Machiavellism is one of the three personality traits of the dark triad that includes narcissism and psycholopathy. It is a term used to describe a tendency to be unemotional and therefore able to detach self from conventional morality and hence, to deceive and manipulate others. Machiavellians are unethical, cutthroat, immoral, unprincipled, unconscionable, unscrupulous, cold, selfish, giving a high priority to money, power, self-love and winning at any cost. Gee, that describes about 90% of politicians.
For those not familiar with Niccolo Machiavelli’s book, The Prince, written 1527, it laid bare the moral world of politics and the gulf between private conscience and demands for public actions. “Anything can be done, no matter what the consequences may be, for the end result will be justified, and so the method used to obtain it is of no consequence.”
America was founded in fervent opposition to the immoral concepts described by Machiavelli. America’s founders, imperfect for sure, publicly and prayerfully designed a constitution imbedded with natural laws, minority rights, respect for individuals and an elaborate diffusion of political power. Because they were keenly aware that men and women would forever hold Machiavellian beliefs, our founders sought to prevent those with selfish, immoral beliefs from ever gaining total control over the levers of national power.
George Washington wrote in 1779, “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” It has been often quoted, “Like fire, it [government] is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Our founders knew that we either limit the size, scope and power of government, or we surely would become engulfed in political flames, ultimately burned by a tyrannical minority.
Don’t like Gitmo? Release terrorist to commit more acts of terror! Hate personal gun rights? Violate the Second Amendment! Despise a religion? Make certain beliefs illegal! Some children are smarter than others? Impose common core! Some citizens don’t have enough stuff? Redistribute one’s personal property to others! Some nations have less wealth? Redistribute America’s wealth! Too much money in your retirement savings? Tax IRA accounts! Oppose gay marriage? Government mandated sensitivity training! Dislike your oath of office? Add sworn enemies of the US to your administration!
Our communities, political parties, media organizations, religious institutions and federalized government education system are ablaze in Machiavellian fire. Political ends are justified by whatever means the majority political party can popularize through social media. “If it feels good, do it” philosophy defines a direct democracy, a form of government so deeply feared by our founders, they created something far different – a representative Republic.
Unalienable rights can never be subjected to popular opinion, the latest fads, media polls or flash mobs whipped into euphoria by messianic political figures. Yet today, the left’s most powerful soldier is a straw man, a mythical enemy that draws its power from the human emotions of envy, greed, lust, pride, idolatry, and jealously.
To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument. Repeatedly throughout history, Godless men have amassed control and political power by introducing straw men, whipping citizens into an emotional frenzy and then converting human ignorance into political power.
It is as if an intravenous drip line with anesthesia has been inserted into our national bloodstream, rendering us defenseless while the masters of the Machiavellian arts operate to remove truth and history from our conscience. Individually, we must choose to rip the propaganda IV from our arms and seek truth.
Our misplaced faith in man and institutions has led us down the road to hell. Let’s hope that 2017 is the year that America comes to its senses.
Source: Ron Cunningham, Freedom Outpost