Hart: North of the border: Politics in a stupor

Hart: North of the border: Politics in a stupor

November 22nd, 2013 by By Ron Hart in Opinion Columns

"Yes I have smoked crack cocaine. ... It was probably when I was in one of my drunken stupors ..." - a bold admission from Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford, the most straightforward politician in the business of politics today. It's too bad Chris Farley is not around to play him in the movie.

What he is saying is: "Media get it right. I am not a coke head -- I am just a pass out/blackout drunk. Nothing to see here, keep moving. What happens in a drunken stupor, stays in a drunken stupor. We all know that. What part of 'drunken stupor' don't you understand?"

Clearly Ford, like most politicians, is a camera-craving narcissist. He is one of the few world leaders who feels our NSA does not watch him enough. But he has not harmed anyone except himself.

In fact, Ford's actions while smoking crack have been less damaging than what Obama has done to us while stone cold sober. Obamacare was a fraud, sold to the American people by lying. It will cost millions of families their health insurance, and others will be forced to pay more if they can get their old insurance back. Bernie Madoff did not damage as many people with his fraud as Obama has.

At least Ford cut costs for taxpayers in his city, reversing years of overspending. He apparently has gotten some crack cocaine off the streets -- and into his body.

Ford has issues. But to be fair, after a long day, stuffed into his suit, apologizing, ribbon cutting and presenting visiting movie stars with the Kilo to the City, who wouldn't like to unwind with some crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor?

Hollywood and the New York media elite do not view cocaine use as much of a problem; rather, it's more of a networking opportunity. They downplayed allegations that Obama sold cocaine in college. I viewed it as a positive; at least it means he had some business experience. If Obama sold drugs, it's safe to say it was not via a website he designed.

The biggest threat to Ford's health is that he overeats. After a long day of apologizing, he devoured 4,000 calories of food in one meal at a local eatery. Even more troubling, the bus boy is missing.

By all accounts, the rotund Ford is a good man to have on your side politically (but not in a small canoe). On Monday, the Toronto City Council stripped Ford of most of his powers. Those are two visually troubling words you don't like to hear together: Ford and stripped.

If you can be accused of crude language, sexual innuendo, pill-popping, drinking at work, and bringing a hooker to an office St. Patrick's Day party and still cut taxes and fees, then kudos to you. I'd vote for Charlie Sheen if he would balance the budget and reduce the role of government in our lives.

Ford's popularity increased during these scandals. People seem to like candor, lower taxes and fewer regulations. Ford has done a good fiscal job of making government less costly. People will look beyond some boorish personal behavior; in some small way, this explains why Chris Christie is popular.

Contrast him with our president, a debonair huckster, a finely tailored empty suit who always blames others. Obama raises taxes, wastes our money and incompetently manages our bloated government.

He has already sealed Ford's fate by telling the people of Toronto, "If you like your mayor, you can keep your mayor -- period." So it's just a matter of weeks until Ford is replaced with a more expensive mayor of Obama's choosing that no one likes or wants.

Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com.