Loyal to a Fault

In the era (or should I say, error) of Donald Trump, the word “loyal,” which has always had a positive connotation, has shifted. Let me explain.

New presidents are expected to nominate highly talented, well-qualified people to fill appointed positions in the executive branch of the federal government. Appointees should be able, creative, and experienced people who will serve the needs of the government and the people it serves.

I’m not suggesting that loyalty to the ideas and ideologies of the president shouldn’t play a role in making political appointments. But that should not be the primary criterion.

The president should not be appointing someone to head up the Department of Justice who is a well-known segregationist and racist. Nor should he appoint someone who has sued the EPA and is a vocal climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Secretary of the Interior should not be someone with deep ties to the fossil fuels industry. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should not be someone who profited from insider trading of health care company stocks and who is devoted to his boss’ aim of destroying health care coverage for 20+ million Americans.

The president should not appoint as his senior strategist a right-wing nut job and white nationalist who wants to dismantle the establishment. The president should not ask the FBI Director to pledge his loyalty and then fire him when he doesn’t. And nepotism is not a qualification.

I could go on and on, but I think you get my point, which is that loyalty should not trump qualifications.

It’s a shame that our president has turned “loyal” from something positive to something questionable.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “loyal.”

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18 thoughts on “Loyal to a Fault

  1. newepicauthor October 16, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Republicans need to start weighing the costs versus benefits of remaining loyal to Trump.

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    • Fandango October 16, 2017 / 10:43 am

      That would require a spine, which most Republicans seem to lack these days.

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  2. B. Brown October 16, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Say it again for the people in the back!!! had me saying true dat. I feel the same way about relationships. At what point does loyalty morph into stupidity or stubbornness, or what about a self-serving prerogative?

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    • Fandango October 16, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      Exactly! How can anyone be loyal to a man who is more concerned about his image, his ratings, and his self-enrichment than what is in the best interests of the American people and democracy.

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  3. Michael October 16, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    I think suggesting his appointments and loyalty is questionable is being kind to him. Disgraceful is a word I’d use.

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  4. rugby843 October 16, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    And here we are again. Every day brings another shame to us as a country.

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    • Fandango October 16, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      True. “Questionable” is being generous in Trump’s case.

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  5. baddadcartoons101 October 16, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    What’s the saying, if you don’t remember history you’re bound to repeat it. I was fairly young at the time but remember Jimmy Carter. President Carter was an outsider to Washington when he became President and he appointed several “good ol’ southern boys” to positions. And it seemed like he was having to put out fires for the next 4 years from these guys. And this was from a President who, I feel like, had integrity. It’s probably a fairly safe bet to say that Trump hasn’t read too many history books and when he read Playboy, it was not for the articles.

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    • Fandango October 16, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      And I heard he could only read each Playboy issue one time because the pages would stick together.

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