5. Machiavellianism: The political doctrine of Machiavelli, which denies the relevance of morality
in political affairs and holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing and maintaining political power.
For Machiavelli, politics was about one and only one thing: getting and keeping power or authority. Everything else, religion, morality, truth, honor, and integrity, that people associate with politics has nothing to do with this fundamental aspect of politics, unless being moral helps one get and keep power. The only skill that counts in getting and maintaining power is calculation. The successful politician knows what to do or what to say for every situation, no matter what it takes. It is only about winning and keeping power.
This is exactly what the Republican Party is all about and it is exactly what is behind the lies of Mitt Romney.