Here I was hoping for a quiet day…
Well, that didn’t happen. And, I have to admit, I didn’t get all that much accomplished over the course of the day, glued as I was to the various news feeds (especially the Twitter- #inadrunkenstupor and #TOpoli in particular) and laughing literally out loud to some of the bon mots that clever people were posting. @chrisknightfilm wins with: ‘Rob Ford and Alex Trebek- 2 Canadians obsessed with just how you phrase your questions’. IMHO.
The laughter was short-lived and little more than a relief of tension.
Like the rest of the City, I waited with anticipation- although without much hope for a respectable and respectful outcome- for the second press conference of the day.
Sucks to be proven right sometimes.
Stopping on the way home to get some errands run, I thought that some of the anger might have dissipated by the time I hit the couch to get some work done. No such luck.
He is the CHIEF MAGISTRATE of Toronto.
I veryvery much believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions- be they informed by experience or concerted investigation.
For the first time ever I find that I really can’t see my way through to entertaining an exchange of ideas with someone who thinks that Rob Ford should still be- at the end of this day- the Mayor of Toronto.
Per usual, the comments I have seen lauding him for ‘standing his ground’ are doling out the same old sound bites that he, his inner circle and big bro keep dragging out over and over and over. That many of these missives are ungrammatical and poorly spelled is also something that I’ve come to expect.
But I just can’t.
I cannot see how anyone can continue to defend this man and his character and policies.
I just can’t.
And by ending his ‘apology’ with some campaigning for re-election, he is demonstrating the reality that people are expected to have the attention spans of carp (a fish with a very poor memory span- although I’m really not sure how that was discovered…) and vote for him again.
Saddest part? They will. Likely in droves.
Because pandering and throwing barbeques seems to be a political tactic that encourages forgiveness for any-and-everything.
I was ragingly angry earlier. Now I’m just sad. For this City that I love. For those who rely on City services and public transportation. And for those who are relying on sustainable and responsible external investment in the City to produce employment opportunities and economic stability.
And that’s before even acknowledging the continuing demonstration that the public is CHOOSING to willfully support those who deserve no such thing. Why? Because buying into an easy line of chattered slogans that fits with their personal wish lists and specific way of looking at the world, rather than actually looking for the betterment, integrity and ethical grounding of the population as a whole, requires no examination or analysis of a sort that may tax one’s supposed intellect or take time away from the assorted infotainment, reality programming and shows about zombies that are seemingly much more important than looking for answers and potential responses to corruption and the seeking of power for its own sake.
It’s about more than Ford (and his brother- the things HE had to say about Chief Blair today completely beggar understanding). It’s about systemic lapses in values like honesty and accountability. The Senate scandal is another all-too-real-and-present example of this reality.
I’m done for the day. The internet and the 24-hour news stations are getting shut down for the night. I’m at such a loss that and so drained of understanding that I don’t even know how to begin to shape an adequate response to this latest demonstration of our willful idiocy.
Fair warning, though, to those I see over the next while. If you’re part of that particular ‘Nation’, I’d suggest you’d better have something other than a platitude about saved taxes or a rant about the media invading his privacy or the citation of a biblical passage about stones being tossed if you want to engage with me in anything resembling a dialogue. And if you didn’t vote at all 3 years ago? Yeah, then I’m not really inclined to listen to anything you have to say on the subject right now.
It’s all too raw.
Some will likely suggest that I’m taking it all ‘too personally’. I HAVE to take it personally. We- human beings– are better than this. We HAVE to- in spite of ‘reasons’ that are ‘justified’ by regressive ideologies or determined small-mindedness- elect leaders with a broader vision than that which serves only our immediate interests. Expediency- political or personal- is beneath the best of us.
Lately I have thrown around a number of criticisms of political leaders and their inclinations to throw others in front of the bus to save their own skins or to distract us from one issue by focusing on another.
As I said yesterday, while our political leaders are presenting a picture of a tidy, economically prosperous house, the undersides of the country’s carpets are becoming irreparably dust-laden.
If we do have to put up with the continuation of the lack of ethics, extraordinary dishonesty and completely self-interested hubris we have seen evinced (seemingly daily) until the next election(s), I can only hope that the voting population will remember that Ford is a PROVEN LIAR when it comes time to go to the polls yet again.
Otherwise Alanis’ story of an inappropriate and dysfunctional relationship could well be Toronto’s continuing story. I, for one, am sick of being in this co-dependent situation with a pathological, bullying and duplicitous individual who betrays no evidence of anything resembling impulse control.
‘Ooh, this could get messy
But you don’t seem to mind
Ooh, don’t go telling everybody
And overlook this supposed crime
We’ll fast forward to a few years later and
No one knows except the both of us
And I have honored your request for silence
And you’ve washed your hands clean of this
What part of our history’s reinvented and under rug swept?
What part of your memory is selective and tends to forget?’
Yes, I just played the ‘Alanis card’. She’s CanCon, writes some great lyrics AND the video stars Chris Sarandon. Let her words act as a cautionary tale.