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Cruel to be kind is a clich often used in modern society It suggests using rather harsh means in order to accomplish benevolent ends For example a parent grounds his or her child for a month after the child is caught smoking The child thinks the punishment austere but the parent inflicted the penalty to show the child that smoking is unhealthy and that he or she is breaking the law Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Qualities of the Prince to demonstrate how a ruler should rule and be successful doing so He asserts that the prince or ruler must use questionable means to be an effective ruler and that a successful ruler exhibits questionable or nearly corrupt qualities Three of these qualities are making ones only profession war miserliness and deceitfulness Machieavellis values of a successful prince or ruler sound remarkably similar to those equated with modern day politicians The values he praises however are seen as faults and would not lead a politician to success presently A prince therefore must not have any other object nor any other thought nor must he take anything as his profession but war its institutions and its disciplinesJacobus 35 Machiavelli first states that war is very important in finding success Having an overwhelming army is how most princes come into power and how most regain power when it is lost In present day America all public officials are elected Although the process prior to being elected may very well be likened to war no physicality is employed One may decide to campaign on a platform of war but is not likely to prove prosperous as the vast majority of American citizens are opposed to war unless absolutely necessary There are instances however where war is necessary Were America being invaded the public would cry for war in order to defend the country But using war to gain power in America would be considered a substantial offense and
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