Regarding the Nov. 12 “On Ethics” column by Fresno State professor Andrew Fiala: I lost track of who was being discussed.
I agree the part that says “We’ve known that virtue is irrelevant to politics since Machiavelli first explained how princes obtain power.” The column could have been written about President Obama as he came to power, but being the first black president, nobody would dare.
“He (the prince) flatters their egos and fulfills their desires. So once the the prince takes power, he must continue to manipulate desire and fear, pride and hope.” (Obama’s platform was hope and change). At least Fiala did quote Donald Trump’s real mission when he said, “It is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Over the past eight years we have witnessed racism drive a wedge between white and black, as well as Muslims and Christians.
Finally, “The only antidote to Machiavellian disease is a division of powers, a system of checks and balances and the right to protest, criticize and think for ourselves.”
Duh. That is why Trump was elected. Enough people have stopped drinking the Kool-aid and are standing up for what and who they believe in.
Sandi Fezler, Madera