It's so insane that you must see and hear it to believe it. He actually says that President Bush committed the atrocity of genocide on the citizens of New Orleans via Hurricane Katrina. The sound quality of the YouTube video is quite bad, so you may have to listen to it a few times.
Get ready for a lot more of this in the next two years, folks, as the Democrats are going to accuse the Republicans of everything short of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. I hope that the American people wise up and fast to the realization that their electing nut cases such as this guy to run the government was a monstrous mistake. The lunatics are running the asylum.
Bryan at Hot Air is also following this story and is so ticked off that he posted the telephone number to Rep. Frank's office, which is (202)225-5931.
I couldn't agree with him more when he writes this:
Genocide. Let that word work its way around your mind for an moment. Genocide is the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group. Think about that. And then watch the most grotesque public statement made by any elected official in the United States in the last 100 years.
He also recommends that you read this piece about why things went so horribly wrong in New Orleans, and it's not because of the Bush Administration.
Update: One commenter who says he lives in NO writes this:
GOOD for Barney Frank! Finally someone with enough personal courage to speak the truth. Keep up the good work, Mr Frank! Us here in New Orleans appreciate you and your fellow democrats.
I can not let that comment go and have to ask the commenter a question:
Do you really believe that George Bush perpetrated genocide on the citizens of New Orleans? You really believe that he intended to kill the citizens of New Orleans en masse to make Louisiana more Republican? The whole accusation is so freakishly sick and twisted, I have a hard time getting my mind around it.
And if it's so easy for you to believe this about President Bush, then why aren't you accusing the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of NO of the same thing? They, after all, were the ones who had complete control over the miserably inadequate evacuation plans, yet failed to implement even those efficiently. The mayor of NO is the one who failed to utilized the buses that sat like tombs in school parking lots.
I feel very bad for you in that your life and city have been turned upside down, but for you to blame it all on President Bush while giving the governor and mayor a pass is really unbelievable to me.
Update II: Bryan at Hot Air has the transcript of Frank's comments and in his statement he accuses of the Bush Administration of ethnic cleansing in the sense that they are deliberately allowing the city to sit in ruins to as to prevent poor, African American citizens from returning so as to make New Orleans more Republican.
Here is the transcript, which is missing quite a few words because the audio was so bad:
"It's not ethnic cleansing in the sense that they're killing people or [driving] people out, but what we need to recognize here is that, they're in this happy position for them, where the federal government does nothing, as they become richer and richer, because well not only black people needed housing assistance, but they were [predominantly poor, who did it], to simply not do anything to alleviate this housing crisis which ... was being exacerbated by Katrina ... [inaudible] they, they, they let the hurricane do the ethnic cleansing, because then they're, all they're doing is not resisting it, that's why I call ethnic cleansing by inaction, and I know that there are people who were very happy that, as a result, ... [inaudible] ... [so that] Louisiana would become a more widely Republican [city] ... [inaudible] ... because if you lose 100,000 black voters ... then you have to take a state that was prodominately Republican and made it [inaudible]."
So he's not accusing the Bush Administration of actually killing NO citizens but instead of letting the hurricane do it for them. What?!