posted on Oct, 10 2006 @ 03:37 PM
We hear the term loyalty a lot regarding our nation, the war, partisan politics, friendship, church, marriage, family, self, values, etc.
But, how is it measured? When is it best to put loyalty to values over loyalty to persons and things? When do we place loyalty to others above our
loyalty to ourselves and our values?
These are all good questions for us to discuss here on Social Issues and most of us could come up with many abstract and concrete examples of what
loyalty means and how we expect it to be exhibited to ourselves and others.
In the Why Haven't You Enlisted?
thread, we talk a lot about loyalty to one's nation
and its ideals under difficult conditions and we have there a remarkable analysis of just where people's loyalties lie in difficult time.
In Alaska, winter conditions are setting in and there the poor find themselves struggling to pay to heat their homes. There, the Venezuelan-owned oil
company has offered free heating oil and many are turning it down on the matter of principle.
"As a citizen of this country, you can have your own opinion of our president and our country. But I don't want a foreigner coming in here and
bashing us," said Justine Gunderson, administrator for the tribal council in the Aleut village of Nelson Lagoon. "Even thought [sic] we're in
economically dire straits, it was the right choice to make."
The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, a native nonprofit organization that would have handled the heating oil donation on behalf of 291
households in Nelson Lagoon, Atka, St. Paul and St. George, rejected the offer because of the insults Chavez has hurled at Bush.
Maine Gov. John Baldacci, who approved an agreement last winter to buy discounted oil, said he had no plans this year to seek a similar arrangement.
In Boston, a City Council member wants a landmark Citgo sign near Fenway Park taken down and replaced with an American flag. In Florida, a lawmaker
asked the state to cancel Citgo's exclusive contract to sell fuel at turnpike service stations.
So, we see that all over the nation, from Alaska to Florida, Americans are just saying no, to borrow a phrase, to a scoundrel whose ''generosity"
is predicated on the exploitation of the poor for his own benefit.
This is one example of what I call loyalty and I love it. It speaks highly of who we are and what we believe in.
[edit on 2006/10/10 by GradyPhilpott]