As Fox News so elegantly put it, "take that libs" — kids love Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh, the conservative radio host best known for critiquing the King Obama regime, won author of the year at the Children's Choice Book Awards Wednesday night. Limbaugh was honored for penning Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, the story of America's best Patriot and his talking horse Liberty.
If you haven't read the book, The Washington Post called it a "historical fanfiction" featuring Revere, some pilgrims, "a quarterback named Tommy and a girl of Native American heritage named Freedom (who can talk to animals with her mind?)"
The book touches on Limbaugh's views without being explicit — at one point, Liberty tells Rush, "just because we’re in the seventeenth century doesn’t mean I’m going to give up my twenty-first century freedoms." In another section, he argues that so many Pilgrims died because of a lack a capitalistic competition (not, you know, diseases).
But it's important to note that the Children's Book Council is not some sort of right-wing — or otherwise politically-motivated — group, which is probably why many were ... surprised by his nomination. Students voted for their favorite books online, or their teachers polled the class and submitted group ballots. Rush Revere was also the only vaguely political book in the mix. Other writers up for author of the year included Jeff Kinney of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Veronica Roth of the Divergent series and Rick Riordan, who writes the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief series. Among children and young adult authors, Limbaugh was in pretty good company — three of Limbaugh's competitors have or had movie franchises.
So, given that the sequel Rush Revere and the First Patriots was just released, are we in for a Rush Revere trilogy and movie deal (with three books bizarrely split into four movies in a shameless cash grab)? Maybe, but for Limbaugh this was about sharing a love of America.
"I love America. I wish everybody did. I hope everybody will. It's one of the most fascinating stories in human history," he said during his acceptance speech, according to NPR. "And it's a delight and it's an opportunity to try to share that story with young people so they can grow and learn to love and appreciate the country in which they're growing up and will someday run and lead and inherit." Nationalistic pride mixed with disdain for outsiders and the unpatriotic — that sounds more like him.
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