A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and LeadershipA Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very good read. Let me start off by saying that each and every single one of us are imperfect people with personal flaws of one kind or another. This includes James Comey and he is the first one to acknowledge this truism. There is very little doubt that his unprecedented announcement a little bit ten days before the election contributed and may very well helped tilt the election to Donald Trump. Acknowledging this travesty that we are currently living in, there is no doubt that Mr. Comey has something Donald Trump will never have in possessing a moral character and was guided by all his decisions to the prisms of integrity and morality.

Looking back in hindsight is always an easy thing to do. There has been a lot said in the media about Mr. Comey’s apparent contradictions and other tidbits of his book. For example, he never says that his decision was guided consciously by the fact that Hillary Clinton was expected to win but rather that it may or may not have played an unconscious role. If Mr. Comey has any character flaws, it is that in my opinion he cherries himself to be a boy scout in that he places all the moral burden and moral responsibility upon himself rather than having followed Department of Justice protocols. Additionally, he was forced to make tough decisions in an ever changing environment and situation that none of us could fathom. Would we have made different decisions? Possibly, but we were not in his shoes with the pressures coming from all sides. Mr. Comey made decisions to protect the integrity of the FBI and the independence of our judicial system.

I will come back to this review and write more in the near future once my thoughts on this book have more fully developed. Let it be known, whatever faults and failings that Mr. Comey may have in his reasoning and decision making process, he is a patriot who has served his country faithfully and dutifully from the very youngest of age. For Trump supporters and sycophants to smear him in the ways that they have only demonstrate their lack of of an intellectual or moral compass. At the end of the day, Donald Trump is a traitor and has never put any person ahead of himself and his nefarious behavior. Remember, the day after the firing of James Comey, Donald Trump had high level Kremlin officials in the Oval Office in which he bragged that he fired Mr. Comey because he was a “nut job” and to put an end to the Russian investigation. Intent matters. Motivations matter. That is why we have distinctions in our judicial system between 1st degree, 2nd degree and manslaughter (among other various distinctions in which intent plays a significant role). History will judge all of us accordingly as to where we stood at this perilous time in our nation’s history. We will all have to answer to that as well as to the legacy we leave behind to our children and grandchildren. #IStandWithMueller. We all should. Enough excuses and deflections. Truth and justice will prevail. America is bigger and better than any one person; and we have too much history to allow a demagogue to wipe away all our foundational freedoms and independence of our judicial system away from the people. Truth and justice will prevail.

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