Barney Frank Town Hall Proves Mass. Dem’s Mettle

Barney Frank tells it like it is

Rep. Barney Frank (Photo:

Rep. Barney Frank (Photo:

For people who don’t have payday loans and installment loans to rub together, the concept of obtaining suitable health coverage is foreign. President Obama’s plan – should it maintain the single-payer element – will seek to level out that disparity.

In light of this, the raging debate over health care reform continues on at town halls across the nation. Supporters of change are now taking the fight back to belligerent protesters who seek to squash debate over affordable care for all. Not all Democratic politicians have been prepared for the vocal minority they’ve had to face, but if the Representative Barney Frank town hall is any indication, the fight is in good hands.

Working the room

One of the more colorful members of Congress, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts gave as well as he got at his recent town hall meeting on the health care topic. His responses were not only appropriately forceful, but entertaining. CNN reports that the two-hour meeting in Dartmouth, Massachusetts featured a rousing chorus of boos from the pre-coached (and in some cases pre-paid) protesters the moment that Rep. Frank took the podium, but Frank quickly proved that he could handle a tough crowd.

“You want me to talk about it or do you want to yell?” Frank asked numerous times as the uncivilized mob betrayed signs of their lack of intelligence or good breeding. Frank rebuked them when necessary, yet he was still able to address the important issues, no matter how much the dull, unwashed ghosts attempted to rattle their chains.

“Disruption never helps your cause.”

Mr. Frank called a spade a spade when he remarked that the heated rabble and their canned protests made it look “like you’re afraid to have rational discussion.” But perhaps the most offensive element that these protesters continued to try to bring to the debate was the inflammatory comparison between President Obama’s stance on health care and the tyrannical fascism of Nazi Germany. If you ask me, I’m sure the people who believe this (if they even make up their own minds) and brought it to the Barney Frank town hall did so because Frank is Jewish. “Ooooh, that’ll throw that Jew boy off,” they may have thought. But perhaps “thought” is too strong a term for the cranial activity of such protesters. They’re one coconut shy of being a doorstop.

And Frank knows this as well as you and I do. “When you ask me that question, I’m going to revert to my ethnic heritage and ask you a question: On what planet do you spend most of your time?” he asked. “You stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler and compare the effort to increase health care to the Nazis.”

“Contemptible” free speech

Yes, the protesters have the right to say such things, even if they have no educated understanding of what it is they’re truly revealing about themselves and their complete inability to grasp the importance of historical events. Rep. Frank knows there’s no reasoning with someone who hasn’t had the pleasure of reason’s acquaintance: “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table,” he said to the Hitler invoker. “I have no interest in doing it.”

No free coverage for illegal immigrants

Despite the pathetic attempts of protesters to cloud the issues and silence those who would speak the truth about the president’s intended reform, Barney Frank forged ahead with his discussion of a range of topics that the reform bill would cover. One rumor he squelched is that illegal immigrants would have free care mandated by Obama’s program. Taxpayers can rest easy on that one. Furthermore, he addressed parts of the bill regarding non-discrimination based upon pre-existing health conditions.

Some cheered, others kept their minds closed

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I understand that the opposition believes that chaos tactics are the only way for them to fight back in this desperate hour for their corporate health insurance masters, but they make themselves look like fools when they shout maniacally – even when they are given the opportunity to speak. There is no rationality on display in such instances, and the Barney Frank town hall is yet another example of their mob mentality.

“What’s the matter with you all?” Frank asked them. “I don’t know if you get angrier when I answer the questions, or when you don’t think I do.”

In the end

Once their bankrollers spit them back out after the debates are over, will the “average Joe” protesters be in need of payday loans and installment loans to buy themselves some civility? If so, they are welcome to apply here… just click the button above. The Barney Frank town hall showed that there’s no reasoning with such people. Rep. Frank remained resolute and trudged on.

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