Saturday, September 5, 2009

Barney Frank Responds To Vile, Contemptible Nonsense

I know that Congressman Barney Frank's (D-MA) exchange with Rachel Brown, a member of the LaRouche group, took place about two weeks ago while I was on vacation. Regardless, I have to note it here. Frank spoke for all of us who are fed up with the wingnuts whose response to health care reform is to shout down, or hurl absurdities at, anyone with whom they disagree:

Brown: Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy as Obama has expressly supported this policy?

Frank: On what planet do you spend most of your time? As 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, my answer to you is, as I said before, it is a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated. Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.

Frank is right on both counts. To equate trying to provide health care for all Americans with pursuing genocide is obscene. One simply cannot have a rational conversation with someone who makes such a reference.

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