It's a line from an old Sloan song: "It's not the band that I hate, it's their fans..."
This is how I feel about the CPC. It's not the party, it's the conbots. The CPC does what the CPC does, which is anything it thinks it can get away with. I expect most governing parties are the same to some degree. But these guys are good. They can get away with almost anything.
Transparency? I didn't mean US. Jeez!
Accountability? That's for pussies.
Fiscal responsibility? WTF? In this economy? Madness!
Senate reform? Well, I meant more conservatives...
Fixed election dates? Obviously, that only applies to majority governments, not ones that are able to pass legislation with near impunity. Don't be silly.
But the burr in my saddle, the onion in my oinment, the black fly in my chardonnay is the goddamn conbots. The ones that thing the CPC is cool, no matter what it does, how it disagrees with their promises, plans or stated intent, and no matter how detached from reality it might be.
- See? They cut the GST, not like those tax & spend Liberals with their balanced budgets and social programs. Those guys were crazy. But cutting the GST is good for the economy. It increases spending...
- Recession? What recession? That's crazy talk. The fundamentals of the Canadian economy are sound.
- Budget deficits are cool, because we need to keep the economy moving.
- The government should stay out of business. That's why deregulation is a good idea.
- Well of course business can't be trusted to eep their noses clean. That's why there's going to be an inquiry. Someday. Maybe.
- Coalition with the separatists? Treason. In 2003? That was COMPLETELY different. The Liberals were in charge then, and Adscam!
This is called cognitive dissonance. It's not quite a mental illness, but it's close. It's separating your ideology from reality, and it's most evident when dealing with religion. I'd argue that the two are pretty closely related.