2.29.2012

harper as nixonian: a robocall rogues gallery

I've never liked the comparison of control freak Stephen Harper to figurehead Resident George W. Bush. I understand where it comes from, of course, but if Canada is becoming the United States, as progressive Canadians love to say, then it's the United States of 20, 25 years ago. My comrade John Bell goes even further back, and he has a point.
The growing RoboCall scandal is being likened to Watergate, and Stephen Harper to our own Richard Nixon. I used to run home from school to watch the Watergate hearings. My pal Stu and I collected tapes of Nixon speeches: we would marvel at the evident gap between Nixon’s self-righteous sincerity and the weasel words issuing from his jowly mouth.

I think the comparison is valid. Stephen Harper may lack the jowls, but I believe he shares Nixon’s honest belief that he has license to break any law because the cause he serves is right—in more ways than one.
Read it here: The Robocall rogues gallery. On that theme, see also: Dr. Dawg, Harper: "I'm not a crook".

2 comments:

James Redekop said...

Of course, Harper is further to the right than Nixon was; but then, so is Obama.

laura k said...

Of course, Harper is further to the right than Nixon was; but then, so is Obama.

Yes, that's how far to the right the centre has moved.

Harper is not as insane as Nixon was. At least not to our knowledge.