Why Are Voters Loyal To Politicians?

The Wicked Orchard by Sidra Owens
5 min readMay 25, 2023
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Loyalty is an incredibly strong emotion, isn’t it?

Most people look for and covet loyalty in those they deal with daily. Having loyal friends or a loyal spouse can be hard to come by. So, when you find someone who is, we try to hold onto them.

But what if we encounter someone who isn’t loyal?

What do we do?

Typically, most people distance themselves. They will distance themselves or completely cut themselves off from the disloyal individuals unless they’re desperate.

This is where things get tricky because all sorts of situations can make someone desperate.

If you are someone who depends on their spouse for your livelihood, and then you discover that your spouse is disloyal; your circumstances will make you less likely to walk away from them.

If friends with which you share a long history suddenly prove to be disloyal, that history might make you reluctant to cut them off completely.

But what if it isn’t your spouse, your friends, or your family; what if it’s your elected official?

What do you do then?

Seems like an odd question, doesn’t it?

That’s because it is.

Why would you hold loyalty to a politician?

We need to see the relationship between voters and candidates for what it is. We, the voters, are the employers and the candidates are the employees.

Being loyal is having an unwavering faith in someone or something. So, why would we have an unwavering faith in elected officials?

We shouldn’t. The relationship between an electorate and their elected representative has been bastardized and skewed.

People in this country throw their support behind a candidate as if they are the next messiah. They cheer, cry, and listen entranced, as if their people are going to be led from bondage.

We need to see the relationship between voters and candidates for what it is. We, the voters, are the employers and the candidates are the employees.

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