Thursday, July 10, 2014
Rob Ford: The Beast, the Bully, and the Bigot
Well I think this much can safely be said about Rob Ford. You can send him off to a luxury rehab in Muskoka, where other millionaires like him live.
You can shoot him full of horse tranquilizer, so you can try to put him on a healthy diet, or load him onto a treadmill.
You can even keep him from hanging out with dangerous gangbangers...for a month.
But you can't take the bully out of that ghastly gorilla.
Mayor Rob Ford pushed and scuffled with fellow rehab residents and was so verbally abusive that he was kicked out of his group therapy program, according to people who have knowledge of his two month stay at GreeneStone.
Or cure his ugly homophobia.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is brushing off fresh charges of homophobia, after he stayed in his seat during a long ovation by city council to recognize the success of the WorldPride festivities.
The city’s troubled leader set off a fresh controversy just minutes into Wednesday’s council meeting when he remained rooted to his seat while other councillors got to their feet, clapping in tribute to those who had worked on the 10-day celebration – an image that quickly became widely circulated on social media.
Because he has always been a crass vulgar bully, who likes to push others around or threaten them. He has always been an anti-gay bigot.
And so ingrained is that bigotry that he couldn't even lift his fat ass out of his seat for a moment to recognize the work of those who helped organize the hugely successful WorldPride festivities...
Even though two million people attended this parade alone. Even though it was an amazing celebration of peace, love, and diversity, that made Toronto and Canada look good in the eyes of the world. For a change.
And even though the festivities pumped millions and millions of dollars into the city's economy.
But then that's homophobia. It's a disease that stunts people, or deforms them, and makes them say and do horrible things.
And that's Rob Ford, a beast, a bully, a vulgar misogynist, a brutish bigot, and still living in denial.
It was an unmistakable snub from the mayor – the same mayor who has declined since taking office to march in the Pride parade; the same mayor who tried to have the rainbow flag hauled down from a flagstaff at City Hall when it was raised to back gay rights in Russia. So much for the idea that he didn’t really mean it when he made those vile remarks. His sullen boycott of the WorldPride ovation gave the lie to that dubious claim.
Like the so called Ford Nation, which will now be called to explain itself.
The mayor’s behaviour should give pause to those voters who are still planning to vote for him in the Oct. 27 election. Recent polls show that around one in five has that intent. Perhaps they think they are voting for low taxes or subways or better customer service at city hall. But if Mr. Ford’s display at city council is anything to go by, they are also voting for bigotry.
And the good news? The Moron Nation is shrinking.
That bump in the mayor’s numbers that the pundits were expecting upon his (sorta) teary-eyed return from rehab – what pollsters call the “dead cat bounce” – hasn’t happened. In fact, voters are turning off in droves. The latest poll released by Nanos Research on Monday, July 7, spells trouble with a capital T for the mayor, putting him in third place for the first time – behind (John)Tory and Olivia Chow.
And it's almost safe to ignore him.
Not having to pay attention to Ford sounds like an attractive proposition, but pretending he’s not there won’t exorcise the memories. For that to happen, we need to be reminded periodically of just how effed-up his reign of error has been. That’s a required part of the process of our own recovery. In the meantime, enjoy the shit-show, knowing it’ll all be over on election day, October 27. Or maybe sooner at this rate.
This Con horror show is almost over, and one way or the other it will have a happy ending.
Either we will defeat the bigot bully, humiliate him, and send him off to California.
Where he says he will go if he loses.
Or the beast will not be tamed.
And it will destroy itself...
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