Some may wonder why the Donald would say a thing like this. Is it because his opinion of himself is so high or is it that his estimation of his devotees is so low? (I’m guessing the two options aren’t mutually exclusive. After all, big “I’s” live in a world of little “u’s,” right?)
Still, the Donald’s comments would be more comical if they were less true. Granted, he is speaking hyperbolically. I mean…he couldn’t literally shoot somebody and not lose any voters.
Suppose the person he busts a cap in was going to vote for him. Surely he’d lose that person’s vote? Well, if the person died—probably. (I say probably because I’m from Illinois where dead people vote.)
But let’s suppose ‘ol dead-eye Donald only intended to wing the woman (like when Liam Neeson grazed the nice lady’s arm because his daughter had been “Taken”). Could this hypothetically wounded woman give Trump her ballot despite his bullet?
She certainly could.
But here’s the thing about blind loyalty: Trump supporters don’t have a monopoly on it. Blind loyalty runs amuck across the political spectrum.
And ironically, what we loathe in others we often overlook in ourselves.
For instance, take the folks who lampooned Trump’s remark on Saturday Night Live. The writers who mocked “Trumpeters” for being blindly loyal to Trump, are the same folks who could watch Barack Obama strangle puppies and then blame George W. Bush.
(Naturally, depending upon the make and model of the dead puppies, the “Black Labs Matter” crowd may be particularly offended at George Bush.)
Blind loyalties abound in all political tribes it seems: Camp “I Never Heard of Ben Ghazi—Who’s He?” or, the comrades chillin’ at “Feel the Bern.” Maybe you prefer the order of service at the First Church of Cruz Missiles located in the "Glassy Sands" area.
The point is, dear reader, blind loyalty to a political party or person is dangerous. Actually, blind loyalty to any person or thing is dangerous.
So why is it so common?
It’s hard to say, I suppose. Thomas Sowell observes,
Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics.
This is certainly nothing new. I think a lot of it is ideologically driven. Facts and reason matter little to ideologues.
I simply want to encourage you to blindly follow no one. Rather, with your eyes and heart wide open and your mind fully engaged and alert: Follow Jesus. Not even God desires blind loyalty.