Carlson Surprised By Constitutionalist, Actor Richard Dreyfuss – Serious Ideas To Restore America

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Tucker Carlson was surprised when Richard Dreyfuss emailed him one night and offered to come onto his program and “explain this rudimentary explanation of the basic checks and balances to you and your audience.” So Carlson took him up on his offer, inviting him on.

Carlson notes that Dreyfuss attended Oxford, studied civics, knows a lot about the Constitution and is a smart guy. He asks his opening question, “But where in the Constitution does it say states can do whatever they want in contravention of federal law and the rest of us have to be quiet and pay for it anyway?

Dreyfuss replies that it doesn’t say that. It simply says that the monies attached to things that the executive might want are the province of the Congress. And that, what was said in the judge’s ruling [Orrick] was that, that the executive didn’t have the power to withhold finances, because that’s the province of the Congress. And that’s all I wanted to clarify because it is, as you say, a very rudimentary thing and we should all know a hell of a lot more than that.”

Dreyfuss continues, “And I want to mention, because I know I’m limited to six minutes, I want to mention one thing. The next night you were talking about the speakers on university campuses, and I am totally, incontrovertibly on your side about this. I think that any intrusion into freedom of speech is an intrusion into freedom of speech.”

He points out, “And when one of the presidents of one of the colleges said, ‘This is a school not a battlefield,’ is said, ‘No, it is a battlefield of ideas’ and we must have dissident, dissenting opinions on campuses and I think it’s political correctness taken to a nightmarish point of view.”

Carlson replies, “Well amen, and I agree with you. And maybe because we’re both over thirty. Unfortunately most people under thirty don’t seem to agree with us at all and they believe in something called “hate speech” which is somehow banned, because they don’t know what the Constitution is.”

Dreyfuss becomes noticeably agitated at that comment, as Carlson just unknowingly provided him with the perfect opening for a topic that is near and dear to him, the abandonment of the teaching of civics in the United States since the 1970s.

Tucker’s in for another surprise or two as the rest of the discussion unfolds, admitting that the interview was not what he expected. He says, “Typically I interrupt our guests and I expected to debate you, but I agree with every single word of that.”

Dreyfuss has one other idea he promotes, utilizing the preamble to the Constitution, which he says, “Is in fact the mandate of America.” He’s trying to create a movement to bring civics back to the education system and sees signing the preamble as the means through which it might be accomplished. He offers to “Call a civics strike, and get the attention of all the people that deserve to pay attention.”

Carlson doesn’t take him up on his offer on the spot, but it’s something he might want to consider. Not only would it likely be good for his ratings, he might be able to help to educate America as to where they’re missing their calling, something potentially much more important.

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10 Comments on Carlson Surprised By Constitutionalist, Actor Richard Dreyfuss – Serious Ideas To Restore America

  1. Lee Sandvick // May 2, 2017 at 9:50 am // Reply

    Ok All. Richard Dreyfuss challenged the American people. We must find one school to implement civics now. Then get media attention on that school so that millions of concerned Americans become empowered to demand it at their local school. FACT: Common Core/ESSA etc are turning our kids into widgets for the workplace. FACT: America had 5 elements to make it the most prosperous nation on earth. We lost 3 (Trump should be able to restore those). The 2 we still had but rapidly losing thru our current education system is: Creativity and our Entepreneur(sic) spirit. We can restore it now. my solution: take 1 daily class and divide it between 2 subjects: 1st- ‘Creativity 101’ (2 days a week) Allow our students to expand their horizons – to dream,imagine, invent (get Jr Achievement involved) 2nd class- taught the other 3 days a week. ‘America 101’ – include Civics, teach ‘5000 Year Leap, view the documentary ‘Monumental’ produced by Kirk Cameron. Or should we continue to ignore Our founding fathers warning. teach our founding documents and its meaning or lose this nation. Capeesh?
    note(I sent this to the Trump Team but alas have had no response – can you help get this to PResident Trump?)

  2. Clay Kemper // April 30, 2017 at 2:14 pm // Reply

    Richard is quite erudite, but having attended Oxford didn’t give him extra insight into our Constitution, unless he took a course on that subject.

    I think he is correct about the need for civics. He should have a talk with Secretary DeVoss. He could be a special emissary for the Dept of Ed.

  3. Richard Santomauro // April 29, 2017 at 9:19 pm // Reply

    Tucker was left speechless, and that’s a shame because I believe that O’Reilly likely would have done a better job of challenging Dreyfuss’ claims of independence. I like Tucker, but he isn’t nearly as quick on his feet as O’Reilly. While I believe that O’Reilly ultimately reaped what he had sown, by the way, Tucker Carlson isn’t up to filling his shoes. Not even close.

  4. Richard Santomauro // April 29, 2017 at 9:16 pm // Reply

    I am skeptical about Dreyfuss’ claims to have left the Democratic Party. He’s made a grand effort to come out against defunding of sanctuary cities, yet where was his outrage when Obama misappropriated funds for the Affordable Care Act? Seems like Dreyfuss, like all other liberals, rightfully will use the Constitution as a hammer but only when it suits their own political socialist/globalist open borders ideology. Don’t get me wrong, Dreyfuss’ comments were spot on! I just question Dreyfuss’ claim to now being a firm Constitutionalist.

  5. Kelleigh Nelson // April 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm // Reply

    P.S.,love your new logo

  6. Kelleigh Nelson // April 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm // Reply

    Excellent article. I don’t often see Tucker Carlson, forget to turn him on, but have always liked Dreyfuss. Remember him well in JAWS with Robert Shaw as the shark hunter who survived the USS Indianapolis.

    Thanks for this special one Rick!

  7. Good thoughts. But clearly, the Constitution gives the Executive the power and the responsibility to see that the laws of the land are “faithfully executed”. Withholding federal funds provided to states by the executive branch of the federal government to further that end can easily be argued as a legitimate factor in the Executive’s seeing that that takes place. The Executive is under no compulsion to continue to fund, out of executive branch-controlled and -designated monies, states which are violating the law of the land.

    Having said that: More power to the notion of bringing Civics back into the educational arena. And doing a major cleanout of said area of our community life of subversive ideologues should certainly be up at the top of the To Do list of any rational Executive of this nation.

    • Rick Wells // April 29, 2017 at 5:55 pm // Reply

      You think he kind of bought himself a pass on the discussion of the funds with the rest of what he said, took the air out of any debate Carlson had ready to throw at him? – right again as usual Stan

  8. The Dreyfuss Initiative has been around for about seven years. I don’t think I’ve heard of it prior to his appearance on Tucker’s show.

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