Rob Ford Has Trashed Political Decency and Dignity
We’re running out of labels. So far the Rob Ford mess has been called a circus, a gong show, the crazy train, a disgrace, undemocratic and the Gutterbowl. Whatever you call it, just when you thought it couldn’t get worse – it does.
In the space of three weeks, we have watched a man lie, confess, apologize, use cheap talk about his wife, apologize, threaten, apologize some more and turn Toronto City Council into an imitation of a meeting of the Taiwanese legislature which is famous for its fist fights.
I don’t know whatever happened to dignity or taking responsibility for your actions but it appears they left on the last train out of the Big Smoke.
For me it is nothing less than a disgrace and it appears that I am not alone.
Just 48 hours after having apologized for using gutter language in reference to his wife, Rob Ford managed to take political rhetoric to an entirely new level yesterday.
“This folks, reminds me of when Saddam attacked Kuwait and President Bush said ‘I warn you, I warn you, I warn you, do not.’ Well folks, if you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait.” – in Council meeting yesterday
“This is nothing more than a coup d’état” – in Council meeting yesterday
“It’s typical media, you guys are the same, you’re all cut from the same cloth, you guys can spin it any way you want.” – on CNN yesterday
“I’m not going to run around and be phony and lie and I’m not going to have someone try to blackmail me and say they have a video of this over my head” – on CNN and almost a year after having continuously lied about having smoked crack
It’s as if Rob Ford is completely disengaged from reality and is now living in an alternate universe more than ably abetted by his brother Doug and the opportunistic folks at Sun News Media including Ezra Levant who voiced concern that the media would do to Rob Ford what the paparazzi did to Princess Diana.
This isn’t a vendetta by the media; Rob Ford brought this on himself.
Rob Ford is not a victim of anything other than his own actions. In fact the people of Toronto, and the dignity and decency of our political systems, are being victimized by him. He is not a victim of the media, Toronto City council or the so-called elite. In fact, Rob Ford is a member of the privileged set; a millionaire who inherited a good chunk of change from his father.
Despite his lofty claims, he did not win election with the biggest mandate in Toronto history and he has not produced the lowest tax increase in North America.
He is a self-aggrandizing boor who has admitted to breaking the law – many laws and who lied to the very people who elected him and whom he claims to respect.
It’s an opinion being more and more universally shared and expressed.
I think Andrew Coyne summarized it best
This may be coming to an end sooner rather than later, however. Not only has Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak withdrawn his support for the Mayor, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that he finds the situation ‘troubling’ and we all know what happens to people once Stephen Harper starts to find them troubling.
Now that Stephen Harper has spoken up, Rob Ford would do well to spend less time defending the indefensible and more time keeping an eye out for a bus.
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