RUSH: Oh, look at this. We have a 10-year-old from Grand Rapids named Leah. Leah, hi. Great to have you on the program.
RUSH: How are you?
RUSH: Well, that’s great. That’s just great. It’s so great to have you on here. I’m excited you’re here.
CALLER: I was wondering if you were going to write another book.
RUSH: I am.
CALLER: You are?
RUSH: I can tell you with no hesitation whatsoever. I can tell you with total, complete confidence: Yes, I am. You mean a Rush Revere time-travel adventure series book?
RUSH: Yep. That’s exactly right. I am going to write another one.
RUSH: (laughing) You like them?
RUSH: And let me guess. Your favorite character probably is Liberty the talking horse?
RUSH: Really? Who’s your favorite character?
CALLER: Mr. Revere.
RUSH: Mr. Revere. Now, now, now, now, now. You are one smart little girl.
RUSH: So have you read…? Leah, have you read both books that are out now?
CALLER: Yeah, I’ve read them at least three times.
RUSH: Really? Man, you must really like them.
RUSH: Well, this is making my day. You don’t know, ’cause you are right there. You are right at the target age that these books are written for, ’cause it’s so important that people your age learn the truth of just how wonderful the founding of this country was and how great it was, and how special it was. I’m really glad that you have taken the time to read these. Really, three times. That’s great. Do you have the…? You probably don’t have the audio versions. I’d like to send those to you. That’s me reading both books. It’s a different, unique way of enjoying it. Would that be okay with you?
RUSH: All right, cool. And, you know what? We’ll throw something in. If you hang in there, be tough, if you can be patient, if you’ll give Mr. Snerdley your address — and if your parents will give us permission — I’ll send you some new stuff when it’s ready. Like I could send you a bear. We have a great little thing called Ted-Tea Bear, a colonial-dressed bear that you would just love, and some other things, too.
RUSH: So if you hang on, Leah, Mr. Snerdley — the nice man who answered the phone — will get your address and will get stuff out to you as soon as we have it ready.
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: Okay, thanks, Leah, very much. I appreciate the call. Now, don’t hang up.
CALLER: I won’t.
RUSH: Okay. Mr. Snerdley will be right there to you.
There’s something in the Stack. Let me find it. Here it is. I have to admit, I was surprised by this. I really was. It is a story in the Washington Post. Wednesday, as you know, two days ago, was Constitution Day. It was the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Do you know that only 36% of Americans can actually name the three branches of government the Constitution created?
Thirty-six percent, folks.
This is according to a new survey from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and it is… It’s, I don’t know, sad, disappointing. I don’t know. Maybe some of you aren’t surprised. I mean, I know that there’s a lot of overall ignorance. Not stupidity. There’s a lot of overall ignorance about the structure of government. I know that there’s all kinds of ignorance about politics itself. But only 36%? What are these people being taught?
You know, people say, ” Rush, why did you really want to take all this time to write children’s books about American history?” This is it. This is one of the many answers. We have a top-tear, Democrat, union-run public school system, right? The Democrats and the unions have been in charge of the public school system for who knows how many years, and 36% of Americans can name the three branches of government.
And, by the way, that’s basic.
That doesn’t even require opinion.
They can’t even name legislative, executive, judicial. They probably say, “Congress, Senate, and president.” I’m guessing. I don’t know what they say, but that’s what I would bet they’re answer is to, “What are the three branches?” If they do admit they don’t know, that’s it. If they don’t admit it and they guess, they probably say, “Uh, president, Congress, and the House,” or, “President, Congress, and the Senate.”
How much money are we spending on education? You know, Barack Obama’s endorsed union-controlled schools — and Obama knows everything, right? When it comes to our schools, Obama and Moochelle, they not only know everything, they know best, from what’s taught to what people should eat. We spend bills of dollars on our schools. What can you possibly add to the best school system and the best educated children in the world? Well, never mind.
That is among the many reasons I decided to write children’s history books.