RUSH: We have an 11-year-old named CJ on the phone from Ohio. Enon, Ohio. Hi, CJ.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
RUSH: Great to have you on the program. I assume, since you’re 11, you must be an eager reader, and you must enjoy the Rush Revere Series. That’s probably why you’re calling, right?
CALLER: Yes. I wanted to call you because I love your books so much. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10!
RUSH: (chuckling) Well, thank you. Can’t do much better than that.
RUSH: What’s your favorite part of them?
CALLER: Well, when Rush time travels and he brings history alive to his students.
RUSH: I’m glad you mentioned that, because that’s actually the whole point. CJ, there’s no wrong answer to any of my questions. So don’t think I’m giving you a test here.
CALLER: I’m not.
RUSH: Okay, good. I’m genuinely interested in what you think. When you read any of these Rush Revere books, do you think you’re reading just a story or do you think that you’re getting the truth of what really happened in America back in those times?
CALLER: I feel like I’m getting a mix of both of those things.
RUSH: Wow, that is really clever. How do you mean?
CALLER: How do I what?
RUSH: How do you mean that? Where do you discern the difference? You said there’s a mixture of actual truth in American history and other elements. What are the other elements that you discern there are that may not have to do with American history?
CALLER: Well, there are parts of American history that I like, and there are parts that are really scary, like losing lives fighting for their freedom.
RUSH: Right. I just want to take the opportunity to tell you that one of the things that we worked the hardest at in putting these books together for people like you, people your age, is the truth, as close as we can get to it. As you get older, CJ, you’re going to learn… Hopefully, you’re going to learn all kinds of things about American history that you would be bored by if they were taught to you now. Such as the debates that happened at the Constitutional Convention and some of the really detailed things that take away from the important thrust of each of the elements of American history.
You’re going to learn those as you get older. But these books will hopefully give you a foundation of truth that you may get in school and you may not. If you don’t get it in school, the purpose of these books is to give you a building block foundation of a central truth about American history in every aspect of it we write about in each book so that you can then build on that as you get older and learn other things about it. Now, for example, a talking horse? That wasn’t part of American history. I know that’s what you mean.
RUSH: A talking horse is sort of like fantasy. It’s a vehicle that we use to actually take students back to events in American history and actually live them, which you astutely observed as one of the techniques. I get calls from people like you who read the books and understand why and I’m telling you, you couldn’t give me a bigger compliment than what you did. I really appreciate it. I really appreciate it, CJ. Thank you very much.
CALLER: No, thank you, Mr. Rush, because your books… There are parts of American history that I haven’t learned of yet like the Battle of Concord, the Battle of Lexington, things like that.
RUSH: Those are two good examples. Now the Battles of Concord and Lexington. There have been entire books written about each. We couldn’t do that in one of the Rush Revere books, so we have to take the really important elements philosophically and historically, and give them to you in a way that makes sense and is enjoyable to you. A lot of people think history is boring.
That’s understandable, too, and we didn’t want any aspect of it to be boring. In fact, the greatest thing that could happen is if people like you become desirous of learning even more truth of it after you have read our books. Who knows? We may be with you all the way through your education, keeping pace with you in terms of what you’re being taught and what you’re learning. But have you read all three?
CALLER: Actually, I just finished reading all three. I finished the third one yesterday. I have all three of your books in my room right now.
RUSH: And which…? Do you have a favorite?
CALLER: My favorite is probably… Well, I don’t really have a favorite book. But the closest would probably be the American Revolution, because of the battles.
RUSH: That’s what it’s all about.
CALLER: Well, it showed how brave the American patriot army was and it showed they were fighting for their freedom, and they didn’t want King George III bossing them around like he’s the ruler of the whole world.
RUSH: Exactly right. That’s exactly right. And you know one of the things that we will touch on, if we keep going here into later things, is the French. The French today we kind of make fun of the French and their lack of a military. But had it not been for the French, we wouldn’t have had a chance.
RUSH: Someday you’re going to go to Mount Vernon, you’re going to go to George Washington’s house, and you’ll be in the living room where he received the Marquis de Lafayette and began the whole process of French support for the American Revolution. Because we had a common enemy at the time: Great Britain. But when the revolution started we didn’t have any ammunition. We didn’t have any guns. We had nowhere near the arsenal that Great Britain had. We had all kinds of tremendous allies with great foreign policy back then. Thomas Jefferson…
All of it is just… It’s a miracle, CJ, how this country happened. It literally is a miracle, and it’s not being taught anymore. It just isn’t. The multi-cultural curriculum has taken over and we’re in a cycle now where America is being cast as illegitimate and all other kinds of really horrible mean things, and we’re not mean. We’re not a mean country and we’re not mean people. We’re just the opposite. I just want… I love America and I’m as proud as I can be of our country, and I want you to be. That’s why the books. I’m glad you called, CJ. I really appreciate it. Hang on. I want Mr. Snerdley to get an address for you so we can send you a little package of goodies here in exchange for your loyalty and support.
RUSH: Mr. Snerdley told me there were a couple of things from CJ that he didn’t have a chance to say during his call. One of them is that his sister works at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s crib. He also has a direct line, genealogical line, to Patrick Henry. His family can somehow trace back to Patrick Henry. Now, that’s very cool. I wish CJ had a chance to mention that. But at least he mentioned it to Snerdley and we passed it on.