On Loyalty

Same old story.

by baldilocks

Since yesterday, the latest in Donald Trump news is that former White House aide and Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault-Newman is about to publish a book — title: Unhinged — a tell-all on the Trump Administration. One of her accusations is that Donald Trump repeatedly used the n-word on the Apprentice set and that there is celluloid proof of it. Her stories have been inconsistent.

There’s so much sordidness coming off this story that I can smell it from here and I have no desire to recap the ping-pong ball revelations that pop up every few minutes.

This story does, however, have me thinking about a couple of concepts whose time has long past.

Loyalty. Allegiance.

Outside of our military, there are very few who give these concepts, these virtues any consideration at all, much less try to incorporate them into dealings with others. I said this ten years ago.

People who have been called into military service or volunteer for it seem to have a more visceral understanding of what disloyalty indicates — whether life and limb are at stake or not. (…)

Outside of the spiritual consequences [of betrayal], why are oath-breakers so hated? Because when you act decisively in any endeavor, you’re expecting those who promise to assist [you] to do just that.

“I’ve got your back.” That expression isn’t slang. It’s a short form of saying that you’re protecting another’s blind side—the back side; the “six”—of an ally, whether it’s a subordinate, a superior or an equal. Your liege (related to the word ‘allegiance’) is depending on you to indeed protect that back side; and when, instead, you turn around and stab him in that side, you become a thing to be despised by friend and foe alike. Or at least that’s how it used to be.

Because, after all, who could trust a person who would do such a thing? Everyone keeps their literal or figurative front side to such a person for quite some time; she “bears watching.” Earthly redemption can only sometimes be had and that’s after many deeds of repentance and the passage of time.

But breaking a trust seems to be no big deal anymore.

And that is what galls me about this Omarosa situation — yes, even more that the allegation of the usage of the n-word. Donald Trump has given this woman a job, not once, but twice. And, she does this?

I guess I shouldn’t be shocked, but it’s more than shocking. It’s like watching a drunken woman curse out a room full of dinner guests and then barf all over the food on the dinner table. You just want to turn away and get out the door.

On Twitter, I’ve speculated that Manigault-Newman might be playing a role for the president; that she’s keeping media eyes focused on her, and off the Administration. If that turns out to be so, both she and the president should win Oscars.

But I’m beginning to doubt that. Occam’s Razor.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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