Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
What Price Loyalty? > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

What Price Loyalty?

With the recent shakeups in the presidential cabinet, it has frequently been observed that the quality most treasured in the present administration is that of loyalty.

Is that such an admirable quality?

We prize the loyalty of our friends who protect our good name when we are not present. We respect the loyalty of committed couples who stay true to each other no matter the outside temptations. We recognize the loyalty of employees who stand by their ethics and keep competitors and enemies at bay. We treasure the loyalty of a soldier to his commander, if necessary to the death. We revere the loyalty of believers in their god and their unswerving commitment to their tenets of faith. We equate disloyalty with treason, dishonor, betrayal. We use names like Quisling, Benedict Arnold, Burgess and Hiss as epithets to express our loathing and disgust.

But loyalty has a darker side. In crime families, loyalty means embracing death or imprisonment rather than exposing crime, violence, and murder. In prison, the most despised inmate is the "snitch" who fails to stay silent about his knowledge of criminal acts, plots, and planned violence. Within adolescent groups and street gangs, the rule of silence and total loyalty is an absolute requirement for continued membership.

The old courts of kings and emperors were rife with sycophants: whatever the leader wanted to hear, they offered. Disagreements and alternative plans for the direction of governance were considered intrigue - dangerous differences of opinion to be rooted out and permanently excised from the body politic.

Where does the White House fit in? For all the positive connotations that loyalty may engender, we must look to the extent it is used and continually monitor it for abuse. No one would suggest that a President surround himself with staff who constantly criticize his ideas or regularly publicly disagree with his programs and proposals. However, the negative aspect of over-loyalty - zealousness - must be confronted if the goal is to weave plans for the common good through compromise in the face of diverse opinion.

The United States was born out of public political and ideological debate. While the framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution has fundamental beliefs in common, they did not hesitate to publicly disagree and argue in an effort to reach the most workable goals. For more than two centuries, American political discourse has embraced differences more often than celebrating similarities. Commonly, the friction and arguments of elections become translated into legislation and leadership that seeks to bridge the gaps and bring all into the common fold.

What seems to have changed is the willingness to let disparate views and opinions coexist. We have moved from a mentality that celebrates diversity and multiplicity to a narrow conception of what is right, absolutely right. Other opinions are not valued for the richness their views add to the national fabric but are considered wrong, without value, discounted, dangerously unpatriotic. The second term White House has purified its dogma, filtering our nuances and opposing ideas until everything is distilled into the single voice of one man. The moat around the faithful has been filled, the crocs loosed, and the land lies fallow beneath the keen eye of the true believers.

Arrogance and disdain, disguised as "political capital," has the potential to morph into a level of power and intolerance that can only encourage eventual, inevitable, corruption.

Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the results of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

Brookings Institution (blog)

The politics and tradeoffs of congressional budget process reform
Brookings Institution (blog)
In February, Congress reached a long-awaited budget deal to set overall levels of discretionary federal spending for this year and next. Included in the package was language establishing a new Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Budget and Appropriations ...

and more »

Maine Public

The Great (Political) Divide: Why Women and Millennials are Underrepresented in Politics
Maine Public
Dr. Shames' primary area of academic interest is American political behavior, with a focus on race, gender, and politics. For her dissertation research, she conducted and analyzed data from an original survey and a set of in-depth interviews about ...


Politics In The News
Noel King talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor of National Review, about President Trump breaking his silence over the weekend about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia influence probe. NOEL KING, HOST: And it was a busy weekend here in D.C. It ...
Rancorous week looms with Trump untamed - CNNPolitics - CNN.comCNN
Five reasons why a single Trump tweet on Mueller stretched the
Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From RepublicansNew York Times
Washington Post -Fox News -Bloomberg -Twitter
all 1,175 news articles »


Is Gerrymandering to Blame for Our Polarized Politics?
For many pundits, the culprit is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the process by which districts for the House of Representatives are drawn so that one party—in recent years, because of their control of most state houses, the Republicans—has a ...

and more »

BBC News

Osborne and Blair: 'Gap in centre politics'
BBC News
Former chancellor George Osborne says there is an "enormous gap" in the centre ground of UK politics. He said "hard Brexiteers" had dragged the Conservatives to the right, while Jeremy Corbyn had moved Labour left. "I don't believe that the moderate ...

and more »


How do you handle conversations about politics?
Dr. Rock said too much politics can get in between people even people who agree on political views because one person will get typically more wrapped up in it than the other. He said no matter what a persons political persuasion is, there is bound to ...


