If anyone were to publish a textbook explaining how government really works, no school system would adopt it. If it did adopt it, it would probably lose its accreditation. In the interest of assisting some would-be writer/publisher, Chris Sullivan offers the following observations on how the system works.
The first rule is that the government is not bound by the moral law. It can lie, steal, murder, blackmail, torture (as long as you don’t call it torture), imprison, extort or do anything else that seems expedient for achieving its ends. It’s as Rod Serling said, “… it has one iron rule: Logic is an enemy, and truth is a menace.”
Lying is the first tool in the State’s tool kit, but it is important to convey the idea that everything the government says is true.
Stealing of course is the bedrock of the State. Without the ability to steal, the state could not exist. According to our system of income taxation, the State has a prior claim on all income and it will decide how much the rightful owner is allowed to keep.
Most Americans think that our public officials are different from the way they have been throughout recorded history. As a wise man once said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” and we certainly have not developed a new kind of government official. They are all concerned with the acquisition and retention of power and will do anything to realize that end.
The importance of these principles is emphasized by the assertion of their opposites. Truth, honor, prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, respect for the individual are all fine until they get in the way of some State objective.