Niccolo Machiavelli’s ideal princely duties include “all mercy, all loyal, all sincerity, all humanity, all religion” (Rebhorn). Italian born, he carries a passionate enthusiasm for the Florentine republic. The Da Vinci of politics, Machiavelli manipulates deceit and duplicity to pursue political goals. Machiavelli presents his political ideals of princely responsibility via his legacy “The Prince”. Claimed as a paramount political activist and a brilliant strategy thinker, Machiavelli’s philosophy soared centuries ahead of his time.
Machiavellian philosophy mainly benefits the people.
Cruelty must exist, but in moderation. A prince must practice mercy, but enforce cruelty: “through cruelty…[a prince can] keep his subjects united and loyal” (Machiavelli 72). Too much cruelty and mercy will, “allow disorder to continue” (Machiavelli 71). A true prince oozes intelligence and geographic knowledge; knowing his mountains, valleys, plains, rivers, and swamps thus prepares him for battle: “one gets to know one’s country and can understand better how to defend it” (Machiavelli 64).
A prince must not come to power through wickedness or other’s doings, but through his own skills.
A prince’s chief concerns includes the people’s loyalty and adoration. Finally, a prince must balance virtue and fortune, for “they will prosper as the two are in accord with one another” (Machiavelli 107). Over the past 8 years, the United States under President George W. Bush faced numerous trials; including the death penalty, 9-11, Hurricane Katrina, and gas price inflations. These trials defied Machiavellian principles.
Although competent, President Bush represents in no way the Machiavellian ideals to govern a country. President Bush extensively advocated the death penalty – since it’s reintroduction in 1976, he supported all 1,000 executions. (Bush). The death penalty serves as cruelty, which Machiavelli strongly opposes to. On September 11, 2001, terrorists attack on the U. S. resulted in thousands dead and countless wounded. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the heart of American music and culture on August 29, 2005, resulting in countless destroyed properties and innumerable deaths.
President Bush showed next to no mercy upon both disasters’ victims, arousing hatred among society, including Kanye West’s infamous statement that “President Bush does not care about black people”. The media portrays “Mr. ” Bush as an unintelligent, monkey-like man. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a blind man speaking about sight. Although various aspects defy Machiavellian values, President Bush bears similar characteristics. Machiavelli emphasizes extensive use of own army and own arms, which Bush enforces.
Machiavelli also states the need to destroy conflicting states to take control: “The memory of their ancient liberty does not and cannot allow them to rest…most secure way is to destroy them” (Machiavelli 23). Bush obliterated homes in Afghanistan and Iraq pursuing their natural resources. Bush imposed the no child left behind program, demonstrating benevolence which Machiavelli repeatedly emphasizes. Machiavellian principles and democracy, although different, share similar aspects. Machiavelli refuses to tolerate citizen political participation and majority rule.
Both laws desire to benefit the people, protect their rights, and allow them to elect their representatives. President Bush’s policies fall far from Machiavelli’s political tree. Machiavelli ascends above the misunderstood geniuses in history, shaping perhaps every aspect of modern politics.
“Bush Voices Death Penalty Support” International News. BBC News. Saturday, 3 Dec 2005. 17 Nov 2008 . Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince and Other Writings 1513, New York City, Waveland Press, Barnes & Noble, 2003. Rebhorn, Wayne A. Ed. The Prince and Other Writings 1513, New York City, Waveland Press, Barnes & Noble, 2003.
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