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Hearing Richard Dreyfus

Elly and I went to hear Richard Dreyfus speak at Shepherd last night on the subject of teaching civics in our schools… something for which he has founded a new organization, The Dreyfus Initiative, which is setting up a Center over in Charles Town.

We got there a half-hour before the speech and the Byrd Center auditorium was already full. We got shuffled into the second overflow room which filled in about ten minutes. We got to watch Dreyfus on a big screen television via C-Span, which was recording the speech for later broadcast. For those, even in the overflow rooms, who wanted to meet him, there was to be a very crowded reception afterward.

You can go here to listen to the speech: I think you’ll be impressed… I was. I’d rather you heard the substance of his message, which closely relates to the major problems our country faces as we become a frozen left-right situation without the civility which was a part of America from its beginning.

Yesterday was Constitution Day, something I hadn’t realized. I guess this is just not promoted by our government or the press.