Remember 9-11 First Responders Heroism—Stand for Betsy Ross, and Teach Your Children the Truth
Sep 11, 2019
SILLER: We can never forget the sacrifice that was made that day. There were so many acts of heroism, not just by my brother Stephen, but by so many that were willing to give their lives.
SILLER: Thank you so much, Rush, and thank you and Kathryn and all your listeners for what you’ve been doing over the last couple of months. And you’re making a big difference for our foundation, ’cause we’re changing many people’s lives, and I just can’t even thank you enough.
RUSH: Tell us a little bit about your brother, Stephen. I know that he was the youngest of seven kids. He was a firefighter. What happened?
SILLER: Well, Stephen, on 9/11/2001, was on his way home to play golf with myself, my brother George, my brother Russ, and he heard on his radio scanner that the towers were hit. So he just finished his night tour. But he drove back to his firehouse, he got his gear, and went to the mouth of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. For your listeners that don’t know, that’s a tunnel that connects Brooklyn with downtown Manhattan. And that tunnel is almost two miles long. It was closed for security reasons. So, you know what firefighters do, what first responders do: They run towards the fire to save people, and that’s exactly what he did. He strapped 60 pounds of fire gear on his back, ran through the tunnel up West Street and to the South Tower. While he was going up those stairs and saving people — 25,000 people were saved that day, Rush, the greatest rescue mission ever. While he was doing that, he did give up his life.
Never Forget—And Teach Your Children the Truth!
It’s important that we never forget. First of all, we don’t want it to happen again! (chuckles) So you know, if you let your guards down, it will happen again; there’s no question about it. But we have to honor those who died in the biggest terrorist attack that ever happened on American soil. We can never forget the sacrifice that was made that day. There were so many acts of heroism, not just by my brother Stephen, but by so many that were willing to give their lives for their community, for their country. We can never forget that, and we have to teach our children what happened. It’s a fact. It is what happened on 9/11. It changed the world — and, sad to say, it’ll be a long time that we’ll be affected by what happened on 9/11. It’s a reality. It is a reality that we cannot run away from.
Never Give Up, Folks! The Stand Up for Betsy Ross T-Shirt in Royal Blue
American Patriots stand for Betsy Ross, help 911 Victims via Tunnel to Towers Foundation
RUSH: Now, folks, as you well know, the American flag is the most fundamental, apolitical symbol of our country and its history. Our flag represents so much. It represents independence from tyranny. The flag stands for and represents unity, freedom for everybody. It represents ingenuity, strength, perseverance. The American flag in its original rendition by Betsy Ross — an American hero. She was an early leader in business and in design.
And there is no earthly reason why Betsy Ross should be politicized or belittled, and there’s no earthly reason for the American flag to be, either. Betsy Ross isn’t political. The American flag isn’t political. The very idea that people want to politicize both is kind of sick. It’s kind of absurd. I’m just gonna tell you something. You know what? It’s a sign of weakness, and it’s a sign of people who I think are grasping.
Now, around the Fourth of July this year, I don’t know about you (but I think I know about you), I just got fed up. I got tired of people like Colin Kaepernick and Nike and others essentially saying that there was a problem with our first American flag. Nike’s gonna do some tennis shoes on the Fourth of July, they’ve got the Betsy Ross flag in the back, and Colin Kaepernick says, “I don’t like that flag! You — you — you shouldn’t do that,” and Nike says, “Okay! We’ll shelve the shoes. We will not sell ’em.”
So they launch an attack on the original American flag, an apolitical thing — and Betsy Ross was not political. So you know the story. We came out with a Stand Up for Betsy Ross T-shirt as a way of saying, “Enough is enough,” and we invited you to be part of the campaign. So we started manufacturing Stand Up for Betsy Ross T-shirts on some of the greatest T-shirt fabric you have ever felt, some of the greatest you have ever experienced — and we would have been thrilled if we could’ve sold 50,000. That was the original goal.
If we could have sold 50,000 of these things, we would have thought, “Wow, this is solid. This is cooking.” We came up with a charitable tie-in, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. It’s a wonderful foundation started by Frank Siller who lost his brother. He was a firefighter killed while responding to the World Trade Center when our country was attacked on 9/11. Tunnel to Towers does a lot of great work for first responders, for military people killed in action, their survors, their families.
Thanks to you, we are so far ahead of 50,000 T-shirts. We are over 300,000. Folks, we moved 25,000 shirts over the weekend with just one little casual mention on Friday. (chuckles) We’re on the verge of being sold out of our first, original stock of the new blue — the new royal blue — Stand Up for Betsy Ross T-shirts. Thanks to you, we have been able to donate over $3 million and counting to Tunnel to Towers — and, as I say, they’re using the money to pay off mortgages for families who lost a father or mother in service to our country.
The attempt to undermine it, to impugn the flag and Betsy Ross all because some out-of-work quarterback doesn’t like the design. So we are thrilled to announce that due to popular demand and in honor of 9/11, which is tomorrow — the most devastating terror attack on American soil — we now have the Stand Up for Betsy Ross shirt in a stunning royal blue fabric. You can see it at RushLimbaugh.com. Click on the “Store” tab. It’s for a limited time, ’cause they’re going. (chuckles)
As I say, we moved 25,000 in just a couple days over the weekend. We have the royal blue shirt is available in all sizes. And we’re scrounging up all of the royal blue fabric and shirts we can find to meet what we know is going to be a continuing demand. It’s a simple way to stand up, defend America, defend Betsy Ross, defend America in honor of our first responders and their families — all American heroes who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
We can’t give up, folks. We can never give up our uniquely American symbols. We cannot give up our fundamental, patriotic institutions. We cannot give up or allow the dilution of the foundational building blocks of the greatest country on earth. If you want one of these shirts or if you want to buy some to gift them, it’s simple. RushLimbaugh.com is the website. Click on the “Store” tab. You’ll be taken right to the RushLimbaugh.com store, and you can see the brand-new, royal blue Stand Up for Betsy Ross T-shirt.
President Trump’s Message for the Taliban
THE PRESIDENT: We do not seek conflict. But if anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit. And that spirit is unbreakable. We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people. They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is unrelenting weakness. The last four days we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue.
If for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before. And I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them. No enemy on earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill, and might of the American armed forces.