"You can't destroy a community like this. People have worked 30 years for their home... My heart goes out to kids with autism. But no one told me they'd be leaving the house."
You might think Doug Ford would take counsel before opening his mouth about issues of mental health and cognition given that his brother is, among other things, a drug addict. I wouldn't - like many others in Toronto, I have suspicions that Doug Ford is a sociopath.
- superficial and portray themselves as smarter than others
- figure they can get away with anything (like blatant cash bribes)
- they lie, all the time, with ease and confidence
- feel neither guilt or shame
- don't learn from mistakes; they double-down
- their heart "goes out" to no one - not even their own brothers
Does that sound at all like Doug Ford, the Worst Brother Ever? You see where I'm coming from then.
So, back to Ford's comments about autism. He mentions "violent behaviours" like screaming. How does he feel about punching your own friend, beating a friend, barrelling through an elected official to go join a fight or saying things like "get her a shot right now or I'll fucking break her..."?
Autism is not a cause of violence. That's a facile, ignorant comment made by simpletons looking for a quick answer. Violence is not a product of mental illness, the way we tend to view it. If that were the case, we'd have to label a lot of hockey players and fans as mentally ill, wouldn't we? They engage in violence and calls for violence all the time.
As do, might I note, certain politicians seeking more efficient ways of doing away with undesirables that make them uncomfortable.
Violent behaviour is a response to that which makes us uncomfortable, which we feel threatens us. We respond to threats reactively, the same way we pull our hand back from a hot stove or feel an urge to lie down while in high places; this threat-response behavior manifests as stomping on a bug, smacking a child who talks back, promising consequences to employees to question us or screaming at a world that feels threatening, seems not to make sense. Like Rob Ford does, or like some autistic kids do - depending on their circumstances.
Doug Ford sees himself as tough, better-than, shiny, independent. There's nobody better than him - certainly not some autistic upstart. Why, Dougie could wipe the floor with an autistic nobody, physically or verbally.
Hey Doug - I've been diagnosed as on the autism spectrum; that makes me your inferior, right? But I'll bet you're not brave enough to go toe-to-toe with me in the arena of ideas. You've got nothing but bluster; I've got everything, including the facts.
I've called you a sociopath, Dougie - I'm telling you that you're a lesser-than. Are you going to take that? Want to prove you're smarter than I am by disproving everything I've written here?
I'm betting you aren't. Shows how weak your position is, doesn't it?