When referring to current events and leaders, Machiavelli’s advice to the prince is completely reliable. People of power, should never rely on others to get them their power, nor should they expect others to help them maintain their position of power. Rulers/leaders must lay down both good laws and good arms, and always remember to maintain a good reputation. With Machiavelli’s advice, all who are or wish to fulfill a position of power will do so with ease.
President Obama is a perfect example of someone who should and I believe has been trying to abide by Machievelli’s advice. Our 44th President did not rely on others to get him to where he is today. He was not born into a family of upscale social class, but he applied himself as a kid, he applied himself as a teenager and to this day, we are able to witness him applying himself in his adult life to better our country. Barack Obama “pulled himself up by his own bootstraps” and because of that, he has set an example for so many to follow, and he still does not rely on others to maintain his position in the White House. He stands as his own man.
In his first term as president, Barack Obama laid down his good arms by capturing and killing Osama Bin Laden. He has changed laws so everyone may receive healthcare and although there is a lot of controversy surrounding his decisions, he does not sway away from his first decision. He is a man of his word laying down both good arms and laws.
Lastly, President Barack Obama has done his best to maintain a clean reputation. He allows the public into his family just enough to feel as if we are a part of it as well. He love for his wife is timeless and all of American sees it and idolize it. Although he is not perfect, he is following the advice of the great Machiavelli and it seems to be working due to the fact that he is currently in his second term as our 44th President.
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