RUSH: Back to the phones we go to Kathleen, Farmington, New Mexico. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you very much, Mr. Limbaugh. I appreciate you taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I actually was calling in to say I very much have enjoyed both of your books, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims and Rush Revere and the First Patriots.
RUSH: God bless you. Thank you so much.
CALLER: I am a first grade teacher, and I am in the process right now of reading the first one to my class.
RUSH: Are you really?
CALLER: Yes. Every day they ask if they can see what Liberty is up to today.
CALLER: It’s really great. I can’t get through more than a few pages a day because they are first graders, they have about the attention span of a gnat. I have had to do a lot of explanation. I have made sure to point out that the historical figures are real people and the basis for the starting of our country —
RUSH: That is great. That’s absolutely terrific, because you are the authority figure to those children in that class. If you read them the book in excerpts and then you back up what’s in the book, they are going to take to it. That’s a real service that you’re doing. I can’t thank you enough. We really appreciate that. That’s awesome that you’re doing that.
CALLER: Well, I absolutely appreciate it. I was just telling the gentleman who answered the phone that I just finished reading the second book, and thought it very clever how you integrated the Obama administration into this version of the book.
RUSH: Shh. Because the Obama administration is not mentioned in the book, is it?
CALLER: Well, not specifically.
RUSH: Not specifically, not even close. Shh!
RUSH: See, yes.
CALLER: Oh, but I quote: “The colonists have no idea what is best for them.”
RUSH: Hang on now, look, Kathleen, don’t hang up, don’t go away.
RUSH: Okay. Back to Kathleen in Farmington, New Mexico. Now, what you were sharing with the audience there.
RUSH: The colonists had no idea what’s good for them. You are reading from one of the most — to me, one of the most challenging to write for 10- to 13-year-olds and one of the most fun challenges. Rush Revere gets in to see King George III and ask him why he’s doing what he’s doing for the colonists. That’s what you’re referring to, right?
RUSH: I make it plain that you won’t find in these books anywhere “liberal,” “conservative.” You won’t find the terms.
RUSH: You won’t find “Republican” or “Democrat.” You won’t find anything that’s overtly political, but, clearly, as you have spotted, there are lessons to be taught here.
CALLER: Oh, yes.
RUSH: Real life, without labels.
CALLER: Hm-hm. Yeah. When I was reading that I told my husband this just sounded exactly like what Obama’s doing to us. “I want them totally dependent on me for everything.”
RUSH: Right. They don’t know what’s good for them. They’re just a bunch of serf sloths.
CALLER: “I know better what they need than they do.” And that brings me to Obamacare. It scares the heck out of me because I am permanently disabled, and yet I still work full time because I can’t qualify for disability.
RUSH: Wait a minute, now. You’re permanently disabled but you don’t qualify? Alcoholics qualify for disability.
CALLER: Oh, I understand that. I am the carrier of my insurance for my family, and if I don’t work, I don’t have insurance.
CALLER: I have two pulmonary diseases, and you have to be out of work for X-number of months before you can qualify for disability. I am on two medications that together would run about roughly $8,000 a month if I didn’t have insurance. And that’s only two of about the 10 that I’m on.
RUSH: You’re probably living in a little bit of fear that your policy’s gonna be canceled on you anyway, right?
CALLER: Well, you know, being a public school employee at this point in time we have not gotten any word that it’s going to be, but I have no doubt it’s just a matter of time.
RUSH: Well, are you a member of the teachers union, the NEA?
CALLER: No, I am not.
RUSH: Oh. You would have been gold if you were NEA.
RUSH: And you still may be, you still may be. But, look, are your students, do they know about the Children’s Book Awards that they can vote in?
CALLER: No. I have not brought that up to them yet, but I do plan on doing that.
RUSH: Yeah, you’ve got until May the 12th for that, so there’s no rush, quote, unquote.
CALLER: The teacher in me also wants to let you know that your editors missed a typo in the book.
RUSH: That wasn’t us. That was the publisher.
CALLER: Okay, your publisher missed a typo in the book.
RUSH: Where, which book?
CALLER: In the new one, First Patriots on page 197.
RUSH: Okay. Don’t tell me what it is. I’ll go find page 197 after the show and I’ll look at it.
RUSH: And somebody’s gonna pay.
CALLER: It’s very subtle. My husband read it a couple of times and he didn’t notice it, either.
RUSH: Well, you might just be nitpicking.
CALLER: Well, no. (laughing) I had to read it several times, too, and I realized that, no, that was a typo.
RUSH: Is it a typo or is it a grammatical?
CALLER: It’s a grammatical error between the word “it” and “if.”
RUSH: Between what?
CALLER: Between “it” i-t, pronoun, inanimate object, and “if”, i-f.
RUSH: I-f. I’m a stickler for that, too. Okay, well, I’m glad you pointed it out. We might be able to correct that for the e-book version, ’cause you can update those. I’ll put an asterisk by it: Nitpicked by Kathleen in Farmington, New Mexico. ‘Cause you can do that in the e-book, too. Well, look, I appreciate the call. I really do. The fact that you’re reading the book to the kids, you’re vouching for it and that’s just fabulous. You know, I tell you what, Kathleen, don’t hang up, ’cause I want to send the audio versions to you, too. Mr. Snerdley will get her address, and ask her what color iPad Air she would like. We’ll throw one of those in, either black or white, have her choose and we’ll send one of those. She can maybe use it for the class. You never know.