How have Democratic leaders been so stolidly resistant to facing up to the true scale of this threat in anything other than fundraising appeals? Regrettably, advancing age and the institutional complacency that often comes with it play a major role here. The members of the Democratic Party's leadership caste continually yearn for the long-vanished shade of "The Party of Lincoln." They pine for the camaraderie of Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan and the difference-trimming compromises struck in the Senate cloakroom half a century ago -- and by indulging in these clubby reveries before the public, they continue to transmit the message that the GOP is a normal political party, committed to upholding basic constitutional rights, freedoms, and power-sharing norms.
This state of political and intellectual sclerosis is imperiling the future of our democracy. Democratic leaders, against all available recent evidence, cling to the legitimacy of our institutions and system when the authoritarian crisis in our democracy is deeply embedded within the institutions themselves. Put another way, we are facing a profound structural reckoning: the institutions are illegitimate, and the system has been hijacked. [...]
Vote harder? Sure. But Democrats must also work harder, fight harder, think bigger, act bolder and step forward, now, or else . . . well, there is no or else. It can't happen here? It has already happened here, and the shock of the Dobbs decision may have finally served notice even to deference-minded Democrats that there is no path forward without playing hardball and without radically reimagining the constitutional order that was designed more 235 years ago over candlelight by slaveholders.
Either we fight back now or it all slips away -- a republic we could not keep, truths that were once self-evident withered and sour, the worst form of government except for the bigoted authoritarianism that would replace it.
Sir Ian Cheshire, chair of the charity, told the BBC that the "optics" of accepting so much cash did not look good, but that at the time it was not uncommon for wealthy people in the Middle Eastern to use large amounts of cash.
He said that more recent money-laundering regulations would make it unlikely that large amounts of cash would now be offered or accepted.
It was one of three lots of cash, totalling €3 million, which Prince Charles personally received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar, between 2011 and 2015.
On one occasion, Sheikh Hamad presented the prince with €1 million, which was reportedly stuffed into carrier bags from Fortnum & Mason, the luxury department store that has a royal charter to provide the prince's groceries and tea.
On another, Charles accepted a holdall containing €1 million during a private one-on-one meeting at Clarence House in 2015.
"This piece symbolizes a reminder to open yourself wide to the world, risking exposure but letting love in. From this it derives its title, the Greek word for the transcendent, pure-hearted love for all of humanity: Agape."