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It’s Time To Accept Politicians As Imperfect Humans

Posted December 5, 2013 by jim young in Politics

– jim young

“Hypothetically speaking…” I asked our Human Resources Manager at my day job, while emphasizing the “hypothetically” part.

“Hypothetically speaking, if I were to publicly admit to smoking crack cocaine, drinking and driving and was known to be obnoxious and drunk at most parties I attended but I showed up for work every day and it didn’t interfere with my work in any way, would you fire me?”

“It would be illegal for me to fire you,” Sara assured me. “However I would offer to get you counselling and assistance through the services that we provide for all our employees. But if you refused the offer for help,” Sara continued, “we couldn’t force you to take it.”

I assured Sara one more time that I was just speaking hypothetically anyway (except maybe for that part about being obnoxious and drunk at parties).

Of course Sara knew who I was really talking about – the infamous imbecile of Ford Nation, the King of EtobiCOKE, the Clown of Canada, the Tantalizing Tyrant of Toronto, none other than Mayor Rob Ford.

We’ve all had some great laughs over Rob Ford’s antics during the past couple of months or so, but it’s time now for everyone to get back to business.

Oops! Except for you Mr. Ford.

City council has decided there’s no business for Mayor Ford to attend to anymore by stripping him of his powers.

Of course Rob Ford SHOULD step down, but that’s not likely to happen.

Perhaps he should have been stripped of his powers in the past for things such as conflict of interest, or pulling a city bus out of service for the personal use of the football team he coached.

But the drastic measures of stripping Ford of his powers were not acted upon for those transgressions.

So why now?

Admitting to smoking crack cocaine, drinking and driving and having enough pussy to eat at home are all outrageous and serious offences. Except for eating pussy at home. That’s actually quite an admirable confession – if it’s as true as the others.

But until Ford has been charged and convicted of these offences – why isn’t he earning the tax payer’s dollars that he’s sitting on his fat ass collecting?

Whether you choose to believe the statistics provided by Rob Ford; or the statistics provided by his critics, Rob Ford is a great mayor at best and not a bad mayor at worst.

He’s just a lousy politician.

So should Ford really have been stripped of his powers as long as he is able to continue to do the job?

Once convicted of smoking crack cocaine or drinking and driving, it becomes a different matter, of course.

Has anyone proven or even suggested that any of Ford’s outrageous behaviour has affected the mayor’s ability to carry out his duties?

I suppose it could be argued that as Mayor of Toronto, Ford must live up to certain standards.

And here’s where we might have to accept a shift of the paradigm when it comes to, not just Mayor Rob Ford – but all politicians in general.

Sir John A. MacDonald was a drunk who showed up at temperance meetings inebriated.

William Lyon Mackenzie King was a crackpot who used the counsel of séances in making decisions that affected how he ran the country.

Neither of them was affected by these personal life-style choices because they were generally not public knowledge.

But in an age where every little indiscretion can be front page news within 24 hours – it’s going to become more and more difficult to find politicians who can live up to perhaps the unrealistic standards that we expect of them.

Who doesn’t have a ghost in their closet?

Bill Clinton smoked pot but didn’t inhale. (Apparently Lewinski didn’t inhale either as the evidence on her dress indicated. But that’s another matter.)

Justin Trudeau also smoked pot but presumably DID inhale.

Do either of these incidents necessarily make them any less suitable to run a country if they are not engaging in these activities while performing their duties?

So perhaps it’s time we quit expecting elected officials to be model citizens, accept them and all their weaknesses and let their performance alone be the sole judge of their value to the office they have been elected to.

As far as I know there aren’t too many Mahatma Ghandi’s or Albert Schweitzer’s around anymore that are interested in these jobs.

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