The mainstream press is so upset over the lies that Congressman-elect George Santos has told that they are besides themselves. In their eyes, Santos sullies the much-vaunted concept of democracy that US officials spread around the world through force of arms, a concept that pretends to result in only the most virtuous, honest people serving in government.
Actually though, Santos will fit right into Congress and, for that matter, the entire Washington, D.C., establishment. That’s because the entire welfare-warfare state way of life has long been characterized by lies, liars, and frauds.
Let’s look at a few examples.
James R. Clapper, Jr., served as director of the National Intelligence Agency from 1992 through 1995. He lied to Congress about the federal government’s secret, dark-side surveillance activities against the American people. He figured that his lie would never be exposed, especially by his cohorts within the national-security establishment. But much to his surprise and chagrin, his lie was exposed by Edward Snowden’s revelations.
Mind you, Clapper didn’t just lie. He was under oath when he lied. That means he committed perjury, which is a federal criminal offense — in fact, a felony. Was he ever indicted and prosecuted? Are you kidding? He is still hailed as a patriot and a hero! The mainstream media even still turns to him for his “expert” commentary on matters relating to “national security.” They love that perjurer!
And what about Snowden? Pentagon, CIA, and Justice Department officials and their mainstream acolytes have gone after him with a vengeance, just as they have done with Julian Assange. The reason? Snowden and Assange disclosed the truth about the national-security state’s dark-side secrets. Telling the truth is their “crime.” The Washington, D.C., establishment hates people who tell the truth about what the national-security establishment is doing. And so does much of the mainstream press.
How about those infamous WMDs that President George W. Bush, the Pentagon, and the CIA peddled to garner support for their war of aggression against Iraq? Where was the same indignation among the mainstream press that it has displayed against Santos’s lies? Indeed, where was the same indignation that is now being expressed against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? It was nowhere to be found. Instead, the mainstream press was stumbling over itself to win the honor of being embedded with US troops, where they ended up praising and glorifying the killing of Iraqis. Even when Bush mocked his own lie in a public skit about those non-existent WMDS, the mainstream press thought it was hilarious, notwithstanding the thousands of Iraqis who were being killed and injured as a direct result of that lie.
How about the 9/11 attacks, when US officials stated with straight faces that the terrorists just hated American for its “freedom and values”? The mainstream press eagerly bought into that whopper. When libertarians told the truth by pointing out that foreigners hate the United States for the death and destruction inflicted upon them by the Pentagon and the CIA, the mainstream press joined in the “You hate America and love the terrorists” chorus.
How about the old Cold War lie that the Reds were coming to get us, which was used to justify the unconstitutional conversion of the federal government from a limited-government republic to a national-security state? To this day, the mainstream press continues to passively endorse the many assassination attempts and other regime-change operations in the name of “keeping us safe” from a Red takeover of America.
What about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? US officials, the Pentagon, and the CIA continue to play like they had no role in ginning up that war. It’s a flat-out lie, and they know it. In fact, they knowingly, intentionally, and deliberately used their old Cold War dinosaur NATO to absorb former members of the Warsaw Pact, with the specific aim of giving Russia another “Vietnam,” just as they did in 1989 with respect to Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, the mainstream press goes along with the lie, just like Pravda did for the Russian communist regime during the Cold War.
What about the CIA’s still-secret records relating to its assassination of President Kennedy, who was determined to lead America in a direction that was different from that of the Pentagon and the CIA? President Biden and the CIA steadfastly maintain that the release of those 59-year-old records will threaten “national security.” It’s a flat-out lie, and they know it. There is no possibility that the release of 59-year-old records will cause the United States to fall into the ocean or bring about a Red takeover of the nation. Yet, while there have recently been breakthroughs among some of the mainstream press, most of them buy into the lie and continue to cooperate with the cover-up.
Social Security. For years, US officials have maintained that people “put their money” into the Social Security system. It’s a lie, and it’s been a lie since the program’s inception. The FICA tax is just a tax, just like any other tax. It has nothing to do with “putting money” into the Social Security system. Tax revenues are spent the minute they are received, including on the ever-growing expenditures of the Pentagon and its army of voracious “defense” contractors who love feeding at the public trough. FICA taxes never go into a “fund” and they never have. The truth is that Social Security is nothing more than a welfare program, no different from food stamps, public housing, education grants, farm subsidies, and corporate bailouts. Yet the mainstream press continues reinforcing the lie that Social Security is some sort of retirement fund to which people are entitled.
Like I say, notwithstanding all the handwringing among the mainstream press, George Santos is going to fit in very well in Washington.
Reprinted with permission from Future of Freedom Foundation.