henry Ford had an operating philosophy that everybody that worked for him was going to be able to afford one, based on what he paid them.  He didn't want somebody on the assembly line not to be able to afford what they were making.  That's why he invented this way of manufacturing.  He didn't subsidize it.  He found a way to reduce the cost so the people that work for him could afford one.

CALLER:  Well, Rush, all I can say is you've stepped up and started writing these books to help kids, and you've got your work cut out for you.

RUSH:  I know.

CALLER: (chuckling)

RUSH:  In addition, not only is my work cut out, it's a gold mine of a market.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: Because of the vast amount of misinformation that's been taught.  I mean, practically everything about American history is wide open to be taught truthfully, and it's exciting.  You know, it really is fun.  We've got the second book in six months!  Two books in six months for the young crumb crunchers! 

We just went to pre-order to the second book ten days ago (it'll be two weeks on Friday), Rush Revere and the First Patriots to complement and go along with the premiere book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.  They're great. You hang on here, Kevin, 'cause I need Snerdley to get your address so he can send you the audio version.  (interruption) Yeah.  Oh, yeah.  Yeah, people loved Henry Ford.  He was a very popular guy. (interruption)  No, no.  (interruption) Right. 

They didn't begrudge him.  But the problem with the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, is the liberals have taken all those things over.  The original Ford Foundation was a conservative bunch, but the libs have gone in and taken over every one of these.  The Ford Foundation, the Rockefellers' various foundations. There are any number of them, that started out as very conservative oriented and designed and purposed in their missions, and the left just moved in and populated 'em. 

That's why some people have today kind of a confused opinion of Henry Ford. 

Some people think he was a doctrinaire liberal because of the Ford Foundation, and he's not.  He wasn't.  I don't think he was hated and reviled like traditional rich people were.  He brought the automobile to "the masses," precisely because it was not overcharged.  Now, Kevin, don't hang up.  Snerdley's gotta get the address so we can send you the audio version of the book, the first book.  Snerdley, make a note. I'm going to send him the audio version of the second book when we get it for his son, who's gonna be 7 next month. 


RUSH:  Yeah, you could say that Henry Ford invented global warming because Henry Ford made it possible to mass produce the automobile, which is the number one killer of the climate.  Right?  According to the convoluted view of the left. 



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