Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I Heart Giorgio Mammoliti

It's not every day that a politician comes along who is so totally and completely ridiculous and juvenile, such a cartoon character, that they are a like a gift from God for the people who stand opposed to their political camp. With that in mind, may I present one Giorgio Mammoliti, Toronto City Councillor, and former Ontario NDP MPP. Once a union president and - cough, cough - a lefty, Mr Mammoliti hit the wall of his own fanatical homophobia and stuck his moving-right show into high gear some time ago. Sadly, for Georgie-porgie, he forgot to gear down when he hit Tory territory and continued on into Utterly Fucking Bonkersville, where he now resides, neighbours Bob & Doug Ford.

There are many recent events that would demonstrate just how off the beam is Mr. Mammoliti - his attempt to cut off funding to Lesbian & Gay Pride because Queers Against Israeli Apartheid were allowed to march in the 2010 Pride Parade (after much protest against the conservative dominated Pride committee). Not satisfied with his defeat on this quixotic adventure, Mammoliti actually went to Pride with video camera in hand to see if anyone had the temerity to carry a placard that was critical of Israel's policies viz the Palestinians. He was seen skulking about the Dyke March Igor-like trying to expose that those homos were being bad. And now this...

Mammoliti was so dismayed and disgusted that several hundred people showed up to give deputations opposing the neo-liberal cuts agenda of Mayor Rob Ford and his right wing ilk on City Council that he has set up a Facebook group called "Save Toronto...Support Mayor Ford." It's purpose: to root out the layabouts and communists who are parasitical upon the silent, working class majority. Here's a taste of some of Mr. Mammoliti's finer panegyrations from the Globe article:

Mr. Mammoliti said [he] started the site on Monday and has so far only kicked off one commenter after they voiced support for Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, a group Mr. Mammoliti has characterized as a hate group and worked to bar from the annual Toronto Pride parade.
“I don’t want to hear from communists,” he said. “I won’t be calling them communists on the site, but I will be using the word ‘whatever’ to reply to them. If you see that word you can be pretty sure they’re a communist and I’ll be cutting them off of the site.”
In the 1980s, Mr. Mammoliti served as a leader for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Later, he served as an MPP for the NDP, where he became something of a pariah for opposing same-sex benefits.
“That’s where I learned how communists smell,” he said. “They are the ones who tried to brainwash me then at a younger age. It was 25 years ago. I know how they think and feel and speak. I just don’t have the time for them. Their attempt to brainwash me back then didn’t work then and won’t work now.”
He maintains a broad definition of the term “communist” as “anyone who is able to work, doesn’t want to work and wants everything for free,” he said.
So, thank you Mr. Mammoliti. As a "communist" (and a working class one to boot) I feel you have done a great service to our cause and to the fight against Rob Ford by discrediting his agenda as one that is supported by the wing nuttiest of the right.

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