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.