RUSH: John in Philadelphia, as we head back to the phones, on the EIB Network. You’re with Rush Limbaugh. Great to have you, John. Hi.
CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush. I pray that you stay healthy forever. I wanted to talk about how my dad, he taught me how to think when I was in college, and I think you’ve actually given me a master’s degree in thinking. He was a professor in Philadelphia, and when I was in college, what he did was, I came in, you know, being a college punk that I was, spouting off what my professors were telling me, and basically telling me my dad — it was during the Reagan years — you know, “Look at how terrible Reagan is,” this, that. And my dad was like, “Look…”
He was one of only three conservatives on the campus. The guy used to eat alone because none of the teachers, you know, they pegged him as the conservative, none of ’em wanted to eat with him or be any part of him. So, as his teaching to me, what he did was, I had three roommates, we had a quad, and he got me a subscription to the Washington Times, you know, cause I was saying, “Oh, I read the Philadelphia Inquirer. I watch the local news. I get my information. I know what I’m talking about.” And, as we started to look at articles that were written the same way, we started to realize, “Hey, this is completely different. This is a different slant. Look at what we’re reading here.” And we would debate every night, my roommates, and we learned how to think. All four of us now are conservatives. And I want to thank you, obviously, for producing a great book. I’ve actually read it myself. I’m into the Constitution. I’m into the founding. I’m into, you know, a lot of the things that —
RUSH: You read the Rush Revere book?
CALLER: I did. You know what? I’m gonna read it to my 7-year-old at some point when she’s either 8 or 9 —
RUSH: No, no. No, no, no, no. Let me send you an audio version. You don’t have to wait for her to be able to read it. I’ll send the audio version and you can let her hear it.
CALLER: Well, I mean —
RUSH: And then she’ll be able to read it later on.
CALLER: Much appreciated.
RUSH: I’ll send her a Ted-Tea Bear, too.
CALLER: Oh, that would be awesome.
RUSH: Yeah, so don’t hang up when we finish here so Snerdley can get your address.
RUSH: I appreciate that. One of the things I found as I get older, I take critical thinking for granted because it was the way I was raised, too. I was exposed to it, first became aware of thinking, having opinions at 9 or 10 years old. And I am — I guess I shouldn’t be. I am dumbstruck when I find out the robotic thinking that’s out there. It’s not even really thinking. It’s just blind acceptance of conventional wisdom, in every demographic. As I say, it shouldn’t surprise me ’cause I understand, but it does, ’cause thinking isn’t that hard.
RUSH: The last call we had was John from Pennsylvania. He talked about how he had read Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, and it reminded me of a couple things. A, I’ve had people asking, “Is the book still available?” Of course it’s still available, but the second thing is he said that he read it. It’s a children’s book, as you well know. It’s target-written for the 10-to-13 age-group, but when I announced the book last September or October, I said, “This is actually a book for everybody.”
It’s a book for grandparents and parents to share with grandkids and kids. What I have heard from a lot of adults is exactly what that guy said, that he enjoyed it, too, because it contained things about the Pilgrims that they didn’t know. As adults, they weren’t taught these things, and they hadn’t learned them since they got out of school. So I gotta tell you, that was really gratifying when I first started hearing that, ’cause when we did this book, I didn’t know what to expect.
A children’s book? That’s a brand-new thing. I’ve never did anything like that. You know, every book that I’ve done has been targeted, a conservative manifesto for politically involved and engaged and aware adults. But this book had a mission, too, and the mission is to counter what kids are being taught in elementary and middle and even high school today: They’re being lied to about American history.
The multicultural curriculum, as devised by leftists, has taken over, and they believe this country was unjust and immoral and ill-purposed and founded by a bunch of racists and sexists. This is the kind of stuff that young kids been have taught. They’re raised and educated to be suspicious and doubtful and untrusting, and it’s the greatest country ever, and it has to be dealt with. One of the things I’ve always said here is that the left owns the pop culture.
They own Hollywood. They own television. They own music and this kind of thing — and they own education. So, if we’re ever gonna really make any inroads in reversing where we are culturally, we’re going to have to make inroads in education. So that’s my little effort here with this first book, and to learn that adults — the parents who were buying the book for kids — were also reading and learning from it, that was just a plus.
I mean, that was an added, unforeseen benefit. Maybe mistakenly I assumed that most of the adults in this audience that would buy the book for their kids were pretty much up to speed and informed on the truth, say, of the Pilgrims — who they were, where they were, why they came, what happened on the way, what happened when they got here, the true story of Thanksgiving and all that — and it’s about really gratifying to hear so many adults say that it was educational for them, too.
Of course it’s still out there.
I mean, this thing is gonna have a long, long, long history. Folks, we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what we have planned, except I can’t divulge any of that right now ’cause we have a formula here. But, yeah, it’s exciting, and it’s fun, and it’s thrilling. It’s not something that’s happened before. It’s brand-new, and to have it received as it is, I just can’t tell you. But some people ask if it’s not available anymore — maybe, you know, because it’s after Christmas.
No. It’s still all over the place. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, brick-and-mortar stores, what have you. If you were hoping that your kids would get it and they didn’t, there’s still time. It’s not expensive. It’s not a full- priced adult book. Plus, it’s beautiful. The cover is beautiful, and the paper that we chose for the actual book is faux parchment. The illustrations in this book, it really is a beautiful thing. I can’t tell you how gratifying it has been — and, yes, there will be more.
We can’t just do one.
That’d be letting people down.