9/6/13 You Made Rush Revere Number One Rush Limbaugh Show transcript excerpt [You may wonder why I am giving this childrens' book so much prominence. It's because, I know that kids are not being taught the truth of what they should be proud and wish to emulate. If you happen to read George's Musings on an ideal society you will recognize the especial importance I put on education and honesty to provide equal opportunity and just free enterprise. I hope all children read this.]
RUSH: I have been frustrated, as have you, over what kids are learning in school, at all schools, at all levels, but primarily in their really formative years. Elementary school, on into middle school and high school. I've talked about it a lot here, how we've lost our presence in education, academia, and in the pop culture. And every one of us always asks of ourselves, "What can I do?
What more can I do?" And I've always wanted to do something about education, so this book is an effort to get started, and it is written for children, it's a children's book, ages 10 to 13, but it is intended for everybody. It's intended for parents and grandparents. . . .
This Rush Revere guy goes dressed up as Paul Revere everywhere he goes 'cause it's one of his heroes. It's fun, folks, because there are no limits on where Rush Revere and Liberty can go. So that broadens up just in a creative sense -- that just expands -- the universe of possibilities in great ways. But, you know, we live in an amazing free country, founded by people with unwavering spirit and determination.
Not just to survive, 'cause that was difficult enough for them, but they wanted to triumph, regardless of the hardships and the obstacles they faced. . . .
I've always believed that kids' dreams are where their futures live, and there's no reason to shut them down. There's no reason to tell kids at a young age negative things. "You can't do that! Stop thinking that. You're never gonna be able to doing doo that. Who do you think you are?" That's pointless. We go at this an entirely different way. Anything's possible, because you're an American. Whatever you want to do, if you're willing to do what it takes, you can do it.
This isn't being taught. It's not even really part of the message that elected leaders carry any longer about America. It's sorely missing, and people be had after me for years to write another book, and to me it's been there; done that. . . .
Kathryn gave me the idea: "Look, you care about kids. You care about education. Why don't you write a children's book?" and then we did and put it all together, and it was so much fun. You hear people talk about, "I want to make a difference." Here is an entree for me. I don't have kids. I have nephews and nieces. The idea of sitting down and talking to them about the things I believe, things that I think are important, like my dad with me, did with me?
I would like to do that, and I have not known if I could make it interesting, just me telling them what I think, to kids. That's what the book is. It's an entree to, really, people that you want to think positively. You want them dreaming. You want them understanding why things are possible. I do, anyway. I want the children of this country to grow up believing in themselves, thinking that whatever they want to do, they can do. No matter who the president is. No matter what political party is in power.
I want them believing that they can do what they want to do, and all people need is role model examples. Most people, if you tell 'em, "It's been done before," it gives them the idea that it can be done again. You don't need to hear what's not possible. They don't need to hear what's too hard. They don't need to have risk taken out of their lives. . . .
You know, we want to be proud of this country again. We want to be proud of the founding principles.
We're so proud of 'em, we want them known. We don't want them obscured and discarded. We want the history of this country as it happened taught. It's an honorable history. It's a greatness. It's a specialness that need not have been corrupted as it has with a multicultural curriculum. You people, it can't happen without you -- and it's off to a roaring start. Again, I just thank you from the bottom of my heart. The book is Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. .
What you all did, making this book number one in pre-orders..." By the way, it's a real book. It's for children, but it's 200-plus pages, not some chintzy little cartoon thing out there. It's a real book.
It does have illustrations, but what this is a real book. People haven't given up on this country, and they don't want to give up on this country, and people want to be proud of this country. People revere this country, and they want reaffirming, validating messages about what they dream and hope and desire for the country to be. That's what this means. There is a hunger for the traditions and institutions of America being triumphant again. That's what this means. . . .
I don't quite know how to describe it other than to say they [establishment media liberals--or am I redundant] were mocking the message. "Limbaugh believes," as though it's silly to believe that hard work pays off, it's silly to believe in rugged individualism, it's silly to believe in self-reliance, it's silly to believe in all of these things. Silly! I mean, it's worth being snarky about? It's no different than having some truly controversial conspiracy theory. As I'm reading this stuff, I think, "Who the hell are these people and what in the world have they been taught?"
They're sneering at these time-honored, human truths, concepts of triumph over obstacles, adversity, hard work, self-reliance. There were a number of them that took shots at my version, my version of the real Thanksgiving, which is that the commune failed. They were livid, or snarky about this. And it's not "my" version. It's what happened! William Bradford wrote about it. The Pilgrim leader wrote how socialism failed. It was really seductive; they thought it would be nice 'cause it was fair.
I'll give you a little hint. One of the things I do in the book is very subtly try to square this whole concept of fairness and not let it become what it's been today: A way to shut down achievement, to shut down excellence. It's not fair to excel at something. Not in my books, folks. It isn't gonna be the case. Anyway, I was just reading this sneering -- sneering at individual achievement, sneering at investing in yourself, sneering at hard work.
Snarky comments. Even though I know why and who and all that about those people, it just amazes me that it's possible, that people living in this country... I could understand somebody living in Cuba or China sneering at these kinds of things. Anyway, it just added up to all being more evidence about why this is a good idea, and it just amplified the gratitude I have for all of you for doing what you did. . . .
RUSH: You know, all this talk about what's happened with the book, the pre-order announced yesterday, and you all made that book, my book, my children's book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans, you made it number one on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as a pre-order. Not number one in the pre-order category, number one everywhere. . . .
And then there's been all kinds of snarkiness about my version of Thanksgiving. And it's not my version. It's what really happened. And the snarkiness is, the Pilgrims, William Bradford, who led the Pilgrim population, wrote about it. That's how I learned it. He wrote about it. It was in his journal. They tried giving everybody an equal share, equal plot of land. Everybody got the same amount of money. No matter what was produced, no matter who produced what, everybody got the same. And they had a bunch of slackers, and they had others who did all the work. And the people doing all the work eventually said, "You know, this isn't working, 'cause old Zeke over there is not doing anything, and he's getting the same I am."
It didn't work. Socialism didn't work. And the original Thanksgiving is William Bradford giving thanks to God for that. And that lesson, echoed by George Washington in his first Thanksgiving proclamation, which is a Thanksgiving for this nation to God. And the snarkiness and the sneering of critics of a book they haven't even read yet 'cause it's not published, about my version of Thanksgiving, all because I point out that they tried socialism and it didn't work, and so that's worth sneers and snarkiness. You've heard me talk about it, lamenting and worrying about what kids are being taught, and I know you are, too. This book is my attempt to correct what I think are mistakes.
This book is about American exceptionalism and greatness and how it's possible, and how we wouldn't be here if there hadn't been those characteristics in people.