Would You Be Embarrassed to Have Trent Franks as Your Congressman?

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Congressman Trent "Abortion-Aborter" Franks
Is Republican Congresxsman Trent Franks addressing the issues most important to this country?

Of the eight bills he's proposed this session, three are abortion-related, one prevents the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a casino, one would "celebrat[e] the life of President Ronald Wilson Reagan on the anniversary of his birth," and another declares "Obamacare" unconstitutional -- real high priority stuff.

See also:
-Trent Franks Now Wants to Tell Every Woman in America When It's Okay to Have an Abortion
-Abortion-Obsessed Congressman Submits Another Abortion Bill
-Trent Franks Proposes Special-Interest Measure to Block Tohono O'odham Casino
-Trent Franks Makes List of the 10 Weirdest Members of Congress

Franks recently announced his intentions for that eighth bill, to ban abortions past 20 weeks of a woman's pregnancy.

Of course, Franks is perhaps best known for going on and on, and on (and on, and on, and on) about abortion, endlessly proposing bills that never, ever pass.

After being in Congress for more than a decade, he's never seen a single one of his bills signed into law.

Even one-term Congressman Ben Quayle got a bill onto President Obama's desk (and he signed it, too).

Our question this morning: would you be embarrassed to have Franks as your representative to Congress?

Cast your vote below:



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JAFFYtheLOSER
JAFFYtheLOSER

I'd be embarrassed to have Franks as my Gardner.

NWEng
NWEng

No, I'm more embarrassed for the people who voted him into office in the first place.

sarum
sarum

Is there a Congress critter who is NOT a shame?  

Ron Pies
Ron Pies

Maybe, that is good. Trent isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. His bills probably represent his deep thinking and are a joke. Just like Trent.

DNichols
DNichols

Franks is just more "Mormon Mafia" imposing there Ideals on everyone.

In Arizona they pretend to be "Saints" but in reality they persecute Hispanic Families, while Hugging/Baptising Hate Filled Racist Neo Neo Nazi's?!

C.T.R.?!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

He and Marcus Bachmann should just spend a romantic weekend together.  Maybe a double date with Larry Black and Joel Fox.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

HE should have been aborted in the late third trimester!

Clint W Clark
Clint W Clark

I would rather see a progressive that could help dist#2 and our state move forward not back to the 1800's....

Ken Heiliger
Ken Heiliger

We should all be grateful that not a single one of his bills has been signed into law. He's a whack job.

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

Seriously? How can New Times not see this as a good thing? I've met Franks and shaken his cold, dead hands. If his bills can't be made into law, that's excellent! Keep this useless puppet in office for as long as possible. Would you rather replace him with a more ambitious evil bastard? I shudder to think of the damage we've avoided already.

Keith L. Emerson Sr.
Keith L. Emerson Sr.

Yes! But then I'm embarrassed of a lot that Arizona represents! Arpio, Brewer, Flake, Horne, Thomas. I'm just to broke and in poor health to get out of this state. Need the heat, can't stand the Politics!

Tim Callaway
Tim Callaway

It's been time for him to go for a long time, yet somehow this assclown keeps getting re-elected.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If there was another viable candidate who would vote against Obama's policies, I'd choose them.

As the system currently works, I have to settle for Franks, knowing that his obsession with abortion is harmless since he's safely in the minority.


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

really? Brewer is my gov. Arpaio is my sheriff..........havent I suffered enough

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@danzigsdaddy Once again, the biggest embarrassments are the people who keep electing these losers.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public @valleynative  No, that's called "being rational".  I don't like his policies, but I compromise by voting for him because he is extremely unlikely to gain any traction on the changes he'd like to make, while a Democratic opponent is, unfortunately, very likely to be able to gain traction on changes which I oppose.

For example, I'll take his NO vote on an "assault weapons" ban, even if it comes with a futile attempt to ban abortions attached.

Not a cop-out. 

