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Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

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Rush Limbaugh's book is on the best sellers list that status means he is on the Children's Book Council's list of contenders for Author of the Year. Also helps to have enough money to stock the schools with your own book.

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Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 12:55 pm
Review by American Indians of Children's Literature.

Limbaugh opens the book with "A Note from the Author" wherein he says that America is exceptional because "it is a land built on true freedom and individual liberty..." and that:

Nowhere in that note does he reference slavery of American Indians or African Americans in the United States, pre- or post-1777. The word "slave" does appear in his book, though, when his protagonist, "Rush Revere" and two students who time travel with him to 1621 meet Squanto. The two students are a white boy named Tommy and a Native American girl named Freedom.

When Limbaugh's Squanto speaks, he does so with perfect English. Why? Because, Squanto explains, he had been kidnapped and taken to Spain. He says that Bradford's God rescued him from slavery in Spain when Catholic friars helped him escape.

Once more the Indians are "saved" by the white man, and the little Indian girl born on July 4th obtains the name Freedom. Failing to understand that she was truly "free" before the boat people came to the North American shores.

Chapter 1 opens, the principal is telling a classroom of honors history students that their teacher has to take leave. But, he reminds them, their school has the smartest and most educated teachers, and, well, Mr. Revere (remember, in this book, "Mr. Revere" is Rush Limbaugh), the substitute is among the smartest and most educated.

So there you have it folks. Rush has superimposed himself into Paul Revere.....right from the get go we have him the "smartest and most educated"......the Indians are saved and grateful that their whole life has been in fact turned upside down.

Well......I'll let you read the review. Another example of how our children, who will grow up to vote one day, are being twisted to think in a certain way.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 12:56 pm
Love the hypocrisy of his Note From the Author...Would have to read the book to see if it's "manipulative"...seeing his name associated with children and education makes me nervous.

JL A (281)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 2:05 pm
Really hope schools are smart enough not to use this historically inaccurate hogwash.

Animae C (516)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 3:46 pm
Parents MUST take more responsibility in their children's education!
It seems many in the US want to teach your children their warped perception of lies,
you also have the creationists to deal with. i don't envy young parents!


Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 4:36 pm
I agree with Animae again

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 5:10 pm
The only problem is that this slanted history has been taught so much over the generations that many parents are not even aware that their children are given a twisted history.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 5:23 pm
gee, i thought ONE BAD NEWS of the day was enough! Now this! For this "author of the year" and his BS I think a book burning would be the right thing.

Linda Moore (240)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 5:27 pm
I couldn't get past the title without ROTFLMAO!!!

Pat B (356)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 5:32 pm
I certainly will not read this so called book.Thank you, Dandelion for this.

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 5:43 pm
This human(?) has got to be one of the biggest slime balls we have ever known!
SCOTUS has just given "The ruling class" a form of Carte Blanche, and women had to fight like the blazes to get "free" enough to just have a vote. Racism against blacks who were "emancipated" by our wonderful society, only under pressure-that was not the reason Abe fought the Civil War, were lynched regularly; people died, some literally "in blazes" in the hardly equal and free labor movement, and on, and on.

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 6:33 pm
For the real story of a 'free' America, see Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States," which tells the story from the perspective of Native Americans, women, blacks, working class and poor whites.

Athena F (131)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 6:36 pm
I believe in freedom of speech.. but sometimes....honestly.. I have to question that belief. Every once in awhile, you find someone so perverse and poisonous, you just think they'd be better off not speaking to anyone ever again. This man is so toxic, it is hard to believe he doesn't just get punched in the face every single time he tries to leave the house. (Not that I condone violence, but I DO understand it when it comes to slime balls like him!)

Bryan S (105)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 8:39 pm
Well Limbaugh never fails to induce nausea to any thinking or feeling person. It's sad to think of any child reading this, but then i don't know how much difference it makes if you consider the parent who would have their child read anything by him.

This reminds me of the first time i happened to see Ann Coulter while channel surfing and she was saying how American Indians were better off under Christianity because they at least didn't have to fear being "scalped or eaten". I guess it all comes down to rewriting history as one of the ways to sell the Empire, and racism never fails to hurt that cause. Maybe comforting to think that the more a buffoon like Limbaugh is put in the spotlight, the better it is in reality.

Susanne R (235)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 12:08 am
What a blowhard that man is! He depicts himself as Paul Revere, described as the smartest and most educated teacher in the school. Another flight of fantasy courtesy of Rush's inflated ego. The truth would have been embarrassing because, according to Wikipedia, "Because of his [Rush Limbaugh's] parents' desire to see him attend college, he enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University but left the school after two semesters and one summer. According to his mother, "he flunked everything", and "he just didn't seem interested in anything except radio."[5][11]

The article mentions that: "Transcripts on Limbaugh's website state that his company, Two If By Tea, bought many copies of the book and sent them to schools." It indicates that 15,000 copies were bought and sent as charitable donations to schools across the country. Nothing like making his book available to the very people who would be doing the voting --the school children.

