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  •  The sad thing is.... (6+ / 0-)

    ....back in the late 1960s and 1970s, Barry was a truly inspiring figure in the Civil Rights movement and, when he started out as Mayor of DC, he was actually pretty good. But, then, he got to like power way too much, became corrupt, drug-addicted, and eventually went to prison. He served one more term as Mayor after being in prison, but that was mostly DC giving a middle finger to Congress. Like, "Fuck you Republicans, we're going to elect a crack smoker rather than take orders from you." Fortunately, he's a lot more low profile these days. He's really worn out his welcome everywhere in DC, outside of his ward.

    •  I lived in DC in the 70s and believe me (4+ / 0-)
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      he was not an inspiring figure. Even then there were rumors of incompetence and corruption. If I had been living in DC when he ran for mayor against Sharon Pratt Dixon (after his drug bust), I would voted for a Republican for the first and only time in my life.

      You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

      by yellowdog on Wed May 06, 2009 at 07:29:35 AM PDT

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      •  I remember the Republican candidate.... (2+ / 0-)
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        Aspe4, chemicalresult '94, Carol Schwartz, got something like 46% of the vote, which would be unthinkable for almost any other Republican in DC. Of course, anywhere outside of DC, Schwartz would be a Democrat.

      •  I think it started to get really bad (0+ / 0-)

        in the early 80' least that is when I really started to take notice.  We had a pothole in front of our house that was so large we ended up putting a mattress in it.  Prior to the mattress cars kept getting flat tires and then knocking on our door at all hours of the night to call for help. This was before cells phones were common place.  
        Trash cans in the alley were left overflowing for weeks at a time and rats started to become common place in very trendy NW neighborhoods.  

        Reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine

        by ScienceMom on Wed May 06, 2009 at 07:43:16 AM PDT

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      •  I wasn't born 'till '79.... (0+ / 0-)

        ....but my dad was a grad student in DC in the 70s and he thought Barry was pretty inspiring at first, but that he got corrupt as time went along.

    •  It's true (6+ / 0-)

      He was a true soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, and when he first became mayor he did some good things. I was in DC in college at the time, and he established a "Mayor's Youth Leadership Camp" for the summer which was amazing. He brought in the "knuckleheads" from all over D.C. (all races) and then also all of the most thoughtful, advanced people in D.C. in the areas of education, psychology, youth development, anti-crime, career counseling, etc., and the program was amazing.

      He also called off the police at 6 in the morning when they were on the verge of breaking into Howard's administration building and arresting the 500 students who were there protesting (including me!) in a likely to be violent confrontation.

      But the rest, as they say, is history . . .

    •  He would have been remembered as a great mayor (0+ / 0-)

      had he left after two terms. It is very sad.

      All my IP addresses have been banned from

      by charliehall on Wed May 06, 2009 at 07:53:32 AM PDT

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