Why is Loyalty Such a Thing?

By Persephone

Why do we crave loyalty from the people around us?  It seems to me that when we attach ourselves to others, we expect certain things back.  With family, we want acceptance.  With romantic partners, we demand affection.  In friends, we require all of the above.  More than anything else, we want loyalty from those we’re loyal to.

Yet, what is loyalty?  I love my family, but I wouldn’t stand by if I found out one was a serial killer.  I might hire them an awesome lawyer even as I reported that family member to the police, but that’s as far as it goes.  My love probably wouldn’t just disappear, depending on the circumstances.  Loyalty means you protect others’ secrets, defend them when they need defending, and let them know that you’ve got their back.  It doesn’t mean sitting idly aside while they treat you like shit.  It doesn’t mean keeping quiet while they commit treason.

President Cheeto demands loyalty from everyone he encounters.  In his version of this emotional phenomenon, loyalty isn’t just having someone’s back.  It’s pretending that other loyalties–such as those belonging to ethics, reason, other people, or the rule of law simply do not exist.  It’s not a fair standard.  In fact, it’s a dangerous one.

Too bad that President Cheeto doesn’t extend these same standards to himself.  He’s proven time and time again that he will dump anyone in his administration that he considers a liability.  Hell, they don’t even have to be a member of his administration.  Just look to how he’s treated Chris Christie, and that guy’s crazy-loyal.

Then, of course, we got to read that long, incoherent interview with the New York Times this last weekend.  Can I point out, just for a moment, that Trump sure likes to take interviews with those organizations he continually refers to as “fake news”?  He must have realized that they have higher ratings than his favorite: Fox News.

In the interview, President Cheeto got mad at Jeff Sessions for recusing himself over this investigation into Russian interference of our last election.  He now believes that Sessions, one of his most prominent supporters from the very beginning, should have never taken the job.  Because of one investigation.  Because, apparently, Trump just now realized that Sessions recused himself from an investigation that has yet to be swept under the rug.  Seriously, where has he been?

Sessions isn’t the only person Trump has turned his back on.  Look at how he’s handled KellyAnne Conway or Sean Spicer.  They haven’t exactly survived with their careers intact here.  He only cares about the people around them so much as they are useful to him.  Then, he discards them.

If only this revelation would make those who voted for him think a little.  Take a look at his proposed tax plan and failed health care bill.  Those supporters are going to be the first ones he screws over.

 

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