Anyone who’s heard of Harvard Law School student Joel Pollak’s run-in with Barney Frank are likely calling him a hero. I certainly am, especially after I watched Greta’s interview of him last night:

What’s more impressive is what he said about his political journey:

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. He said that it was part of a right-wing attack. I think at some point, you said that you were a conservative. Are you part of some, you know, right-wing organization? You know, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

POLLAK: Sure. Well, when I came to law school, I was actually a Democrat. My first year, I was the section representative to the Harvard law school Democrats. But I found that my positions differed widely from those of some of my friends and those of the Democratic Party, especially on foreign policy, but on other issues, as well. And I liked many Democratic politicians. I voted for Senator Obama when he was running for senator in 2004, but I was disappointed with the job he did for Illinois.

I still had some hope for him as a candidate, but as the election cycle started, I really was alarmed by some of the things he was saying about foreign policy and about free trade and the economy. So I had always admired Senator McCain, and I volunteered on the McCain campaign, and that was my first time that I was involved in Republican politics of any kind.

And one of the reasons I don’t consider myself a Democrat anymore is because whenever you ask a question, you’re labeled. You’re put into a box. I found that even when I was a left-wing Democrat, as I was, and I was so left-wing in my undergrad days that I thought Bill Clinton was too far to the center. When I would go to left-wing events, I found that questioners did exactly what Congressman Frank did. When I went to conservative events, they listened to the question and they gave me an answer. And so I think that that has a profound effect on you over time, if you’re the kind of person who’s curious about the way the world works.

I hope my liberal friends will think about that last paragraph. I hope they ask themselves if they deflect blame onto someone else or if they change subjects without answering questions. I hope they can say they don’t react like Chairman Frank reacted. His behavior, which he consistently displays, is that of a bitter, hateful man who gets agitated by people he perceives don’t wholeheartedly buy into his thinking.

Chairman Frank represents the worst qualities of the Democratic Party. He’s a contemptible man who’d rather belittle people than deal honestly with those who don’t agree with him. Chairman Frank long ago lost the notion that he’s a public servant. Chairman Frank apparently thinks that it’s ok for public servants to belittle the people who pay his salary. That’s a disgusting attitude and there’s no excusing it.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

2 Responses to “How To Go Toe-To-Toe With Barney Frank”

  • J. Ewing says:

    I think you are misreading the motivations here. Frank, like every other liberal on the planet, believes himself intellectually and morally superior to anyone who disagrees with that assessment, thus guaranteeing their self-inflated vision of themselves. It doesn’t matter WHY they believe any particular thing about any particular issue, or how they arrived at that position (since it’s likely just an emotional reaction that cannot be logically defended, anyway), it is that they shouldn’t have to be explaining it to the likes of YOU. Believe or begone, says the annointed one.

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