Mayor Rob Ford vs. the world – should integrity be a requirement for political leadership?

Mayor Rob Ford vs. the world – should integrity be a requirement for political leadership?
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Mayor Rob Ford vs. the world

 should integrity be a requirement for political leadership?

Author: Paula Johnsen, M.A.

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National Post, November 19, 2013

Rob Ford promises ‘outright war’ against city council as he is stripped of mayoral powers.

The Pulp

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Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto admits to drug use and DUI’s – city council wants him out

Mayor Ford of City of Toronto admits to smoking crack cocaine “while in a drunken stupor – you know how I get”, using cocaine and driving under the influence a number of times, but refuses to step down. Toronto City Council is trying every legal means to strip him of his powers, force him to step aside (to take care of his health issues) or resign.

TORONTO — After a tempestuous debate, Toronto’s City Council  has stripped Mayor Rob Ford of the last of his substantive powers because of  multiple scandals, but further turmoil seems inevitable. The mayor, defiant despite admissions of illegal drug use and  heavy drinking, vowed “outright war” on all of his critics and threatens to run for Mayor in the fall of 2014.

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Why right now?
  • is the Mayor of Toronto the laughing stock of the world-wide press?
  • is he continuing to be caught in a web of lies and deceptive behavior?
  • is he defiantly blaming others and threatening “outright war” on his critics?
  • is he failing to meet the standards of integrity we hope for in our political leaders? 
  • Debilitated Sun in a Full Solar Eclipse pattern in Swati (sign number 7 – the sign of business, ethics, partnership and relationships) gives the juice!

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Sun transits Libra, 2013: debilitated, eclipsed by Rahu and attacked by Saturn – things could get beastly in business!

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More to chew on…

  • Why is Rob Ford’s personal corruption in the forefront of the news?
  • Why should integrity be a requirement of political leaders?
  • Continuing effects of solar eclipse of debilitated Sun in Swati Nakshatra November 3, 2013 reveals all
According to Vedic Astrology – eclipse patterns portend changes and where things need to improve

Eclipse patterns portend change and this can express itself in environmental, social, economic or spiritual shifts.  Solar eclipses allow for a filtering down of effects through society and the global consciousness for about 6 months (some say up to two years): kind of like a lingering aftertaste when we’ve swallowed some powerful medicine.   If we as individuals have personal planets (like our Moon, Sun, lord of our chart) or Ascendant in the nakshatra (star cluster) where the eclipse pattern occurred, we’ll also feel the effects  more personally.  Mayor Rob Ford has his Vedic Moon in Libra (sign 7), so he’ll be personally feeling the effects of this eclipse pattern quite powerfully over the next 6 months to two years.

When the Sun is eclipsed – or swallowed by Rahu, the north node of the moon – in sign 7 (Libra) – the sign of ethics in partnerships, relationships and business – those areas where we have misplaced ambitions, endless appetites for money and the good life, inappropriate, slippery or out-of-tune behaviors – can be made public.

The Sun relates to leadership, governance, and government officials, and when it is eclipsed fully as it was on November 3rd, 2013, in sign 7 – the sign of balance – anything that is out of balance and out of tune, will clearly come to the forefront.

Rahu owns the nakshatra where the solar eclipse of November 3, 2013 took place

The full solar eclipse took place in Swati Nakshatra – in sign 7, Libra.  Rahu owns this particular nakshatra, so all the potentially negative qualities of Rahu (the cosmic snake, the trouble-maker, the iconoclast, the rebellious, the addict, the unusual) will come to the forefront, as it relates to leadership (the Sun),  business, partnerships and relationships (as it occurred in sign 7 – Libra)

This sounds more than a little familiar as we review the national and world-wide press coverage of Rob Ford, Toronto’s Mayor, doesn’t it?

Over this next six months – November 2013 – May, 2014, natural law is giving us an opportunity to closely observe Rob Ford (and other political, business leaders as well as ourselves!) and if wise, we can learn some valuable lessons.   Solar eclipses in Libra reveal the flaws of the personality in  how we relate to others – and where things need to improve in the areas of integrity and ethics.  It’s our opportunity to get re-balanced with a higher purpose and flow of life.

One of the lessons we are being taught with this solar eclipse is: be very careful and think long term when you choose a leader and make wise choices! 

Should integrity be a requirement of political leadership?

I don’t know about you, but when I think about which person should be leading a city, a province, or a nation, personal integrity is at the top of my list. It’s not so much about how effective a potential leader may be in balancing the books, relating to people or even being popular. It’s about a deeper issue for me – about being a whole, well-balanced personality, someone whose heart is constant, who sees the bigger picture, who takes, as well as defends the moral highroad, and will make the difficult and correct choices for the greater good when he/she has to. I’m looking for a  person of integrity, who doesn’t say one thing, and then back-track and retract, and claims “you didn’t ask me the right questions…” when under attack by the press.  But, perhaps my standards for leadership are too high?

Some want an iconoclast – a rebel with a cause – to lead the charge

Some people want a rebel, an outspoken, aggressive personality who pushes to get things done – no matter the consequences or effects on others.  A work hard, play-hard kind of guy who gets out on the street, slaps people on the back, goes for a drink or two, winks and nudges as he reminds them that “hey, nobody’s perfect, eh?”  A guy who cuts corners, moves things along and looks kind of okay on the surface, as he smiles and laughs about his weaknesses and pokes fun at similar weaknesses in others.   A rough and ready fellow who’s greedy for life, overstuffs himself and is always looking for the next party. The kind of  guy who has a high school  or first year university mentality that has him sober for his weekday classes but is a fall-down-drunk on weekends. 

