I didn't vote. Yah, yah, I know. I'm an asshole. Millions of people don't have the privilege of voting for or against their government and here I am just tossing that valuable right away. I have no excuse. Other than I just got Portal 2 and it is a really sweet game. Seriously you have to try that game. Awesome.
But I didn't vote and look what happened. 4 years of a Stephen Harper led conservative majority. Sweet baby jeebus save us. I am honestly quite shocked that this happened. I figured all the drama over the Liberals had passed from memory and people would have had enough of teasing Harper with his minority government.
I guess people's memories aren't as short as I had estimated. Just short enough to forget all the horseshit that Harper spewed when he was the Reform party leader. Remember Reform? Remember all that redneck crap? That's where Harper came from. I don't pretend to know a lot but this I do know, if Harper was Prime Minister with a majority 8 years ago, we would be in Iraq as well as Afghanistan. If Harper was Prime Minister with a majority 5 years ago, I would have one less wedding to go to this summer. As soon as he got a hint of power he started running the American Republican playbook page for page. Manage the words in the media, limit the media access, disclose as little as possible to the public, ignore science, generate fear, and buy as many weapons as possible. He's a war mongering douchebag who is a little too preoccupied with who is sleeping with who. And the only thing worse than a douchebag is a douchebag without compromise. And that is who is leading this country for the next 4 years.
I'd feel even worse about not voting if there was actually a party out there who represented me. I like to think of myself as a fiscal conservative and social liberal. I don't think we should hand out money without getting anything in return but I don't think health care is something that should be denied anyone. It is absolutely no business of the government what two consenting adults do with their naughty bits. I like the idea of gun control but I hate that it has cost so much. And I think legalized marijuana should be viewed as a revenue source and not the downfall of civilization. Oh, and I fucking hate the CRTC. Fuck those guys.
Give me a party that hits those points and not only will I vote but I'll run for office.