‘Cut down every law’

Editor, Daily Union: The Vichy Republicans in Washington and their Christian conservative supporters who tell themselves that the end justifies the means have recently made me think of a scene in Robert Bolt’s play, “A Man for All Seasons,” where a young zealot declares himself prepared to “cut down every law in England” if it would render the land safe from Satan.

To this, Thomas More replies: “And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you, where would you hide, the laws all being flat?

“This country is planted thick with laws — man’s laws, not God’s — and if you cut them down, (...) do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?” — John H. Callan, Fort Atkinson.

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