Barney Frank: The Last Good Man Leaves Congress

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Noah Brand is an Editor-at-Large at Good Men Project, and possibly also a cartoon character from the 1930s. His life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. He is usually found in Portland, Oregon, directly underneath a very nice hat.


  1. Copyleft says:

    I’ve always marveled at the people who complain about their congressional reps “He acts like he’s better than me.”

    Well, of course! Why wouldnt we want our legislators to be the very best and brightest of America? Where’s the virtue in sending an average schmuck to office to muddle around and accomplish nothing? If you’re not voting for a candidate who makes you feel vaguely inferior, you’re doing it wrong.

  2. “Oh, Mr. Frank, if you weren’t a man… and engaged… and 73 years old… yeah, okay, it’s not the most practical crush in the world.”

    Right there with you, Noah. :)

  3. great interview. Sad to seem him go but I hope he is happier and emotionally healthier in retirement.

  4. It isn’t too often I see a word I don’t know, but I LOVE weltschmerz, and it is actually a feeling I’ve had for my entire life.

    As for the topic at hand, it is definitely sad to see a good member of Congress go. Our institutions of government are filled with so many who are neither intelligent nor care about doing what is good for the country. Statesmen are becoming a truly rare breed in government and that is bad for everyone.

  5. No offense, but Barney Frank is no more a “good man” than most any other politician, left or right. For very good reasond, politicians are at the bottom my and most people’s lists of “good” men or women. And, the longer they stay in politics, the better they play the game and more corrupt they tend to get. 

    He, like most other politicians (especially Washington ones), he has an agenda and doesn’t seem to care much about those who happen to not fit into it.

  6. Anthony Zarat says:

    A promoter of divisive politics and government discrimination. Not a good man.

  7. AnonymousDog says:

    Poor, whiny, Barney Frank, leaving Congress because neither the media nor the Republicans are willing to kiss his ass anymore. Breaks my heart.

  8. samrathin says:

    Ron Paul is the good man. People, media, articles like this one who tout barney frank to be the “last good man” in Congress need to educate themselves on economics and politics….no wonder the American empire is incrementally self-destructing – people in this country are highly misguided, unaware and not educated on documented facts in really realms of life whether they be politics, economics, education, foreign affairs, etc. Amazing after the kinds of things we’re going through in this financial crisis, people like this writer still haven’t waken up. Look up barmey frank’s record outside of the mainstream media and form your own conclusions.

    • Hang on a moment…American empire? Surely you can’t mean that as a compliment.

    • Copyleft says:

      It’s the unshakable belief of many fanatical Ron Paul followers, if not many libertarians in general, that disagreement with them must always be due to ignorance of politics and ecnomics. “Only stupid people would disagree with me; if you don’t agree, you must not understand X” is the cry of the fanatic.

      • AnonymousDog says:

        Isn’t that Rep. Frank’s complaint, in essence? That the people who disagree with his positions are unreasonable?

        • Anonymous,

          Well he’s made that point regarding people who believe Obama is a Nazi/fascist/socialist/Marxist. Because those people ARE unreasonable to suggest something patently false.

          But Rep. Frank doesn’t a complaint “in essence” about everyone. He tends to only hold specific opinions and policy ideals based on specific issues. Perhaps you should do some research on the man’s record?

  9. Sorry, I just can’t help laughing at all the people dissing Rep. Frank. And especially the commenter who said Ron Paul is a “good man”. (I mean, really? He supports ending everything from public roads to social security, public education to the environmental protection agency. He also has a history of supporting racist backers, and advocating racist agendas.)

    Barney Frank is one of the *few* — and I mean very few — congressmen left who actually care 1) about their constituents, and 2) about the country in general. He’s worked within the system for decades to support everything from Free Speech, civil rights/civil liberties, criminal rehabilitation instead of retribution, legalization of marijuana, and financial regulation. Shoot, even though Rep. Frank opposes the bloated defense budget and war-hawk spend-thrifts, he still has the chutzpah to fight for his constituency to benefit from any military spending while it exists! He’s equal parts practical and progressive.

    Also, it’s extremely telling that the commenters here who dislike Rep. Frank can only make non-specific, generalized statements of dislike which is evidence of woeful ignorance regarding the man’s record.


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