Monday, May 27, 2013
The Real Horror of the Rob Ford Show
He's spent the last week running from the media.
Refusing to answer questions about a video that shows him smoking crack with a bunch of criminals.
Then he gets to go on his own radio show and claim that there is no video, and the media are maggots.
Asked by a caller to his Sunday radio show whether it is indeed him in the video described by the Star and the U.S. website Gawker, Ford laughed and responded, “Number one, there’s no video, so that’s all I can say. You can’t comment on something that doesn’t exist.”
While his brother Doug denies he was once a big drug dealer, asks listeners to send him personal information about reporters, and threatens the other members of the City council.
“I can go through all 44 councillors right now, folks — and I’m sure I could do it, but I’m not going to. But I have a message for the councillors: you want to keep throwing stones, I’m going to throw boulders right back at you. It’s very simple,” Doug Ford said.
And we are expected to believe them? When Doug Ford is clearly a political thug.
One really has to wonder what DID happen to those video sellers?
Oddly enough the Mayor was silent until it was announced the seller of the video purporting to show him calling Justin Trudeau a “fag” while hitting the crack pipe has stopped returning calls. Could Mr. Ford and/or his associates have acquired the video?
All this is deeply disturbing.
And Rob Ford is the most ghastly crawling creature this city has ever seen...
A monstrous right-wing grub with a political rap sheet as long as his squirming body.
There’s more, a lot more. The slurs against minorities, gays and political opponents. The conflict of interest allegations, and the abuses of power. The appalling lapses in judgment — such as, just this week, permitting his staff to hand out Rob Ford fridge magnets at the funeral of the Toronto Sun’s founder, Peter Worthington.
Through it all, Ford and his repellant brother/enabler, Doug, refuse to accept any responsibility whatsoever. They blame a media conspiracy. They blame “pinkos.” They blame the provincial government. They blame everyone, in fact, who does not accept their retrograde ideology and their reckless ways.
And what makes it even more depressing is that so many Canadians, who don't live in Toronto, or hate it, think this grotesque Con mob show is just a JOKE.
When in fact what's happening in Canada's largest city is just another sign that our democratic system is seriously ill, corrupted by the Cons, smothered by ignorance and indifference. And that's not funny, that's frightening.
With a minimal modicum of effort, any Toronto voter in 2010 could have learned who and what Rob Ford was, both as a person and as a politician. The fact a majority decided a political lightweight was still the best person to lead the nation's largest city is a testament to how little voters actually bother to care about anything anymore.
This is chilling, not hilarious. And the phenomenon is not restricted to the people of Toronto, who now deserve our sympathy and compassion, not ridicule.
That's the real horror of the Rob Ford show. Even a Montrealer like me can see that eh?
Or see what the Ford Cons, Stephen Harper and Don Cherry's little buddies, have done to this city. The streets clogged with cars, the choking fumes, the injured and dead cyclists, the corruption, the chaos, the ignorance, the bigotry.
I've seen how this so-called champion of the people, and his fellow millionaires, treat the poorest and the most miserable. Or what he did to the humblest of the humblest.
My friend Jake the donkey at Far Enough Farm on the Toronto Islands...
He's 43 years old, he has lived happily on the little hobby farm for almost 30 years. But now Ford has sold the farm to the owner of a tiny amusement park next door who probably can't afford to keep it up.
Because Ford didn't have less than $200,000 to keep it going. But he did have more than $500,000 to tear up bike lanes all over the city.
Oh yeah. I've seen what he's done.
I understand the anger...
And the shame....
Greg Perry/Toronto Star
And here's the good news eh?
We ARE going to fuck Ford and his Con gang. Oh boy are we EVER.
We are going to unite behind a good, strong progressive candidate like Olivia Chow. And we are going to whup Ford's sleazy ass in 2014. If the police don't arrest him first.
Yup. We are going to put the grubby maggot back in the bottle. Or the crack pipe.
Because he can't go too soon. And for the sake of our Canada.
We can't fight him hard enough...
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