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Does anyone care about loyalty anymore? Loyalty to principles, country, people and institutions seems to be disappearing, or its meaning has been manipulated to meet a multitude of agendas. And along with all the other cultural disruptions, the state of loyalty is endangered.
We used to believe that loyalty to principles was a significant commitment. It’s not that we couldn’t examine, evaluate or discuss all principles, but we pursued activities to better understand them, to learn how our principles interfaced with the principles of others, or even how we might act to uphold them. We were both proud of and humbled by the principles we held, and looked for opportunities to realize them in our lives. And yet many have embraced a loyalty of convenience—they’ll put their chips where they can get the most power and leverage. There is moral relativism as well, where everyone gets to decide for him or herself what matters and what is sacred.
Then there is the question of loyalty to people. How do we view relationships anymore? I frequently watch Alaska reality shows, and the last couple of evenings I’ve realized that many couples have “partners,” not spouses. Last night in particular, I saw a young man who had split up with his partner of five years, and they have a two-year-old child between them. How is loyalty honored in that situation? Or how about a person who realizes he has made a mistake in joining the transgender community? When he joins up, he is coddled, adored, and admired; when he decides he must leave, he is fully rejected by the very people who embraced him.
And then there is loyalty to the country, which has been in serious jeopardy for years. There was a time when the office of the President was respected, no matter who filled that seat. No more. Former Department of Defense Esper criticized Trump publicly for his statements of how he might use the military. Riots and destruction by the Left are approved; disruption that may have involved the Right is condemned. Our history has been re-written by the radical Left; the Founders have been disparaged unfairly; the Constitution may be in more danger of being ignored or misrepresented than ever before.
Does loyalty exist in any form in the United States? Yes.
People are loyal to their beliefs that are based on feelings and preferences, not principles.
Instead of speaking of loyalty to American institutions, to a Republic, to democracy, people are loyal to the idea of destruction and chaos. They are loyal to organizations that are more than willing to lead those causes, such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa. They are loyal to the tenets of Marxism and socialism. They are loyal to goals that serve their selfish interests, to non-existent travesties such as systemic racism and white supremacism, and whatever it takes to extinguish America and its citizens who continue to remain loyal to the country.
But the Left hasn’t realized that their loyalty to their ideas violates the goodness in human nature. They appeal to some people’s worst characteristics, such as justification of stealing from others, destroying legacies, undermining relationships, and damaging the foundations of this country.
The Left has come a long way in trying to distort the meaning of loyalty. And they’ve tried to intimidate, denigrate and weaken those of us who love this country, with all its flaws and limitations.
The time will arrive when we will have had enough.
We will demonstrate our loyalty and fight for the survival of the United States.
That time is now.Published in