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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Loyalty and Allegiance

There are many qualities and behavioral characteristics that are essential for being effective leaders. In the context of evaluating presidential candidates, my book, How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, discusses them in detail.

Loyalty and allegiance are required behaviors. Loyalty is a strong feeling of support or allegiance. Allegiance in this context means a commitment to the nation from having demonstrated alignment with a political party and its platform.

I did not say this in the book exactly so that I will say it here, loyalty and allegiance begin at home. If you betray your spouse or family through compromising deeds and behavior, it isn't likely that people whom you don't know would expect you to be loyal to them.

If you are a religious person, you may know that the Ten Commandments address this. While you may ask for forgiveness, the act of betrayal will be the same as if you are a witness who lied on the witness stand. Trust, from that point on is suspect.

Citizens have every right to demand the highest standard of behavior from a President, Congressional Representative, or any other elected official.

There are some ways to demonstrate loyalty and allegiance beginning by serving your country in an unselfish capacity such as joining the military service. You might volunteer for the Peace Corps or Foreign Service. You might volunteer for community service.

Of course, another indication is for individuals to be beyond reproach when it comes to obeying laws and regulations. An individual that commits fraud, for instance, is unacceptable even when they settle out of court as a way to cleanse themselves of the obligation to repay those who are harmed.

Hear me loudly and clearly, President Donald Trump fails the loyalty and allegiance test. He was even waffling on loyalty to the Republican Party while campaigning. How could this person ever be trusted to do as he promises?

For those who are religious

Let the faithful in the world find solace in the stones.
By divine gift, Moses inscribed ten commandments from God.
From those ten rules, is more instruction needed to guide God's people? 
Thou shalt have no other gods.
There is no need nor want for any additional.
The world is without end in all directions perceived by people.
The faithful in all religions subscribe to this belief. 
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
There is no need to idolize objects and material things.
The world is complete with resources to care for everyone.
The faithful in all religions subscribe to this belief. 
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
There is no acceptance for slandering the word of God.
The world is protected and cared for by the power of good.
The faithful in all religions subscribe to this belief. 
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Rest is the reward for hard work.
Reverence and thankfulness are without limit.
Religious faithful subscribe to this belief. 
Honor thy father and thy mother.
Herein is a familial bond that cements people with God.
High respect for humanity begins in this relationship.
Hakham shares wisdom with the faithful. 
Thou shalt not kill.
There will be endless temptations to kill in God's name.
These actions are akin to blasphemy.
The faithful will discover better ways to protect their boundary. 
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
There is little discretion to choose and to select another.
The bonding with another partner is sacred by necessity.
The faithful in all religions subscribe to this belief. 
Thou shalt not steal.
There is never need so high as to warrant theft.
The needs of people can meet in the community of faithful.
The faithful in all religions subscribe to this belief. 
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
The neighbors are your first friends.
Those who trespass against you must be forgiven.
The faithful in all religions subscribe to this belief. 
Thou shalt not covet anything that does not belong to you.
The neighbor's house, wife, and belongings are theirs.
There is no justification for trespassing against them.
The faithful in all religions subscribe to this belief. 
Take twelve stones from the river and put them in a circle.
Treat them as being representative of all of the World's tribes.
Take the tablets as the law of Moses and believe them.
The faithful in all religions subscribe to this belief. 
The boundary of the constant is without limit in all directions.
By James A. George (c) 2017 All Rights Reserved 

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1 comment:

  1. I am adding this comment from Maxine Waters because it reminds me that President Trump is also a misogynist and racist.


    No, I'm not responding to him. First of all, let me thank Hillary Clinton for standing up for all women, and in particular for black women. And let me just say this: I'm a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated, I cannot be undermined, I cannot be thought to be a friend of Bill O'Reilly or anybody.

    And I'd like to say to women out there everywhere, don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are, do what you do, and let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country.

    Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes have no credibility. They have been sued by women, they've had to pay millions of dollars out in fines for harassment and other kind of things. So, we know about that kind of checkered past, and we also know that when a woman stands up and speaks truth to power that there will be attempts to put her down."