A main legacy of Machiavelli is the instruction of his political elites on the need to divorce public morality from private morality to establish the perpetuation of the state. For Machiavelli, it was sometimes necessary for the State to act immorally...to lie, to use brute force, to usurp the law to maintain political power. In America, we have embraced this version of gov't in opposition to John Adams pronouncement: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Many will disagree with Mr. Prager, but the path for future success depends on the social conservative. It is not enough to simply be frugal in fiscal matters, but to be forthright in ethics and morality.