Who would have thought it would be Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss that stunned Tucker Carlson into silence?
It would seem that the famous actor has been watching Tucker Carlson Tonight regularly as he wanted to comment on several segments from different shows.
Carlson said that he was surprised to see an email from Dreyfuss in his Inbox and when he read it, he was thrilled with the content. He then invited the actor on his show to discuss Civics.
The issue that sparked it was a segment on the show discussing an Executive Order to withhold funds from ‘Sanctuary Cities’.
Dreyfuss said that it isn’t the decision of the President to withhold funding from the states; that power rests with Congress, not the Executive Branch.
Carlson pointed out that nothing was said by Democrats when President Obama threatened the same thing over ‘Transgender bathroom laws’.
It was a stunning interview but didn’t have the usual back-and-forth of a Tucker Carlson Interview™.
Here is some of the awesomeness that Dreyfuss laid out on the show:
I think any intrusion into freedom of speech is an intrusion into freedom of speech. And when one of the presidents of one of the colleges said, ‘this is a school, not a battlefield,’ I said, no, it is a battlefield of ideas and we must have dissonant, dissenting opinions on campuses and I think it’s political correctness taken to a nightmarish point of view…
…I have withdrawn from partisan politics. I am a constitutionalist who believes that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights must be central and the parties must be peripheral. What’s most important for me is what you just mentioned haphazardly, we are over 30. Civics has not been taught in the American public school system since 1970. And that means everyone in Congress never studied the constitution and the bill of rights as you and I might have.
And that is a critical flaw because it’s why we were admired and respected for so long, it gives us our national identity, it tells the world who we are and why we are who we are, and without a frame that gives us values that stand behind the bill of rights, we’re just floating in the air and our sectors of society are not connected.
What’s really important is that the assumptions of the left and the right are all skewed wrong. We have t find areas of agreement and areas that we share. And we do share the notion that education accomplishes certain things. One, it turns students into citizens. And, two, it teaches students how to run the country before it’s their turn to run the country. And, three, it teaches the values of this nation.
People come from all over the world or are born into this nation without the values that we have here. That’s why they came here, to get them. And what are they? You can put them in opportunity, rise by merit, mobility, and freedom. That’s what we sell. And if you don’t want that, you’ve chosen the wrong place. And you don’t get a pass by being born here, you have to learn it. Even the Ten Commandments are not known at birth. You must learn them. And we must learn our values and if we don’t, we are fatally, fatally wounding ourselves. We will not have any way to really combat the ideas behind ISIS because we won’t know our own. And we have to.
Dreyfuss is an activist that is leading an initiative to improve the teaching of Civics back into the American school system.
Here he is speaking about Civics education at a conference at the Univerisity of California at San Diego:
That was amazing.
And a wee bit surprising if you didn’t know about what Richard Dreyfuss has been up to.
But now we know.
And it’s pretty awesome!