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Rachel Lu over at National Review Online pens one of the stupidest pieces I have seen in many a moon in which she uses Saint Thomas More to explain why she can’t support Donald Trump.  Go here to read it.  As faithful readers of this blog know, I am not going to vote for Trump and I am an admirer of Saint Thomas More, but I view her article as rubbish.  Saint Thomas More was a member in good standing for almost all of his life of the Tudor power structure, and a faithful friend and servant of King Henry VIII.  Long before his break from Rome Henry displayed the worst characteristics of Trump:  egotistical, licentious, an ignorant blowhard on every subject under the sun, impulsive and the list could go on at great length.  None of this I am sure eluded the notice of one of the sharpest men to ever live.  Yet More chose to serve him.  Why?  Presumably because More did not want a return to the type of dynastic wars of the Wars of the Roses, and because he hoped that the King, and England, would benefit from wise counsel.

Now these motives, assuming that they were the motives of Saint Thomas, are open to criticism, but they are not dishonorable.  Likewise I could imagine an open-eyed Trump supporter who believes that the alternatives to Trump are worse and praying that Trump, if he becomes President, will heed good advice.  An honorable position even though it is one I do not agree with.

In any case, this attempt to drag Saint Thomas More into our current election indicates how far historical illiteracy has advanced, even in venues that should know better.

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4 Comments

  1. Bringing St. Thomas More into this argument is simply wrong. What do you call a person that says he will do one thing and does the opposite? Boehner, Ryan, McConnell, Graham, et al. That is a main reason that Trump is the GOP nominee.
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    It seems to me (“Opinion is not truth.” Plato), Obama spent the past seven-and-a-half years wrecking the economy and the remnants of our American way of life. Four or eight years of Hillary will likely mean the end of America as we know it.
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    They (Clinton and Trump) both stink. However, anyone that helps Hillary pack the Supreme Court with three or four more leftist nut-jobs; migrate in 10 million more Muslims and 25 million more Latinos (doing work – voting Democrat and fundamentally wrecking the nation – that Americans won’t do; forcing Churches to tow the State line on gay marriage and abortion/contraception; letting Wall Street take more control over banking; etc. can go jump in the lake.
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    Don’t tell me that a majority GOP Congress will stop her. They did not Obama and will not stop Hillary.
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  2. As in More’s time, a decadent and egomaniacal politician presses us to choose between valued principles and longstanding party allegiances.
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    Nihil sub sole novum. As if this hasn’t been the choice facing voters for several decades now. And in what moral universe do we oppose “longstanding party allegiances” (snort) to principles anyway? That’s like agonizing over choosing between ethical norms and your preferred brand of car.

  3. I hate to say it, but better to have Trump than either Liva Caesar or Josef Stalin.

  4. Trump at least promises to reduce immigration, reduce trade imbalances, and lessen our entanglements abroad. I doubt he can pull it off, and I am not even sure he truly believes in those positions. But Hildebeast not only truly believes in increasing immigration (both legal and illegal), destroying more of our economy through trans-continental deals (both trade and environmental), and involving us in every skirmish throughout the world, she has the ruthlessness of a middle eastern despot to do it.

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