Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Rob Ford: The Liberal Media's Favourite Whipping Boy

Toronto's now internationally infamous mayor is back in the news.  A new video has surfaced reportedly showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford rambling incoherently, trying to speak with a Caribbean accent and pretty much making a complete fool of himself. 

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For those of you who have followed the Ford saga from the beginning, you may think that his antics have become old news.  Perhaps you've gotten tired of the whole thing and wish the media would just let it go.  Well I'm afraid I've got some bad news for you.  The folks in the liberal media won't stop bashing Rob Ford until they've run him completely into the ground.  Now just to be fair, Mr. Ford has given the leftists in the media plenty of ammunition to fire at him.  He might as well be bringing the rope for them to hang him with.  Still, I believe that none of the revelations surrounding Rob Ford and his personal life would have come out had he been a left-leaning mayor.  In other words, since Mr. Ford campaigned for and won the Mayor's Chair, the liberal media has engaged in a consistent witch hunt against him.

To illustrate my point, take a look at our provincial premier, Kathleen Wynne, and her Liberal government - a government with an agenda so far to the left that they make the folks in the NDP look like Conservatives.  Fortunately, Premier Wynne hasn't made a complete fool of herself appearing on camera smoking crack or being drunk.  Nope.  Instead, her government squandered about a billion dollars cancelling gas plant deals to save a couple of Liberal ridings.  For those of you who don't know, a billion dollars is what Mayor Rob Ford claims to have saved Toronto taxpayers since he was elected.  Predictably, the liberal media has cast doubt on this claim, interpreting the numbers as they see fit.  Still, you have to wonder, what seems like a more newsworthy story with enough traction to get someone kicked out of office?  A guy who has a lot of personal vices and behaves inappropriately in public, but who may have saved us taxpayers up to a billion dollars, or a woman who behaves herself in public, but leads a government that squandered over a billion bucks to save their lowly hides?  I can hear the media lefties saying, "darn, the gas plant boondoggle is a much bigger deal.  We better keep taking swings at Ford and hope the public buys it."  Unfortunately, much of the public has bought it, hook, line and sinker.  Never mind that the left-wing press can't seem to find any way to criticize how Mayor Ford governs the city, which is why they have resorted to attacking his personal life and his behaviour.  If following politics since my early teens has taught me anything, it's that personal attacks are always employed by a politician's opponents whenever they are feeling desperate, and I truly believe that the leftists on Toronto City Council and their cheerleaders in the liberal media are desperate.  They're desperate because for the first time in what seems like forever, a mayor has come forward who makes sure that they don't get a free pass to engage in reckless spending as they have done in the past on a regular basis.  Unfortunately, old habits die hard and since City Council stripped the mayor of his powers, the leftist councillors are once again heading for the trough.

This year, it will be up to the citizens of Toronto to decide Rob Ford's fate and the fate of our city.  It's just a matter of time until the liberal media gets into full campaign mode, singing the praises of Olivia Chow, or some other left-wing candidate, who will want to make bicycle trails out of every one of our major streets, ban cars from pretty much everywhere, smother Toronto business owners with regulatory red tape, and spend the city into bankruptcy so quickly that even Greece's finances will look better than ours.

Now, by no means am I writing this to endorse Rob Ford.  I'm getting sick of his crude and embarrassing behaviour just as much as the next guy.  The problem is that we're faced with a very inconvenient choice: a person with a history of drug and alcohol abuse who behaves like an idiot and yet still respects our tax dollars, or someone who behaves like an upstanding citizen in his or her personal life, but who will throw away our hard-earned money at a pace faster than a Canadian Olympic speed skater.  I wish we had a better choice, but unfortunately we're stuck with the lemons that we have - and they're really sour.

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