I agree with the title of Al Franken's book, "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big, Fat Idiot." Simple, but accurate and to the point. I wish he would disappear from the public spotlight so we wouldn't have to waste our time on this bullying, big-mouthed, self-righteous buffoon.

Sherri G (128)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 1:33 am
WTF this whack job is deranged. He is a revisionist history quack through and through. Just saw "12 years a slave". I thought I might want to see it twice but it was too painful. Right Rush mush brain whack job the white man has always African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics so well ..................NOT!!!! This man of hate's books should be used as kindling to build fires for the homeless. TY Dandelion Noted

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 5:11 am
Noted, ta. Not a fan of Rush.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 5:15 am
If it wasn't so tragic I would threat this as just more GOP BS from Rush,though I wouldn't go as far as Angelica and recommend burning this book.We shouldn't lower ourself to his level.
Thanks Sheryl.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 5:15 am
However, I don't believe in book burning. The NAZIS burnt books. There's only one book that should be burnt- Mein Kampf.

Nancy M (197)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 6:18 am
Thanks for posting the article Dandelion. Certainly hope that his book does not win.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 7:58 am
I also do not condone book burning as what I view as a good book someone else may have an issue with it and also want to have it burned. A slippery slope.

"Wherever they burn books, in the end will also burn human beings." - Heinrich Heine

However, I think that our schools need teachers to do a better job at giving a complete historical overview and that a donated book should be one that could have a counter balance to it.

Unfortunately the money that seems to be sinking into our public schools either to undermine them or to change the "thinking" of the children is most upsetting. Most of the books published by the American Indians do not all have the financial backing to donate to the schools in such large quantities so that it would be highly doubtful a book would sit upon the shelf that would give a different perspective than the one Rush is offering. Also with cutbacks, lowering of Teaching standards it is also doubtful the a full discussion of this book would also be in the offering. Heck, it's hard enough to explain to the Teachers why Columbus isn't a for a National Holiday and that is so in the face that he was a murderous slave trader let alone the rest of what happened. Seeing the full historical overview from another eyes is something not taught to the Teachers so they in turn do not teach it to the students.

So although I am not happy about this book, awareness that it exists, those of us with children in school need to speak to our children and grandchildren, and if we see this book in their hands take the time to discuss with them, on their level, so they too can grow up to be critical thinkers.

John, although I hear you when it comes to attacking other C2 members, when it comes to public figures those who expressed disdain for Rush are within their rights. I'm not for violence or hatred either, but people who in daily life that hold a microphone and blast out upon the airways a lot of hateful talk, get back what they put out. Politics isn't clean, a Democracy isn't meant to be soft sweet and without some dirt to it, as it is a mixing and a blending of ideas and ideas will be as different as each the end however it should be the peoples voice not the MONEY voice.

Rush placates to the Big Money and he attacks the common people, over and over again. If you have a women in your life you love then it isn't PC to speak up against this man, for he degrades women all the time, that would include all women; your wife, daughter or your Mother. He shows no mercy.

Was there ever any old PC days? Look back in your history, there has always been the mud slinging. I do grant that never since the Civil War has this Nation been so divided. People do need to keep C2 members out of the personal attacks, I grant you that, and speak on policies not attack the members themselves, but public figures pushing hate and twisted history are fair game. We don't have a microphone, all we have is this little thread or talking to each other off of C2. We can also not support the sponsors that keep his show going.

Susanne R (235)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 8:31 am
I agree with Dandelion. Rush Limbaugh made himself a target. He spends his days fueling hatred and rage, and from his bully pulpit, his words influence millions of people. The man is a misogynist, a racist, and an all-around bigot --and he gets paid handsomely for his efforts. As the old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." People have been trying to get Rush "out of the kitchen" for years, and although his sponsors are starting to get the picture, he's still raking in a lot of cash and inciting a lot of controversy and ill-will with his "hate speech."

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 9:30 am
Can you spell JUNKIE little boys and girls?

Deb E (63)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 11:44 am
I just have a hard time believing there are enough stupid people in this world that his garbage is actually looked at as non-fiction. Maybe we should write a book about how it really was and see if we could get the tribal peoples to back it. Somewhere in all the story telling from both sides the truth is hidden. Truth about those who came here to rape this land and commit genocide on the inhabitants who were here before them, and truth about those inhabitants who had also "stolen" the land from those who were here before them. No one race of people are blameless for cruelty and slavery and the killing of others. Not one. Maybe if we all realized this fact we'd get a little humility and quit thinking that one race is better than another. But that certainly won't happen if people are dumb enough to read this book as if it had any truth to it. I still cannot understand how anyone even listens to that man anymore.