AP PHOTOS: Curtains to carpets, red rules Chinese politics
In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 photo, delegates walk past red curtains as they leave after attending the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Red has long held a ...

Youth Mobilization Could Carve a United Front in Politics
Maine Public
Our saving grace is the people who are not only aware of the damage and lack of productivity this division has formed, but the people who act on their awareness. The way we have discussions and approach subjects must take on a nonaggressive and open ...

The politics behind Rauner's veto and the future of gun bills
The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a gun-dealer licensing bill last week took a lot of folks by surprise. It probably shouldn't have. We'll get to the politics in a second, but as with HB40, the governor was acting on his beliefs. Rauner is a strong ...

and more »


The week in politics
(CNN) Take a look at the week in politics from March 11 through March 17. Andrew Harnik/AP. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waves goodbye after delivering his farewell remarks at the State Department Tuesday following President Donald Trump's ...
Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels - The New ...New York Times
Trump decides to remove national security adviser, and others may followWashington Post

all 1,097 news articles »
Google News

Intellectual Property: The ECJ Extends the Use of Trade Marks to Goods and Services

The European Court of Justice ("ECJ") ruled in Praktiker Bau-... Read More

Federal Trade Commission and Dismal Performance on Mergers

Most citizens agree that we need the Federal Trade Commission... Read More

The British Sikh Army

Britain has a proud tradition of valiant armed forces and... Read More

Interview With A Former ACLU Office

I had the benefit of getting an interview with Mr.... Read More

National Archives Needs to Embed RFID Tags in Ink

Perhaps we should have printers with ink which has metallic... Read More

WiMax Election Strategy

So you are ready to run for public office are... Read More

Super Voting Ink and Vaccines

In the future when we decide to help nations vote... Read More


The Republican Party became popular due to its view on... Read More

How Many Cases Will Elliot Spitzer Lose Now?

The devastating loss in case of Elliot Spitzer for NY... Read More

The Professions of the Future

Predicting the future is a tricky business. There have been... Read More

FTC Franchise Disclosure Law Invites Violations; Do Not Call Lists

The Federal trade Commission has a rule, which says that... Read More

Public Utilities, Monopolies and Problematic Structures

Public utilities and a problematic issue on the allowance of... Read More

Public Sector Economies in Transition

In the previous article, we described the various methods developed... Read More

Liberal Agenda and Communism; Lance Rants

If we go hog wild towards the liberal agenda where... Read More

If Terrorists Are To Become Slick Politicians, Yhey Need Time Rather Than God on Their Side

The number of countries in the world at the moment... Read More

The Protocols of Sion #1

There is a lot of debate about who made the... Read More

TABOR: The Growing Taxpayer Bill of Rights Movement and Economic Incentives for Industry

A report blast one of the major grassroots initiatives... Read More

A Modern Lite in the Third World

Americans pride themselves on being the best, that's a fact.... Read More

How Futuristic Is Anarchy As A Way To Organize The State (I)

When organising a country or a group of people in... Read More

Gasoline Prices Going Through the Roof

OH MAN!Here we go again. I guess now the "proof... Read More

Paper Industry

The paper industry in the US is hurting. Due to... Read More

Council of Six

The head of the Club of Rome has said that... Read More

RFID: Californias Identity Information Protection Act

Utah introduced a bill designed to limit the use of... Read More

The Dragons

I hope to provide a starting point for the serious... Read More

Tax Attorney? You Might Need One; The City of Portland is Going After Small Businesses

The City of Portland is going after any small business,... Read More