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The grouchy historian : an old-time lefty defends our Constitution against right-wing hypocrites and nutjobs

Author: Edward Asner; Ed Weinberger
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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The life-long Democrat who played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show puts out a call to all liberals to reclaim the constitution from the right-wingers who use it as justification for every horrible thing they want to do.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Asner; Ed Weinberger
ISBN: 9781501166020 1501166026 9781501166044 1501166042
OCLC Number: 975847665
Description: viii, 336 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: why I wrote this book --
The founders and framers: who were those guys? --
Snapshots of life in Philadelphia, 1787 --
Heckling the right wing: their top ten talking points and my top ten comebacks --
God and the Constitution, Part I: epistle to the Christian right --
God and the Constitution, Part II: epistle to the Mormons --
The writing of the Constitution: notes from the Constitutional Convention as recorded by Billey, slave to James Madison, May 6 to September 17, 1787 --
Charles Beard's economic interpretation of the Constitution, Part I: meeting the framers --
Charles Beard's economic interpretation of the Constitution, Part II: following the money --
The chapter of leftovers: Part I --
Open letter to Senator Ted Cruz written in the style of 1787 --
The Constitution according to Ben Carson, MD --
Rewriting the Constitution: Mark Levin and the Asner amendments --
Immigration and Ann Coulter: a review that was never published in the New York Times Book Review --
The shocking truth about the Bill of Rights --
The Bill of Rights in the real world --
The chapter of leftovers: Part II --
The emperor has no robes: Justice Antonin Scalia and Citizens United --
Scarier than Scalia: introducing Justice Clarence Thomas --
What in hell is a strict constructionist? --
Anonymous letter to certain members of the Supreme Court --
The chapter of leftovers: Part III --
The Second Amendment: guns and the NRA --
In conclusion.
Responsibility: Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger.

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The life-long Democrat who played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show puts out a call to all liberals to reclaim the constitution from the right-wingers who use it as justification for every horrible thing they want to do.

Thanks to free public education, anyone can read the Constitution-- and should. The men who wrote it couldn't agree on what it meant, so should you trust someone who claims they do? Asner, a life-long Democrat, puts out a call to all liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as justification for every horrible thing they want to do.

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"A smart, often entertaining polemic." * Kirkus Reviews * "An unabashedly biased, deeply researched book that refutes the right-wing argument that the framers of the U.S. Constitution favored small Read more...

 
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