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‘A Nation Deceived’: Work in Progress

Posted on Nov 16, 2006
Ed Asner

Journeyman actor Ed Asner

Acclaimed actor and progressive activist Ed Asner played the lead in the first reading of a new play that dramatizes the perfidy of the Bush administration’s push for continued war in Iraq. Check out this behind-the-scenes description by writer Jayne Stahl.

Jayne Stahl:

On the eve of Election Day, and one best characterized by the phrase “pinch me,” I was invited to attend the staged reading of Craig Barnes’ play “A Nation Deceived” at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice [Calif.], where I got to chat for a few minutes with actor and activist Ed Asner, as well as playwright Craig Barnes.

When I asked Ed, a seven-time Emmy-winning actor, who has an inspired history of advocacy for progressive social change, why he decided to play Old Man in this performance, he said the play “is a beautiful indictment—a great amassing of a lot of information in the so-called liberal press.” Long renowned as a vocal and muscular opponent of U.S. policy in Central America and Iraq, a great civil libertarian, a crusader to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, as well as one who supports and contributes to Fresh Start, a program to feed the homeless in Walnut Creek, Ed is no stranger to the struggle for truth and justice.

Asked if he thinks we can expect major change if [Nancy] Pelosi takes over as speaker of the House, and if he thinks the theater is empowered to act as a catalyst for much-needed congressional investigations into wrongdoing in Iraq, Ed responded: “I don’t think it’s a play that’s going to make Nancy Pelosi come around. The play may motivate people to make bodies of others that will then motivate certain committee chairmen of Congress. Only through committee chair can we discover malfeasance, and hopefully those committee chairs will energize Pelosi to conduct further investigations and possibly impeachment.”


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By Spinoza, November 19, 2006 at 9:47 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Mite is one of those confused people who are ignorant of history.  The attack on the IRS and the Federal Reserve was the position of the various Nazi groups in this country from the 20’s - 50’s.  Many so called “leftists” are parading ultra right wing lines.

It amazes me that these “leftists” think Lou Dobbs and Pat Buchanan (ex- fascists) are leftists. America is one sad country.

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By mite, November 17, 2006 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment
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Well this is a start toward the truth. Keep up the good fight Ed. We need more involvement of the actors but are they ready to give up their materialist worlds; to take a stand for freedom and the Constitution-Bill of Rights? Have they ever read it?
All the studios and media have to do is side track the issues and threaten to blackball their careers and refuse to hire them. Would they still be able to keep up the fight as they went to the food bank and hustled up some spare change for the bus. HmmM! I don’t think so. Do they remember how it was when they were not famous? You Bet they do.
Why do we the citizens,and medias keep side tracking the truth? Before anything can be changed with this society we have to repeal the Federal Reserve and IRS.
Truthdig how about some focus on these two acts of treason by Congress.

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By Norm Ezzie, November 17, 2006 at 9:45 am Link to this comment
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The greatest actors in the world reside in Washington,D.C.!! How can anyone expect a “change in our foreign policy” When its the hidden hand of a corportocracy at work here? How can anyone expect change when we consume 25% of the worlds oil supply? How can anyone expect change,when a goverment such as ours runs on debt? How can anything change with facts like that? Norm Ezzie-Cleveland-Ohio. “its all there,every damn bit of it”!

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By Matthew, November 17, 2006 at 6:38 am Link to this comment
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Thank you for your continued public advocacy of sane humane solutions to our many social problems, not the least of which is
government gone mad.

Keep up the great work.  You are the voice of millions.

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