LOS ANGELES, November 29, 2011―Barney Frank held a press conference to announce that he is retiring from Congress when his current term ends. He let America know that once he was finished destroying the U.S. economy by triggering the 2008 financial crisis, there was nothing left for him to accomplish.
His retirement was a tacit admission that the Democrats will not be retaking the House in 2012, denying him the chance to retake the chairmanship of the Financial Services Committee to inflict more damage.
Congressman Frank also took great pride in his ability to gut the military, and his ideological blinders caused him to wreck the dreams of minorities by giving them the gift of home foreclosures.
Mr. Frank also managed to end up unscathed by having not one, but two different criminal enterprises run out of his home. One of his former partners ran a prostitution ring out of the Frank residence. Years later another paramour ran a drug ring from that very same location.
Congressman Frank kept insisting, whether it be the hookers, the blow, or the subprime mess, that he was caught off guard. Is being a clueless clod unable to grasp reality any better than acting with malice? Some would say incompetence is worse.
The question is not why Barney Frank is retiring. He admitted the real reason. Thanks to redistricting, he no longer has a safe Massachusetts seat where every two years he hobnobbed with like-minded liberal bluebloods with noses (some without rhinoplasty) to match. He is being placed in a new district where he would actually have to listen to people rather than basking in the glow of supporters while bullying the occasional dissenter.
In 2010, after years of barely token opposition, he actually had to compete in his last election. He spoke passionately about the fishing industry, but the only thing he was fishing for was a graceful exit to avoid a humiliating rebuke. He took the cue from his financially destructive Senate co-conspirator Christopher Dodd and ran out the back door.
The real question is why it took so long for him to leave. How did a man so hurtful to society on so many levels last so long?
Barney Frank had one weapon to cling to power. Barney Frank is homosexual. Some people play the race card and the gender card. Barney Frank played the gay card.
Sometimes his antagonists on the right helped his crusade by making fun of his lisp. They would imitate his voice using Elmer Fudd language. A former GOP Majority Leader once called him “Barney (rhymes with bag).” (That Congressman apologized.)
Even worse, he has been recommended to join the Penn State football program. To compare Barney Frank to Jerry Sandusky is awful. There are plenty of gay Americans in America, and they do not molest children. To compare homosexuality to pedophilia is just vile.
Yet what Barney Frank would then do is take a microscopic amount of inappropriate comments to attack every single Republican or conservative as anti-gay.
Anybody who criticized Barney Frank for any reason felt his wrath. He was a leftist and an oppressed minority, so he had to be correct all of the time. His intentions were noble and virtuous, and judging him on odd concepts such as actual results is pure bigotry.
This would lead reasonable people to ask a simple question. What in the name of Sigfried and Roy or T. Boone Pickens does a person’s sexuality have to do with financial services?
In the real world, the answer would be “nothing.” The finest scientists and mathematicians could spend hours analyzing a regression analysis of Barney Frank’s lifestyle choices and his votes on financial bills and find virtually zero correlation.
(He does want corporations to provide domestic partner healthcare benefits, but even people on the “far right” never objected to gay people utilizing HMOs. Like most politicians, they just shrugged, not knowing what an HMO actually was.)
The connecting thread is not that he slept with people of his own gender, but that he was sleeping on the job. Sometimes he did both simultaneusly, including the incident of him being caught having sexual relations with a business executive he was supposed to be regulating. A heterosexual would have been accused of a conflict of interest. Barney played the gay card and again successfully silenced his critics.
He presided over one of the worst financial crises in American history, and he never took an ounce of blame. He was warned about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and he plowed ahead. To deny black home ownership based on bizarre criteria such as creditworthiness was racist.
He waved the various minority cards like cudgels, and too many people were intimidated. For 32 years, he sat atop his perch in Massachusetts and made decisions that caused harm in places like Texas and South Carolina. He knew what was best for everybody else, despite knowing virtually nothing. He substituted liberal ideology for common sense and social engineering for financial practicality.
Like all leftists, he blamed George W. Bush. Yet the Bush economy was doing fine under Republican leadership. Americans fired the Republicans over frustration with Iraq, not an economy clicking on all cylinders. When Nancy Pelosi, Christopher Dodd, and Barney Frank took over, they ran America into the ditch. Then the liberals failed at governing and realized the American people had caught on to them. Chris Dodd ran for the hills, and Barney Frank is now following.
Congress just become slightly less hateful. An abusive, nasty, shrill, malcontent was forced to leave rather than be confronted by his record of colossal failure. He will never face true justice, since only Republicans are held accountable for serious misdeeds.
At least he is leaving, rendering the 2011 Thanksgiving weekend a time for giving thanks indeed.
Now he can sleep with as many lawbreakers as he wants. It will be his private business. We will not lecture him about it or lament his moral turpitude. That turpitude again comes not from being gay, but from using his homosexuality to excuse serious misdeeds that deserved scrutiny.
At least he will no longer be lecturing the rest of us.
Good riddance to a bad guy.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
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