RUSH: Here’s Ryan in Louisville. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hello. Good afternoon, Dr. Limbaugh. How’s it going?
RUSH: It’s fine and dandy here, sir. Thank you for calling.
CALLER: Thank you. I’m a PhD student in American history, and I am absolutely in love with your book. I haven’t actually had a chance to obtain my own copy yet but I’ve used them, previewed them. My oldest is 7 years old, and, at the time the first one came out, I was, like, “I love it, but she’s not ready for it yet.” And, over the last few months, a couple things have happened, and I wanted to share them with you. First of all, thank you for giving us tools that educators like me can use that care more about truth than feelings. The sad thing is that a lot of history and historical fiction is used to generate feelings and not to provide truth.
RUSH: Boy, is that ever right. That is such… I hope that’s one of the things you’re doing in your PhD.
RUSH: Man, you have nailed it. Like everything else, they’re substituting and writing fiction to generate feelings rather than give facts and truth. That just nails what’s happening to education.
CALLER: It’s sad. The second thing is that with my oldest over the last few months, she’s been gaining skills in reading, and the first sign that I realized it was about to be time for your books was, there’s a website that her school uses that also has an app and all these other ways to access it that allows them to read and then it tracks their progress. And this particular assignment was on Justice Sotomayor, and it was, to put it nicely, glowing. (laughing) It could not have been more biased. And she came to us telling us about all these things, and I was like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. We need to sit down. So we talked about it,” and I realized it’s time because if we don’t tell her, then I’m afraid that she’s never going to see it.
RUSH: Let me ask: The purpose that thing was to make her feel proud of a country that would nominate the first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court? No matter what this woman’s view on the law was, no matter whether she was qualified or not, that didn’t matter. It was just that this was a great country, she was supposed to feel good because we had done that?
CALLER: Exactly. Exactly. I was really proud of her for reading this book because it was a challenging book, but it was the second thing that made us realize that this summer for her birthday she’s getting both of your books. She was reading this book about a gorilla who had been kept in a department store and then was transferred to a zoo, and it was a wonderful story. It was fictionalized off of a real gorilla, but it was a very engaging story, but her biggest question about it was how did these people make the owner get rid of his gorilla? And why was that a bad thing? And so that book was a little bit more challenging than she had been reading, and so I realized she’s ready for the reading level of your book.
RUSH: I tell you what, I’ve got a break coming here I’ve gotta take. Can you hang on, Ryan?
CALLER: Yeah, absolutely.
RUSH: Okay. Be right back after this. Just a little obscene profit break that we gotta take her, and we’ll be right back.
RUSH: And we are back with Ryan in Louisville, who is PhD candidate in American history. Look, I just wanted to hold you over and thank you for your testimonial for my books. When you said that you are incorporating those books in your PhD studies, you made my day. That’s big. You’ve gotta be one of few who would be doing this, and I think what you said about the way history is taught is —
RUSH: — so spot on and it’s exactly what we’re trying to counter. They take events, they make them up in order —
RUSH: — to create good feelings, and they don’t teach the truth. They try to teach good feelings with a leftist tint to it.
RUSH: And they call that history. Now, this book that your daughter talked about, Sonia Sotomayor, was that by any chance Scholastic Level 3 Reader? “When I Grow Up: Sonia Sotomayor,” by AnnMarie Anderson, a book about famous Americans that you should know about, something like that?
CALLER: That sounds like it. It’s an excerpt, though, from it. It wasn’t the entire book. It was purposely pulled out in sections in order to test her reading level and comprehension levels and things like that.
RUSH: Well, I just did a search and I found this thing called Scholastic Level 3 Reader, When I Grow Up and from the description of this thing is: “Meet the first Hispanic woman justice to serve on the US Supreme Court. These brand-new easy readers are the perfect introductory biography series for young children. Each book will feature a recognizable figure and will take the reader on an exciting journey from obscure childhood to famed adulthood.” So I’ll bet that’s what she was exposed to.
