RUSH: The Bay Area in California. Anastashia is with us. Great to have you. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. First off, I want to talk about your new book but also I have a second point I need your help with if you’ll indulge me. I’m a Rush Baby and if your show isn’t on — if it’s on the radio and if the radio isn’t turned on — I’ll go on and turn it on. I just started your new book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, and I think it’s so great that you wrote a book that’s geared toward young readers. With all the trash that the literary world is throwing at children these days, it’s nice to have a good, wholesome book that teaches accurate history to the next generation.
RUSH: You know, I am so glad to hear that. Anastasia, how old are you, by the way?
RUSH: You’re 13 or 15 did you say?
RUSH: Thirteen. You are so well spoken, and when you describe it as “wholesome,” you flatter me beyond any way you can know. I can’t thank you enough. I’m so happy that you like it. You made my day.
CALLER: So many issues affect young people. Me and my mom lobbied against a lot of bills this year, and one of them was a bill that you may have heard of out here in California. It’s AB-1266 also known as the Bathroom Bill. Our governor, Jerry Brown, signed it into law. What this does is, if you’re a boy in twelfth grade and you “perceive” yourself as a girl, you can use the girls showers, the girls bathroom, the girls locker room, and being on the girls sports teams.
RUSH: Yeah. Anastashia, I am aware of this. It’s typical of California. I’m surprised there isn’t more outrage about this, because it’s clear what the purpose of this bill is. She’s right, folks. All you have to do is think you might be a girl if you’re a boy, and you can go wherever the girls are — bathrooms, play on their sports teams — and vice-versa. If you’re a girl and you really think you’re a guy — you were intended to be a guy and you should be — you can go were the guys are. It’s perfect —
CALLER: I know. It’s like, has Jerry Brown and the California Assembly not been a high school boy? (giggles) I mean, luckily there’s a group out here in California, PrivacyForAllStudents.com, and they started a referendum against AB-1266. So everybody who’s a citizen of California can go to that website and sign a petition.
RUSH: Let me ask, Anastasha.
RUSH: Now you’re 13. I’d be fascinated to know if you have a theory. Folks, if you’re listening, this is a 13-year-old lobbying against legislation here. I mean, this is unheard of. We’re breaking new ground here. Anastasha, you’re amazing. I want to know, can you tell me…? I mean, this seems ridiculous to you, right? It’s loaded with potential problems, also, right?
RUSH: So why do you think Governor Brown and the Democrats there want this to be the law?
CALLER: I don’t know. They’re just crazy. I mean, it’s insane. There’s, like, no real reason that you would pass this. There’s some flaws in it and there’s so much room for bad things to happen.
RUSH: Well, there has to be a reason they did it. That’s the thing. Now, they may not be being honest about it, but there has to be a reason. They think they’re solving a problem, or they think they are paying back a donor constituency group by authorizing this. But there’s no problem. Segregating young boys and girls, there’s no problem with that. There’s no problem being solved here, but yet somebody thinks there is. You obviously disagree with this, and your parents obviously do. So what are you gonna do about it?
CALLER: Oh, well, there’s a petition at PrivacyForAllStudents.com. They started a petition referendum against it, so any of your listeners who are citizens of California need to go on there and download one of those petition forms and sign it and get all their friends to sign it, too, because we just really need to get this overturned.
RUSH: What is it, AB-1266 did you say?
CALLER: Yes, AB-1266.
RUSH: AB-1266. That means in “California Assembly Bill 1266.”
RUSH: From what I’ve read, Anastasha, this bill is the result of demands made by gay/homosexual donors to the Democrat Party out there.
RUSH: They are desirous for this, ’cause they would probably say they want to end discrimination.
CALLER: Mmm-hmm. But the thing is, all the petitions have to be turned in by November 6th, so it’s a really short time period, but we’re going to get it overturned.
RUSH: It’s not a lot of time, you’re right.
RUSH: Time is short. How long have you been working on this?
CALLER: Like a month or something. I’m not exactly sure. You have ninety days from when the bill was signed into law. You have 90 days to overturn it, to get enough signatures.
RUSH: Right. Well, I wish you the best. You know, I love California. I lived out there for almost four years, and I just loved it. But it’s just too weird.
RUSH: Parts of it are just too weird. Look, Anastasha, did you by any chance get the audio copy of my book or do you have just the hardcover?
CALLER: No, I have just the hardcover.
RUSH: Well, I want to send you an audio version. I am so proud the audio version of the book. I did it. I recorded it. I’m so proud of this, too, and I want as many people as possible to hear it, ’cause it adds a whole new dimension. Even after you’ve read the book, listen to me read it, doing the voices of characters and so forth. It’s fun. So if you hang on. Mr. Snerdley will get an address from you where we can FedEx it to you. It’s possible we’ll have it delivered to you tomorrow.
CALLER: Okay. Thank you so much.
RUSH: Well, no.
CALLER: Thank you for your show, too. It’s the best.
RUSH: Well, thank you, Anastasha, and your parents. I’m so glad you got through. I’m glad that you like the book. You gave a great review here, just by the kind of person you are reading it. She called it “wholesome.” Well, it is. It absolutely is. She’s a 13-year-old Bay Area activist scrounging up signatures for a petition against AB-1266 in California.