A tale of two fall outs from drug use – If you are an 18 year old athlete you’re held accountable, if you are a Conservative Mayor then not so much.

I hear a lot about just how bad the young are today and just how much worse they are than the previous generations etc. I also hear a lot about how the modern right are all about personal responsibility and accountability; but when I consider the two following cases it causes me to pause for thought and ask if conventional wisdom is all it’s cracked up to be?

Apparently the Lethbridge College Kodiaks Men’s Volleyball team has been suspended from the entire ACAC 2013/14 season because a fair percentage of the players experimented with MDMA.

Although they are student/athletes, Avery said they are to be held accountable for their actions and that they all knew of the code of conduct.

“Boys will have to become a man one day and decisions in life have consequences and you have to face those consequences (which includes loss of scholarship for those who were involved directly). They made a bad decision.”

Now many of us have heard the howls of indignation that emanate from the ranks of the sanctimonious right wing social Conservatives every time some face-book picture of a student getting hammered appears on-line. That’s our tax money, what a waste of our money etc. But let’s compare the actions of the players and administration at Lethbridge College with the response of those very same social Conservatives to the Rob Ford crack cocaine scandal shall we?

Cue Sandy Crux, an educator and author and someone who really dislikes a lot of what tertiary education stands for today.

I mean, that the man has been drinking too much or experimenting with crack is not surprising. Who else could possible take the harassment this man has had to endure since even before he was elected in October, 2010? Truly, the last few weeks have been the most appalling and disgusting display of progressive and liberal class warfare I have ever seen or heard.

Apparently it’s the pressure that a Mayor of the biggest city in Canada had to face that is the issue. Not the fact that a grown man who is married, has kids and coached kids smoked crack while hammered and couldn’t remember it. The outburst at the Leafs game, the dangerous driving, the constant lieing had nothing to do with it.

What is it with right wing thinking that allows such people to apply such huge double standards to their people and yet they feel qualified to pass judgement on others? If a group of 18 year olds accept responsibility for their poor choices (and I salute them for that) then why should we not expect a similar level of ownership from a grown man?

I think the answer is to be found in  the comments section of Sandy’s post:

Step down? The problem with that Cynthia is that is exactly what the media and others have wanted Ford to do since he was elected. IMO, the harassment itself has actually driven Ford to drink more and do other irrational things. I can think of no other human being who has been harassed to this extent. If I was still teaching university sociology, this would be a case study on how social deviance is often caused by the very system that condemns it.

It isn’t his fault. it’s always someone else’s fault. It’s a hockey game for the right and no matter how many infractions their team commits they are always right.To do otherwise means giving in to the opposition. For a former university instructor to buy into this is shocking to me. I always thought it was the left who were immersed in relativism but it appears that it’s an extremist condition and you’ll find it on the right as well as the left.

It stuns me that a collegiate volleyball player is held to a higher standard than the Mayor of Canada’s largest city. But I guess when folk continually make excuses for the illegal behaviour of rich and powerful people it shouldn’t be surprising that the young feel that the rules don’t apply to them? Is this really the message we want to send to our young adults Sandy?

Given the obnoxious comments I have been getting this evening, it is obvious that some people no longer have a moral compass about what the Toronto and national media are doing to Mayor Ford that is so wrong.

Apparently and I’d be concerned about whose moral compass is faulty if I was you ma’am.

About harebell

Live in Alberta Fiscally conservative and socially more "live and let live" though I draw the line at folk who abuse their authority. Never bored
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3 Responses to A tale of two fall outs from drug use – If you are an 18 year old athlete you’re held accountable, if you are a Conservative Mayor then not so much.

  1. Even Rob has said there is no excuse for his behaviour, of course, before evidence of his own mis-behaviour showed up. But don’t worry, he is really really sorry. And we should hang all the other drug-head drunks….
    I’m not sure how people with this much cognitive dissonance can even survive. More than once I’ve given someone I respect a pass, people make mistakes, but how can this pattern of behaviour ever be excused by anyone?

    • harebell says:

      I agree. My life has been far from perfect and I tend to give folk a pass and treat them like I would wish to be treated myself. But when we are constantly lectured by the far right about how sinful we all are and how our mistakes damage society and cost taxpayers money (apparently we aren’t all citizens with equal rights now) and then when they mess up we;; that’s different; I get a tad pissed-off.

      Cognitive dissonance is right.

  2. gord says:

    When your reason for having been caught smoking crack is “I was so hammered I did not know what I was doing” it is obvious you have lost any sense of responsibility or accountability.

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