For Your Consideration….

And so, I offer, once again, my original assessment of Liz Cheney at the time she emerged – turned into a “Character for all seasons” that defines the story.

[Below is my original piece —  minimally edited for clarity  — from May 7, 2021]

[NOTE:  Sixty years ago, this November, Robert Bolt’s classic A Man for All Seasons, premiered on Broadway (it had been staged in London a year earlier).  More than ever before, it is a clarifying mirror, in which we see our own time reflected, sharply focussed, and nakedly revealed.  The characters — Thomas Moore, King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell, Will Roper — all are resurrected in the likes of Cheney, Trump, McConnell, McCarthy, Stefanik, and the rest of the sorry cast of the present-day Republican party.

For the most part, I have restricted the words of this piece to Liz Cheney’s  — paired with those of Bolt’s dramatized historical figures (in dialogue form beneath the accompanying pictures) — mainly the words of Moore, King Henry VIII, and Cromwell. At the risk of annoying the reader, I have chosen to remove the character attributions in order, hopefully, to focus more directly on the moral echoes that resound across more than four centuries.] …. Good reading!

Liz Cheney:

“We cannot accept the idea that the election is stolen. It is poison in the blood of our democracy. We cannot whitewash what happened on January 6 or perpetuate Trump’s Big Lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on January 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.

“We are not sworn enemies. We are American.

History is watching. Our children are watching. We must be brave enough to defend the fundamental principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I pledge to do so, regardless of the short-term political consequences.”

– “Why [do you need] my bracket?”

— “Because you are honest… and what is more, you are known to be honest. There are those… who follow me because I wear the crown… or because they are toothy jackals. and I am their tiger.The mass follows me because it follows everything that moves….
And then there’s you.

“I strongly disagree with Joe Biden’s policies, but when the President extends his hand to greet me in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful, and dignified manner.

We are not sworn enemies. We are American.”

[Those of us who disagree strongly with 

Liz Cheney’s policies and political beliefs 

might remind ourselves that 

we are not 

”sworn enemies.”  

And, as her fellow Americans we might also do well to recognize the integrity and strength of character she has displayed in the present moment. 

I hope that the echoes the reader may find in A Man for All Seasons help achieve that recognition.]

“Listen, two years ago you were a passionate [C-of-E] Ecclesiastical; now you are a passionate Lutheran. We just have to pray that when your head is done spinning, your face will be in front again!
“You are a constant regret to me…. If you could just see the “facts” flat, without that Horrible MORAL SQUINT; … With just a little common sense, you could have been a statesman.
— “You threaten like a brute at the quay.”
“How should I threaten?” »
“More like a Minister of State for Justice.”
“Oh, justice IS what you are threatened with. »
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., arrives at the chamber before President Joe Biden speaks during a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the United States Capitol- United in Washington.  (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
“Then I am not threatened…. The LAW is a pavement upon which, so long as it is adhered to, a citizen may walk safely…in matters of conscience…”.
— ” [sarcastically] ‘Consciousness !?! Consciousness ?!?’ “
“I see the word is unfamiliar to you.”

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