The Grouchy Historian: An Old-time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-wing Hypocrites And Nutjobs

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In “an unabashedly biased, deeply researched book” (SF Gate), Ed Asner—the actor who starred as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show—reclaims the Constitution from the right-wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret it.

Ed Asner, a self-proclaimed dauntless Democrat from the old days, figured that if the right-wing wackos are wrong about voter fraud, Obama’s death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong about what the Constitution says. There’s no way that two hundred-plus years later, the right-wing ideologues know how to interpret the Constitution. On their way home from Philadelphia the people who wrote it couldn’t agree on what it meant. What was the president’s job? Who knew? All they knew was that the president was going to be George Washington and as long as he was in charge, that was good enough. When Hamilton wanted to start a national bank, Madison told him that it was unconstitutional. Both men had been in the room when the Constitution was written. And now today there are politicians and judges who claim that they know the original meaning of the Constitution. Are you kidding?

In The Grouchy Historian, Ed Asner leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too.


  • GrouchyHistorian 01 Open

    Duration: 34s
  • GrouchyHistorian 02 Chapter1

    Duration: 09min
  • GrouchyHistorian 03 Chapter2

    Duration: 28min
  • GrouchyHistorian 04 Chapter3

    Duration: 02min
  • GrouchyHistorian 05 Chapter4

    Duration: 03min
  • GrouchyHistorian 06 Chapter5

    Duration: 32min
  • GrouchyHistorian 07 Chapter6

    Duration: 20min
  • GrouchyHistorian 08 Chapter7a

    Duration: 33min
  • GrouchyHistorian 09 Chapter7b

    Duration: 29min
  • GrouchyHistorian 10 Chapter8

    Duration: 57min
  • GrouchyHistorian 11 Chapter9

    Duration: 10min
  • GrouchyHistorian 12 Chapter10

    Duration: 02min
  • GrouchyHistorian 13 Chapter11

    Duration: 15min
  • GrouchyHistorian 14 Chapter12

    Duration: 12min
  • GrouchyHistorian 15 Chapter13

    Duration: 15min
  • GrouchyHistorian 16 Chapter14

    Duration: 32min
  • GrouchyHistorian 17 Chapter15

    Duration: 31min
  • GrouchyHistorian 18 Chapter16

    Duration: 56min
  • GrouchyHistorian 19 Chapter17

    Duration: 01min
  • GrouchyHistorian 20 Chapter18

    Duration: 10min
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