Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Barney Frank Asks Woman for Her Planet of Residence

I'll bet that there is someone out there in the blogosphere who is completely ignoring the point Barney Frank made while addressing a woman holding a picture of President Barack Obama as Hitler and is instead harping on something like, "Frank was disrespectful." Frank challenged the woman's thought processes at at a town hall meeting on health care reform in Dartmouth, Mass. I'm so sure someone is focused on his lack of tact rather than his honesty that I won't even bother to Google it.

The Massachusetts congressman was right, however, arguing with that simple-minded woman would be "like arguing with a dining room table." This exactly the kind of response I'd like to give sometimes to people spouting nonsense and myths about health care reform and other poltical topics on which they comment but are clearly misguided.

I try to be nice and not come out and say the person's delusional, but God knows that some people don't even realize you refuse to engage them because you think they're insane. I had a man here at my blog like that a while back. He thought I didn't answer him because I couldn't answer him, that he was some kind of genius in his logic. The truth was I thought he was a nut and didn't want to waste my time.

As reported by CNN:
While Frank attempted to respond to all questions, he gave up when one woman compared health care proposals favored by Frank and President Obama to policies of Nazi Germany.

"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?" Frank 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," he said, adding such behavior demonstrated the strength of First Amendment guarantees of what he called "contemptible" free speech.

"Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table," Frank said to the woman. "I have no interest in doing it."

Despite the disruptions, the meeting covered many of the issues of the health care debate, with Frank shooting down rumors that a House health care bill would mandate free insurance coverage for illegal immigrants. (CNN)
In other health care reform news that reflects American ignorance or insanity: 1.) Think Progress reports that 39% of Americans want the government to "stay out of Medicare." I talked about this form of idiocy on my in-fear-mation post. 2.) The NRA gun-toting crazies test American freedom's boundaries by carrying automatic weapons to heatlh care reform meetings with President Barack Obama. If you skim the Huffington Post's comment section, you'll see what I mean by crazies.

Really, I despise people who only drop by posts to push an ideology rather that to honestly engage. They're like sleazy political operatives. I especially abhor those who don't even bother to read the post's content and who make matters worse by making statements that show they didn't read the post and their only goal is to blast political opponents or spam. It's disrespectful to the blogger/writer and shows they think they are the center of the universe.

1 comment:

Dawn Fortune said...

I have been amused by all the hoopla over Barney Frank's latest delightful outburst. He was not being anything other than what he is every day. He is that kind of belligerent on the floor of the House, he is that kind of belligerent in committee, he is like that EVERYWHERE. And Massachusetts people can appreciate a strong mind and strong opinions and they keep electing him by enormous margins. He's not perfect, but he is absolutely the king of snarky put-downs on the hill. He is a veritable highlight reel all on his own. One of my favorites happened during the debate over the Defense of Marriage Act. Turning on one of the staunch Republican Family-Values guys, Barney said "Which of your four marriages is this designed to protect?" He can be an ass, but this week, I love him.