Santos Clause

Is anybody surprised? No, of course not.

Sure, Republican George Santos ran for Congress and blatantly lied about almost every aspect of his life and career. Sure, he lied about his employment, his education, his charitable work. Sure, he lied about his family, his ethnicity, probably his name, possibly his nationality. And sure, he got away with it because nobody bothered to check. He got away with it and he got elected.

After he was elected, he was exposed as a liar. Santos denied being a liar, because why start telling the truth at that point? He tried to deflect attention away from his lies, but it didn’t work. So what the hell, he admitted being a liar. He said he was elected based on his policy positions, not his resume. So what if he lied? He fully intends to serve his term in Congress.

This guy, whoever the fuck he really is.

Nobody in the GOP seems at all concerned about this. And why should they? I mean, they openly abandoned traditional conservative values when they chose Comrade Trump as their presidential candidate in 2016. Hell, they didn’t just abandon traditional conservative values, they abandoned the very idea of Truth as a valued commodity. They abandoned Science and a consistent, coherent political ideology. They abandoned the whole concept of representative democracy. They even abandoned religion as a practice, though they’ve retained the illusion of it as a tool.

George Santos doesn’t believe in anything but holding political office. He doesn’t stand for anything but holding political office. He doesn’t care for anything except holding political office. He doesn’t respect anything except…no, he doesn’t even respect the political office he wants to hold.

George Santos is the distillation of the Republican Party. A vacant husk, a soulless golem, a mindless and purposeless corruption driven by an unreasoned desire to hold power over other people, animated by rage and resentment and bitterness over the possibility of losing privilege.

Let me turn it over to Tommy Eliot.

We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats’ feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar

6 thoughts on “Santos Clause

  1. Oh. Eliot always tells the truth that we don’t want to admit.

    For readers who may not be familiar, if this bit of poem chills your soul, please find the rest of it and read for a thorough freeze. For full darkness, read The Waste Land first.

    In the Twtter wars, Republicans have been blaming Democrats for not vetting Santos. That’s how much Republicans have given up.

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    • Eliot did pretty well for a Missouri boy.

      As for the Republicans, I think the fact that it’s possible the deciding vote making Kevin McCarthy the Speaker of the House–and third in line for the presidency–might come from Santos says everything worth saying about that party. Utterly without a moral or ethical center, no concept of service or patriotism, nothing but fear and resentment.

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    • That Republicans don’t vet their own candidates speaks volumes about how unqualified they are for public office. It’s just expected that Republicans will act in shady, underhanded ways, and will lie at every opportunity. It’s up to the “honest” party to actually show that Republicans are (as usual) lying through their teeth. That Republicans need to spin this as the fault of somebody else (so much for being the party of personal responsibility) shows us exactly how unfit they are for public office.

      And yet, the electorate keep electing these clown, despite the fact that they keep demonstrating how unworthy they are of holding elected office. [Exasperated sigh.]

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      • I blame Newt Gingrich for the decline of the GOP. He’s the guy who, back in the 1990s, realized that they could win more elections by demonizing Democrats (and Democratic policies) than by promoting GOP ideas. He’s the guy who brought GOP lying into mainstream politics. He’s the guy who began the rot in the heart of the GOP. His lack of concern about facts and truth made Trump possible.

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      • I would also add a blame on right ring media. They’ve been brainwashing their followers for decades, convincing them to vote against their own interests. Rush Limbauigh is one of the most egregious perpetrators that comes to mind.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Yet, he will be sworn in; crickets from GQPers!! … “George Santos doesn’t believe in anything but holding political office. He doesn’t stand for anything but holding political office. He doesn’t care for anything except holding political office. He doesn’t respect anything except … no, he doesn’t even respect the political office he wants to hold.”

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