Actor Richard Dreyfuss has been an outspoken critic of President Trump, but on Friday he appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show and left the host speechless after making a point that many of us would agree with.
According to TheBlaze, Dreyfuss emails Carlson and asked to appear on his show after seeing the host spar with a different guest over President Trump’s plan to block funding for sanctuary cities. Dreyfuss argued that the president doesn’t have the unilateral authority to make such a decision, but Carlson retorted by saying Obama did the same thing and nobody made so much as a peep.
While the two disagreed on that point, Drefuss, who calls himself a “constitutionalist,” went on to make a sobering point about the current state of our nation. By the time he was done, Carlson was speechless; he actually agreed with Dreyfuss’s diagnosis of our nation.
“I want to mention one thing,” the actor told Carlson. “You were talking about the speakers on university campuses. And I am totally, incontrovertibly on your side about this.”
“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,” Dreyfuss explained.
Dreyfuss lamented that over the past few decades, civics courses have been phased out of our educational system, which he believes is destroying our national identity.
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 to 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.
Carlson, who’s never at a loss for words, even admitted that at that point in segment, he would normally start debating his guest. However, this time there was nothing to debate.
“I agree with every single word of that and I just want to say thank you very much,” Carlson said. “I think it’s important.”