Rep. Barney Frank can no longer take for granted his core group of voters in his liberal district, the Jews of Brookline and Newton, Mass. The anti-Israel tilt of President Barack Obama as well as the anti-Israel attitudes of many on the far left, including those on the far Jewish left, have caused many liberal Jewish voters to reconsider their long-held allegiances. This is a phenomenon that is taking on a national coloration. At last the American Jewish community, traditionally liberal, is waking up and considering which policies are best for the future of America and Israel. Jews are at last tuning in to the true nature of their heritage and faith – and it's about time.
Frank disgraced himself recently when he told the Boston Herald that Israel's defensive action in stopping an attempt by Hamas supporters to break the Gaza blockade made him feel ashamed to be a Jew. I agree with Barney Frank. As a Jew, I am also ashamed that Barney Frank is a Jew.
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Frank is facing a serious challenger this November in Republican Sean Bielat. Mr. Bielat recently received a rousing and sustained round of applause at a Jewish event held by a group called Americans for Peace and Tolerance. Such a reception would have been unheard of at a Jewish event until recently. Sean Bielat is a Marine captain, a Harvard graduate, a businessman and a true conservative in a year in which the district and the country is turning toward conservative candidates as a means to balance the leftward shift of the Obama administration and the Reid-Pelosi Congress. Responding to Frank's comments to the Herald, Bielat stated, "Unlike Barney Frank, I'm not 'ashamed' of our closest ally in the Middle East when it uses legitimate and lawful action to protect its security." Republican Sen. Scott Brown recently carried Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District in a special election to fill the seat vacated by the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Frank has a long history of screwing up everything he touches. On national security, Frank thought it was a progressive idea to strike the exclusion clause from the Immigration and Nationality Act. The passage of his bill in 1990, according to Clinton administration CIA directors James Woolsey and George Tenet, made it possible for terrorists to enter the United States with legal visas. On housing policy, Frank thought it was progressive to coerce banks into handing out mortgages to people who couldn't afford them and then to run interference for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when the mortgages started to go into default. This caused the single largest credit implosion in history and a bailout of Fannie and Freddie that involved the transfer of trillions of taxpayer dollars needed to prop up the mortgage collapse, a bailout that is still under way.
Besides criticizing Israel for stopping the terrorist flotilla, Frank also told the Herald that he wants Israel to strip a half a millions Jews from the West Bank. Given his sorry record of meddling in American national security and in the American domestic economy, it would be advisable for Israel to proceed with caution when it comes to accepting advice from Barney Frank. The man is a walking menace who should be retired and taken out of harm's way as soon as possible. While most Americans understand that Frank is an utter disgrace, he should also be viewed as an embarrassment by well-meaning liberals. The voters of the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts will have their opportunity to retire Frank in just a couple of weeks and they have a credible and, indeed, an excellent candidate to vote for and elect in Sean Bielat.
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Chuck Morse is the author of "The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin Al-Hussein."