Barney Frank is smart and concise, some might say rude. None of us have time to waste on people who clutter the air with extraneous words. I respect Frank’s ability to cut to the chase. I admire his talent for ignoring fools. He’s a gay Democrat; what’s not to like?
As Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, he made an epic breach in becoming personally involved in a deal to assist OneUnited Bank where Maxine Waters’ husband had significant holdings. It’s human nature to want to help a friend. It’s a violation of the public trust to help that friend with taxpayer money.
It’s a conundrum. I like Frank, that old intellect groupie thing again, but just because I like him doesn’t mean he should get a pass. Elected officials should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us. Barney has done a lot of good things for underprivileged people and he’s a defender of the working class. Unfortunately, he lost his balance. Simultaneous good and bad deeds do not cancel each other out; character credits do not nullify debits. While I’m sure Congress, for those career members (term limits), comes to feel like a big, dysfunctional family, nepotism can’t be tolerated. Barney’s lapse would’ve been trotted out through the election cycle, it would’ve been draining.
Barney’s 71, it’s time. Bye-bye Barney, bye-bye.