As I look over prog bloggers, comment threads and this and that, I see blaming from the Liberals, blaming from the Dippers, blaming from the non-aligned. Blaming on each other, blaming on the Cons, blaming on the shitty winner takes it polling system we've got in this country.
Fine. Have your "moment". But when you stop sniffling about how bad it's all going to be, you damn well better start talking to each other about what you're gonna do to set things right today, not in four years. Like it or not, the political map in this country has been redrawn. The Conservative Party under Harper is not the Conservative party of yesteryear. The Liberals are not the same, and neither are the Dippers. Spending time gazing rearward at what was or what might have been only goes so far. Look forward at what might yet become, in a year, four years, eight years, 12 years.
This will be harder for some of you than others. Some of you have built personal and political identities around what is, at the end of the day, a brand. A social construction, an imagined community. A team, side, and club; full of legacy but essentially devoid of lasting meaning.
It is time to shed your partisan allegiances. The old parties no longer exist in practice. It is time to start talking to each other about just what kind of Canada you want to build, and just how you're going to do it.
I am as disappointed as many of you at last night's result, but I also can't help feeling liberated by it. The NDP, despite of their record win, have no power in the House. The Liberals even less so, and the Bloc and Liz might as well not exist. You know what Harper will do now. You know what he'll try to turn this country into. The old order is dead and we are in transition. There is opportunity in crisis to build something new.
It is up to you whether you're going to obey that demagogue and his coterie of piss-ignorant used car salesmen. Sixty per cent of you did not vote for this man or his lunatics. It is up to you whether you see that government as legitimate.
It is up to you to choose whether to live your lives in fear of what they will do, or despite what they will do.