I don't make this stuff up.
Now, it's going to be suggested I shouldn't spend my time or energy on what is clearly a hyper-partisan, robotic, Ford Nation apparatchik whose primary goal is to gum up the works with nonsensical musings and, hopefully, distract others from having an actual meaningful conversation. I don't necessarily disagree with that sentiment.
But... but... in my defence, I do think there's a bigger issue at work here. It's operational. It goes to motives.
As a Mayor Ford fan, our panthera friend did not immediately take to the high road on Twitter and applaud the mayor for hiring Ms. Keesmaat although that tone was eventually adopted. In fact, @Sattva01 wasn't even savvy enough to use the opportunity to chide the mayor's usual social media opponents for not applauding him for making the hire. (For my part, I don't know how much input a mayor has at a staffing level. If his blessing was needed to bring Ms. Keesmaat on board, my hat's off to him.)
What we witnessed instead was just a full on attack on all non-Fordites -- #Leftwingkooks as we're known as -- based entirely on outright lies and fabrications. Rather than attempt to use the opportunity to heap praise and credit on the mayor, @Sattva01 attempts to discredit and smear everyone who doesn't belong to the tribe. To what end?
Now, many of us are tempted to simply brush aside such individuals as sad, lonely, marginalized, just desperately seeking attention, any attention whatsoever. Ignore them and they'll go away. I've sat here for a few minutes trying to counter that argument. It's tough.
Then it struck me that I wasn't trying to convince you, those out there proudly adhering to the #Leftwingkooks moniker of attempted scorn. Neither am I looking to convince the likes of @Sattva01 who, like every hardcore conservative ideologue these days, seeks no accord with anyone not seeing the world exactly as they do. I'm talking to any soft supporters of Mayor Ford who might be following along here. Folks that haven't yet soured on the mayor and still believe he is doing his best for the city he was elected to represent.
The likes of @Sattva01 do not help your cause or the mayor's cause. Reject the divisiveness. There was no need of any rancour with the news of Ms. Keesmaat's hiring. It's what is referred to as gratuitous. After months and months of concern that Toronto was proving unable to hire high quality individuals to fill vital posts, this was a very, very pleasant and positive surprise. So, what's with the hate?
Step away from the darkness, people. If we want more positive civic discourse, you have to sideline those intent only on sullying it for whatever maladjusted, political reasons.