Gary L (138)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 1:04 pm
Rush Limp-pole is a delusional buffoon who has a platform provided by the right wing billionaire's his aim is to subvert Democracy, the rich need a large pool of poor people to feel comfortable

Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 2:35 pm
Thanks for sharing. I certainly won't read his book.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 4:20 pm
I don't know if I read that wrong, or if Limpbag bought many, many copies of the book himself. I've read other articles lately about how conservatives are buying their own books to make it look like they're selling a lot. I assume since this is a "childrens book" that it's going to elementary schools. Limpbag and others may think they're catching youngsters and "brainwashing" them so well....except that when these kids hit high school as teenagers, they share so much info that Limpbag will be left in the dust with all his lies and b.s.
I talk to my own grandkids about what they're learning, and at least here, they're learning facts....not fairytales.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 4:46 pm
I would be RONTFLMAO if not for the sad fact that limpdoughs "book" fits right in with the new revised creationist crap they are trying to push down our children's minds. PC is nothing more than filtering your real thoughts and sell out! Better to be hated for who you are than liked for whom you are NOT!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 4:56 pm
I believe in keeping up with what the opposition is doing, as a matter of self-preservation, but I draw the line at reading this. I don't need any more barfing. I do note those "brave Pilgrims" must have been the fanatics who were kicked out of every country in Europe, not because the Europeans were intolerant, but because the "Pilgrims" were.

Political Correctness is the name for an attempt to avoid giving offense to diverse people and groups by having some sensitivity to different interpretations of words and phrases, and trying not to use offensive ones. I don't know who would be opposed to that except a bully or a bully wannabe.

I do not see any hatred in comments by progressives on C2 News. I do see anger, and I believe that is a good thing, for two reasons: first, because anger is justified at public lying, hypocrisy, wholesale theft, wholesale poisoning, and other things we are seeing. Second, because angry people vote. I see progressives often trying too hard not to be angry, and I see many, many people who should be angry not being angry (or not angry enough), and if that continues this cartoon will be what happens. I don't want that.

Mary T (178)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 5:13 pm
Rush Limbaugh is a blowhard he has no idea what he is talking about.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 7:00 pm
@Joanna Dixon - spot on post! And yes anger is what drives some of us. Quite frankly the fracking we are getting is NOT WORTH THE FRACKING WE ARE GETTING.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 9:23 pm
Sheryl, thank you so much for bringing attention to this story. You do it so well.

Rush is one of the most despicable human beings alive today. I'm an angry progressive and I don't give a damn about being PC. I'm sick and tired of namby, pamby democrats who do nothing but consistently apologize all the time. I detest teapublicans, but I almost admire their ability to stick to the party line, back each other up, never give up, never back down and never stop lying; operative word being almost, but still, it works for them. Nothing much is working for progressive liberals these days; most are afraid or embarrassed to even say they're a liberal. Rewriting history is age old.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday April 4, 2014, 7:32 am
Thanks for the comments.....also for leaving the cartoon Joanne.

Judith Hand (55)
Friday April 4, 2014, 3:14 pm
Noted,tweeted. What does it say about me that Rush Limbaugh has always disgusted me?Am I a, somehow, more valuable person? It unnerves me that he has the 'following' that he does. Reading the review on this book is just maddening. I find it hard to believe that anyone lives with the belief that America did not - does not - treat its native people the way we have or that we treat African Americans the way we do and did for so many years. Let's not forget the many other groups of folks we put in a less-than category. I'd like to think that every kid who reads Limbaugh's book will find its untruths as they grow, read and learn more. I know not all of my childhood books were accurate., I won't say it.

Michael M (60)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 10:39 am
So long as YOU see tha limbaugh is recycling a grave fiction -grave because it attempts to raise one living being or group above others - YOU can support instead truth.

Please explore the history of the area known as Massachusetts, etc. to understand.
Once, some peoples eagerly accepted immigrants in order to attempt to become more secure with difficult others disagreeing and disputing with them.
That is a generalizatino about what happened when the Pilgrims arrived there.

When you read the real record of there, or of the native response to Virginia colonies, you will understand more about what constitutes peace, international diplomacy, and wisdom itself.
Focus, please on the reported words of the indigenous speakers.

There still today remains a heritage of wisdom, understanding, and tolerance among so many of the indigenous people I have ever met. Anger exists, for good reason, as racism, foreign to indigenous north americans before the predatory profiteers and colonisers came, is still huge in relations between the nations inhabiting this continent. Even the displaced homeless Indians I have known exhibit a strong sense of person to person, I-you understanding, rather than racial stereotyping of others.

What a heritage for all to seek and to share.
There is much to learn. Every bear, every wolf cub must learn anew the things that are good, and the things that are dangerous or not good.

You have it in you by nature and by what can be understood as the spirit of life, to know that all you ever see, hear of, and all you can ever know, are your close relatives, compsed of all beings that were all ancestral to you, and that you are a part of all who are to come.
This knowledge is inescapable to those who watch evanescent life.

We see the animals and plants melt into the land, even the giant redwoods and the tiniest insect;
we see the plants spring up from the Earth, eaten by our animal relatives, including ourselves, and the constant giving among all life.

Aim true to participate in this gifting with love and reverence, for all contain a part of your ancestors, and all are ancestor to your children, and you to theirs.

Gina Caracci (219)
Monday May 5, 2014, 7:29 pm
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