Lying to your kids and bullying your spouse? I can’t claim to know that Machiavelli would have been above it.
But bragging in public about how you lied to your children and bullied your spouse, so that they and everyone else knows you’re a liar and a bully, and your family is humiliated because all their friends know how little you value them and how easily you roll over them?
Not, I think, the advice the Florentine Secretary would have given to his Prince.
Recall his advice to always maintain the semblance of mercy, generosity, and good faith, even if the situation forces you to (temporarily) abandon the practice of those virtues.
I’ve never heard of Suzanne Evans before, and I hope to never hear of her again. But if this is the way the editors of the Wall Street Journal think people ought to treat their families, the paper’s political slant gets to be that much easier to understand.