Sunday, October 31, 2010
Rob Ford and the Homophobes
As you know, I believe that Rob Ford won by such a large margin, partly because he harnessed the twin demons of racism and homophobia.
Now I see that the homophobe Michael Coren at least partly agrees.
Ford not only won, he smashed his opponents and was declared Toronto’s mayor within eight minutes of the polls closing.
The chattering classes are claiming this was because the white, angry, male and suburban people voted for him. Some did. But it takes more than that to win.
What these liberal dinosaurs refuse to grasp and are too insecure to accept is ethnic Toronto is conservative. Smitherman is gay and speaks of his husband. Many Muslims, Tamils, West Indians, Africans and others responded with an electoral “not our values.”
Now it's easy to dismiss someone like Coren, if this hadn't happened.
Or there weren't other troubling signs that immigrants are making this country more conservative.
And the the Cons weren't trying to harness those retrograde attitudes and use them to get a majority.
But I am still hopeful that won't happen in Toronto.
Because I think that in a city as diverse as this one, even the bigot immigrants will soon come to realize, that the Cons are not their friends. And that if they set fire to the social fabric the flames will consume us ALL.
Besides most of the young immigrants are on our side. So Coren can crow all he wants. But the battle for Toronto is not over, it's just beginning.
Bigotry will not triumph.
And if he squeals too loud and too foul.
The Pig Man will not RULE...