Just a Little Bit Machiavellian?


“It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”
Henry Kissinger

Once in awhile, we must resort to political hyperbole in order to prove a point.  Up front, no, I do not think Mitt Romney is the end of the world, the anti-Christ, God’s Gift, or electable.  I think he is a pathetically obsessed individual who is capable of doing great damage to this nation.  He has no substance in that there is no emotional or political center.  The GOP version of Barack Obama, he’s noting but a windsoc blowing in the breeze.   This is a man who appears willing to do almost anything to be nominated.  When someone is like that, willing to almost sell their soul for their obsession, get out of their way.  Driven by emotional demons, someone as obsessed as Romney is, often destroys himself, those around him, and at times, the object of his obsession.

There is a line that is not to be crossed in American politics and in life in general.  In The Pink Flamingo’s humble opinion Mitt Romney crossed that line in Florida.  He crossed the line by utterly destroying Newt Gingrich by any means possible, including lies, half-truths and distortions.   As a student of history with a background in the classics, I am absolutely certain Mitt Romney is quite familiar with The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli.

“...Conquests by “criminal virtue” are ones in which the new prince secures his power through cruel, immoral deeds, such as the execution of political rivals. Machiavelli advises that a prince should carefully calculate all the wicked deeds he needs to do to secure his power, and then execute them all in one stroke, such that he need not commit any more wickedness for the rest of his reign. In this way, his subjects will slowly forget his cruel deeds and his reputation can recover. Princes who fail to do this, who hesitate in their ruthlessness, find that their problems mushroom over time and they are forced to commit wicked deeds throughout their reign. Thus they continuously mar their reputations and alienate their people…”

It looks to me like this is the game he is playing.  By playing that game he has crossed that invisible line.  By relying on $17 million dollars to utterly destroy the reputation of his opponent, he has gone where no candidate has gone before, and should never be allowed to go.  He has made a total and complete mockery of our system.  He has turned it upside down and inside out, destroying what I hold dear.


Yes, his supporters will gloat and make fun of anyone who attempts to state that what Romney has done is wrong.  The ends justify the means.  It is no longer about defeating Barack Obama.  It is about destroying Newt Gingrich for some alleged evil he did once upon a time.  It is about an utterly obsessed individual who has bullied, lied, harassed, and conducted a scorched earth campaign to get what he wants.

What he did in Florida, to the American political system will be, in future years, remembered as a deathblow to our Republic.  This is how great nations die – when a single individual decides he is no longer bound by out dated morality and honor, in order to sustain his own political ambitions.

If this man is allowed to continue, he will, one of these days cross his own Rubicon.  When he does, please, look back at this moment and try not to wring your hands and cry our beloved country.  If you approve of his actions and support them, try a little soul searching.  If you feel a little creepy about what he is doing, then join the club.

This is a campaign for the Presidency of the United States of America, not a campaign to replace God on High.  It is about flawed men and women trying to convince their supporters that they are the best person for the office.  It is not about abject destruction of your opposition.  It never has been – until now.

The geniuses who have brought you Mitt Romney, their current paper doll all dressed up in his dressed down look, pandering to the little people, have decided we need a businessman in the White House. They have made a miscalculation.

“…The last president elected as a businessman was Herbert Hoover in 1928. “Hoover’s appeal, before his reputation became tarnished by the Depression, was as a problem solver and a solid businessman,” says Princeton University historian Fred Greenstein. “Someone who was not erratic — to the point of being dull.”…”

If you are a regular reader of The Pink Flamingo, you are well aware I hold Republicans and conservatives to a far  higher standard than I do Democrats and liberals.  There is a reason for this.   I expect more out of Republicans and conservatives.  I expect certain standards of behavior.

“…In the short run, these attacks might have improved Romney’s appeal to populist conservatives by showing a willingness to punch hard, an unexpected toughness. But in the long run, the question is whether this avalanche of negative ads will have a negative impact on Romney’s ability to present himself as a uniting figure capable of solving our problems and healing our divisions in a general election. Instead, it is likely to add to a growing reputation for ruthlessness from someone easily caricatured as a private-equity plutocrat—and someone who is already showing difficulty in connecting with middle-class Americans….”

I expect our GOP candidates for POTUS to be men and women of honor.  Thomas Sewell’s most recent column says succinctly what needs to be said.

“…Gingrich is by no means above criticism. He has been criticized in this column before, over the years, including during the current primary season, and he will probably be criticized here again. But the poisonous practice of irresponsible smears is an issue that is bigger than Gingrich, Romney or any other candidate of either party.

There have long been reports of people who decline to be nominated for federal judicial appointments because that means going before the Senate Judiciary Committee to have lies about their past spread nationwide, and the good reputation built up over a lifetime destroyed by politicians who could not care less about the truth.

The same practices may well have something to do with the public’s dissatisfaction with the current crop of candidates in this year’s primaries — and in previous years’ primaries. Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud….”

There are some disturbing trends besides the lies.  Why is one of Romney’s supporters in the Florida legislature trying to change district lines so that Allen West will probably lose his House seat?  Why is the AG of Florida stating that she has been promised a job in the fantasy Romney Administration if she supports him?  Why is she going around saying that he is planning on using Romneycare instead of Obamacare?

Does Mitt Romney realize that you can’t win a national election on money alone?  You need to come up with a few ideas other than you are entitled.

The Daily Beast

They tell us that character counts.

“...What it all comes down to is that when people see a pampered, prissy, fake, spiteful son of a governor who’s being served the GOP nomination on a silver platter because he kissed the right establishment behinds, benefitted from an enormous media double standard, and has more money than everyone else, well, let’s just say that’s exactly the sort of person who inspired someone to come up with the word schadenfreude…”

Perhaps the conservative media who is giving us this juggernaut had best re-examine the character of their current messiah.  They are telling us this is about the tea party.  Sorry, but it’s not.  The people I know who are supporting Newt are NOT tea party.

“Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good. Time does not heal it. The spell must be unwound, bit by bit, ‘with backward mutters of dissevering power’ – or else not. ”
― C.S. Lewis

I don’t vote for candidates who must lie and destroy a person’s reputation in order to win.  Lying about a person is akin to murder because you are killing their good name.  I guess I’m just a little weird and require a healthy dose of C. S. Lewis.

C. S. Lewis

One thought on “Just a Little Bit Machiavellian?

  1. I don’t think Romney lied. He played tough, and he got out his checkbook. Newt flailed and slashed and lost his cool, proving every single charge made about him by former colleagues & supporters. Time and again he showed us why he is unfit for the presidency. Newt did far more to destroy himself than anything Romney could have dreamed up.

    Newt had several shining moments between bouts of madness. And I do hope Mitt Romney will scoop up and expand those ideas, and eventually find a way to bring Newt aboard. Once the open wounds begin to close, I am praying Newt will choose to stay relevant and involved. But his contemptible ‘concession’ speech last night was not indicative of a guy in his right mind with priorities in order. Let us hope he can summon enough integrity and self-control to assist, rather than hinder, our efforts to remove Obama from office.

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