Rob Ford was, in most ways, an ordinary guy. He was “everyman” in the old Medieval morality plays.
The general populace recognized that, which is exactly why he was both loved and hated.
A lot of people are ordinary. The average IQ is 100, which means that half the population has an IQ lower than 100. Similarly, half the population makes less than $50K/year. And yes, guys, half of women have less than average sized breasts. (For modesty’s sake, I will not tell the ladies something that might be equally of concern to some of them).
In other words (and without going into stupefying detail), most of us are ordinary (or less) in most respects.
Rob Ford was fat, but lots of people are fat. Lots of people work in factories or hold other, less than stellar employment, and Rob Ford, who ran a family business, knew them as a caring employer.
Rob Ford, to use a cliche, never lost the common touch. He was at home with ordinary people because he was himself an ordinary person, in most regards, and many of them loved him for it. They were the major component of the phenomenon which the media dubbed “Ford Nation”. He catered to them with his life’s blood, and they loved him for that, too. No surprise there.
But not everybody loved him, especially the elite: people who are horrified of being ordinary (and secretly fear that they are). They reviled him and, secretly, the population he represented. They are profoundly uncomfortable with those who have been called “the great unwashed”. And they especially hated Rob Ford because he dared to become Mayor.
Accordingly, they treated him very, very badly. In another setting, it would be recognized as harassment, abuse, cruelty. It was shameless and gleeful.
It brought out his demons. He cracked – no pun intended. He fell. And they celebrated, publicly or privately.
The left, who pride themselves on their sensitivity, tormented him, both politicians and our left-leaning media.
The who spectacle was sickening.
Finally, he got himself together, but he was stricken by cancer, and eventually succumbed.
Cancer, like all diseases, thrives in a body where the immune system is weak, and the mind/body relationship that underlies our physical existence being what it is, an abused individual, both from the outside (and eventually from his own attempts at escape via substance abuse), will succumb to any of a variety of diseases, including cancer.
In a very real sense, I believe that the angry left and the self-loathing elite killed Rob Ford.
And to me, he is a martyr.
God bless you, Rob, and may your rest in peace.