Saturday, June 10, 2017

Is Comey the New Thomas More?

I've been watching "A Man For All Seasons" on Turner Classic Movies and have been struck by what an astonishing metaphor it is for the Comey-Trump story..
If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us saintly. And we'd live like animals or angels in the happy land that needs no heroes. But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all... why then perhaps we must stand fast a little --even at the risk of being heroes.
There is a scene where Henry VIII (Trump is neither as noble nor as intelligent as Henry) tries to corrupt More into betraying his conscious. Trump needed to corrupt Comey...
Because you're honest... and what is more to the purpose, you're KNOWN to be honest.
Republican politicians are aptly described by the line...
The nobility of England, My Lord, would have snored through the Sermon on the Mount.
For how else would congressional Republicans act during a reading of the Constitution than sleeping through it?

In the case of Thomas More, the rule of law collapsed under the weight of corruption. How this story of Jim Comey and Donald Trump will end is not yet written.

Will the American system of justice prevail or will the nation be sacrificed, martyred to the consuming greed and lust for power that is Trumpism?

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