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Americans Don’t Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July

RUSH:  And welcome, my friends, to the Independence Day weekend version of the Rush Limbaugh program.  It’s great to be with you.  It’s also shocking to see all these man-on-the-street interviews, if we can believe them — and I think we can.  So many Americans that have no idea why we celebrate Independence Day, Fourth of July, any of that.  

Top Colleges Don’t Require US History Courses for History Majors

All right, here it is, Wall Street Journal.  Read it and weep.  I had this yesterday and I didn’t get to it, so I printed it out again today.  “Few Top Schools Require History Majors to Broadly Study American History.”  A group says that niche classes like Baseball in US history are rather discussed.  This is by Melissa Korn.

“History majors at top colleges don’t know much about U.S. history — or at least they don’t have to. A new report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit group that advocates for accountability at schools, found that just 23 of the institutions among the 76 deemed to be the ‘best’ by US News & World Report’s 2016 rankings require history majors to take at least one US history course.”

Now, stop and think of that for a minute.  History majors history majors only have to take one course on US history.  Now, why would anybody want to study US history?  Of course all it is is the history of racism, sexism, and bigotry and homophobia, syphilis, sexually transmitted diseases, wars, colonialism, pilferage, rape, raving. 

Why would anybody want to study American history?  All we’ve done is come in and displace indigenous peoples and then enslave them and take everything they have and make it ours.  There’s nothing redeemable about America.  US history, why in the world would anybody even want to study it. 

“Many elite schools, including Rice University and Johns Hopkins University, may require students to take courses about events from before 1750, or on East Asian and sub-Saharan African politics, without also demanding that they study the creation of the US Constitution or the civil-rights movement.”

You cannot study history and exclude the history of the United States. It’s worse than our common sense tells us it is.  I remember John Silber, Boston University president, once studied high school textbooks, seven different textbooks.  The largest reference to Abraham Lincoln he found was one paragraph.  

Tech Blog: It’s Too Late to Save the Planet from Climate Change

RUSH: But I mentioned to our 12-year-old caller, James, that I was reading my tech blogs and they’ve got this story, it’s almost definitely too late to save our planet from catastrophic climate change. 

This is a tech blog that’s made up of college educated tech journalists. This story is actually from a new report from Nature magazine.  “Despite the renewed zeal of the world’s leaders to limit the impact of climate change, it might already be too late.”

Now, I don’t know if these young kids at this blog know this, but over the course of the 27 years I’ve been doing this program, this story’s run at least 10 times. That it’s too late, it’s too late to fix it. So the point is why do anything then? But this is not new.  They just keep recycling this stuff. 

These kids are seeing it for the first time, and they’re panicking.  These young journalists on the left, these tech bloggers and a whole lot of others buy this stuff hook, line, and sinker.  This is one of the reasons they vote Democrat.  They really believe the world, as we know it, is over.  They really believe this stuff, folks.  That’s why they’re so despondent.  That’s why the Millennial generation is the first to come along in a long time that does not have an overly optimistic view of their country and the future.  They’ve been taught this their whole lives, their parents, their schools.  They’ve been taught every apocalyptic extremist theory there is, and they believe it.

Now, this story actually comes from Nature.  “Despite the renewed zeal of the world’s leaders to limit the impact of climate change, it might already be too late.”

“Might” already be.  Like everything else in this story, nobody knows.  It’s just panic oriented headlines and lead sentences. “The window for limiting warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius with high probability and without temporarily exceeding that level already seems to have closed.”

So, as far as these kids are concerned, we’ve blown it, it’s over, we cannot stop the rise in temperatures beyond one and a half degrees centigrade over the next hundred years.  And there’s a picture accompanying this, and it’s a lone polar bear standing on about a five-square-foot ice floe in a melting body of water.  This piece of ice is the biggest piece of ice in this giant picture with a great horizon of mountains and so forth, and the polar bear looks forlorn and near death. 

But we know that the polar bear population’s bigger than ever and that the ice is not melting, the picture’s a fraud just like the picture in Algore’s movie depicting the same thing was a fraud.  And they reject it.  They reject the evidence that what they believe is wrong.  They reject it out of hand.  They believe apocalypse.  They believe the doom and gloom.  They believe.  You can’t persuade them otherwise. 

Dr. Spencer, our official climatologist here, Dr. Roy Spencer, University of Alabama Huntsville, on his blog has just reported that they just measured the second fastest temperature drop in the 38-year satellite record.  The second fastest temperature drop in 38 years.  And Roy, at the beginning of this year, on his own blog, predicted that 2016 was gonna be a very hot year, and he’s had to revise it now because of this overwhelmingly rapid temperature drop. 

I don’t know.  I’m worn out on this.  This has been a 27-year topic, if you will, on this program.  It is frustrating to deal with this, the psychology of it more than anything else, the human tendency, just the natural inclination of human beings to believe the worst.  That takes no effort whatsoever.  Pessimism is easy.  Optimism is hard.  Even when optimism is the truth.  Even when you can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt the apocalyptic news you believe is wrong, it doesn’t faze people.  You couple that with the story we have here on universities not teaching American history, our work is cut out for us.  It’s never gonna end. 

Trump in Trouble Over Mexican Plane Joke

RUSH: Now, one more thing on lynch and Clinton and Obama, and then there’s some other things that I want to get to here, particularly Trump in trouble here because he made a joke about a Mexican airplane flying over one of his rallies.  This is hilarious.  Trying to get Trump on a phony charity purchase, too, trying to claim he violated IRS laws.  We’ll get to all that here in just a second.  

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