Dedicated to Douglas Kmiec

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 “In good King Charles‘s golden days,
When Loyalty no harm meant;
A Furious High-Church man I was,
And so I gain’d Preferment.
Unto my Flock I daily Preach’d,
Kings are by God appointed,
And Damn’d are those who dare resist,
Or touch the Lord’s Anointed.

And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

When Royal James possest the crown,
And popery grew in fashion;
The Penal Law I shouted down,
And read the Declaration:
The Church of Rome I found would fit
Full well my Constitution,
And I had been a Jesuit,
But for the Revolution.

And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

When William our Deliverer came,
To heal the Nation’s Grievance,
I turn’d the Cat in Pan again,
And swore to him Allegiance:
Old Principles I did revoke,
Set conscience at a distance,
Passive Obedience is a Joke,
A Jest is non-resistance.

And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

When Royal Anne became our Queen,
Then Church of England‘s Glory,
Another face of things was seen,
And I became a Tory:
Occasional Conformists base
I Damn’d, and Moderation,
And thought the Church in danger was,
From such Prevarication.

And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

When George in Pudding time came o’er,
And Moderate Men looked big, Sir,
My Principles I chang’d once more,
And so became a Whig, Sir.
And thus Preferment I procur’d,
From our Faith’s great Defender,
And almost every day abjur’d
The Pope, and the Pretender.

And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

The Illustrious House of Hannover,
And Protestant succession,
To these I lustily will swear,
Whilst they can keep possession:
For in my Faith, and Loyalty,
I never once will faulter,
But George, my lawful king shall be,
Except the Times shou’d alter.

And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!”

“Douglas Kmiec, former legal counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, also said that while he has given “no thought” to the prospect of serving as Obama’s ambassador to the Vatican, he would “never rule anything out.”” National Catholic Reporter October 1, 2008. 

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12 Responses to Dedicated to Douglas Kmiec

  1. Rick Lugari says:

    When Ronaldus Maximus took the helm
    To navigate the nation through the storm
    I could tell we were entering a new realm
    And took part in his reform
    Legal protection for the most innocent
    Small government, liberty and justice for all
    To all of which I gave my assent
    And my contribution was not small

    And this is law, I will maintain
    Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
    That whatsoever King may reign,
    I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

    When The One came to reign supreme
    And all appeals for life fell flat
    I offered my service to his regime
    And I became a Democrat
    Good is evil and evil good
    I proclaim from this day forward
    And lest it be misunderstood
    A federal judgeship to be the reward

    And this is law, I will maintain
    Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
    That whatsoever King may reign,
    I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    I doff my cap in homage Rick!

  3. Gerard E. says:

    Oh- that was the game. Should lead to lovely private conversations with His Holiness. About fidelity and the like.

  4. Tito Edwards says:

    Rick,

    I bow down to the prince of poetry.

    Donald,

    Thanks for sharing this poem.

  5. Mark DeFrancisis says:

    Donald,

    This is petty and most unfair, and I think you know it.

    You can do better. Your preferences in music are proof itself.

  6. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Nothing unfair about it Mr. DeFrancisis, or perhaps you have some other explanation as to how in the space of two months Kmiec could go from being on Romney’s legal advisory committee to being a supporter of Obama? Kmiec’s own explanations have been incoherent in the extreme and flatly contradict positions he had held fervently throughout his adult life.

  7. Mark DeFrancisis says:

    Sometimes life deals us Saul to Paul moments…

  8. Donald R. McClarey says:

    If such a transformational moment occurred, one would imagine that a law professor would be able to defend a whole-sale shift in positions with reason and logic. I defy anyone to claim with a straight-face that Kmiec has done this.

  9. Mark DeFrancisis says:

    Donald,

    Maybe so. But we are all on our way…

  10. Tito Edwards says:

    I am praying for Obama to have his road to Damascus moment before he is inaugurated.

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