Rob Ford was pitiful with the Pastor
SEAMUS O’BRADAIGH – EMERITUS
Peter Mansbridge tried hard but probably not enough in last night’s interview with the Bobbsey Twins… errr… Ford Brothers.
The interview was conducted in Mayor Rob Ford’s office and was epitomized by some classic alcoholic denials foisted once again upon an interviewer who does not get alcoholism.
The fact that Mayor Rob continues to challenge others about their drinking and drugging says one thing and one thing only.
Ford does not believe he has a problem with alcohol and he goes as far to say that he does not do drugs.
What pisses us off the most about these interviews is the missing component.
Ford says “all of us have done it.”
By this blanket assertion Ford is challenging the interviewer to the “he who is without sin” component. And please let’s get someone who can cut through the crap. Not Peter Mansbridge. That was a softball swerve from a man who should know better. Shame on Peter for letting this ugly bastard snake his way under the door jam.
Some rejoinders. “I haven’t asshole and I’ll ask you never to place my morals against that abyss of pond scum that hangs like a soul-blackened homunculus on your shoulders.
Or how about. “Yes, Rob, I had a friend who did it. He’s serving 5 to 7 in a Canadian jail.”
There’s a famous saying heard round the rooms at narcotics anonymous (NA) meetings.
We know! Our whole life and thinking was centered in drugs in one form or another—the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more. We lived to use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs. We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always the same: jails, institutions, and death.
No one seems fit to the challenge.
No one tells Ford to explain why his actions should not come with consequences.
In council chambers Ford made fun of a councillor who lost his license for three days, but was not charged. It’s called a caution. He paid his price personally and in the press. The caution is duly noted on his sheet.
Right now Ford has never been charged on the copious admissions to a breach of the law. “Because I’m honest,” says Ford.
“Now I’m being punished because I’m telling the truth,” says Ford.
Well, as the CNN guys who interviewed him said after the session. “He keeps pounding the point that he told the truth and is being punished for that.”
Properly, they go on to say that he only told the truth about his crack abuse when it was discovered that the tape showing him doing it appeared in the lap of the Toronto Police.
So why didn’t the Pastor Peter bring that up. Why didn’t he tell the unkempt moron that he told lies to the people who elected him for at least four months. He denied crack use. He denied he has an alcohol problem. He denied being drunk in public. He denied that he sold marijuana in his youth. When it’s pretty obvious that he was at the center of a pretty lucrative business venture.
It’s not kosher for a man in public office to lie to his constituents for four months and then tell them all that he’s a nobleman for coming clean.
The point is, and it’s pretty fucking obvious, that admitting to something only after the truth has become transparent and denials will no longer work is not a sign of transparency.
It’s not morally astute and it’s not a cause for celebration. It means that you are a fucking liar.
It’s quite as simple as that folks.
Rob Ford is a liar. By admission and omission.
Unfortunately the former does not and will never excuse the latter.
It just means you got caught.
Hopefully the next interviewer of this clownish asshole will grab some cohones and answer.
“No, Robbie boy, not all of us have done what you have done. Not everyone, despite your own protestations and prostrations, is a drunk, a crackhead and a lawbreaker.”
“So go fuck yourself! Ex-Mayor Ford!”
Seamus O’Bradaigh is a writer living in The Halcyon Highlands.