Perhaps inadvertently, Buskirk has raised an interesting question: What would Thomas More do now?
We know what, in fact, he did: Thomas More did not think that Making England Great Again was more important than upholding the law. He did not decide that Henry VIII’s judicial appointments trumped his defiance of the church. He did not believe that power was more important than defending his faith.
And More did not go along with the collective surrender of the church to the imperious whims of the monarch. He understood the price of the bargain he was being asked to make. In Robert Bolt’s play, A Man for All Seasons, More says to a 15th-century version of Matt Schlapp: “It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world, but for Wales?”