RUSH: I want to start in Floyd, Iowa, on the phones today. This is Jennifer. Thank you so much for calling. Great to have you. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, it’s so good to talk to you. I just called, and I hope I can make it through without crying, but your book has just really touched our hearts. How you talk about when they’re on the Mayflower and when the man fell overboard and they were pulling him up by the rope, and I think Rush Revere said, “Well, you’re sure lucky to be alive.” And I think it was William who said that it was a miracle, and I’m just so touched that you’re bringing God so much into this history and reminding people that God has a divine plan and that nothing happens by accident, and I just started crying this morning.
RUSH: Jennifer, I want to thank you for noticing that. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is unashamedly pro-truth. William Bradford and the Pilgrims were purists. They were Victorians in a sense, they were early Victorians, but they were God-fearing people, and they came here to be able to worship God their way. They had to escape the Church of England. They had to escape the king. They were not being allowed to worship the way they wanted. That’s why they came here.
She’s describing a scene where somebody on the Mayflower goes overboard and they do manage to save his life, and people said, “Well, that was lucky.” And then William Bradford said, “No, no, no, no, that was God.” And they took that as a sign that their voyage was blessed, that they would make it. They didn’t even know that they would make it when they set out. People today can’t relate. Even though it’d been done, I mean, the ocean by then had been crossed many times, but still, you put a hundred-and-some-odd people on board, a tiny boat, really.
RUSH: And it’s a crapshoot, no matter how many times prior to that it had been done. And I really appreciate you noticing that, because we were unafraid in making sure that people, readers, understood how much God was part of this journey and how much God was part of the Pilgrims. So I’m flattered that you noticed that.
CALLER: And I just wanted to tell you, too, my little girl, she’s enjoying Liberty so much. She just laughs when he comes in the story. She just laughs. So thank you for writing a book that is entertaining but tells the truth and that you’re not afraid to tell the truth. So thank you so much.
RUSH: Never have been. I’ve got the scars to show it. But they’re all worth it. Well, Jennifer, I appreciate it. Thank you. You know, I tell you what, hold on. I’d like to send you — how old is your daughter, by the way?
RUSH: Five. So she can’t read it, right?
CALLER: No, she can’t. I read it to her.
RUSH: Well, you know what, I’m gonna enclose an audio copy of the book, too. It’s four CDs. It takes about four and a half hours, and I read the whole thing.
CALLER: That’s so sweet of you. I love it.
RUSH: Yes, I know. Isn’t that wonderful? Let me put you on hold. Mr. Snerdley will get your FedEx address and we’ll get it out. You’ll have it this week.
CALLER: Oh, thank you so much.
RUSH: Thank you. Folks, if I may say, this character, Liberty, the talking horse, the time-traveling talking horse is a smart aleck, a lovable, funny, humorous, breaks-the-tension kind of smart aleck. And kids are loving this horse. This horse is getting e-mail out the wazoo, fan mail at our TwoIfByTea.com website. So we’ve got special plans for the horse. Rush Revere is getting a little jealous that Liberty is getting, I mean, far more fan mail than Revere is getting. You know, Revere thinks he’s the star of the book, and it’s turned out that the horse is rivaling Revere. Revere told me this. He’s an honest guy. He didn’t hold anything back. So that’s Jennifer in Floyd, Iowa.
RUSH: We go to Wheaton, Illinois, next. This is Linda, and I’m glad you called. Great to have you here. Hi.
CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush. And thank you for 22 years of excellent education and why I’m a conservative. I called today to give a name to the young man who was swept overboard on the Mayflower. You had a previous caller that got quite choked up about it. And that young man happens to be my tenth great-grandfather. And his name was John Howland.
RUSH: You are kidding me?
CALLER: No. I’m not.
RUSH: Your tenth great-grandfather?
RUSH: Do you realize how I’m feeling here? Somebody in my audience, of all the people in the country, somebody in my audience is related to the guy who fell overboard on the Mayflower.
CALLER: You know, and there’s even a picture. There is an artist’s rendering of that happening. If you Google John Howland, you can take a hit on this particular picture that an artist painted of him being pulled back on board. You know, I started researching my family tree when I was laid off five years ago and got a free 30 days on Ancestry.com and made that hit on my father’s side of the family through my paternal grandmother. So it’s made Thanksgiving mean something completely different to me from that point on.
RUSH: I can imagine. I’m sitting here practically near speechless.
CALLER: (laughing) I have made you speechless!
RUSH: Yeah, ’cause this is so cool. I mean, really, of all the people, there are 300 million people in the country, and the one who is related to somebody recently written about in my book calls me. That is so cool. Linda, thank you. I’ve gotta sign a book for you, too. So please hold on so Mr. Snerdley can get an address where I can send one.