Friday, October 03, 2008

Barney Frank Was Ambushed!

Years ago, when I used to watch Bill O'Reilly, I distinctly remember him refer to Barney Frank as perhaps the smartest man he's ever interviewed. O'Reilly said he didn't agree with Barney Frank on anything; however, looked forward to the challenge of interviewing him.

Fast forward to the latest interview. Bill O'Reilly becomes extremely angry right away, refusing to let Barney Frank talk. Why? Because O'Reilly knew if he gave Barney Frank an inch, he would take a mile. He knew that Frank wouldn't let him blame the entire financial meltdown on him and the Democratic party.

Prior to Bill O'Reilly's temper tantrum, O'Reilly lied, and said Barney Frank became Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) in 2006 (9/30 episode). Barney Frank started the position in January of 2007, at the same time, the Democrats won over the House and the Senate. He also quoted Frank from 2003, and tried to apply it to his current position, further blaming him for the crisis.

This goes beyond Bill O'Reilly, although I'm sure O'Reilly enjoyed every moment. Fox News, the mouthpiece for the Republicans, has pegged Barney Frank as the "whipping boy" and the scapegoat for the financial crisis that they caused. Why Barney Frank? Well, aside from being Chairman (HFSC), the position he's held for less than two years, he is gay and we know how the Conservatives love to throw gay people to the lions to either promote their agenda or cover their ass.

Bill O'Reilly was foaming at the mouth and would have loved to call Barney Frank a faggot. However, O'Reilly knew that would be stepping over the line and might ruin this excellent opportunity to blame the Democrats. So, he did the next best thing and attacked Barney Frank's manhood, by calling Frank a coward and telling him that he's not a man, that he didn't "stand up" like a man, knowing that people who were watching, either knew, or would find out, that Barney Frank is gay. All of a sudden through the power of suggestion, O'Reilly's accusations make perfect "sense" to the average ignorant person.

The Neocons understand how important it is to keep the general public in the dark. That's the only way to maintain control and spread their bullying, scapegoating propaganda, essential to maintaining their control. They take advantage of our ignorance and manipulate us through our underlying biases, realizing that repetition of the lie will transform that lie into the "truth". My father, who watches Fox News, told me they replay this interview over and over.

“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." -- George W. Bush.

“Propaganda proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes - The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth” -- Jacques Ellul
Most people don't know all that much about Barney Frank. Most people don't know all that much about the financial crisis. It's easy to find a scapegoat when the public has no idea what's going on.

The Conservatives know Barney Frank is smart and they know he is not a coward. That's why they went for the jugular. Anyone who has watched Barney Frank knows he has no problem standing up for himself and for what he believes, thus the reason they used Bill O'Reilly, the biggest bully on T.V., to do their dirty work.

Is Barney Frank innocent of wrongdoing? Probably not. However, Barney Frank, who has championed the people's rights throughout most of his career, is not even close to being the cause of this mess.

Unfortunately, most people do not know the collapse of the banking industry did not start yesterday. It started thirty-years ago, when Ronald Reagan declared his extreme "free market" ideology and began the process of deregulating as much as he could, making sure his agenda would be carried out for years to come. It continued with Greenspan's wholehearted belief in an unregulated market; his belief in his hero, Ayn Rand and her philosophy of the morality of individual greed; his insistence on keeping interest rates artificially low, and inflating the housing and stock market bubbles...


Anonymous,  12:52  

The philosophy of the FOMC is that the control of short-term interest rates is better placed in the hands of a few guys meeting in secret to set the price of money. The very notion flies in the face of the free market, hence the hypocrisy of Greenspan.

If anyone should be blamed, it's Greenspan, yet Greenspan takes no fault and no one seems to press the issue.

Barney Frank, as smart as he supposedly is should have seen this coming and should not have allowed himself to become the sacrificial lamb.

I really think Frank underestimated Fox News, Bill O'Reilly and the Right and that he alone could not defeat them. I think there was a little hubris on Frank's part.

Anonymous,  13:30  

That has nothing to do with what's going on. You are bring up things that have nothing to do with the financial crisis in an effort to exonerate Frank.

He is guilty as charged.

Roth's stepchild 12:13  

I agree that Greenspan is one of the major culprits and that his idea of "free market" economics is the equivalent to calling the spin zone, the "no-spin" zone, lol.

Thanks for the comment!

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