• Michael McGowan

Loyalty to a Fault

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

Loyalty is a fundamental quality to have when working for President Trump. There's nothing wrong with loyalty; in fact, loyalty is a great quality to have. The question is where does one's loyalty lie? President Trump demands loyalty from anyone that works for him. That's not a flaw. A leader should expect a loyal following, however, how that loyalty is earned is what is important here.

When then-FBI Director James Comey met with Trump early in the administration, he said the president asked him if he wanted to stay in his role and stated: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.” Trump fired Comey months later. Why? In all probability it was because James Comey said “You will always get honesty from me.” The president would rather have loyalty than honesty.

And what is up with that bizarre cabinet meeting where the players tried to one up the others by throwing praise at the president? Then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus stated, “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda.” I suspect even a truthfully loyal person would find it difficult praise a person in such a manner.

In the ABC show, "Designated Survivor" there is a great quote after the president is accused of being loyalty obsessed: "Loyalty is the consequence of leadership and leadership is a touchstone of competence."

At the first sense of abandonment of leadership loyalty dissolves. If there was leadership there would be cause to stay a loyal person. Which is why we see a number of individuals cooperating with the Mueller investigation.

Mr. President give us leadership and then you will have earned our loyalty.


“Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.”– Mark Twain

"I can't thank you enough for the privilege that you've given me." ~ Tom Price

"I just got back from Mississippi and they like you there." Sonny Purdue

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