Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss talks to FOX News' Mike Huckabee about the importance of teaching the constitution and American exceptionalism.
"We were responsible for the greatest revolution in the history of civilization. We gave to 98% of the human race freedoms that they have been lashed for, lost fingers for or had their heads chopped off for and we gave it to them for free and we are the most revolutionary nation that has ever been and ever will be and we don't know enough about our constitution or our history to know why we should be proud of it," Dreyfuss said on FOX News' "Huckabee."
"George Washington said the constitution should be central, the party should be peripheral. Now we've got it all backed around and now the parties are central and the constitution is peripheral. We don't know anything about why the constitution is the most single greatest step toward humans improving civilization since the beginning of man's sojourn on earth," he said.
Huckabee asked Dreyfuss why he put his acting career on hold and is now focusing on his initiative to educate the citizenery on American civics.
"Let me put it to you in this way, you'll recognize this." Dreyfuss said. "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Is there anything in that statement that anyone out there would disagree with?"
"Whenever you hear someone say American exceptionalism [doesn't exist], you should turn to that person and say, 'if you don't prove that statement, I'm going hit you right in the mouth.' Because they don't prove it, and they can't," Dreyfuss said jokingly.
Dreyfuss explained what he plans to do to get the attention of elected representatives:
DREYFUSS: I have spoken to 180,000 people and not one of them has disagreed with you. And yet when I went to Washington and talked to the representatives, the organizations that rep them from -- from the right to the left, any of them, none of them were willing to sign it, so I would like to say to you, Mike, I would like you to sign the preamble.
I would like you to ask your audience to sign it and if I get half a million signatures, I'm going to call for a civil strike, 12:30 Eastern, 9:30 Pacific time, nobody goes anywhere, nobody does, nobody buys, nobody calls, nobody does nothing for 30 minutes. Not enough to hurt the economy, but enough to remind them that we're there.
We are the sovereign power in this country. You said that we can choose to have the state governments take care. We don't choose. It's in the constitution. Education is in the hands of the states and we have the right to tell the federal government to get the **** out of here and we do.