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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Fact Vs. Feeling

How do you feel about Rob Ford?  You might love him - he's an every-day sort of Joe, he's a tax-fighter, he talks down to all those elitist-types you don't like.  You do like what he has to say - on subways, on revenue tools, etc.

Or you might hate his guts - he's ignorant, he's a bully, he's an embarrassment, so on and so forth.

For a lot of people, there's just ambivalence.  He's a politician, playing the game they all play.  So long as he spends more time in the headlines than actually doing anything, the better - if he was quiet and focused on action, that would be problematic.

But what do you think about Rob Ford?  That's a much harder question, because Ford doesn't try to make you think.  He's a populist, a reactionary, a shoot-from-the-lip kind of guy.  His stirred up federal and provincial politics, caused police investigations and even generated international headlines.  A bull in a China shop or a car-crash in slow motion, it's hard not to pay attention.

Take a breath, step back, be mindful.  When you think about it, Rob Ford is a teacher offering a lesson we all could stand to learn from.

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