RUSH: But nevertheless, I just wanted to thank you and —
CALLER: My pleasure.
RUSH: I want to send you a copy of each of the books since you said you didn’t have them.
RUSH: You need them. If you’re gonna do your PhD studies, you need the books, Ryan.
CALLER: I know. I know. Like I say, it was on our list of things to get this summer, but I appreciate it very much.
RUSH: Well, just hang on here. Mr. Snerdley will get the address necessary and we’ll get ’em out to you as quickly as we can. Make sure the address is FedEx. It’s easier for us if you use FedEx or UPS, as opposed to snail mail. Folks, he is so right about — now, I will tell you this. In the books that I’m writing, the Rush Revere time-travel series, time travel adventures of exceptional Americans, there’s a lot of feel-good stuff in here, but it’s based on the truth of American history. The objective here is not to evoke good feelings by manipulating things. The purpose here is to evoke pride in America. The purpose here is to teach people the truth, young kids the truth. He just described what his daughter is up against. The reading level test that she was given was propaganda, and that’s what we’re all up against.
It’s not just that, it’s not that they want the people to start hating the country, but that is an element. The importance of Sonia Sotomayor is that she’s Hispanic and female, and that’s not what’s important about her. But that’s what they want people to think is important about her. What’s important about her is what she holds as her view of the legal system. That’s what’s important about her. It’s important why she was chosen, all of these things. But in terms of people wanting to hate the country, it’s not wanting to hate the country. Look at this syllabus, this description: “From obscure childhood to famed adult.” This whole notion about becoming famous and you, too, could be — all of it’s wrong.
This is what, folks, that we are attempting to counter with something just as simple as the truth presented in a way that takes your kids who read the books right to these events as they happened. The books take the kids right to the event. They’re in the event when they happen. That’s the beauty of the mechanism of the time-traveling horse. Look, I could go on. I’m so proud of these things, I could go on and on, but I know you get tired hearing about it. You know me, I love to share my passions, and I’m really passionate about the possibilities here. (interruption) What do you mean, I haven’t talked about these books very much? Snerdley is saying in the whole scope of time they’ve been out, I haven’t talked too much. Maybe that’s true, but, look, I’ve spent a lot of time today on this one because today is the first day it’s for sale and all that.
But, I mean, this is exactly what we all talk about. You know a friend of mine just became grandfather for the first time, and I congratulated him, and he said, “This is why we care.” And he’s right. And what he meant by, “This is why we care about what is happening to the country.” So he’s got an infant now. He’s a grandparent for the first time and there a lot of people scared over what the future holds. People are always afraid of the future. But this is real. This is different. The country hasn’t faced these kind of challenges in modern times.
You almost have to go back to the founding to find challenges like this, in truth. And that’s what’s under attack, is the founding. That’s exactly right. That’s why this is so maddening, because when you strip it all away, when you get past issue by issue by issue what Obama and the Democrats, what their ultimate aim is to re-found the country based on what they think was wrong with the original founding. That’s the objective. That’s as simple as I can put it. It is the founding of this country that’s under attack. The way it was put together, why it even came into existence.
And, by the way, I have a long piece here. I may have to put this off until tomorrow. It’s from Business Insider, and it is the result of massive research. And the conclusion is that Millennials are deeply confused about everything. Of course they’re confused. They’ve been through 12 years of public education in its worst era in history. They’ve been through four years of college in its worst era. They have been the recipients of this attack on the founding. Gosh knows what they’ve picked up in that confused mess called education in America. Who knows what they came out expecting, thinking.
Their parents, the Baby Boomers, among the most screwed-up people that you could ever hope to find. They’re the most self-centered, self-focused generation ’cause they had to so easy. We had it so easy. I’m a Baby Boomer. I’ll throw myself in the mix. There are a lot of stories out there about this poll and this survey, and most of ’em like to point out how the results simply show that they’re all liberals and are never gonna be conservatives, but I don’t think that’s it. They’re confused. And if somebody could come along with the right answers for ’em, bingo. And that’s what we’re here for.