Why does Steve Harper lie so damned much?
Steve knows that lying is the new political currency. It pays off big time with his committed supporters, who take pretty much everything he says as gospel, and with those just too dumb or lazy to see through him. Harper, as a student of his American Idols, Bush & Cheney, knows that lies work, if you tell them enough and get them in the media.
Politicians who rely on lies rather than sound policies and the persuasion of leadership are essentially undemocratic. They seek to win by manipulating voters, reaching through to their fears and prejudices and greed. That pretty much describes the schoolyard bully types like our own Steve Harper.
Now I don't expect Steve to come out admitting he's an absolute control freak with a blistering bad temper but his TV spots depicting him as just a humble, placid, regular guy are stomach churning. It's not as though he even wants to be that sort of man, anything but. Talk about putting lipstick on a pig!
The uber-right have embraced this idea that it's okay to pull the wool over the voters' eyes at every turn, in every way. Is it really that much different if you get a vote by lying than if you just straight out buy it? Surely one currency is the same as the other.