The two-party system that is destroying our nation forces us to choose the least-bad candidate almost all the time.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public @valleynative  Exactly!  Now you're beginning to understand.  I do NOT tilt at windmills or try to change the mind of a religious zealot.  That's a fool's dream.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public @valleynative  I've been to a couple of his town halls, and heard people raise that issue.  They were generally booed by the Sun City constituents and clearly had, and cannot have, any impact on his mission.

I'm not a dreamer.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative Actually, my results over the years have shown that it is a valuable use of my time more often than a waste.  And even when my preferred candidate didn't win, we were succesful in reframing and refocusing the discussion in the race.  I haven't been involved recently, but I've never considered my involvement to be a waste of time or effort because my efforts bore fruit more often than not.  I challenge you to do one thing - go to Franks' next town hall meeting and tell him that you're tired of all the asinine abortion bills he keeps introducing and that you want him to focus on the issues that are important to you as a constituent.  That one thing will do more than what you're doing now, which is nothing.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public @valleynative  Thanks.  I feel bad that you waste your time and effort, but, like prayer, if it makes you feel like you're in control, have fun with it.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative I feel badly for you that you have such a low opinion of your ability to effect change in the world around you.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public@valleynative 

"...endlessly proposing bills that never, ever pass."

I don't believe I can change Arizona politics and I don't believe in prayer, but I am not powerless.  I have the power to recognize things I cannot change and to make the best of them.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative No, Matthew said that Franks has been ineffective - he did not say that Franks was not a threat.

It's too bad you feel so powerless.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public Think for a moment.  Suppose I was spending all my free time and discretionary income trying to elect somebody else.  It's extremely unlikely that it would make a difference, and I'd still have a choice between voting for Franks or a Democrat who would support Obama's agenda.  So I would still vote for Franks.  That would be foolish.

You can only HOPE that working full time for years could possibly result in political change.  It's clear to me, and even to the reporter, that Franks is no threat.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative Accepting a situtation as "reality" when you have the power to influence changes to that situation is a cop-out.

You keep saying he is "totally harmless," which is far from the truth.  The better way to phrase this would be "Franks is an embarrassment, and I hope he ends up being totally harmless."  You don't know and can't know that he will end up being harmless. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public 

Accepting reality is really not the same as copping out.

I choose to expend my resources in other areas where they can do much more good.  Franks is an embarrassment, but is totally harmless, and so yes, he is "good enough".

The two party system gives a tremendously unfair advantage to people who agree with one of two platforms and who don't threaten to rock the boat.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative  I understand completely.  You're willing to accept a horrible candidate instead of getting involved and trying to work towards the election of a better (if even still imperfect) candidate.  Instead of saying I'm working hard to get a better candidate elected, you say "eh, he's good enough."  That's a cop-out.  And then you proceed to tell us why he's good enough even though he clearly isn't.  That's a rationalization.  That's fine if that's your attitude, just don't pretend its anything other than what it is. 

And don't blame the two party system.  The system creates plenty of opportunity to elect better candidates, beginning at the precinct level and working up from there.  All politics is local and you have a tremendous opportunity to effect change locally.  Yes, the two party system has its issues, but so does a multi-party parliamentary system.  In both systems, however, there is the opportunity to effect change by being involved.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MisterE  I can tell that you have a question, but it's not clear what part of what I said you don't understand. 

Do you not understand that when there are two viable candidates, and both support policies that you oppose, that you're better off voting for the one with the least chance of pushing his policies through?

If he'll also actively oppose other policies that actually have a chance of passing, but which you do not support, that's a plus.

Franks is an embarrassment, but less harmful than somebody who would support Obama's policies.

Hope this helps.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 You wouldn't recognize his accomplishments as such, because you would probably consider them to be "obstructionism", while those of us who are not fans of Obama's policies do see them as a service.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @shadeaux14 Besides being as unproductive as any Member of Congress can be, seeing as not even one bill he authored has been signed into law. I would like to know what he has done for his constituents. Besides making sure that more and more guns are in circulation, what has he done to help anyone back home? Oh yes, I also want to point out that he desecrates our flag by being photographed in front of it.

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