I respect Mitt Romney because he places his own principles above party loyalty. But what if all Republicans were like Romney? Meaning that all Republicans marched to their own beat as opposed to falling into line behind Trump? I argue it would be chaos! All the fighting, jockeying for position, a party pulled in so many different directions would be ripped apart. So while I respect Romney’s principles I also understand why he catches so much flack for placing principles above party loyalty. The same applies to Democrats who are brave enough to break from the party in a principled stand. There is utility to having a loyalty to the tribe aka political party. But the loyalty comes at a steep price, the surrendering of a large part of our objectivity and a suspension or abandonment of some of our principles. While we may want to speak out against a perceived negative within the group, the fear of social pushback keeps us in check. Those who speak out become the nail that sticks out and few are willing to be principled when the cost is being shamed and shunned by the group (the hammer that pounds the nail). This is why so few people take a principled stand against their own group or those who lead it and have popular support. I place my principles over loyalty to anyone and any that would demand I place loyalty to them or a group above my principles will be shamed and shunned by me.