Post Boston Bombing, Barney ‘Frank’ly Speaks — and Does Us All a Favor

Written by Steve Pauwels on April 25, 2013

If I might suggest a loose, but accurate, translation of the Newton, MA windbag’s self-impressed ruminations: Don’t you get it? he snorts; If you aren’t cool with “government” pouring sacrosanct tax dollars into researching the sexual proclivities of New Zealand mud snails, springing lavishly for the Obama clan’s celebrity entertainment and super-vacations, endlessly enabling able-bodied but refuse-to-work layabouts and guaranteeing bottomless benefits for public-sector paper-pushers of any and every kind — well then  clearly you disgracefully begrudge support for policeman, military forces and emergency personnel. 

But I? Never! quoth Barney on CNN, moist-eyed, hand resting over his heart. No doubt smirking, too. 

The thing Frank — and his elitist party — don’t apprehend is: the crucial issue is neither puffing broader and deeper government nor destroying it for destruction’s sake. A meddling, caretaker Washington is unacceptable — unworkable and unsustainable, to boot. Practical anarchy is not an option, either — and no serious person is recommending that.

What is imperative? Radically focusing the State only upon it’s duly authorized obligations, limiting it to its proper purview; to wit: governmental actions bounded by Constitutional restrictions. 

Boston’s mid-April carnage — and ex-Congressman Frank’s uppity burblings — change that not a whit.

I’ve often asserted, wrong-headed is bad enough. Wrong-headed and arrogant is much worse. Toss in a dose of acerbic sanctimony and you’re dealing with a bluntly unbearable situation.

Barney Frank, bluntly unbearable for an awfully long time, manifestly remains so. 

Thanks for reminding us, Mr. Retired Congressman. 

Image: Congressman (now retired) Barney Frank (D-MA); source: Barney Frank; author: Payton Chung from Chicago, USA; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King, Londonderry, NH and host of Striker Radio with Steve Pauwels on the Red State Talk Radio Network. He's also husband to the lovely Maureen and proud father of three fine sons: Mike, Sam and Jake.