Karen Ocamb

Barney Frank to Occupy USA: VOTE!

Filed By Karen Ocamb | October 20, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: 99%, Barney Frank, Congress, occupy Wall Street, Rachel Maddow

Openly gay Rep. Barney Frank appeared on Rachel Maddow's show Monday night and groused about the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread throughout the US and caught on in numerous cities across the globe. Frank re-iterated the infamous comment he made before the GetEQUAL-organized March on Washington in 2009 that the only thing the marchers are going to put pressure on is the grass. Maddow balked: the Tea Party protesters made a difference. Yes, but what they did, Frank noted, was pick targets, lobby and vote. Frank said the demonstrators have the right to do whatever they want - but they will only make a real difference in Congress and the machinations on Wall Street (regarding regulations) if they vote!

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Like many, I've disagreed with Barney Frank plenty over the years, but he's dead-on here. We need to occupy the voting booth as well as the streets. Furthermore, politicians who don't keep their promises and refuse to be honest with their constituents about their reasons for failing to do so, must also be held accountable.

When a guy like George Miller promises repeatedly that a bill which would directly affect the lives of millions of LGBT workers like ENDA will get a vote in the House but never does, and there's no credible explanation offered, that kind of misbehavior and dishonesty should come at a significant price, the kind that will make the next politician think twice before trying it again.

The NRA has the power it does because politicians know that if they don't get what they want their members will work to remove them from office, no matter who it is or what party they hail from. We should be doing exactly the same thing, not making excuses for their failures or seeking to shift the blame to the electorate.

As usual, Representative Frank is 100% correct.

We need to do more than vote, we need to take over all political parties at the local level, and then we decide what the platforms are, who the candidates are, and what donations are accepted. Power is never shared, it is only taken, and it is time for a real Republic Democracy in America. Too bad Barney Frank does not get it, because I was going to invite him to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/occupyequality/ OccupyEquality where gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender citizens are joining forces to demand our unconditional constitutional equality.

OccupyEquality,

If you have a Facebook account, you are support the 1% - not just Mark Zuckerberg, but also all of his advertisers who are treating you as data for advertising.

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! As a Site Supervisor for the County Elections Board in my county I STRONGLY URGE EVERY SINGLE ELIGIBLE VOTER TO TURN OUT IN FOR ANY AND ALL ELECTIONS. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY REAL CHANGE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS!

@Occupy Equality, Mr. Zuckerberg is also one of the '1%' that has CREATED NEW JOBS and has also SUPPORTED RAISING TAXES ON THE 1%, OF WHICH HE IS A PART!!