It referred to nefarious activity including a fatal street shooting. It was connected to the wild and woolley stories about Toronto's Mayor, After I posted it , it occurred to me I have no proof of the story. I don't even know who sent it to me.
What business do I have passing that information along the line? None at all. I removed it. I don't know if harm came of it. I know next time I get such a comment Iwill go with my first instinct.
I thought of other NEGATIVE comments published about politicians at all l;evels and all stripes. which are not my opinion.
Obviously, there's a line of demarkation. I need to determine where that is.
I've known a few politicians in my time and seldom met any who did not experience tremendous humility at the moment of being elected.. They are people like everyone else.
It's the business of politics that's more intricate than one might imagine.
The last sentence of the removed comment was "Time to take the blinkers off. Stop whitewashing"
But I'm not whitewashing. Judging by the number of people with a real aversion to him, Rob Ford
is an unlikely politician.
Yet he is the Mayor of the lmost populous and diverse city in Canada.
The terrible things being said about him now, were being said before he was elected.
Three's nothing smooth, urbane or unctuous about the man. He is what you see. He's not handsome. Nor articulate. He's clearly bull-headed, Not easily persuaded. No artifice surrounds him.
Yet he won a sufficient number of votes to put him in the Toronto Mayor's chair.
He didn't steal it. No Tamany Hall or the like helped him into it. No ballot boxes went missing.
Winning the Mayor's office in Toronto. is surely recognized as a Herculean accomplishment .
Not only has he not enriched himself at the public trough, he donates his salary to charity. And that wasn't made public until the brothers were jointly subject to particularly scurrilous accusations..
So why, you might ask did The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail do what they did.
Because for all the reasons cited above, they thought they could.
They were mistaken.
Therein lies the fascination.
Whatever they hurled at him. However much the muck was raked.
He's still standing.
And they're not looking all that clean and tidy.
When iyou comes right down to it, even if you know what crack cocaine look like, how do you know,
from a video, it's being smoked in a pipe.?