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William Frederick Yeames, The meeting of Sir Thomas More with his daughter after his sentence of death, 1872.


In his historical play A Man For All Seasons, Robert Bolt compares English law to a great forest, or woodland.  The law is about to be violated flagrantly by King Henry VIII.  One man, Sir Thomas More, refuses to give his assent.  Here are More’s famous lines defending the law.

Sir Thomas More: … What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

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William Roper:  Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

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Sir Thomas More:  Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ‘round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?  … do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?   

The Trees Are Down





Patriot Act



The Trees Are Down

Barak Obama

Hillary Clinton

Loretta Lynch

James Comey

John Kerry

Mitch McConnell et al

Paul Ryan et al

Harry Reid et al

Nancy Pelosi et al

John Roberts

Sonia Sotomayor

Elena Kagan

Anthony M. Kennedy

Stephen Breyer

Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Tree-slayers all

The winds are howling

The trees are down


And who but The Donald

Can replant so fallen a wood?


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Brother Bob

Retired economics professor. Born again Christian. Now an OK country boy.


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