The Canadian Nixon

From The Guardian’s, Comment is free, The Canadian Nixon by Dimitry Anastakis and Jeet Heer:

The historian Garry Wills once observed that Richard Nixon wanted to be president not to govern the nation but to undermine the government. The Nixon presidency was one long counterinsurgency campaign against key American institutions like the courts, the FBI, the state department and the CIA. Harper has the same basic approach to politics: attack not just political foes but the very institutions that make governing possible. The state for Nixon and Harper exists not as an instrument of policy making but as an alien force to be subdued.

Canadians have never had a prime minister who has literally made his career attacking and undermining the legitimacy of Canadian institutions.

Until now.

Gosh, golly, jeewhizz, *I* haven’t heard Steve say, “I am not a crook.”  Have you?  8)

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2 thoughts on “The Canadian Nixon

  1. The difference between Nixon and Harper is that deep down, Nixon knew he was crooked.

    But Harper is more like his buddy Dubya: an arrogant sociopath who prefers to cast the blame on others rather than be held accountable for his behaviour.

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