Every man, who parrots the cry of ‘stand by the president’ without adding the proviso ‘so far as he serves the republic’ takes an attitude as essentially unmanly as that of any stuart royalist who championed the doctrine that the king could do no wrong. no self-respecting and intelligent free man could take such an attitude.
Think of our dna. In the last million years, our dna hasn't changed at all. It's really much the same as it was in the jungle, a million, two millions years ago. But in the last 200 years, our destructive capacities have increased many, many millions of times over. Why don't we see intelligent signals from outer space? Because in all likelihood, once the civilization reaches the point our civilization has reached, it destroys itself.
Desire for approval and recognition is a healthy motive, but the desire to be acknowledged as better, stronger, or more intelligent than a fellow being or fellow scholar easily leads to an excessively egoistic psychological adjustment, which may become injurious for the individual and for the community.