Pleading With The Addict

Marc Fisher has a column in the Post today that deals with Marion Barry’s sad drug addiction and his status in the community. He’s absolutely right. We’re enablers. We’re complicit in his addiction so that we can laugh at him when he falls. We secretly hope that he’ll do something else, something gloriously stupid, something grandiosely corrupt, so we can mock him and make social profit from jokes against him, or look magnanimous when we forgive his transgressions. But it’s time to set that aside.

I write this not as captain of Metroblogging DC, but as a private citizen upset with corruption, upset with our broken system of accountability, and upset with the DC Council for supporting his antics. Step down, Mr. Barry. Get clean. Get healthy. Become a public advocate, not this public embarrassment.

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