Entirely copacetic? From a person in position of incredible power? Really?
What about it? What is wrong with wanting an employee to be loyal?
Is it not problematic at all?
Not wanting. Requiring (what else do you get from need and expect?).
Good leaders (and/or charismatic ones) don't require loyalty, they inspire loyalty. So good leaders don't require loyalty pledges from good people.
Loyalty pledges don't work on people who are un-loyal and/or who hold dear other values/ethics. Loyalty to bad (malicious) and/or poor (incompetent) leaders creates problems, because loyalty to such leaders exasperates the conditions the bad and/or poor leader is creating.
So loyalty pledges are stupid and useless. Unless you require unquestioning obedience (which is easy to confuse with loyalty, but jettisoning other values, common sense, decency, critical thinking, is not loyalty). There are some things more important than loyalty to an individual. Because people are imperfect and fallible.
So, given this, what kind of leaders typically 'ask' for, or require, loyalty pledges?
Also, as explained before, while technically POTUS is boss of the executive branch, a justice/intelligence agencies are expected to be independent, for very good reasons (as this episode showcases!).
Also, a loyalty oath to any individual could conflict with the pledge Comey and many other federal officers make when taking office:
As yadda yadda said earlier NSA chief Mike Rogers & DNI Director Dan Coats stonewalled questions (and I have seen clips too) about whether Trump asked them to interfere in the Russia probe. I wonder where their loyalty lies. POTUS, or their pledge. I hope it is with the integrity of the Russia probe.
Edited by sierraleone, 08 June 2017 - 07:41 AM.