Runesmith's Jennifer Smith valiantly defends the Liberals thusly:
So who are you going to vote for? The Greens? Even if they had a hope in hell of winning more than three seats, there are still some disturbingly social conservative elements in the party. The NDP? Puleese. Their credibility is stuffed down the same toilet as the Liberals'.
You could do as you suggested earlier and write 'Fuck You!' on your next ballot, but that would just give the HarperCons carte blanche for the next decade or two.
Let's dissect this, shall we? In the first place, you can use that "Lesser of two evils" argument for only so many years before people start to get really tired of it. I would be interested in voting for the Liberals if I thought they represented my interests; if I thought they were (and, yes, I'm going to use that word again) "progressive"; if I thought they were genuinely concerned about womens' rights and so on. On the other hand, I am not interested in voting for the Liberals simply because, comparatively speaking, they're not quite as despicably evil as the CPoC. That's just not enough of an argument anymore.
If there's one thing the voting population despises, it's feeling like they've been taken for granted, and that's exactly what's happening here. "Vote for us," sing the Liberals. "After all," they continue, "who else ya gonna vote for? The Conservatives? Yeah, right. Ha ha!" To which we can finally respond with a clear conscience, "Fuck you, kids. We're staying home next time. Deal with it." But is this really that overly dramatic? Are we throwing out the baby with the bathwater?
No, and here's why.
In case you'd forgotten, we are currently being governed by a minority party, which means -- and I apologize for having to point out the obvious, but some of you seem to need it -- that genuinely atrocious legislation should simply never pass. And that's what the Liberals promised us -- they would be there to protect us against the demented, batshit craziness of Stephen Harper's Bible-thumping illiterates and fuckwits. And it made sense. So we relaxed a little and felt at least a bit more secure, knowing that Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition would be looking out for us.
Until now. And let's make sure we understand why some of us are so furious.
Over here, TIBT proposes that:
The Liberals failed to stand up against the Conservative agenda they warned us against. As is the case with many votes, the majority of their caucus were either absent or, worse yet, supported the bill.
But let's make sure we describe this properly, shall we? It's not that the Liberals simply didn't stand up to the Conservatives. No, it's that the Liberals actively aided and abetted the Conservatives. And can you appreciate that difference?
That legislation passed by a vote of 147-133. And, by my count, 27 Liberals voted for it. Do you understand what this means? It means that the Liberals had complete and total control over whether that legislation passed. Stopping that piece of crap bill didn't require the Liberals to go to the mats, or engage in any extraordinary Parliamentary tactics, or even stay up late pondering clever political strategy. Rather, all it required was a simple, "Um ... nay. OK, we're done here? All right, then, who's up for some Swiss Chalet?"
That's it -- the power of numbers, which is why I'm guessing a lot of us progressives secretly were never worried about this. No problem, we thought, it's a piece of shit legislation but the Libs will take care of it and we'll be good. Only when we got up the next morning and looked at the paper did we think, "Jesus, Mary and Joseph, what the fucking hell!?!?"
And, again, it's not that the Libs simply failed to stand up, or scurried off to cower in a corner, or something like that. No, to our absolute astonishment, C-484 was passed because the Liberals helped. Now do you see why we're pissed?
We've been able to hold our noses all this time and just accept that the LPC consisted of a bunch of spineless cowards, and we continued hoping against hope that, some day, they'd grow a pair and finally start to kick some ass. What we didn't see coming was that they'd simply give up entirely and vote for truly horrible legislation. We didn't see that coming at all. And it's why I'm guessing some of us have simply written off the Liberals as a waste of time and have walked away.
When it comes to Stephane Dion, it's one thing to be a vacuous, ineffectual leader. It's quite another to wake up one morning and suddenly realize he's actively collaborating with the enemy. And that, Jennifer, is what's so unforgivable.