This has been all over the Internet already, but, well, I love it so much, and any of you reading these pages who’ve not already seen it... must.
In a “town hall” meeting in Dartmouth, Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank got a question from a woman who held a Hitlerized photo of President Obama, called Mr Obama’s health-care plan a “Nazi policy,” and asked the congressman why he supports it. Representative Frank’s reply is in this video. You have to see it in his own delivery, but I’ve also included, below, a transcript of what he said.
When you ask me that question, I am gonna revert to my ethnic heritage, and answer your question with a question. On what planet do you spend most of your time? [applause]
You want me to answer the question? Yes... and you stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler [the woman proudly raises the picture in the air] 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. [applause]
Ma’am, 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.
I’ve always liked Barney Frank, but now he’s my new hero. It’s refreshing to watch a legislator openly tell someone who’s full of shit that she’s full of shit. I wish more of them would, and I wish the media would as well, and would stop giving them platforms from which to spout this stuff.