Pro-Palestine Activist Dan Frank, Shares His Experience as US Congressional Candidate

My Experience as a Congressional Candidate

By Dan Frank

It all started with my grandfather, who was wise beyond his years. He had always been a huge influence on me and my quest for truth. When I was sixteen-years-old, he told me all about the New World Order. Obviously at that age, my mind was on dating girls, going to rock concerts, and hot rodding my Chevy Chevelle. That said, I still listened and learned…a lot.

Due to my undying love and respect for this man, I gladly agreed to read a book he recommended called “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” by Gary Allen. Although brief, this book was filled with valuable information on the Trilateral Commission, the Rockefeller family and numerous other power players.

With the advent of the Internet and social media, many of us are now fully aware of the puppet masters who pull the strings from behind the curtains. But back then, most would consider such talk a “tin foil hat” conspiracy theory. However, as a free thinker armed with the knowledge of how our world really works, I developed a keen interest in politics that grew as the years passed. That’s why throughout the 80s, I diligently studied geo-political events, including the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Fast-forward to the 90s. In this era, I started noticing very little difference between the two establishment parties. I also became concerned about rapidly-increasing globalization, i.e. the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Bank of International Settlements (BIS), World Health Organization (WHO), and a host of others. The New World Order (one-world government) was literally manifesting itself in front of my eyes, and coming to fruition at an alarming pace.

I began reading a weekly column by Congressman Ron Paul, who wrote extensively on these issues. His views encouraged me to learn all the “ins and outs” of the U.S. Constitution, as Dr. Paul is a strict constructionist. It was so refreshing and encouraging to see an elected official stand by his oath of office to work within the confines of our Constitution. After all, it’s technically the Law of the Land, as the United States is (or at least was) a Constitutional Republic.

Edward Griffin (Author of The Creature From Jekyll Island) Washington DC

Long after discovering that the political system is nothing more than a false left/right paradigm, I envisioned jumping into the political arena myself. What further fueled my passion to enter politics was reading “The Creature from Jekyll Island” by G. Edward Griffin, one of the most profound books ever written. As fate would have it, I had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Griffin at a Ron Paul Rally in Washington D.C., where I thanked him for writing such an important book.

Although my vision of becoming a formidable force in the political arena seemed to be within my grasp, reality set in. From my research, I learned that the average cost to win a congressional seat during that time was a whopping $1.3 million. I marveled at how much money would be needed to serve my country by getting elected. I also discovered that in 2008, the approximate salary of a Congressman was $177,000 a year, with even higher salaries if one served on a committee. In fact, the greater the level of service, the greater the corruption.

Dan Frank & Ron Paul Washington DC @ The National Press Club

The idea of running for Congress continued to gnaw at me. Then one day while getting fuel at a local station, a gentleman approached me to ask me why I had a Ron Paul sticker on the back of my truck. I answered that in my opinion, Dr. Paul was the most moral statesman in Congress. I told him that every vote he cast must meet the Constitutional threshold; otherwise he would not vote on the bill, which is why he was nicknamed “Dr. No.” The gentleman responded, “I’m Bruce Slater, and I’m running for Congress here in PA’s 16th District with the Democrat Party.” After that, we exchanged a few pleasantries and went our separate ways.

I tend to be an impetuous person, but not this time. I thought long and hard on the matter, and concluded that my encounter with Bruce was a sign for me to act. That’s when I reached out to the Constitution Party, which just happened to be headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (the 16th District). I asked if they had already chosen a candidate for the 16th District. As fate would have it, they hadn’t.
I met with the Chairman, Jim Clymer and Director, Gary Odom at Jim Clymer’s Law Office, which was also the headquarters of the Constitution Party. Jim Clymer was a private pilot, and I was in the process of taking flying lessons, so we formed an instant friendship. He became my political and aviation mentor as we flew around the country to several political events. During this time, I met many influential people.
Finally, at a meeting in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, I was officially nominated to be PA-16’s District Congressional Candidate for the Constitution Party. Little did I know the work had just begun.

As a candidate, I witnessed the absolute corruption within the system first-hand. Suffice to say the establishment does not want competition and interference from Independents trying to expose the truth. In my opinion, this is one major reason the “powers that be” make it extremely difficult to get on the ballot.

U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes in Kansas City

Almost immediately afterward, I received letters from many organizations, lobbyists, and the press. I attended all three televised debates, and was interviewed by all the local news networks, radio stations and newspapers. I also went to various political events in Washington D.C. and around the country, meeting with such well-known political icons as Congressman Ron Paul, Congressman Tom Tancredo and many others. I even had a private meeting with former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes, who worked under the Reagan Administration.

My hot topics included outsourcing of jobs (i.e. globalization / New World Order) and the Patriot Act, as I told my constituents we have just lost our 4th Amendment. (Many didn’t even know what the 4th Amendment was!) I even discussed the trade deficit numbers we have with such countries as China and Mexico.

Undoubtedly, my most controversial topic was how the “war on terror” was fraudulent, and would continue endlessly, with no clearly-defined enemy in sight. Living in a very conservative Republican District, this was no easy task. I always ended every interview and speech by saying, “Please don’t take my words as gospel truth; do your own research.” Armed with a plethora of information, I did everything in my power to expose the bogus two-party system.

It was gratifying to receive emails from constituents who thanked me for bringing up such issues (The Fed, Patriot Act, Globalization, Trade Deficit and the “war on terror” fraud).

Having worked as a manger in Information Technology in the corporate sector most of my life, this experience was a whole new world for me. Although I wasn’t a seasoned politician, my decades of research provided all the ammo I needed to confidently speak what I knew to be truth. But truth was the last thing the establishment wanted.

For example, the other candidates and I were politely told that we dare not speak against the official 9/11 narrative. In fact, under no circumstances were we to even broach that topic. Also considered taboo was any criticism of Israel. It didn’t matter how biased or blatantly false the news is, it’s a topic U.S. Candidates dared not touch.

Most people are unaware of a highly influential lobby organization in Washington D.C. that is by far the most powerful in terms of influence on our foreign policy. Its name? The America Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC). For any candidate to stand a chance in the race, one must give their unconditional support for Israel. In fact, AIPAC makes candidates sign an oath to always support Israel on every vote in Congress. Few in office who don’t abide by AIPAC’s demands have survived in politics, a secret primarily known only to insiders.

Dan Frank with Lou Dobbs (CNN in Washington DC

Candidates quickly learn that if you do not play the game and relinquish your convictions to fight the establishment, having any real shot of winning an election is slim. And that is being optimistic, even as a mainstream Republican or Democrat. Given my moral compass, I wasn’t willing to play that game. Instead I used my platform to spread truth to as many as possible in my district. I was determined to do whatever possible within my power to help save our Constitutional Republic. I even discussed how the Federal Reserve was not federal at all; it’s a private bank. Surprisingly, very few knew this fact.

It was an incredible experience to learn what really goes on behind the scenes in politics, and to fulfill my dream of having a platform for spreading truth – at least in part. I say this because if I could go back in time, AIPAC would have been one of my main political issues. As stated above, questioning AIPAC or even criticizing Israel has destroyed many a career.

In closing, even with all the long, grueling hours, it was a fascinating and extremely gratifying year. I met so many wonderful and interesting people. Although I didn’t win that election, I witnessed first-hand the amazing number of people who awoke or were on the path to awakening to what’s really going on in this country. And that fact alone made it all worthwhile.


Ariyana Love

Ariyana Love is Director of Occupy Palestine TV and Middle East Rising (TLB) news channels. She is a Goodwill Ambassador to Palestine, founder of an international foundation, a human rights defender and activist.

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