LESSONS LEARNED #9: “Liberal politicians have more fun because their licentious behavior is more readily forgiven.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 15th, 2010

THOSE WHO LIVE in glass houses shouldn’t through stones.  And as far as the Democrats are concerned, the Republicans live in glass houses.  Especially those associated with the Religious Right.  They don’t like these people.  At all.

The Left likes to bring the fun in.  The Right tries to keep it out.  Since the sixties, the Left has been liberalizing their behavior.  Drugs and free love came from the sixties.  And the uptight, sexually repressed Right has been dogging them ever since.  The Right will point at the rise in crime rates and venereal diseases this liberalization gave us.  The Left will then say something derogatory about Ronald Reagan and call your mother a whore.

So there’s a little animosity between the Left and the Right.  The Left doesn’t like moral crusaders.  The Right doesn’t like Sodom and Gomorrah.  And when someone on the Right is caught doing something they say the Left shouldn’t be doing, look out.  It’s payback time.  And payback is a bitch.  Especially if you dwell in a glass house.

BARNEY FRANK ADMITTED to paying a male prostitute for sex.  He later hired this man as a personal assistant.  While Frank was away, his assistant may have used Frank’s apartment to see clients while plying his trade. 

Frank wrote letters to his assistant’s parole board (he had a record).  He fixed some parking tickets, too.   The House reprimanded him for that.  But he remained in office.  There were those who tried to censure him and expel him from the House.  That didn’t happen.  Ethics-wise, it just wasn’t that big of a deal.  I mean, paying for sex.  Who hasn’t done that?  And fixing a parking ticket or two.  In Washington?  Come on.  It’s Washington.

One Republican was especially earnest in trying to remove Frank from office.  Larry Craig. 

FAST FORWARD A couple of decades.  Larry Craig was in an airport men’s room.   There had been complaints about gay men using the public toilets to hook up with each other to have sex.  This is not something you necessarily want to be around when you take your son into the men’s room.  Hence the complaints.  So there Craig was, apparently using the signals to initiate a hook-up.  And the guy on the next toilet turns out to be a cop.

Now, instead of compassion for a man struggling with his sexuality (if in fact he was trying to engage in homosexual behavior), there was no love shown to Craig.  Even within his own party.  They gave him a choice.  Either resign.  Or resign.  Which he did.  Then he changed his mind.  He finished his term but didn’t run for reelection.  His political career was over.  Lewd behavior with a consenting adult (albeit in an inappropriate place) is apparently worse than buying sex from a prostitute.  And worse than fixing tickets.  At least, as far as Congress is concerned.

Instead of embracing him for letting loose and exploring his sexuality, the Left pilloried him.  Called him a hypocrite.  Didn’t care about the turmoil of emotions he was feeling.  Gay or not he was a bad man.  They remembered his role in the Barney Frank affair.  And it was time for a little payback.

BARNEY FRANK ENTERED into a relationship with Herb Moses.  It lasted approximately from 1987 until 1998.  This is interesting.  Do you know where Moses worked from 1991 until 1998?  I’ll give you a hint.  Think subprime mortgage crisis.

Moses was an executive at Fannie Mae.  Guess what he did there.  He worked on programs to help credit-challenged people buy new homes.  Now guess what Barney Frank was doing during this time.  He worked on the House Banking Committee.   It was his committee’s job to keep Fannie Mae (and Freddie Mac) from doing anything stupid.  But he didn’t.  Frank pushed to loosen regulations.  In fact, he fought against Republican attempts to strengthen regulations on Fannie and Freddie.

Now, we can’t be certain what was happening between Frank and Moses.  But we do know this.  During their relationship, Fannie Mae prospered.  They did this by growth.  Much of that growth came from the subprime mortgage business.  Despite high default percentages, Congress allowed Fannie and Freddie to buy riskier mortgages.  The Frank-Moses relationship ended in 1998, a few months AFTER Moses left Fannie Mae.  The cause of the financial meltdown in 2008 resulted from all those high-risk subprime loans that Frank and Moses made possible in the previous decade.

Some would say it would be reckless and irresponsible to draw any conclusions from this.  Others would say, “What are you?  Blind?”

FEW DISPUTE THAT Fannie and Freddie caused the financial crash.  But few blamed Frank.  And Frank blamed Republicans.  And Wall Street.  No one questioned Frank’s actions on the House Banking Committee.  No one questioned the very obvious conflict of interest between the legislator writing the law and the Fannie Mae executive profiting from the law.  No ethics investigation.  Why?

That’s easy.  Just ask yourself this.  What do you think would have happened if Larry Craig had played the role of Barney Frank?



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