Sunday, March 11, 2018

Suddenly the moral imperative to re-elect Kathleen Wynne emerges with a vengeance

Which of these men has committed more crimes?  
It must be great to be a mediocre white rich straight male in the Conservative Party, where everyone else is considered unqualified and incapable while you're still considered to be a god. 

The Conservative Party of Ontario (let's just stop the pretense and drop "Progressive" from that name, shall we?), like most conservative parties, is an organization in which misogyny is still considered a family value.  Watching the race unfold these last six weeks, with three women on the stage next to Doug Ford, I knew in my heart this party's pathetic grassroots would again make the wrong choice.  And so they did (barring any court challenges regarding mixed up postal codes.) 

In the latter days of this race, it was Doug Ford and his paranoid, irrational Ford Nation supporters who concocted conspiracy theories without any evidence that the leadership process was rigged against them (just like Donald Trump did in the 2016 U.S. election.)  They continued this irrational bunk even yesterday after the votes were counted.  But in truth as we know, the system was actually stacked in favour of the privileged white male.  Like Trump, Ford won fewer actual votes than his main female competitor but emerged victorious due to the system.  

The similarities between Ford and Trump don't end there.  Regardless, I'm pretty sure Ontarians don't want their own Premier Trump.  Even if the bigots and misogynists who dominate the Ontario conservative grassroots are happy to turn a blind eye to the obvious flaws of Doug Ford, including his criminal past, the rest of Ontarians should know better.

We watched in horror when Doug enabled his late brother Rob Ford as they turned Toronto city hall into a circus where nothing got done except the expulsion of hot air and bravado from the Fords and their idiot allies like George Mammoliti.  It was a gong show we have not forgotten. 

I truly hoped that Christine Elliott would finally achieve her due and win yesterday.  She's worked so hard as an MPP and brought so much to the table.  While I'd never vote Conservative, I do always hope that my conservative opponents are at least reasonable and qualified individuals, capable of providing wise leadership and willing to counter the impulses of the many yahoos in their base.   

But alas, it seems conservatives these days have mostly lost their minds and they continue to hoist the most inappropriate and unqualified dorks among them onto the rest of us. 

In picking Ford, Ontario PCs have said to every woman in Ontario: "It doesn't matter how hard you work or how better qualified you are, we'll still pick a mediocre man over you because he's got a dick.  A safe Caucasian dick, that is."   

The Fords built their political empire in the diverse suburbs around Toronto and understood the best way to win the hearts of many non-white suburban folks was to appeal to their homophobia, which they did every occasion they could.   Boycott a Pride parade?  You bet.  Every single year.  

That homophobia was a key reason why, even after Rob Ford was caught up in his crack-smoking scandal, that support from Ford Nation still endured.   These folks are not reasonable.  As long as you promise to hate the gays, they'll be with you for life.  Had the Fords grown up in rural Ontario, you can bet they would've stuck with their racist instincts and ignored people of colour altogether to win power.  They didn't have that option running in suburban Toronto.   

As we saw in this abbreviated leadership race, Ford continues to follow those nasty instincts of appealing to homophobia and other bigotries.   He sought out and won the support of Christian bigot hero Charles McVety and Paul Melnichuk, a noted anti-Semite.  He shamelessly promised to revisit Ontario's modern sex-ed curriculum and even re-open the abortion debate.  There's a theory I heard recently that Tanya Granic Allen's whole candidacy was forged as merely a front for Doug Ford: whip up grassroots, social conservative resentment and get them to vote, then watch as they move en masse to Ford in subsequent ballots, as they did this week.  

It's scary to think what an amoral man like Doug Ford would do with a majority government in Ontario, since no doubt McVety and other bigots will come calling demanding rewards for literally putting him in the leadership.   

And so here we are.  The trolls will be out in full force on social media and Sun Media online boards pushing their lies over the next few months, promoting all forms of hatred against Kathleen Wynne.  

But we progressives will fight back.  I've learned long ago there is no point in trying to reason with these right-wing idiots.   They aren't interested in facts.  They lecture progressives about living in bubbles, but it's clear they are the ones with their heads in the sand. 

I say we don't have to reason with them.  We just need to beat them.  And do anything we have to do to achieve that.  Let's hit them back just as hard as they groundlessly hit us. 

And we will.

The Liberals have governed Ontario for 15 years.  They've achieved many great things like re-investing in public education, health care, and other public services all the while keeping taxes competitive, despite the myths constantly pushed by Sun Media and conservatives.   Ontario's economy is currently booming, mainly because our governments have decided to invest wisely in our societies rather than follow the foolish conservative impulse towards austerity, which would've ground Canada's economic growth to a halt, as it has done elsewhere.   

No one party can govern for 15 years and not make many mistakes.  The main knock against Kathleen Wynne seems to be she simply inherited too much scandal from Dalton McGuinty.  Since taking office, Wynne has worked hard to set her own path and she's been modestly successful.  Yes, she's as ruthless as any other politician, but she's clearly got wisdom, street smarts and a good heart, as well as a level head.  I haven't liked all of her decisions.  But she doesn't deserve the vitriol constantly thrown at her by conservatives. 

Let's be honest: a huge part of Wynne's unpopularity in those circles stems from the fact that many conservatives hate her because she's a woman and she doesn't bow down in front of the almighty penis.  It would be great to see those annoying conservatives suffer another term under Kathleen Wynne. 

With Doug Ford's victory, suddenly the moral imperative to re-elect Kathleen Wynne this year has emerged with a vengeance.  (I do discount Andrea Horwath and the NDP at this point because Horwath has never shown any ability to expand her party's vote beyond traditional levels of support.  So I remain convinced Kathleen Wynne will lead the charge against Ford.)  

Wynne will come out swinging with everything she's got against the threat that Ford represents.   We should expect quite a fight this spring as we approach the June 7 vote.


Saturday wasn't completely bleak  when it comes to Conservative news: troglodyte MP Brad Trost lost his local nomination to run for the Conservative Party in 2019.    Hallelujah! 


Jay Farquharson said...

Things are not passing unnoticed,

Matt Guerin said...

Completely agreed, Jay. Thanks for posting that link.