So, I was watching Anderson Cooper last night interviewing James Comey about his time at the White House, his new book A Higher Loyalty, and the amount of showers he had to take after leaving each day; [ that last piece was my interpretation by way of Kellyanne Conway not Comey's].
Comey spoke of what it was to be washed in a bed of lies. Typical of the President, he said, was speaking ad nauseam and at length in factual inaccuracies. Comey wondered if by remaining silent, was he as complicit as those lauding the President with praise--as was common at committee meetings.
In the Anderson Cooper interview, Comey also spoke on Rod Rosenstein, saying that Trump chooses people who are highly accomplished and accredited but who are morally vulnerable--and then ends up corrupting their good name.
At this time as the college semester comes to a close and students are headed on summer break, summer jobs, internships or headed out into the work world, it is crucial that they take heed to what happens to a guy like Rosenstein or Comey, for that matter, in a country where the top officially forsake's almost daily his oath to protect constitution and country. Our moral bedrock is founded on our constitution and the co-equal branches of government respecting the tried and true principle that no one is above the law--not even the law, its lawmakers, adjudicators and executor.
I once heard on some Kansan radio station after a long drive to campus: "The Bible will keep you from sin. And sin will keep you from the Bible." Take a look at Proverbs 17. I feel that it is the shorthand version of Comey's book. May we all remember and continually point to-- a higher loyalty.
Proverbs 17 New International Version (NIV)
1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool--
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
they think success will come at every turn.
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
the messenger of death will be sent against them.
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
13 Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent--
the Lord detests them both.
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?
17 A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
and puts up security for a neighbor.
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
to pervert the course of justice.
24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
surely to flog honest officials is not right.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.