Today was a sad day for Indianapolis Colts fans and Peyton Manning fans. Manning was fired today, because his employer Jim Irsay didn't want to have a cut a check for 28 million dollars tomorrow. No severance pay, just a emotional choked up news conference, and a hasty good bye after over a decade of loyal service.
Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out, Peyton. Colts fans, and Manning fans, must feel a sense of betrayal. Of course, to many in Baltimore, Maryland, this is just another Irsay selling out fan loyalty to make some money.
This saga has played literally hundreds if not thousands of times over the last 30 years, as companies downsized, shuttered their doors, or moved to another state or country, where the financial situation was more favorable to the owners or shareholders.
Fortunately, for Peyton, he will have another opportunity to make oodles of money playing for another team, in another city and will build a level of fan loyalty somewhere else, from which another team owner will profit, until Manning is incapable of playing or decides to retire.
Not so your average American worker. Not so the American middle class. You are on your own. No wonder employee loyalty is at an all time low. Employers like to play the latest of game of branding themselves as "one of the best places to work." It's usually PR and nothing more.
Do employees feel any greater sense of loyalty in these workplaces? I don't know for sure. What I do know is that employees probably are taking the "Republican" view, of following "what's in my best interest, and everyone else be damned." Because no one is looking out for me except me.
This is what our society has become. To the detriment of our community. We are loyal to ourselves first. Perhaps that is why the Republican message resonates so well with the white middle class who have been taken advantage for the last generation. By the Republicans of course.
Should we be loyal to ourselves? Or to anyone at all? Isn't loyalty overrated?