In a scary new venture, Rush Limbaugh has announced publication of a children’s history book, “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims,” intended to correct what he and his fellow troglodytes consider historical distortions in currently used school books. Having bamboozled millions of angry, racist old white men, Limbaugh is expanding his propaganda victims. According to Limbaugh, children shouldn’t be taught about our broken Indian treaties; our former dictator-propping foreign policy; and similarly unpleasant historical facts.
Limbaugh displayed his historical talents at a Conservative Political Action Committee (PAC) in March of 2009. Here are his exact words: “We believe that the Constitution contains an inarguable truth: that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness.” Anyone remotely acquainted with U.S. history would, of course, recognize this incredible blooper. Limbaugh quoted (somewhat inaccurately) the Declaration of Independence, not, as he proclaimed, the Constitution. Yet, he was interrupted with applause despite his preposterous mistake. Limbaugh’s lies and general misinformation go unchallenged by the press.
We have paid in the past for our ignorance. Both Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon continued the stupid, corrupt Vietnam War because each refused to be the first U.S. president to lose a war. But James Madison had already achieved that dismal distinction during the War of 1812. Judged by any reasonable criteria, the U.S. lost the War of 1812. The U.S. achieved none of its goals while the Capitol was burned and Madison driven from Washington. Britain continued its protested practice of impressing U.S. sailors on the high seas to serve on British warships, and the U.S. war hawks’ goal of annexing Canada was thwarted.
In his children’s history book, Limbaugh will predictably defend the Vietnam and Iraq wars, as well as all the other injustices exposed by competent historians — for example the use of terrorism by European colonists, including the English, in their dealings with Indians. There’s no reason for Limbaugh to spare children the lies and misinformation he feeds adults. According to Limbaugh, the truth does NOT make you free.
• C.W. (Bill) Griffin is a retired consulting engineer. He has lived in Ahwatukee Foothills for more than 22 years.