By now, just about everyone has heard about the massive campaign of lies that Republican George Santos fabricated that just got him elected to a congressional seat from New York.
In his various appearances and interviews to explain himself, the lack of shame he seems to feel is almost as uncanny as the lies themselves.
Sadly, Santos is a child and product of the troubling and, yes, dangerous state of affairs in our nation today.
A friend sent me a short cartoon version of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
The shyster weavers convince the vain emperor that there really are clothes when in fact there is nothing. They convince him that only fools and those unqualified in their work can’t see the fabric.
The only thing on anyone’s mind is what others think of them. There is no truth, only appearances.
Until one naive and unindoctrinated child steps forward and tells the truth that the emperor is naked.
It’s what happens when people become unmoored and lose a sense that there is something called reality, something bigger than themselves, of which they are a part.
A vital part of a child’s development is learning they are not the center of the world. That there are others, and they must be aware of the line where they end and others and the world outside begin.
In traditional cultures, there are rites of passage where children formally become adults and assume the responsibilities of adults.
But today, in our nation, where a sense of objective right and wrong has widely disappeared, there are no rites of passage, and many remain perpetually children. They insist the world is the way they want it to be rather than appreciating that there is a greater reality to which all must submit.
We see it culturally, economically and fiscally.
I write all the time about the mind-boggling debt being accumulated on the backs of American citizens. Fiscal responsibility is realism. It means the numbers must add up and debts are not incurred without clear ways to pay for them.
One analyst from the Institute for Policy Innovation calculates our national debt amounts to almost $600,000 per every American man, woman and child. This includes not just federal obligations on the order of some $30 trillion, but also debts built into Social Security and Medicare from an insufficient tax base to meet the obligations that must be met in upcoming years.
Yet what did this Congress do before ending its term? Pass another $1.7 trillion in spending.
The piper will be paid, and this is called reality.
On the cultural front, the U.S. Supreme Court, and now the U.S. Congress, has, based on politics and whim, redefined the eternal institution called marriage.
Is it any surprise, shortly after deciding you don’t need a man and a woman to constitute marriage, that now even who is a man and who is a woman is matter of personal whim?
So, George Santos is the man of our time. Why should he feel the need to submit to any “reality” more than what is happening in our culture at large?
What did Santos fabricate any more than the “1619 Project” fabricated about what American history is about?
Santos shows little shame because shame comes with appreciation that there are truths — right and wrong.
There is no shame in a culture where we make everything up.
Fortunately, there are many Americans who have not become detached from reality and see what is happening. But, still, many are afraid to say the emperor is naked.
But how long can widespread detachment from reality continue?
Meanwhile, an unrepentant liar, George Santos, a child of woke America, will be sworn into the sacred duty as a member of the U.S. Congress.
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website.
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Here’s an idea, George Santos should resign along with two other liars…Biden and Harris!
Santos is a liar who the republicans are protecting.
When I first read about Santos’s lies, I immediately thought he was behaving like Progressive Democrats. Unfortunately, there are plenty of Republicans who have the same delusional belief that all we need to do is a thing to be believed.
There was an article posted here a few days ago about politicians saying (or doing) funny things during the past year.
Santos struck gold yesterday when he was overheard remarking to one of his colleagues in the House chamber that: “No-one could make this crap up”.
Hmm, I can think of one person but I won’t mention his name (George Santos).
He’s not the first liar to reach a position of responsibility. Consider Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, Eric Adams, Elizabeth Warren, and the list goes on-just following examples. Shame on the press for not vetting and the voters for selecting. Like the rest of the clowns in congress-it’s OUR fault!
Joe Biden lies every time he opens his mouth. The Big guy gets 10 percent according to Hunter’s laptop!
Santos is a Trump supporter and election denier. Santos was elected by republicans. He is a republican problem and not a democrat problem.
they can refuse to seat him.
No, the House cannot refuse to seat Santos unless he does not meet the specific constitutional requirements of age, citizenship or residency.
They can expel Santos but that requires a 2/3 vote which would require help from the Dems which I don’t see coming. We could get off the hook if Santos is convicted of violating financial disclosure laws but that could take months.
Every democrat would vote to expel Santos but the republicans will never allow it because there is a good chance a democrat would win a special election to replace him.
One more vote doesn’t matter.
Better for the Dems to let Santos twist in the wind for two years (why would they help us clean up our mess ?).
If they don’t want him in their midst, they should also resign, as almost all of them are liars and cheats.
Oh, so this guy’s really just like Biden. A legend in his own mind!
Very well done! Really pin points this issues and what it will take to wake up the sleepers-reality!!
Great article from Starr Parker! The emperor is naked!!
Comrade, your first grade education is showing!
Comrade, I bet your nose is pierced just like your ears!
I guess he’s too stupid to say: “How am I any different than KKK loving Josef Biden?”
This is the first time I’ve heard about him. What lies did he tell?
The companies that he says he worked for and the schools that he says he attended have never heard of him. Property records of properties that he says he owns do not exist and the sources of loans that he says that he made to his campaign from his own pocket have not been documented.
Some Dems are faking outrage at all of this but obviously his opponent dropped the ball on any opposition research that should have been done during the campaign. So far, no proof that he broke any laws but a few prosecutors are investigating. Maybe the House ethics committee will take a look too if we can get around to electing a Speaker so that we can establish a House ethics committee.
Constant lying seems to be working for biden. It’s trending now.
The president and vice president of America lie every day and nobody says a word against it.
George Santos just imitated his elders.
Don’t blame him blame what America is becoming.
A lawless amoral communist country where the left is right and those against them are domestic terrorists.
I hear Brazil is reopening its case against him. He is a Republican so he will go down fast no matter who takes him out. He should not be allowed to serve, and he should face punishing consequences for his lies. I saw one newbie to the House will be swearing in on a Superman comic book. Notwithstanding, we have a legislature full of self-enriching liars and thieves these days, as well as a POTUS owned by our nation’s enemies, and Godless, power-hungry bureaucrats at every level in our governments with no morals who are empowered as our overlords. Sadly, we are in very deep trouble as a nation and once free people. I would not be in the least surprised to have him exposed as a Manchurian candidate run by the same people that put up AOC. Only he was run to make Republicans look bad, while she was run to make Marxists look good to our malformed youthful voters. We boomers were mostly asleep at the wheel and need to look in the mirror to see where responsibility for the mess we are in and will be leaving behind greatly rests.
Not really, Trump is a hardened criminal who has gotten off scot free.
Comrade, I guess you haven’t heard of Hunter Biden and his laptop, have you? . . . STUPID IS, STUPID DOES and STUPID SAYS!
I have but Trump is a hardened criminal.
The only problem I have with the so-called outrage by the Democrats on this candidate is their insistence that they don’t do this same action themselves. Take AOC as a comparison and the stories she has made of her background.
AOC just might be the biggest liar in congress!