Loyalty?! 🧐Loyalty To What Exactly?🤨

Loyalty To The Way It Ought To Be Versus The Way It Actually Is

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[…]loyalty has often been associated with conservative rather than liberal or progressive causes. It is often complained that the presidential years of George W. Bush were marked — and corrupted — by a culture of loyalty, one in which competence took at best a second place.

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All the President’s men, whether Nixon’s or Bush’s, were expected, first and foremost, to be loyal, an expectation that led not only to poor judgement but also to secrecy and cover-ups. As a political and personal virtue, loyalty was overrated — a defense of the status quo and corrosive of good judgement.¹ — John Kleinig

The president has often used this rhetoric to great effect as he continues to abuse and blur the lines that the separation of powers under the United States Constitution has drawn.

  • After Trump fired Comey, Andrew McCabe became acting FBI director. When McCabe went to the White House to meet with the president, Trump asked him whom he voted for in 2016. McCabe replied that he didn’t vote, which didn’t satisfy Trump, who “vented his anger at McCabe” over the fact that when his wife ran for state office as a Democrat in Virginia, she received donations from a political action committee controlled by Virginia’s Democratic governor, who is a friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
  • Trump instructed White House Counsel Donald McGahn to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia investigation. According to the New York Times, “Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him.”
  • Trump would later suggest that Sessions’s job is to protect him in the way he believes Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. protected President Barack Obama. “I don’t want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you that, I will say this: Holder protected President Obama. Totally protected him,” Trump said. “And I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest.”
  • Trump asked Rosenstein whether he was “on my team.”
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[…]the partiality of loyalty — the fact that loyalty appears to be owed not generally but to particular people or groups.² — John Kleinig

Loyalty can, in my estimation, be fleeting and contingent upon the moral and ethical significance of factors that inspired the loyalty granted in the first place. Not only can it simply expire or be susceptible to reevaluation, it carries with it a certain degree of intensity and tolerance.

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Ambien tweeting…

Seemingly

The makers of Ambien did respond to what is alleged by Barr to be their continued complicity in all of this.

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  • ² Kleinig, John, (2014), Loyalty and Loyalties: The Contours of a Problematic Virtue, New York: Oxford University Press. pg 4

It appears the more that I write the better I perceive.

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