George Santos must resign — however he additionally wants assist | Politics
George Santos is, I think, sick.
I defer to psychologists to account for the provenance and pathology of the besieged United States congressman’s litany of lies which have pushed him right into a maelstrom of his personal making.
The breathtaking scope and nature of these lies about his education, work, religion and household have, understandably, not solely rendered Santos a deeply unsympathetic determine however raised the likelihood that his deceptions could have a extra sinister hue.
Santos has deceived many individuals, together with, in fact, his New York constituents who elected him to workplace in 2022 by a cushty margin on the energy, partially, of a powerful résumé that seems to be largely fictitious.
Since he was uncovered as a serial liar, Santos has been the topic of a near-daily eating regimen of tales and commentary which, taken collectively, have delved into his labyrinth of lies in head-shaking element and steered that his wanting character is an avatar of those equally wanting occasions.
Santos’s lies are so outlandish and, in some respects, offensive, that they rival Donald Trump’s legion of lies of their halting scope and audacity.
That Santos appropriated the Holocaust and 9/11 amongst his catalogue of outrageous gildings and exaggerations speaks to the depth of his Trump-like facility to disfigure the reality to additional his parochial political pursuits and ambition.
He has develop into poisonous, even amongst a lot of his Republican colleagues, a number of of whom have rightly referred to as on Santos to resign.
Santos’ refusal to take action has confirmed his blindness to actuality and made him a pariah. That turned obvious in the course of the protracted vote to elect Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the Home of Representatives earlier this month.
At first, Santos sat alone within the chamber fiddling together with his telephone to go the time, trying misplaced and forlorn. Then, after he was mocked within the press and on social media, Santos retreated into an anteroom, solely to emerge briefly to assist McCarthy with the intention to keep away from additional embarrassment.
It might be easy for me to hitch the withering pile-on, not solely to ridicule Santos, however to excoriate him for his, by now, acquainted glossary of egregious lies.
On the danger of being dismissed as a Pollyanna, I as a substitute ask my colleagues within the fourth property and readers to pause and contemplate that Santos could also be affected by a psychological illness that not solely explains his aberrant behaviour, but additionally calls for our charity, sympathy and understanding.
Sure, our charity, sympathy and understanding.
I’m not going to play beginner psychologist and enterprise a prognosis of the congressman. It’s clear to me, nevertheless, that this troubled younger man wants assist. I pity him.
Loneliness – whoever endures it and for no matter motive they endure it – shouldn’t be fodder for the merciless pleasure of any columnist.
Nowadays, a lot is written and mentioned in regards to the necessity to undertake a extra enlightened perspective in the direction of psychological sickness and to recognise how endemic the ache and harm is amongst all types of individuals, in all walks of life, together with, I dare say, politicians.
Sadly, these progressive attitudes typically evaporate immediately when a juicy political story units off a furore. Then, the true, keenly felt human penalties of that reporting develop into an afterthought, if they’re examined in any respect.
Whereas I acknowledge that Santos is the creator of his misfortune and the scrutiny and attainable sanctions that may circulation, predictably, from his deceit, I’ve tried to check the toll that the drip-by-drip revelations and the blanket nationwide and worldwide publicity are exacting on the congressman’s thoughts, physique and soul.
It can’t be simple.
My hope is that Santos, regardless of his many and manifest sins, has a confidant who can steer him to do the proper and honourable factor.
In the mean time, Santos is selecting as a substitute to make certified, half-hearted apologies and provide up sorry, absurd explanations and rationales to attempt to mollify his critics inside and outdoors the media.
In search of solace amongst scoundrels on cable TV and trusting that information cycles inevitably flip, is a dropping technique that may solely compound Santos’s cascading troubles.
Santos can recuperate a measure of grace and honesty if he admits that his nascent political profession is over, apologises sincerely to his constituents and pledges to make critical and tangible amends for all of the lies he has informed.
However it will require one thing of Santos that he has, to this point, been unable to muster: a forthright appreciation of what he has completed and why he has completed it.
There are thoughtful professionals who can information Santos in the direction of that needed, if belated, discovery provided that he chooses, sooner or later, to hunt them out.
Maybe he’ll. Maybe time and distance will present Santos with the attitude and perception to come back to phrases together with his dishonourable previous and current too.
Santos hinted at such introspection when he mentioned that a few of his lies had been the consequence of the “vulnerability of being human”.
His admission struck me as a sliver of candour amid the cobweb of lies Santos has weaved to create an interesting and completed character who doesn’t exist however who was rewarded with a coveted seat in Congress.
Till Santos summons the need, braveness and energy to do the proper factor, for the proper causes, on the proper time, he’ll proceed to wash himself in disgrace and disrepute.
Nonetheless, we’d do effectively to keep in mind that everybody, given the chance and encouragement, is able to change, even George Santos.
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