Filner imbroglio is all about greed

There is no denying that the special interests have come in for the kill. I will even concede that they had this planned. But to say this is all about greed oversimplifies our current situation and gives us an excuse to do nothing - to remain paralyzed with fear and helplessness - just what the downtown elite want. BUT that doesn't undo the fact that it was Bob Filner who blew it - and that his behavior is unacceptable and that he is no longer capable of running our city. There is no way to put that cat back in the bag. And it doesn't undo the fact that supporters and staff begged him to change his behavior and if he had listened to them, maybe this could have been averted. And that Filner is not going top fix a serious personality disorder with two weeks of therapy. And that this is tearing our progressive community apart and the longer Filner remains in office the worse it gets. And that the REAL culprits in this nightmare are NOT the Republicans who waited like alligators on the shore for the right moment to snatch their prize (That's what alligators do, so why act surprised?), but the Democrats who knew this was a problem and set him up as a target anyway because in their mindset, it's all about winning, not integrity. And they expected that the women being harassed and the staff being verbally abused would put aside their rights for the sake of advancing the common good. Hey, I'm always open to the possibility of a conspiracy. But here's the lay of the land: If we continue to cry "foul" about how this game has been played up until now, we are going to end up with exactly the scenario we fear. We MUST turn this around, and the first thing that must happen to do that is to unite in calling for Bob to step down and replacing him with someone who is as congruent with our values as possible in their personal and public life. And then work like hell to put them in City Hall. We need a survival strategy. Do it different. Be outrageously different. Be ethically strategic. Be congruent. Be fearless and passionate and unstoppable. The longer Bob waits to step down, the more fractured our community becomes, and the less chance we have to pulling together the people we need to make something wonderful happen. If he is really, at least politically, the man we all thought we voted for, he will put aside his ego and personal agenda and step down. We can't do anything until he resigns. His resignation opens the door for us to get to work and removes the thing that is dividing us now. Do we continue to feel used and betrayed, or do we get to work on turning this awful situation around? Do we stay in an abusive relationship just because the abuser has promised to never hurt us again or do we move on, even though the future looks scary and difficult? I never thought I'd have to make that choice again - but I sure do recognize the pattern.
— August 3, 2013 2:54 p.m.

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