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Barney Frank

Geburtstag: 31. März 1940

Barney Frank ist ein US-amerikanischer Politiker . Von 1981 bis 2013 vertrat er den vierten Kongresswahlbezirk des Bundesstaates Massachusetts im US-Repräsentantenhaus. Er war dort bis 2011 Vorsitzender des Finanzausschusses.

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„The opposite of pragmatism is not idealism. It’s wishful thinking.“

—  Barney Frank

Quoted in [Willies, Egberto, October 11, 2015, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/10/11/1430614/-Barney-Frank-has-a-message-for-Bernie-Sanders-supporters-they-won-t-like, "Barney Frank has a message for Bernie Sanders supporters they won't like", dailykos.com, 2015-10-11]

„I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.“

—  Barney Frank

Interview with Claudia Dreifus in September and October 1995, published in Times Magazine (4 February 1996)

„The single most important thing you can do politically for gay rights is to come out. Not to write a letter to your congressman but to come out.“

—  Barney Frank

Quoted in "The Path to Gay Rights: How Activism and Coming Out Changed Public Opinion" by Jeremiah J. Garretson, chapter 9, pg 229.

„There are a lot of ways to mispronounce my name. That is the least common […] I checked with my mother. In 50 years no one's ever called her "Elsie Fag."“

—  Barney Frank

Responding to Dick Armey's referring to him as "Barney Fag", unidentified publication/date
Quoted in [Solomon, John, 1 November 1998, http://www.sollyonline.com/content.cfm?copy=article&header=portfolio&portfolio=yes&SID=27, "America's Funniest Politicians", George, Solly Online, 2008-03-05]

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„There are no moderate Republicans left, with the exception of a few who would vote with us when it doesn't make any difference. It's the most rigid ideological party since before the Civil War. […] The bumper sticker I'm going to have printed up for Democrats this year is, "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."“

—  Barney Frank

From his keynote speech at the Maine People's Alliance 30th anniversary Rising Tide awards dinner, June 9, 2012, held at Woodford's Congregational Church in Portland.
Quoted in [Koenig, Seth, June 10, 2012, http://bangordailynews.com/2012/06/10/politics/barney-frank-tackles-gay-marriage-defense-spending-in-portland-speech/, "Barney Frank tackles gay marriage, defense spending in Portland speech", Bangor Daily News, 2012-06-11]

„… [they] believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth…“

—  Barney Frank

Speaking of anti-abortion legislators
[Charles P., Pierce, http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2005/10/02/to_be_frank/?page=4, To Be Frank, The Boston Globe, p. 4, October 2, 2005, 2008-03-05]

„In a free society a large degree of human activity is none of the government's business. We should make criminal what's going to hurt other people and other than that we should leave it to people to make their own choices.“

—  Barney Frank

Frank commenting on legislation to remove federal criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. CNN Newsroom : Rep. Barney Frank's Marijuana Bill http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0807/30/cnr.05.html (30 July 2008)]

„I’m surprised to find absence of explicit anti-Semitism this time. Was a page missing?“

—  Barney Frank

In response to a constituent’s angry letter. Quoted in Slate Magazine http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2011/11/barney_frank_retires_why_the_democrats_will_miss_his_voice_.html, November 29, 2011.

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