Highlander Publisher Bram Lebo says “none of the above” is an answer in Ontario Election

Lebo advising voters on Russell Brand’s strange concoction concerning vote wasting

TERRANCE GAVAN — ELECTION ONTARIO

Lindsay – Can someone please take a gander into Highlander publisher Bram Lebo’s backyard just to see what he’s smoking. Let me know. I think we could get an article in the Lancet.

“Wacky Publisher Discovers Hyperactive Hybrid Haliburton Weed.” By Dr. Horatio Natchez Mississippi Misanthrope.

Or perhaps: “Haliburton’s Own Carlos Castaneda… Zoomed on some New Shoots of Shrooms” By Dr. Winnifred Polly Peyote.

In another one of his mindless screeds, labeled, None of the Above, Mr.Lebo is gone Rambo, detailing in syrup-suckled, surreptitious, smarmy and sickeningly unctuous detail how the citizens of Haliburton-Brock-Kawartha might issue an embargo on their rights to vote. It’s the type of idiotic refusenik bullshit espoused by Duff Connacher, who wants ballots to include “none of the above” as a choice to ballot spoiling.

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“Russell Brand is perhaps one of the unlikeliest prophets of democratic reform. The British comedian and former user of hard drugs has lately been shaking up the British establishment with his ideas as to how society should address the unrelenting and inescapable corruption of our institutions, … Brand’s message is that our politicians and political process have become so corrupt and self-interested, that to vote is to grant legitimacy to people and ideas that deserve no such thing. By voting, we play a game in which the winning party can claim a mandate from the voters. The rational option in his view is not to play the game; to deny them legitimacy by refusing to vote.

Certainly that’s an idea crossing many minds in Ontario this month.” (Lebo)Bram Lebo

The article is so incredibly childish, from its inception – a brain-dead observation from a supercilious rocker – to its Leboesque and idiotic dénouement, – “To vote is to legitimize whichever party wins. Sadly, declining our ballots may be the only way to truly express our political will.” That — I think anyone with the bloated IQ larger than a primordial ooze dwelling salamander realizes —  is patently ridiculous and promotes yet another bland hypothesis of the Canadian parliamentary system and process. We have come to expect such peremptory and ill-informed outtakes from the wacky mind of this truly self-absorbed and fecklessly-farting iconoclast.

In his thankfully short editorial this week Lebo offers simplistic and offhand condemnation of all three choices.

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With the NDP we have proposals and policies completely out of touch with reality. For the NDP, everyone is oppressed, everything is an outrage, and someone must therefore be punished to bring the world into balance. Their program is reckless and unprincipled, and besides has been adopted by the Liberals.

The Liberals themselves have the unfortunate matter of their record. Aside from the corruption and what appears to be genuine criminality, the government has utterly failed on all of its major files…And, instead of making a new start – firing all her ministers and calling in the cops herself, as any new leader would do to underline her control and strength of character – Kathleen Wynne just carried on, hoping it would all go away.

The best hope, the Tories, have been hobbled by a leader many see as a smarmy frat boy. (Lebo finally offering an expert opinion!) His entire platform is based on a lie debunked over the last 30 years: that lowering taxes and regulations creates jobs. It doesn’t. 

Mr. Lebo Please!

So Lebo in a shining moment where he could offer a local view of the actual participants in this election? (Who remain Rick Johnson, Laurie Scott and Don Abel.) Urges, on the basis of a leadenly unlucid leader review (simplistic and arrogant) to just go ahead Haliburton… spoil your goddam ballots. It’s a rather dystopian view of the whole shebang ain’t it? It’s beneath contempt.

It’s not something that’s very constructive. It’s not something that reflects reality. It sets not good example for our kids to take home. It’s an idea cooked from the cockeyed brain of a publisher who seems locked into Entertainment Tonight or Celebrity Puff and Pander on his Toshiba laptop.

I say that because Mr. Lebo ends his special patch of pap and pip from a squeak with this.

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“By declining our ballots, we deny legitimacy to the next government, whatever its stripe. By doing it collectively, we give a middle finger from Haliburton County to our friends in the Big Smoke. We are saying in the only way we can: none of the above. To vote is to legitimize whichever party wins. Sadly, declining our ballots may be the only way to truly express our political will.” (From the mind of a truly smarmy frat boy!) Bram Lebo. Bam a Lam Lebo

That’s right.

That’s your publisher Haliburton. Advising that you all ignore Rick Johnson, Laurie Scott and Don Abel.

In favor of giving a one fingered salute to Toronto? What the Eff?

Make sense?

If it doesn’t? Make sense that is.

Maybe head down to Lebo’s place and root around in the garden… I’ll send you a picture of certain roots and herbs you might be looking for. While you’re there? Maybe take a gander and lookee see if Russell Brand is hangin’ out. In a lawn chair. Ask him where the good stuff is. If you partake of the gems from Lebo’s arbor, perhaps you may too find that special niche of reality where dwelleth pixie and poesy and pablum galore. Maybe this will all start to make sense.

Please be careful what you wish for dear readers. And tread softly amongst those hedge rows. Might perchance be poison oak or ivory there.

I’m clean and sober since 1998. So I’ll probably never get to experience such enlightenement.

But I’m okay with that.

@terrancegavan

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