I don’t disagree with the overall message Sandra Bussin made in her View From The Beach column in the February issue, but one phrase keeps going around in my head. Partway through the column she refers to “the so-called moderates (aka fence sitters) on council”. It’s the term “fence sitters” that caught my attention. The “fence” part in particular.
The word is very telling because it highlights the increasingly polarized tone in all levels of politics. It fans the flames of the “us vs. them” mentality that is making current politics so distasteful.
Frankly, I like the idea of having moderates on city council. Imagine a councillor actually using his or her own brain to formulate a response to an issue, rather than simply conforming to the same old left-wing/right-wing ideology.
The term “fence sitter” implies that these councillors are too weak to take a stand, but I’d say it shows intelligence and a general attempt to embrace the whole picture. You can see more from the top of that fence than you can down on the ground.
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