Are we expecting too much of Rob Ford  – or should we want someone better?

Rob Ford was a rebel and rough around the edges when the people of Toronto elected him. He was a get in your face, shake things up, barge ahead in the line, and won’t back down kind of guy – then and now. His partying and after hours entertainments aren’t something he started last week or last month: this behavioral pattern has been going on for a long time – from all accounts.  It’s just that now the public and police have got him on videotape!

Should the people of Toronto be surprised that his outspoken, pushy aggressiveness, or taste for his version of “the good life”, steps over many people’s moral boundaries in what he calls his “play time”? Should we as a nation be shocked at his behavior, or should we look a little more closely at our choices about those we elect as our political leaders?

So, are we expecting too much of Rob Ford, now, or should we be asking ourselves: is this the kind of leader we should we elect or re-elect in future?

Some points to consider:

1. Can a weekend drunk (who says he’s not an alcoholic as he only blacks out on the weekends), who claims “you know how I get when I’m in a drunken stupor” and is so out of it that he smokes crack cocaine, hangs out with criminals, and then says…”nobody’s perfect, eh?… do well as a political leader – making big decisions, requiring the respect as well as the cooperation of top-level city and provincial officials?

2. Can a man who claims that showing up sober during the week, is something to be proud of and that “he hasn’t had a sip to drink in three weeks, now…” be the man we’re looking for our citizens and youth to look up to?  Well, it may be if you are a recovering alcoholic making substantive life-altering changes – but Rob Ford continues to claim he isn’t an alcoholic  and doesn’t need help or treatment for anything other than his weight issues (the one issue he now claims he’s working on).

3.  Can a man who says one thing, retracts it, puts a spin on things, flatly denies, and then finally admits under pressure of release of documents and “videotape blackmail” be the kind of man we want representing us? 

4.  Can a man who claims he’s not an addict, but under press and public scrutiny admits to using crack cocaine and cocaine (as part of his partying habits) and that the press just “didn’t ask the right kinds of questions about it”,  be a transparent and honorable leader?

5.  Can a man who is vulgar and bullies others be the kind of guy we even wish to consider as an elected official?  Does a quick apology, and “let’s move on”  and “nobody’s perfect” kind of attitude excuse any kind of continued belligerent and inappropriate behavior? 

6.  Can a man who admits to drinking and then drives (apparently on more than one occasion)  saying “I’m a big guy and I only had a few” – putting himself and others at risk on the road, be the kind of fellow we truly want as our proud representative?

7.  Can a man like this change enough at the core of his being, to take on another term of election – or will we just be giving him free rein to continue with all he’s suppressed, repressed,  hidden and denied – until evermore embarrassing scandals are fully revealed – the next time?

The eclipse pattern in Swati – shows where leadership can improve!

When do we want more than the high school party guy,  who slaps you on the back and savours stories of your shared weaknesses? Shouldn’t we want a better man than this, for ourselves as individuals, our families and society?  Shouldn’t our political leaders and public figures set a better example for our citizens and youth of today, who may aspire to be politicians in the future?  Is a man like Rob Ford all we’ve got, and is this all we deserve?

These are the questions we should be asking ourselves and we’re being given a chance now to carefully review and make wise(r) choices.  If Rob Ford is truly going to run for re-election in the fall of 2014, the citizens of Toronto better think carefully about the kind of leadership they truly want (and who they may get stuck with) when checking off the ballot box October 27, 2014.

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Eight major quotes in the press stand out this week in November, 2013 in Canada – courtesy of CTV news.

(Read more quotes from CTV)

There may be many more events as the month proceeds – from different parts of the globe – but these stand out for me as of November 23, 2013

  • “I have no reason to resign,” Mayor Ford said.
  • “I made mistakes, I drank too much, I smoked some crack some time. What can I  say? I made a mistake, I’m human.”
  • “I’m not an addict! Why would I go and say I’m an addict when I’m not an addict.  I’m not an alcoholic, I’m not a drug addict.”
  • “This folks, reminds me of when Saddam attacked Kuwait and President Bush said  ‘I warn you, I warn you, I warn you, do not.’ Well folks, if you think  American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait.”
  • Mark my words my friends, this is going to be outright war in the next election  and I’m going to do everything in my power, everything in my power to beat you  guys.”
  • “All they did was stab me in the back over issues … (the) same issues that  I’ve admitted to, that they do, but nobody knows about it.”
  • “I don’t look at myself as the mayor, I look at myself as just a normal, regular  person.”
  • No, I’m not in any alcohol treatment program, I’m not in any drug treatment  program. I have a weight issues. I’ve been training every day.”
All are connected by the Eclipse of November 3, 2013 in Swati – bringing that which is out of tune in governance to the attention of the public – that which needs to be re-balanced and corrected.

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Sun transits Libra, 2013: debilitated, eclipsed by Rahu and attacked by Saturn – things could get beastly in business!
Written by Paula Johnsen, M.A. copyright 2013: Jyotish With Paula Blog All Rights Reserved

Written by Paula Johnsen, M.A. Copyright 2013: Jyotish With Paula Blog – All Rights Reserved

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