Dear stupid Canadian wankers: Devin has a question for you.
LET ME HELP YOU OUT THERE, AARON: Over at Devin's place, Blogging Tory Aaron Lee Wudrick thinks he's outed the flaming hypocrisy of the Left:
Here's another question: will left wingers accept a coalition of right wing parties even though their preferred choice got the most support?
This is an interesting question since it reveals that Aaron is well aware of the rank hypocrisy out there of people whose fundamental principles are so delightfully context dependent. Um ... that would be his Blogging Tory colleagues we're talking about here, but let's answer Aaron's question, shall we?
As many of us on the Left had to explain to Aaron's conservative fellow travellers, there is absolutely nothing devious, untoward, sleazy or undemocratic about a coalition in Canadian politics. The Constitution makes that strikingly clear, even if the vast majority of Aaron's BT buddies didn't have a fucking clue.
And as for Aaron's question, I can say without reservation that, if a right-wing coalition arose in Canada, of course it would be entirely legitimate, for exactly the same reason I just provided above. That's because, unlike the wanks Aaron hangs out with, I like to think my basic principles don't depend on who's involved or who benefits. That's called "consistency," Aaron, and it's not something you're going to find in the ideological circles you cruise in.
So let's open up the phone lines to our regular listeners: For those of you who supported the notion of a coalition of Canada's Left, would you equally support one from the Right? Actually, let me rephrase that -- this doesn't even involve "supporting" such a thing or not. The proper question would be: Would you equally recognize the democratic and constitutional legitimacy of a right-wing coalition as much as one from the left?
For my own part, the answer is: Of course. Unabashedly. Unreservedly. Without reservation or hesitation, because my Constitution says so. And that's the difference, Aaron. Because if you ask the converse question of your BT colleagues, you will, in short order, learn the true meaning of context-dependent hypocrisy.
I'll make book on it.