Dick shocked everyone. While he acknowledged that the government had often fallen short he offered the proposition that perhaps we had a hand in our own destiny.
Imagine, Dick giving a speech on "personal responsibility" a full decade and a half before Newt Gingrich.
Watching the local coverage later I was struck by press spin, editing Dick's comments and the crowd's reaction to seem like any other "radical" assembly. I've been wary of the press ever since.