In the circus that now passes for Toronto's city council, Rob Ford was sworn in as mayor, with his chain of office draped about his neck not by the city clerk, who usually does it, or even the outgoing mayor, which would have made sense. No, it was placed by hockey loudmouth Don Cherry, who wore a pink jacket and then proceeded to tell everyone that he wore it in honor of the "pinkos out there that ride bicycles and everything."
Some of those assembled were shocked, but not councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong who, among other things, praised Cherry for the fact that speaks plainly and doesn't use multi-syllable words.
So when exactly did the earth shift on its axis and it became a good thing to be dumb? I'm not saying that everyone can be a rocket scientist, but both in the U.S. and Canada, we seem to be moving towards lowest-common-denominator when it comes to our politicians and our heroes. I don't want a leader with whom I'd be comfortable sharing a beer; I want a leader who's a lot smarter than I am. And unfortunately, it seems like I'm rapidly becoming a minority in that.
Ever see Mike Judge's brilliant movie Idiocracy, where stupid people outbreed the smart ones and so a bumbling "average American" wakes up in the future to become the smartest man in the country? It's billed as a comedy, but it's rapidly turning into a documentary.