Whom should one consult for real expertise on the Constitution? Why, old left-wing actors, of course. That seems to be the presumption of a recent comment and book by Ed Asner, who -- perhaps not coincidentally -- is old, left-wing, and used to act.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, the Mary Tyler Moore Show alumnus is asked by interviewer Craig Modderno why Asner wrote his book The Grouchy Historian. He did it to set conservatives straight about the Constitution, apparently. Asner stated grouchily,
"If right-wingers truly understood what the Constitution meant they wouldn’t use it as a crutch every time they screw over the poor and the disenfranchised.”
It should be noted that the full title of Asner's profound lesson in history is The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.
In the interview, Asner takes particular aim at the NRA, saying:
“The Republican Party basically uses [the NRA] to advance their own agenda, often at the expense of their own members.”
Remember, this is the same radical who wrote an article for Salon entitled "Sorry, NRA: The U.S. Was Actually Founded on Gun Control."
Wait -- there was gun control in the United States in 1776? Who knew? We're fortunate to have a Constitutional historian like actor Asner to enlighten us about these things.
Historical anomalies aside, Asner went on to offer advice to his Democrat cohorts on targeting those greedy, rich Republicans. As told to Modderno:
“[The Democratic Party] needs to draw more attention to Republican discrepancies: what Republicans are doing to hurt anyone who isn’t rich, and emphasize how the laws they’re proposing are actually meant to destroy the middle class!”
Sure. By all means, Democratic Party, ignore the real lessons of the election of 2016 and embrace the advice, historical revisionism, and hypocrisy of socialist Ed Asner, whose net worth is $10 million.