When the tribal politics gets so bad, that members of your tribe are shamed when they dare support something that will help Americans, that is not something to be proud of.
When a few members of your tribe threaten or condone violence on people that do not agree with their position, regardless of its veracity, that is not something to be proud of.
When the more senior elected officials of that tribe are silent when members do the above things, that is not something to be proud of.
When followers of the tribe must knowingly support something more than a few know is not true, because the de facto head of the tribe says it is, that is not something to be proud of.
When a major media source of that tribe allows one of its talk show hosts to actively support the white washing of a seditious act that appears to include the efforts of the de facto head, that is not something to be proud of.
When conspiracy minded people are fed conspiracies, they fail to realize the greatest irony – they are the targets of a conspiracy themselves to get them to believe something is not true; being fooled is something not to be proud of.
What the tribal leadership fails to realize is they must be more active in condemning the actions that are not appropriate. When the incumbent dishonors the position, he or she must be censure or removed. Otherwise, it is tacit support of the action.
Volkswagen, Enron, Adelphia, Tyco, et al all failed to realize this. The Catholic Church, Penn State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team leaders, the Youth football program in Great Britain, et al all failed to realize this. So did the PTL Club and Boy Scouts of America.and those two organizations no longer exist as a result.
These entities worked zealously to cover up and protect their brands. Yet, the best step they could have taken was the obvious one. Admit mistakes and rectify the problem with zeal. It tells the world, we do not stand for this. There are bad apples in any group. Just don’t let them spoil the whole bunch.