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COLD HEAT NEWS » Featured Article, Legal & Politics, People » LIVE TALKS, OCT 17, 2017- ED ASNER, ICONIC AWARD-WINNING ACTOR AND AUTHOR OF “GROUCHY HISTORIAN”——HE IS A SOCIO-POLITICAL HERETICAL GADFLY!

LIVE TALKS, OCT 17, 2017- ED ASNER, ICONIC AWARD-WINNING ACTOR AND AUTHOR OF “GROUCHY HISTORIAN”——HE IS A SOCIO-POLITICAL HERETICAL GADFLY!

 

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Iconic award-winning actor Ed Asner, seems to be not only rejuvenated but reinvented. Questioning the current political climate and strenuously declaring that the “town criers” who demand that the bill of rights and constitution be regarded as their sociopolitical protective shield and ticket to proper treatment as a citizen, do not know what the bill of rights and constitution were intended to be in the first place. His book “Grouchy Historian” firmly establishes him as a sociopolitical heretical gadfly; It seems to shriek, ” YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT IN THE HELL YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT”.
Interestingly enough, on October 17, 2017, Ed Asner,  alongside Ed Weinberger, winner of three Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody, nine Emmys and a  Writer’s Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, Live Talks held a  showcase-like-interview on the altar of Pasadena’s All Saints Church last month. Though this church has numerous rooms as it is a palatial structure, I’d have to infer that this choice as a location was symbolic in nature, and not disrespectful.
As Arsenio Hall used to say, “H.m.m.m.m.m…things that make you say, hmmmmmmmmm””,  my take on this entire event was that a mighty bit of information was being dispersed. Sort of like Moses being given the 10 Commandments on Mount Zion. Was this information burning the ears of the political  realm, yet remained unblazed, for us? We knew this should have been hallowed ground but yet there were cameras lights, LEDS , and chairs poised, looking back at the congregation as political jargon preached not from the pulpit .Ok then. Maybe Asner is testing the political waters and is about to throw is his hat into the ring and run for office?.
Weinberger and Asner mixed political and comedic satire, alongside conspiratorial allegations regarding James Madison, regarded as “The Father of The Constitution and The Father of the  Bill of Rights, his slave, his real rationale for writing both political works and his infamous “three-fifths formula”——blacks are valued at three fifths of a human being; This formula seemed to especially rile Asner, as he touched on it more than 3 times during the event. Asner mused over  Madison’s real reasons for writing the Constitution and the Bill of rights. and most importantly, Weinberger asked  what was Madison’s relationship with his main slave and does history name the real author of the construction and Bill of rights correctly; Could a slave have helped write it?
Asner and Weinberger made a compelling plea to think America! Their almost suggestive,  Marvin Gaye like exhortations, pleading “What’s Going”  exuded , as if , unbeknownst to an entire blind church, do something!! Get Asner’s book, “The Grouchy Historian” and become glazed, dazed, amazed and enlightened. You may not agree with all hat he asserts but you will be compelled to think.
According to the dictionary, (quote)’ a gadfly is a person who interferes with the status quo of a society or community by posing novel, potently upsetting questions, usually directed at authorities. The term is originally associated with the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, in his defense when on trial for his life. Also an insect that bites the hell out of livestock, are called gadflys. The definitive meaning is “a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly. an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.”Gadfly | Definition of Gadfly by Merriam-Websterhttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gadfly-Now let’s define per the dictionary heretic-her·e·tic—-(quote)-a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.Heretic | Definition of Heretic by Merriam-Websterhttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heretic-Define heretic: a person who differs in opinion from established religious dogma; especially : a baptized member of the Roman church- heretic in a sentence–Heretic | Define Heretic at Dictionary.com-www.dictionary.com/browse/heretic-Heretic definition, a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.
  • Asner and Weinberger made a compelling plea to think America! Their almost suggestive, Marvin Gaye -like exhortations, pleading “What’s Going On” dynamic  exuded , as if , unbeknownst to an entire blind church, that there was a fire. Do something!! Get Asner’s book, “The Grouchy Historian” and become glazed, dazed, amazed and enlightened. You may not agree wihat he asserts but you will be compelled to think.
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  • Iconic award winning actor Ed Asner, seems to be not only rejuvenated but reinvented. Questioning the current political climate and strenuously declaring that the “town criers” who demand that the bill of rights and constitution be regarded as their sociopolitical protective shield and ticket to proper treatment as a citizen, do not know what the bill of rights and constitution were intended to be in the first place. His book “Grouchy Historian” firmly establishes him as a sociopolitical heretical gadfly; It seems to shriek, ” YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT IN THE HELL YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT”.

 

 

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