You see my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. To be loyal to rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for rags--that is a loyalty of unreason, it is pure animal;
Publisher's note: I would like to see 2014 host a new type of political attitude in the USA. A new 'dawn' of enlightenment. One not beholden to political party or agenda, but a loyalty to our nation. Not a loyalty that wishes to "shut down" our nation, but a loyalty that wishes to "preserve and protect" our nation and our people.
Our political "right" and "left" wings, have managed to grid lock the nation, because of their misplaced concept of loyalty. "The country" (you and I, make it up) are sick and tired of stubborn, loud, reactionary radicalism, that has divided our nation, our states, our communities, our friendships and even our families. It threatens to destroy our nation, our country. That hurts you and me.