Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous

Marion Barry Robbed at Gunpoint

...you can always run for mayor of DC!

For those who are not Good Charlotte fans, I am quoting the lyrics to a great song, "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous," which mocks, who else, the rich and the famous for all their petty problems. Its only appropriate that a band out of Waldorf, MD write a song mocking Marion Barry directly.

And its my turn, as a true DC Native, to mock a former mayor who (like all politicians) promised to lower crime in the District, got caught with crack and a whore in a hotel room. And now the same elected official who, as far as I can see, has never actually done one good thing for this city, has become the victim of crime himself.

Is it wrong of me that I hope this actually makes something happen? That now that Barry himself has had a gun pointed in his face (and we all know what type of gun I hope it was), maybe he will actually do something to fix the city's problems? Or is that being too hopeful?

There is an interesting ironic note in his quote though. "I hope that people out here will just hunt them down and let the police know who they are," Barry said. Did he really just condone vigilantism?? He's a freaking elected official! He could have and should have said, "I trust that DC's finest will do their job and justice will be served." But why would he? Does anyone have that sort of trust in DC's finest? No! Does anyone even refer to them as DC's finest? I never have!

Some favorite Barry quotes-
"I promise you a police car on every sidewalk."
"If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate." (OH HOW I LOVE THE IRONY!)
"I am a great mayor; I am an upstanding Christian man; I am an intelligent man; I am a deeply educated man; I am a humble man."

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