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Teacher: Rush Revere is Good Literature

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RUSH:  This is Ann in Dayton, Ohio.  Ann, I'm glad you waited.  Great to have you on the program.  Hi.

CALLER:  I'm glad I got a chance to talk to you.

RUSH:  Thank you. 

CALLER:  Yeah, I'm a schoolteacher, and I just wanted to let you know I am reading your first book, Rush Revere, to my kids. Third grade, and they are loving it, absolutely loving it.

RUSH:  Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is the one you're reading?

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  All right.

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  That's the first one.

CALLER:  The first one, yeah. We were talking about William Bradford in social studies and one little girl in the other class said, "Oh, Mrs. Lehman's reading a book with him in it."  And I said, "What book is that?"  And she said, "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims."  And the kids were all going, "It's really good, it's really good."  And so I asked her if I could borrow it to read it to my kids, and they are thoroughly enjoying it as well.  I just wanted to let you know.  It's a good piece of literature.

RUSH:  (laughing)  Literature!  I love that.

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  I really appreciate that.

CALLER:  History and it's fun.  They like Liberty.

RUSH:  Oh, yeah.  Liberty is fast becoming a big ego problem.

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  Everybody loves Liberty.  Liberty's actually a good guy. I'm just making a joke about him becoming an ego freak.  He's actually handling it quite well.

CALLER:  We borrowed the book from a little girl in the other class. Her dad bought her the book and he bought her the second book so now the other teacher's reading the second book to her kids, and she's gonna pass it on to me so I can read the second book to my kids, so they're just really enjoying it.

RUSH:  Well, that's just awesome.  'Cause, you know, I'll tell you what I want to do. When we finish I want to stay on the phone, and Mr. Snerdley will get your address 'cause I want to send you the audio version of both books and a couple new copies of both so that you won't have to be swapping 'em back and forth.

CALLER:  Oh, that would be great!

RUSH:  I know you didn't call for that reason, but you start swapping books back and forth and sometimes you don't get 'em back, and I'd really like to do it anyway. 

CALLER:  Oh, that would be wonderful.

RUSH:  All right. 

CALLER:  I'm looking forward to reading the second one.

RUSH:  Well, they're so much fun to do.

CALLER:  Yeah.

           

RUSH: It's such an important -- for example, I'm reading this stuff about this guy, I've mentioned this, Thomas Piketty, this French Marxist, communist economist who is on this great tear here to get rid of wealth simply because he thinks it's immoral, the idea of wealth is immoral, and everybody ought to have income equality and so forth. And, you know, was there income equality with the Pilgrims?  They tried it and it didn't work.  They tried.

CALLER:  Right. That's about where we are in the first book.

RUSH:  Exactly right.  It didn't work.  They tried socialism.  You know, it amazes me. It's been tried, it never works, and yet every group of people who try the latest time say, "Well, we are the right people. We're the ones who are gonna do it the right way."  And there is no right way for socialism, communism, or what have you.  But look, you made my day.  I really appreciate it because a labor of love goes into these things and we've got big plans for 'em and to hear that you and the adults and the kids like it just as well is great. So hang on and Mr. Snerdley will get your address so we can send you all that stuff, audio versions and the hard copies.

CALLER:  Oh, I'm so excited.  Thank you so much.

RUSH:  Thank you, Ann.

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