Dangers of Requiring a Loyalty Pledge
By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American
While finishing off the day, going over entries on Facebook, there was one particular link which immediately caught my attention. Someone had established a page imploring folks to ‘Pledge your Loyalty to Donald Trump’ as we enter this new era for America.
There were T-shirts with this logo pledging loyalty to Donald Trump splashed across the front, symbols of our undying devotion to the man who has promised to “Make America Great Again”. The way they see it Donald Trump is our hope, our one and only hope to save the country.
My thoughts instead turned to a much darker period of time; pre-WWII Germany when Adolph Hitler promised to restore Germany from the brink of bankruptcy into a nation all could be proud of, make the Fatherland great again. The Hitler Youth saw him as a father figure, god-like and worthy of the title Fuhrer.
The rest of the world didn’t share Germany’s blind obedience to the Fuhrer; instead they saw him as a threat, something to be dealt with, even if it meant going to war. Far too many died to stop a nation willing to do the bidding of a narcissistic ego maniac who grabbed the reigns of government and captured the hearts with promises of national pride and greatness. No, this kind of loyalty must be avoided.
Our loyalties are to the Constitutional Republic which protects our individual God given rights from power seeking men who achieve high office. Our Flag is a symbol, a means of displaying all that is good about our country. It isn’t a banner declaring any particular party or individual as supreme leader; but some folks can’t understand or get their arms around the idea of a nation that relies on self governance, instead looking for a great leader to guide them and rule over them.
Sorry; but my allegiance is limited to the concept of individual liberty and is given to no man.
Self-Educated American, Senior Editor, T.F. Stern is a retired City of Houston police officer, self-employed locksmith, and gifted political and social commentator. His popular and insightful blog, T.F. Sterns Rantings, has been up and at it since January of 2005.