Conservative talk show host and best-selling author Bill O'Reilly has penned his first book for his youngest fans.
"Kids Are Americans Too" was co-written with Charles Flowers and doles out the blunt commentary often associated with the Fox News personality.
From determining whether children can wear anti-gay T-shirts on campus to discovering whether parents have the right to eavesdrop on their kids' telephone conversations, O'Reilly aims to give children insight on their rights.
Check out an excerpt of the book below.
How Can You Be A Good American?
Being a good American starts with knowing your rights...and respecting the rights of others. And by doing the right thing when many other kids are not.
First off, your rights were not delivered by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.
That was the Ten Commandments, okay? (Hope you've heard of them.)
No, the rights you enjoy today were crafted by human hands and human minds. You have to get that straight from the start or you could go crazy. They were set down by a group of intelligent, difficult, argumentative, arrogant guys whom we officially call the "Founding Fathers." You've seen the marble busts and statues, the paintings of the very serious-looking old guys standing in great halls.
Don't be fooled by how they look.
Believe me, while they were Founding, the Fathers included brilliant thinkers, pains in the butt, more than one certifiable drunk, heroes who stood against the majority on principle, athletes (some of whom were skilled at chasing skirts), and speakers who could make the walls shake. In other words, this collection of true patriots (yes, I mean that term) was very, very human.
To repeat, you have to understand that.
See, your rights here in America were created by a wide range of people (except, owing to the times, they were all male and white). They differed because they had a diversity of human talents and human flaws. Not really so unlike the population of your school.
But what they shared was the most important thing. It can legitimately be called a "Vision." Let me sum it up in my words!
The average person in America should be free from unjust interference in daily life...and should be protected from the bad guys, whoever and wherever they are.
These Founding Fathers wanted to express this Vision in writing so it would live on even long after they were gone. The document they created is what we know as the U.S. Constitution.
Simple? Sounds like it.
But something like this had never happened before in the history of the world.
So, along with everything else, the Founding Fathers—screaming and swearing at each other, laughing and celebrating and pounding each other on the back—were Patriots with a capital P. More than 220 years ago, they were looking out for you.
They wanted to establish some ground rules that would be really easy for everyone to understand and really difficult for bad guys to mess up. They wanted to make the best possible country for Americans forever. That would include you and me...right now.
But, yes, they were human.
And they knew it.
Let's review: Well-meaning human beings created a set of rights and called it the Constitution. But they knew things would change over time. So what did they actually do for you?
Did they agree that you have the right to bring your iPod to gym class?
They did not.
Or maybe they did. Well, not specifically, but arguably.