I just had this thought today. It came from a story on NPR about how some politicians were loyal to a cause/party/representative/etc… I’ve had various levels of loyalty in my life, but I’ve never been rock solid to a single person or cause to the point of giving complete trust to another party.
For me, I find it easier to assume and align my loyalties to principles or ideals more than people. That being said, I think I could align myself with people if we shared the same ideals, though I think I’d need to see demonstrative examples from those I tried to align myself with. I guess that falls into the “trust, but verify” paradigm.