Capitalizing on Comey’s Example | Perspective

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“Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole.”  ~Pythagoras

Reading Comey’s book, listening to all his interviews, processing his professionalism in the face of so many tough questions – after all, at this point, he’s hated by both Democrats and Republicans in equal measure, but simultaneously loved and admired by millions across the globe – I felt enlightened. These past few days, it appeared that the majority of news outlets wanted Comey to know how annoyed they were with him. And how much they objected to his actions regarding Clinton’s email investigation just before the election, and his creating memos while interacting with the newly sworn in Trump. I was stunned by Michael Barbaro’s seeming disdain of Comey while he interviewed him for “The Daily.” (Barbaro was far more neutral with Scott Pruitt and Steve Bannon.)

Yet, Comey maintained an even strain despite the consistent harsh antagonism. He kept plugging away at his answers… proving through his actions what real leadership looks like. I appreciated this. We need more of it. (After watching Session’s Senate Hearing where he couldn’t recall ANYTHING, and Pruitt’s grilling by the Senate EPW Committee where he couldn’t remember anything either… how refreshing that an American leader answered every single question in a public setting. Actually, it was stunning.)

It seems that this type of “step up to the plate without being asked” is the highly beneficial lemonade of Trump’s presidency. It’s the best example of what we all need to do in our own way, in our local communities, professional communities, and any other organization we’re involved with.

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” ~ General Patton

Thousands and thousands of Americans are jumping in from the sidelines to lead. Hundreds of Republican leaders, who’ve alarmed the world by posing as huge barriers these past fourteen months, are now finally getting out of the way.  (Thank you! Yes, please keep resigning and retiring.) And millions are now awake, eyes open, looking for leaders to guide the way out of all this darkness.

Comey is an anomaly. Maybe that’s the true sign of a truly independent leader. What I admire the most about Comey today, Friday April 20, 2018, is that he’s very gifted, actually skilled, highly experienced at responding to stringent questions without being ruffled. He also walks the talk. I’m grateful for his expertise and his willingness to place himself under an adversary’s microscope in public and walk away without looking back. This is what I believe our founding father’s did in the late 1700’s. They spoke and wrote from the heart. It created massive convulsions in the colonies… which transformed a rough and tumble “experiment” into the bold and mighty United States of America.

Fired FBI Director James Comey has unleashed the American Spirit that has been held captive ever since Trump was elected. His book and his intrepid statements are the path forward.

Look at our American high school students. They make “step up to the plate without being asked” look so easy. They’re impassioned by strong convictions about what threatens their pursuit of happiness. They too are great examples for the country.

Nineteen years ago today, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, two male students massacred peers and teachers for 49 minutes – killing 13 students, 1 teacher and injuring 23 others – before putting bullets through their own heads. This was the first school massacre in modern U.S. history.

Today 170,000 students walked out of class in protest of gun violence in American schools, and in memory of the those slaughtered and injured in Columbine in 1999. These amazing students won’t stop until common sense gun laws are passed. People who truly care about others are what makes change possible. These students truly care about each other.

I couldn’t help but note the irony of Comey’s book dedication: “To my former colleagues, the career people of the Department of Justice and the FBI, whose lasting commitment to truth keeps our country great.” ~ James Comey, A Higher Loyalty

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Getting a Handle on the Russia Danger | Perspective

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How do we stay three steps ahead of Russia (it’s tricky when our president is the enemy and he’s working so hard to fend off our nation’s traditional defense, the FBI)? To further thwart our defensive line, Trump/Russia has a loyal group of Russia surrogates, the GOP House Intelligence Committee, who’ve sold their soul to the devil – Putin.

So what are American citizens supposed to do now to protect ourselves?

STEP 1 (for me anyway): watch as many Russia/CIA spy thrillers as possible. Below are a few, but there are many more. I find that this really helps in broadening my understanding about the way Russia operates which helps with projecting into America’s future /our future.

  • Red Sparrow – 2018, Excellent film, helped me “imagine” the possibilities of what Russia is capable of; great because it’s present day
  • The Assets, My Name is Aldrich Ames – 2014, Highlights how easy it is for someone to get away with selling our nation’s secrets to a foreign enemy, this because colleagues don’t want to believe their coworker – who’s supposed to be a patriot, protecting our country and our allies – is actually busy undermining it. Very insightful considering our president appears to be in overdrive accomplishing this very thing.
  • The Sum of All Fears – 2002, Seems so real it’s terrifying. I can totally picture this happening; in fact, I envision someone plotting this right now
  • Hunt for Red October – 1990, One of my favorite movies of all times
  • No Way Out – 1987, Best Kevin Costner film. Movies were so riveting back in the day

The most gripping Cold War book I ever read was Nelson Demille’s The Talbot Odyssey. Eye-bulging books like this are mesmerizing, this one is impossible to put down. I’m going to re-read it now that Mueller has uncovered so much proof of collusion and the White House seems to be in melt down mode, last night Friday March 16, 2018 with Sessions firing FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe just 26 hours before he was supposed to retire. See? That’s such a cruel “Russia” thing for Trump Team to do.

STEP 2: Be on the lookout on Social Media. Turn it into a “Find Waldo” exercise. Find the Russia Troll and call them out. I see them everywhere. They have markers.

STEP 3: Russian trolls are actually easier to locate than they realize. They might look and sound like us on Social Media, but they don’t think like us. Instead what they do is deflect by screaming and shouting and attempting to humiliate. They’ve softened their approach a little bit this year, but if you get into a discussion with one on a comment board for a major News site like New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal etc, you soon realize they don’t understand how to think like an American. They can’t reason the same way American’s can. Instead, their tactic is to storm Social Media as abusers, much like Trump, attempting to get viewers/readers to not believe in what someone is stating by attacking the one posting. But this is actually their achilles heel. And it’s not something they can easily correct…which gives us the upper hand.

STEP 4: Trust your instincts. When you get that unsettling 6th sense type of feeling about someone online, learn to stay far away from them. Avoidance is a great defensive strategy

We can do this. This horror is unlike any war we’ve ever been in before. We’re all trying to make our way through the jungle on this. We have to help each other, and work diligently to create light in the midst of all this darkness.

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