Rush Limbaugh featured as champion of free speech in children’s book on First Amendment

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Heroes of Liberty, a group that produces conservative-themed children’s books, is set to release a book about famed conservative radio show host and commentator Rush Limbaugh in May.

According to Bethany Mandel, one of the group’s founders and the editor of the Limbaugh book, it’ll specifically focus on teaching children about the value of free speech — even if and when that speech is offensive to some.

Speaking with Fox News, Mandel noted that the inspiration for the book came from the draconian COVID rules that left children too “scared to speak their minds.”

“None of it has made sense, and we’re teaching kids that they have to swallow that instinct in them that says speak up, speak your mind, sort of object to things when you find them objectionable,” she said.

“When you talk to children’s therapists and children’s psychiatrists, a lot of the mental health struggles that children are having is because they’re swallowing everything that could possibly offend anyone, whether it’s offensive or not. And so we really wanted the message of this book to be its good to speak your mind, it’s good to be outspoken and to say what you believe.”

Mandel added that Limbaugh is the perfect role model for teaching children about the freedom of speech, because though he had many detractors, he continued to voice the truth as he saw it til the very end.

“In the case of Rush Limbaugh, sometimes it’s not perfectly stated, but none of us are perfect, and none of the heroes that we’ve chosen are perfect. But the important thing is, with this book, kids need to hear that they can speak their minds and that their voice has power,” she said.

“President Obama had to contend with what [Limbaugh] was saying because he was so highly influential in our national discourse. Whether people liked it or not, there were millions of people who loved him and millions of people who didn’t. But his voice mattered,”Mandel said.

And so does the voice of every dissenting child.

“One of the goals of children’s literature is, is windows and mirrors. And so children need to be able to see through a window into their potential future, and they need to see themselves in the mirror,” Mandel continued.

“And that’s why usually about half of our books are actually based on the childhood of the person that we’re writing about… we’ve got a lot of really incredible, sort of, backstory into Rush Limbaugh’s life and childhood and how he became who he was.”

Heroes of Liberty also has books out about Margaret Thatcher, Alexander Hamilton, Ronald Reagan, Thomas Sowell, Amy Coney Barrett, and John Wayne.

The John Wayne book reportedly teaches about manhood, while the Amy Coney Barrett book focuses on traditional family values.

(Source: Heroes of Liberty)

The group is about a year old.

“We started Heroes of Liberty about a year ago, and it was because we saw a hole in the marketplace. We saw that this was a need that wasn’t being filled,” Mandel told Fox News.

“There’s been a lot of attention on children’s literature in the last six months. People are starting to realize the state of children’s literature, and they’re starting to realize the ideological capture that’s happening in libraries and the absolutely inert, age-inappropriate content that’s being stocked in a lot of libraries. And people realize, you know, it’s up to us. We can’t let the sort of society at large set the morals of our children and our family because they do not share our morals,” she added.

Other conservative groups like The Daily Wire have also begun releasing children’s books, most notably “Johnny the Walrus,” a current Amazon Bestseller that effectively teaches children the conservative viewpoint on transgenderism.

Listen to Mandel’s remarks below:

As for Heroes of Liberty’s books, they all feature topnotch, well-thought-out illustrations from the best of the best.

“We’ve used a lot of different illustrators from around the world to illustrate all these books, and we wanted to get like a good feel for the person based on the illustrations. So the illustrations that we did for the Amy Coney Barrett book are really sort of soft and gentle watercolor because that’s sort of the vibe we were shooting for with Amy Coney Barrett. The Alexander Hamilton, the illustrations on this are incredible. They belong in a museum. And, you know, every single page is completely, fully illustrated. They’re really beautiful,” Mandel said.

Particularly the illustrations in the Limbaugh book, which feature two especially meaningful images.

“There’s the golden microphone where I mean, this is where the magic happened in his studio with the golden microphone. That’s Rush Limbaugh. One of the other most powerful images to me, which, you know, came from much later in his life, was when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor. You can sort of see Melania Trump putting that around his neck, and that was a really, really powerful moment… so we have both of those moments illustrated in that book,” according to Mandel.

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