National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson shows us how the Imperial City is liars all the way down. As the esteemed Dr. Hanson points out:
Federal prosecutors last week announced the indictment of U.S. Representative George Santos (R-N.Y.) on a host of charges, including misuse of federal campaign funds and wire fraud, almost all of them resulting from his pathological lies.
Certainly, Santos deserved the attention of prosecutors for lying on federal documents and affidavits that may have helped him win a congressional seat as well as personal lucre.
But if that’s the case, why haven’t federal prosecutors also gone after Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)? She clearly lied her way into a Harvard Law School professorship and an erstwhile presidential candidacy by claiming, in part, quite falsely she was a Native American, supposedly Harvard’s first indigenous law professor.
Her Senate colleague, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), flatly lied (he said “misspoke”) about being a Vietnam War veteran. He never confessed to “misspeaking” about his résumé until caught. Both senators, apparently like Santos, gained political traction in their various campaigns from such lies, but the two apparently never put them in writing, or at least not as blatantly as did Santos.
Believe you me, it gets worse from there. Unsurprising, in fact, that the Biden Syndicate comes in for a lot of discussion, vis-à-vis their deep and fundamental dishonesty.
Here’s the thing, though: very few people, including, I am sure, the esteemed Dr. Hanson, think any of this will change any time soon. As I have pointed out time and again, it is in the nature of government to grow ever larger and more intrusive; and as the power wielded by government grows ever larger, then so too does that power attract, increasingly, the worse sort of people. And make no mistake, the people described by Dr. Hanson in this work are, without exception, horrible people. Power breeds corruption as rats breed baby rats, and we are seeing that play out in the Imperial City right now.
This has happened before, of course. What we have now that polities dating back to ancient Greece did not have is the ever-pervasive and horrendously complicity legacy media, who will endlessly ignore and, if necessary, outright conceal or deny these lies.
In an honest and fair world, the aforementioned Fauxcohantas Warren and “Stolen Valor” Blumenthal would be roundly ridiculed and not allowed within a mile of any position with influence. Instead, they retain their political offices, and constantly seek to exert greater and greater control over our everyday lives.
I don’t see that Dr. Hanson sees a way back from this. I’m not sure I see one either. At least, other than the one Ayn Rand proposed.