Children Prefer Conservatives

Don’t take my word for it.  Check out the rankings from the Seventh Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards.  You’ll see that this group voted Rush Limbaugh their “author of the year” for his Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.

Talk Radio and Talking Horses

Talk Radio and Talking Horses

What’s the book about? A substitute teacher and his talking time-traveling horse travel back to the Mayflower to travel with the Pilgrims. As Limbaugh introduces it to young readers, he wants “to try to help you understand what ‘American Exceptionalism’ and greatness is all about.” It does not mean that other countries aren’t just fine, too. But as Limbaugh puts it for his young readers, “American Exceptionalism and greatness means that America is special because it is different from all other countries in history. It is a land built on true freedom and individual liberty and it defends both around the world.”

Limbaugh has made efforts to introduce his vision of heroic history to schoolchildren everywhere. As of early 2014, Limbaugh claimed to have donated over 15,000 copies of his book to schools across America. As he told the conservative news site World Net Daily,

The mission is to connect with people that normally wouldn’t and don’t listen to a program like this but who someday will, and maybe their parents and grandparents do. I’m very proud of what I do, and I want as many people to be aware of it as possible. I’m very proud of what I believe. I’m very proud of my country. I want everybody to be. I really do. It may sound like pie-in-the-sky, but I want everybody to love this country as I do.

Academic historians might pooh-pooh this sort of thing. But America’s kids seem to like it. At the annual meeting of the Children’s Book Council, young attendees cast over 1,261,000 votes, and Limbaugh’s effort to introduce children to the wonders of America’s historical greatness came out on top.

 

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  1. Patrick

     /  May 17, 2014

    Have you come across any discussion among historians of this book’s accuracy? I’ve been wondering whether it was going to end up being a decent kids book, or suffer the fate of David Barton’s last work. (I’m especially interested because my wife, who is a huge Limbaugh fan, wants to listen to it in the car with our kids when we travel this summer.)

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    • Good question. I hadn’t seen anything, but after a little snooping around, I found one review by a “conservative teacher.” He wanted to like it, but found it very disappointing. In his opinion, the writing was sloppy, there were no references, and the characters were irritating. Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Mark Jacob called the book “downright sweet.” And, in general, Jacob thought that Limbaugh took a laudably “apolitical” tone. But Jacob also claimed that the book tended to “deify” the founding fathers, giving them too much moral credit. A harsher review came from Vicky Smith in Kirkus Reviews. She called the book “God-awful. I mean really, breathtakingly, laughably terrible.” Not only for its politics, Smith wrote, but for its utterly incompetent writing and viciously inaccurate history.

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      • Patrick

         /  May 18, 2014

        Interesting–thanks for the links. I guess I’ll find out what I think of it this summer.

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