If I get into a fight in a pub at best I’ll be thrown out, maybe banned or if the police arrive, arrested and given a legal clip around the ear.
If I fight a family member and someone finds out the law should prosecute me for that too, although not enough of such actions are punished.
Suppose I am a wimp and decide I need someone else to fight for me. I can hire a more robust type and for a fee they would achieve the biffings I need done.
It could be a bigger fight that requires the services where the taxpayer pays the fee for so-called legitimate fights knowns as wars, and that is fine. War is the worst kind of fight hurting everyone involved for a long time. People die and those that survive are scarred forever.
None of these typical uses of the term fight are pretty. Indeed most fights are not either worth it or the best way to resolve matters.
So why does my local politician have a campaign slogan ‘fighting for you’?
Well obviously she wants to be on my side. Perhaps be the hired biff to do my dirty work for me so I can be at arm’s length from the law.
Maybe she sees me as a wimp.
Obviously she wants me to think that there is something worth fighting for, that the services and legal systems that parliaments legislate are actually a fight for one against another. If you fail to fight you fail to get your share.
I don’t want that at all.
Biffing the other guy because he wants a different policy to me is not what I want.
I’d like robust and intelligent discussion that uses of all available evidence and then a set of solutions chosen to maximise the collective best interest for today, tomorrow and generations to come. I’d like this to be a constructive process, one that builds relationships and supports as much diversity of views and ideals as is possible with the common ground of health, wealth and happiness supported for everyone.
Surprising as this may sound, I don’t think that wanting this outcome makes me a wimp.
Pragmatic resolutions require considerable courage and fortitude, not to mention patience and tenacity.
Fighting is the last resort not the first and certainly not a slogan I can vote for.