Via Hot Air:
Well, here's something you aren't going to see everyday: Capt. Ed interviewing Richard Dreyfuss at CPAC. Dreyfuss was there to pitch The Dreyfuss Initiative, a non-profit devoted to getting more American civics taught in our schools.
From the website:
We start with no apologies, devoted to the country that declared war on the curse that the world thought eternal:
“You and yours will never rise. You are a serf, you will always be serfs and our heel will always be on your neck.”
Until America said, "Wait a minute. If you can get here, if you are strong and lucky willing to work and can take what life throws at you, you might rise.”
That is the most important political message in the history of civilization. The whole world heard it. That is why they came here, why they come here and why they will always come here.
Dreyfuss rambles a little bit but here is what we thought was the money quote (paraphrased): On shared cultural mythology:
...that somewhere in their family someone fled oppression in the form of caste and class designed by wealth... to America that was announcing a declaration of war on that situation. The only people in the world that have not yet heard about this literal political miracle is our own kids because we don't teach it (to them).