Thursday, March 16, 2017

The best of the worst

I have seen some interesting posts out there trying to convince me to to give money to the Conservative party.  That isn't surprising in itself, the interesting part is that the people trying to convince me are lefties who support the NDP or Liberals.

The idea behind this push is that there is one person in the Conservative leadership race who is distinctly more progressive than the rest.  His name is Michael Chong, and after looking at his record and statements I agree with that assessment.  He isn't a raving Trump-lite lunatic like O'Leary or Leitch, he actively pushes back against Islamophobia, and in general most of his positions are a lot more moderate than the rest of the Conservative crop.  From what I have seen I would rate him as by far the best Conservative candidate among those that have any chance of being nominated.  Don't mistake that for glowing praise; the Conservative candidates make me cringe.

The downside to the push is this:  I would have to pay $15 for Conservative party membership in order to vote for Chong for leader.  While I would have to hold my nose to go vote in a Conservative nomination I might be willing to do that to try to prevent one of the extremists being in charge, but I can't justify doing so when I would have to give money to a party that stands firmly against all of my values.

Looking at this from a strategic standpoint I can't really say what I want to happen.  I thought it was good that Trump won the Republican nomination because I was pretty sure he would say a bunch of idiotic things and get crushed in the debates by either Sanders or Clinton.  I figured giving Trump the win was a sure way to get a Democratic victory.

We all know how that turned out.  I was dead wrong, like a lot of other people.

So while there is a temptation to wish that O'Leary wins and goes on to alienate all of the moderates to keep the Conservatives out of power, for all I know he could end up running the show in Canada and doing his best to create some kind of theocratic dystopia.

Chong at least would just do the usual Conservative thing of trying to slash taxes for the rich and tell the poor that they should just work harder, with a side order of wishing he could realistically push through 'traditional marriage' and 'bathroom safety' bills.  He wouldn't be a flaming dumpster fire that threatens to engulf the world like Trump, he would just be a kind of slow death, a fetid rot, sort of like Harper was when he was in charge.

Even if I liked Chong (which I don't) I wouldn't give money to the Conservatives in a vain attempt to put him in the seat of power.  He is the best of the worst, sure, but I am going to save my time, money, and energy to push for someone I actually want governing, not a backstop against even greater disaster.

I am so bitter at the Liberals for their election reform lie that I am left hoping that the NDP can serve me up someone to believe in for this next election.  Not that my vote matters in the slightest, mind you, since my riding is an absolute lock for the Liberals and has been for many years.


  1. Chong voted against 'traditional marriage' back in 2006, and it seems unlikely he did so for political expediency since 13 Liberal MPs voted for it and only 12 other Conservative MPs voted against it.

    He also stepped down from a cabinet position in Harper's government because of how strongly he disagreed with Harper on some issues (Quebec sovereignty in particular) so I think it's more than a little disingenuous to say he'd be like Harper if he was in charge.

    I wouldn't want O'Leary to win, and wouldn't vote Con for him. I'm pretty sure I'd vote Con for Chong, though.

    1. That is interesting... specifically the vote for marriage equality. I saw in several places that Chong voted *against* marriage equality. His stance on it now has shifted apparently, but whether that is an attack of conscience or political expediency I can't say for sure... but I have my suspicions.

      Do you have a source for your claim that he voted for marriage equality a decade ago? I am going by this site, which is an awful site dedicated to values I despise, but which is happy that Chong voted against marriage equality in 2005.

    2. He did vote for it in 2005, but voted against it in 2006.

  2. Would trading political donations with a Conservative friend solve your financial objections to this? You donate $15 the Conservative party; and you Conservative friend donates $15 less to the party and instead gives $15 to a political party of your choice.

    1. Thing is, I really just want the Conservatives to have no money. Maybe if they donated $15 to the Greens, Pirates, NDP, and Liberals....? At least that way the Conservatives aren't $15 up on anybody.

  3. The big problem with paying $15 to vote Chong is that Chong is not going to win. I'd strongly prefer him to any other candidate I know enough about to have an opinion of. But I think it's more like paying $15 to choose between Bernier and O'Leary, and I'd pay $15 to *not* have to make that choice.