On BBC, Richard Dreyfuss Laments America's 'Delusionary Despair' Since JFK's Death

February 4th, 2011 4:03 PM

In a recent interview with Matt Frei for BBC Radio 4's  January 30 "Americana" program, liberal actor Richard Dreyfuss complained that America has been downcast with a "delusionary despair" since the day his hero President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

"I don't think we'll ever grow up until we face the anguish and face the loss of what we felt that day," Dreyfuss lamented.

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Dreyfuss hasn't grown up yet? Perhaps that explains why he said he tapped his inner Hitler to portray Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's "W" or why he defended liberal talker Ed Schultz's Cheney death wish as "beautifully phrased" civil discourse.

In the same podcast, "Americana" host Matt Frei gave a platform to Ron Reagan to discuss his new book about his father the late President Ronald Reagan. During the interview the liberal Reagan progeny reiterated the claim in his new book that it was "likely" that Reagan had Alzheimer's while in office but that to his knowledge the 40th president exhibited no symtoms of dementia and at any rate he was "not qualified" to render a diagnosis.

The liberal radio host and frequent MSNBC guest was more comfortable, however, sizing up what his father would think of today's Republican Party.

RON REAGAN: I don't speak for my father on political matters, but, I think I'm comfortable saying that the atmosphere of vitriol we see now -- much of it directed at the White House, much of it coming from the right, one has to admit -- would disturb him, and he would think that it was beneath our nation, I think to engage in that sort of stuff.