Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership By James Comey
From the day it appeared on Amazon’s pre-order list, I waited impatiently for its publication albeit the anxiousness. Higher Loyalty is part memoir, part inescapably political, and part need-to-know from a nonpartisan ex-inFBI director, now a man without a political home.
He’s been called a liar by Republicans, but I didn’t read anything to pinpoint falsehood. It’s a book about Comey, the truth-teller, and who rallies against lies morphing into habits of believable falsehoods that distort reality and encourages silent complicity. It’s a thorough, need-to-know about a nation under stress and a roadmap back to the journey back. This profundity of reading Higher Loyal satisfies read engendering xxxxa quest for knowledge and understanding of who we are and if we’re still the country we want to be.
Regardless of integrity and loyalty to the country, the public, and to the law, a palette of rot gut landed in the fired director’s Play Bill. Lordy, there weren’t presidential tapes in this theater, but the White House and Congress deem Comey’s handwritten notes as leaks of classified materials though they are not.
Higher Loyalty is robust speak about the FBI’s purpose and value to our democracy, and the FBI and Justice Department besieged by organized attacks of defamation and deprivation: hemorrhaging careers.
The former head of the bureau extols value and truth about career, veteran, dedicated FBI agents on the frontline to take down “the biggest, the baddest.”
In a literary nonfiction, Comey writes artfully, openly, and honestly about his travails of a downfallen FBI director, dismissing Trump Adminstration rhetoric that the agency had “lost confidence”in him and the organization is in “disarray.”
Aside from criticism about salaciousness or pettiness in the book, I focused on the lumnious and insightful his-story America needs to know about a presidential firing “without cause,” and about Comey’s leadership in upholding the values and principles of the law. His scrutiny of the short-sightedness and poor leadership and a disturbing trend of untruths that negatively xxxnefariousxxx
Higher Loyalty…” is a terrific tribute to knowpublic servants that have had America’s back decades before the lingo of “…had my back” struck the proverbial sidewalk.
But Comey who dedicated his life to public service and the law isn’t without flaws. Who is? He’s the accused “culprit” of the unpresidency of Hillary Clinton. He espoused his rationale, but I’m certain he’ll never walk that back. Not successfully. He’s paid a helluvah price no matter what. Bad judgment? Who doesnt have it?Besides the rest of the story is untold inside the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Fourteen months post-election, he still rankles Clinton voters and Democrats about his nine-day pronouncement to reopen the Hillary Clinton e-mails. What I know is that like other election watchers, we sat in front of our big-screen TV as his words sucked all the oxygen out of the room. My husband, Taft, and I could barely breathe. We were livid for a week, but decided believed in a positive outcome though stains and scars had sunken the ship.
Comey explained that if he had not acted… “if she’d won,” he would’ve given anti-Clinton folk a pallet of false reasoning to delegitimize her presidency. But he never explains why he announced the decision so close to the election without reading the presumed new e-mails. We don’t have to punish ourselves with negative energy because he will judge himself more harshly, beating himself up, but he isn’t likely to succumb to guilt. He shouldn’t because things are not always as they seem.
His explanation of perceived pressure about putting Hillary in office has a truth serum. Trump’s repeated statement: “This is a rigged system, folks.” In addition, Trump repeatedly informed rally goers Thatcher “If Hillary wins she’d be under investigation so long she wouldn’t be able to run the country.”
Judging by his continued “crooked Hillary” identification and the overzealous efforts to investigate and jail her for uncommitted crimes, I believe he wouldn’t have quit if she’d won.
No matter what Comey wrote or when his book rolled off the press, the critics would scream bloody epitaphs for one reason or a thousand others. Aren’t we glad there is freedom to express ideas, opinions, or even lies protected by a democracy.
Democrats have left Comey on the operating table for GOP slaughter despite all the Russian meddling and a myriad of full-blown effects to assure her loss. It seems to me that the GOP’s intent to punish Comey for a Trump presidency aligns ingrates with a plausible excuse: Comey, but they know it’s “not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”