I’ll get right to the point. If you find yourself supporting “Anyone But Conservative” or “Anyone But Harper”, or “Anyone But <any target>” then, I must be blunt, you are an asshole. It is the whole process of “anyone but…” that allows us to elect Harpers, and if you support “Anyone But…” this time all that will happen is that we’ll elect another bunch of jackasses that everyone ultimately hates. Supporting “anyone but…” makes you part of the problem, not part of the solution.
If you can’t go to the polls and make an informed choice about the government you want, for the love of all that is holy, stay home and do nothing like 2 people in 5 do anyway. Because voting AGAINST something with no thought about what you’re actually voting FOR just screws over the people who actually exercise their democratic rights with intelligence and thought.
I don’t say this as a Conservative or Harper supporter. I’m not. But I won’t squander my vote on some idiotic “anything but” process either. I value my vote much, much more than that. I’ll evaluate the platforms and vote for the one that best represents the government that I’m going to be saddled with for the next 5 years. If that ends up being Conservative, so be it, but maybe it will be NDP, or maybe it will be Liberal, or Green… the point is, my main thought will be “what do I get if this vote is the winner”, not “what don’t I get if this vote is the winner”.
Canadians spend too much time thinking about how to oppose what they didn’t want rather than bringing about what they do want. Every time someone tells you “anyone but Harper” the only correct response is “Stick that in your <orifice>. Go away and don’t come back until you can tell me who is better AND WHY.”
All the “anyone but” campaigns are meaningless drivel and we can’t improve our political situation until people come to grips with that.