Mayor Rob Ford passed away at the age of 46. Though it was expected, it was still a strong blow to all who knew him well. I was out of Canada when it happened, so I didn’t follow the Canadian media coverage. I couldn’t even force myself to read the internet articles because I was sure that the same people who systematically tried to destroy him would be shedding crocodile tears after he was dead.
Death at 46 is not normal or natural – many people and institutions contributed to that outcome. I struggled with emotions while planning that piece. I thought maybe at such a sad moment I should follow the path of “peace and reconciliation,” the way things felt in the heartbreaking speech of Ford’s little girl Stephanie about how now he was a “Mayor of Heaven”. He sure is.
Rob Ford had the ability to connect with people, even though he looked shy and awkward. I will remember him forever as he appeared in the video below, greeting a group of kids at City Hall. That was in 2014, after the pompous Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong led the coup, which declared Rob worse than Satan and stripped him from his powers. Yet when on that day the kids came and sat behind me, they got excited when they saw him. While he was slowly climbing the stairs a boy exclaimed: “I am your biggest fan!” “Me too!” added another one, to which Ford simply replied: “Thank you.”
Leaving things at that feel-good level would be unfair to Rob Ford – sugar-coating his work and situation won’t be something he would agree with. The media did their best to cover up people’s admiration for him or to picture his supporters as ignorant idiots. His life was a constant struggle and confrontation over the principles he defended – that’s what made him popular. He was the rarest breed of politician – the one who actually meant what he promised, respecting the people who were ignored and considered only money sources to be taxed for financing mindless social projects.
He would’ve liked such an approach because he never ran away from his battles, even when they were forced on him. I am deeply familiar with what he went through over the years, with the media attacks and smears, with the constant confrontations with parasitic social activists and corrupt politicians. In 2014 I planned to write a rebuttal of the press blackmail against him. I thought it was going to be a modest project that would take couple of weeks, but the more I delved into the matter, the more it felt like diving into a sewer as more and more materials emerged. The small project eventually turned into a large book (Lynched: The Media War against Rob Ford) which grew to nearly 400 pages, published on Amazon.
It was depressing to see what Ford was forced to endure over many years. Corrupt and evil politicians like Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne haven’t experienced even a fraction of what Ford had to go through at the hands of the media.
It’s no wonder that the systematic harassment had negative consequences on his personal life, leading to many problems, including addiction. And while the addicts are defended by the mainstream press in Canada to the point that now they want to force safe-injection sites in the Toronto neighbourhoods, no such consideration was given to Ford. He was mercilessly ridiculed and attacked.
That contempt was extended also to his family and supporters, the ordinary people of Toronto who dared to think for themselves and confront the social schemes peddled by our elites.
He wasn’t an articulate man, he said openly what he thought and the ordinary people understood him. This wasn’t acceptable to the knights of the political correctness who saw everything he said as a verbal assault on the special interest group du jour. Ford was blackmailed and sued and every initiative he started was blocked regardless of the cost. He managed to pass motions that saved the taxpayers nearly $1 billion, but it was an epic battle, because of his opponents’ determination to sabotage him no matter how much the cost to the people of Toronto. He fought for the taxpayers to the very end, as the shameful City Council budget session in 2014 below shows – the Council rejected almost all of his proposals.
There is not enough space here to cover all the disgusting media filth thrown at Ford (though that is covered in the book). Often the harassment took bizarre forms when Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale went to snoop at Ford’s home or when the comedy hack Mary Walsh ambushed him at the same place. When he refused to march with the naked exhibitionists at the gay parade and chose to spend his time with his family, the Toronto Star and the homosexual lobby even sent photographers to spy on him at the cottage.
The hostility took an even more ridiculous shape during the Winter Olympics in Russia in February, 2014. Due to the Russian laws limiting homosexual propaganda, the City Hall social justice warriors decided to fly the rainbow flag during the event. Ford opposed it and said that the Canadian flag should express the support for all athletes. He was outnumbered by the usual suspects like Councillors Josh Matlow, Sarah Doucette, Gord Perks, Paula Fletcher and Norm Kelly to whom scoring a few points with the influential gay minority was much more important than the Canadian team. The notorious Daniel Dale was outraged that Rob Ford would display the Canadian flag at his office window.
The odd priorities of the City Council pretty much outlined what we could expect after the cancer diagnosis eliminated Rob Ford from the race. We ended up with John Tory – a cardboard mayor with one functioning arm, which stamps his approval on every demand of the special interests (though it would have been even worse under Olivia Chow). At his first appearance as a mayor-elect, at the tranny flag ceremony at City Hall, he almost got beaten when fist fight erupted among the participants. He broke most of his promises made during the campaign and even increased the taxes. Under Tory they abolished the police “carding” under pressure from the Black Lives Matter, an extremist group financed by Soros. As a result, the black gang violence in Toronto (despite the cover-up of the racial statistics) skyrocketed – now you have a very good chance to be stabbed or shot in the downtown core, which wasn’t the same under Rob Ford.
