SAN DIEGO. October 11, 2016– The release of a decade-old tape by Donald Trump, replete with derogatory comments about women, is raising an outcry of dismay across the country. It is also raising questions about loyalty.
The tape has caused some to question Trump’s suitability to hold the office of president, and his ability to address a variety of social issues impacting women.
Some Trump supporters are now moving away from him, and some key Republicans are denouncing him all together.
It would appear that anyone disillusioned by the Trump tape could easily decide to either vote for Hillary, or suspend from voting for a Presidential candidate altogether.
Given the volatile nature of politics, and the closeness of the presidential election, how wise is it for Republicans to withdraw support for the party candidate at this point?
How serious are Republicans in their desire to win the race for the White House? Are the values and platforms of the Republican Party worth more than a gaffe by a key candidate, no matter how displeasing, and recommit to support of the Party itself.
This begs the question about loyalty.
What is loyalty?
According to Josiah Royce, in his book The Philosophy of Loyalty, excerpted in Wikipedia, loyalty is “the willing and practical and thoroughgoing devotion of a person to a cause.”
There are five dimensions of loyalty, offered by Stephen Nathanson, Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University, published in Wikipedia, where he describes how they may vary:
Ken Taylor, co-host and co-creator of Philosophy Talk, describes in his story, Loyalty, that loyalty binds people together, in friendships, marriages, and national unity.
A compelling justification in favor of loyalty is that, according to Institutional Theorists Hirschman, published in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, that valued social institutions have an intrinsic tendency to eventually decline.
Therefore, he describes loyalty as a method of securing the longevity of valued social institutions by virtue the commitment of its members.
Though leaders may lose loyalty by not sharing in the sacrifices they ask of others, or by not playing by the same rules they expect of others, according to writer Victor Lipman, published in Psychology Today, it is
clear that loyalty is an intrinsic necessity for the success of any political party.
Is a political party simply one candidate, no matter how key, or is it comprised of many who subscribe to a common set of core values?
How determined is the Republican Party to win the presidential election, and place party principles ahead of flaws in any candidate?
The fact is that both presidential candidates have flaws and skeletons in their closets. Moreover, no candidate could possibly be a saint. Given enough digging, it would be easy to find a tragic flaw in almost anyone–especially one who is high profile.”
This is not to excuse the Trump tape nor its contents.
Trump’s apology was commendable and justifiably necessary.
Beyond the Trump tape is a man who has a history of being patriotic, is highly successful, is a demonstrated family man and an imperfect human being.
How perfect are We the People?
The critical factor this close to the end of a very high profile election is support for the candidate, and for the values of the party which he represents.
Loyalty is, among other things, standing unified together in the face of adversity, forgiving disappointments and focusing on gratitude for the good–principles which are critical in personal relationships, according to Psychology Today, and essential for success and promulgation of the values and tenets of any political party.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!