To quote that spinach loving, pipe smoking, squinty-eyed seafarer with the muscular forearms…“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!”
A Judge’s boot to Rob Ford’s behind is NOT an attack on democracy, as some are screeching… in fact it’s just the opposite, it’s democracy in action!
In his Honor’s opinion, Toronto’s good Burgermeister had violated the province’s conflict of interest guidelines… rules adopted by the people’s DEMOCRATICALLY elected representatives.
The Mayor had addressed and voted on a financial issue that affected him directly… das ist verboten!
Again, those crying foul, who feel that only the people should have the right to remove the Mayor, fail to realize, the people DID! Mr. Ford had violated the “people’s law”, and the penalty in this case was removal from office.
Why, the Mayor did what he did, or the sum of money involved, is irrelevant… WHAT he did broke the law!
If there are laws on the books that we disagree with, that we deem to be unjust, then obviously, we should fight to change them… employing the means afforded us in our democratic society.
We can’t just toss them off, and condemn those entrusted to enforce them… unless, of course, our goal is anarchy.
But, hey, the game ain’t over for T.O’s, rotund chain bearer. The law that brought him down, allows Rob Ford, a chance to climb back up!
He’s appealed the Judge’s ruling, and will seek a stay pending the outcome. If it’s not granted…then he’s out.
However, he could soon return.
Should Toronto Council choose a by-election, (at a cost in the neighbourhood of $7-million!) as opposed to appointing a replacement, the Mayor’s been given leave, to try and retake his chair.
There are those who claim that the Mayor’s a victim of a left wing conspiracy, done in by the big city Bolsheviks.
Rob wasn’t robbed… the guy who got him, can be found in his mirror.
Ford fell because of ignorance or defiance… or a little bit of both.
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