Councillor Norm Kelly, the acting “mayor” in Ford’s last year, decided to become in his twilight years an international Twitter celebrity with special appeal to the hip-hop community. Acquiring over 100,000 Twitter followers was more important than his constituents. At the request of militant feminazis, the entertaining Tory-Kelly duo spent significant time last summer trying to stop the pickup artist Roosh V from speaking in Canada. This is the circus we have to put up with under the “new and mature” City Council.
Even after his death, the smear of Rob Ford continued. I forced myself to read one article of it written by Andray Domise. He is a “community activist,” a wannabe Obama, who ran against Rob Ford in Ward 2. Only one thing is worse than a socialist and it is a vindictive socialist who lost an election. In his article Domise trashes Ford under a thin guise of compassion. He blames him for not bending the rules to accommodate a “patois-speaking” woman who couldn’t pay the community housing rent due to sickness and didn’t want to move to the alternative accommodation she was offered. Domise has no problem demanding welfare entitlement – as a poor taxpayer I would never be offered those choices in a similar situation.
The worst vitriol Domise reserves for Ford Nation:
We speak of Ford Nation — a collection of the aggrieved, the disillusioned, the fed-up taxpayers of Toronto – as though they constitute a legitimate political bloc. Yet we failed to collectively confront and reject what Rob Ford created: a final enclave for open bigotry in Toronto. Ford Nation was in many ways a prototype for the Donald Trump brand; the dying scream of nativism against the corrupting forces of multiculturalism and political correctness. As individuals, members of Ford Nation spoke fiercely of their respect for tax dollars. As a group, they spoke in blatantly racist language against mayoral candidate Olivia Chow during municipal debates. As a mob, they physically attacked protesters at Ford Fest, ripping up signs and even targeting a gay man for physical assault.
Such opinions always ignore the truth that Ford Nation included every imaginable ethnic group in Toronto and bigotry was the last thing on their minds. But that is the distorted opinion of every “progressive” about common people who don’t fit in a special interest group. Such opinions express pure contempt and surprise that those people dare to stand up and defend their interests. In the twisted minds of people like Domise that’s just bigotry. Never mind that Canada’s ultimate socialist, Olivia Chow, was much more interested in accommodating China, she even went there to solicit votes for her mayoral campaign. To people like Domise and Chow patriotism is a dirty word.
As of the clash with the homosexuals – that militant group went to Ford Fest with offensive signs with the sole purpose to start a fight. Domise conveniently forgets the cases when such groups have attacked and assaulted people at various events (the case of Rev. David Lynn and the rabid lesbians comes to mind).
These were the people who did their best to systematically ruin Rob Ford’s life over many years. Unfortunately, they succeeded.
A few days ago they managed to top themselves. Those shameless losers even complained over Ford’s funeral, that laying in state at City Hall cost $19,000. I don’t recall any conservatives complaining when the honour was bestowed upon Jack Layton. Rob Ford saved the taxpayers nearly $1 billion, Jack and his wife went through life stealing every tax dollar they could lay their greedy hands upon. Once again, the Ford family showed its class by deciding to cover those expenses. We are still waiting for the greedy Olivia to do the same about Layton’s funeral expenses.
Why is all of this so important? What we had witnessed during Ford’s career and the way he was treated by the media maggots in life and death is much more significant than him. It affects all of us. The media united front is ready to unleash its rabid dogs on everybody who deviates from their line. This is much bigger than Rob Ford and we should be aware of it – every politician who behaves like him will be treated the same way and must be prepared for it.
The same smear model was applied by the Liberals during the 2015 federal election. In his attempt to embarrass Harper and the conservatives, Justin Trudeau didn’t miss the opportunity to express his indignation when the Prime Minister appeared at a rally organized by Doug and Rob Ford in Toronto.It was an odd move by the shiny non-entity that now occupies a Prime Minister’s chair, which is too big for him. At approximately the same time, Justin Trudeau was campaigning with Kathleen Wynne and her henchmen. That was one of the situations that Jesus meant when He said “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Even the worst problems in Rob Ford’s personal life pale when compared with the magnitude of horrible deeds that the McGuinty-Wynne gang has done.
If Martin Scorsese optioned their story, he could make a movie that will top any of his other mob stories. Yet Justin Trudeau has no problem associating with such people. Politically, Canada is spinning in a downward moral spiral.
As I was working on this piece, I heard on the radio that Councillor Josh Matlow was planning a motion to strip Donald Trump’s name from the Trump Tower because the presidential candidate wanted to build a wall to stop the illegal Mexican invaders. I am glad that the City Council has resolved all other pressing issues and that’s the only one remaining.
The circus continues. I have the feeling that Rob Ford is looking down at us from his celestial abode, laughing and shaking his head.
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