"The Republican Party is corrupt through and through....
They’re too adept at thievery, at moving the Constitution into
places it never meant to go. I think that they have an extraordinary
ability to divide rather than unite. And I think that I am tired
of being called a traitor because I like my flag and I like and
I support the troops."
— Actor Richard Dreyfuss on MSNBC
News Live, August 27.
Richard Dreyfuss, the actor who starred in movies
ranging from "Jaws" to "Mr. Holland's Opus," told an audience
in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that "there are causes worth
fighting for," and one of those is the impeachment of President
George W. Bush.
"There are causes worth fighting for even if you
know that you will lose," Dreyfuss said during a speech at the
National Press Club. "Unless you are willing to accept torture
as part of a normal American political lexicon, unless you are
willing to accept that leaving the Geneva Convention is fine and
dandy, if you accept the expansion of wiretapping as business
as usual, the only way to express this now is to embrace the difficult
and perhaps embarrassing process of impeachment."
"If we refuse to debate the appropriateness of the
process of impeachment, we endorse that behavior, and we approve
the enlargement of executive power," regardless of whoever may
occupy the White House in the future, he said.
"And don't kid yourselves: No one ever gives up
power, ever," Dreyfuss added.
"Now, it is not your job as the press to impeach
George Bush," the actor stated. However, people in the media should
"maintain the integrity of that debate" by not dismissing the
topic out of hand as partisan or unpatriotic.
During his address on the subject of Hollywood's
view of contemporary news media, Dreyfuss said he is not a cynic
or a liberal, but is instead a "'libo-conservo-middle-of-the-roado,'
and I have been for many years."
In the past, "time and distance played an amazing
part in keeping the human race from killing itself," the actor
noted. The need for revenge after an attack "inevitably weakened
because it took a lot of time to get men into ships and move them
to the right battlefield. Only those truly staunch of heart and
truly zealous could keep up that hatred.
"But now, people in Kansas see the [Twin] Towers
fall at the exact instant as people in Nigeria or Cairo," he said.
"Instantaneous knowledge leads to instantaneous reaction, which
creates a demand for an instantaneous, reflexive response."
"Television did this. Television created the sound
bite and then shrunk it," the actor said. "Television replaced
words with images so that people make extraordinary decisions
based not on prose or any attempt at analysis," but on pictures
"Watch me lose my sense of humor if people accuse
me of treason," Dreyfuss said before mocking two of the Fox News
Channel's most popular hosts. "'That's not very O'Reilly of you,
Mister Smarty-Pants,' or 'What would Sean Hannity have to say
about that, Mister Too-Complex-for-Your-Own-Good?'"
However, "none of this happened because of any conspiracy,"
he stated. "This happened because we have not paid attention to
the new rules of the electronic media."
To restore true American values, the actor called
for children to be taught "the tools of debate and dissent," as
well as a return to the principle of civility, which he called
"the oxygen that democracies require else they become poisoned
and die, as this democracy will."
Impeaching Bush Is 'Cause Worth
Fighting for,' Actor Says
By Randy Hall CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor February 17, 2006
The most hateful rant so far has come from former
movie star Richard Dreyfuss, who addressed California's delegation
at breakfast today.
"In a speech that went on so long that California
Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres began to hover nervously
at his side, Dreyfuss called Bush 'arrogant and incompetent' and
said 'his appeal to patriotism is simplistic and thuggish,'" the
San Jose Mercury News reported.
Dreyfuss raged: "He is the enemy of thoughtfulness.
I wasn't raised in George Bush's America, and I wouldn't be comfortable
"In this America, you point toward a sin and you
are pointed at. You are the irritant, not the gatekeeper. You
smell funny - sinister funny. Terrorist-friendly. You mention
due process, and the silence is not respectful, it is ominous."
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
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