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I tried, honestly, I have, but I don’t think I can do it.
When I have a strong opinion about some political person or event, I am very aware that this feeling may be due in large part to media coverage. Because of this, I search out something from ‘the other side’ to try to get a balanced perspective.
Jim Comey is the latest example of this quest. I finally decided to read the first of his books, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” It is included with Amazon Prime, so the only commitment is my time.
It winds up, that is too much to ask of me. Consider some of these quotes (if you can get past the title):
….. will America as we know it survive? People ask this question, with urgency and fear in their voices, because the forest fire of the Trump presidency I describe in this book still burns and threatens America’s values, especially our commitment to the truth and the rule of law.
To be clear, I don’t underestimate the threat. Donald Trump’s presidency represents a continuing frontal assault on the truth—on the very notion of “truth”—that began with the lie about his inauguration crowd being larger than Barack Obama’s. So many lies have followed that we risk becoming numb to them.
I feel the giant stirring now. The awakening is slow, but it is underway. Torches and death in Charlottesville. Children in cages at the border. The lying, misogyny, racism, and attacks on the rule of law. These things poke the giant. It takes time, but the American people are stirring.
There is one thought I can agree with, though:
WHO AM I TO TELL others what ethical leadership is? Anyone claiming to write a book about ethical leadership can come across as presumptuous, even sanctimonious. All the more so if that author happens to be someone who was quite memorably and publicly fired from his last job.
…and I haven’t even made it past the forwards and notes! I don’t think my blood pressure can take any more.
Oh, well….. next on my list is “Covid 19: The Great Reset” by Klaus Schwab (of the World Economic Forum). Maybe I’ll do better with that…. Or just read what Mrs. Spring calls a “shoot ’em up” novel.Published in