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March 17, 2003
During his stay, Dick gave a speech at my church. The place was packed. The crowd a typical Dick Gregory crowd, excitedly anticipating pointed criticism of our governemt.

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.