Qotd: Prince Hal to Henry V

 

Presume not that I am the thing I was!—William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

The character speaking here is the newly crowned Henry V. As “Prince Hal,” he had endured and even enjoyed low company. He has known all of his kingdom’s rascals and rogues. But now he is king. He is a new-made thing, who is now in charge of enforcement of the law, and because of his misspent youth, he knows just where the heavy hand of the law should bear down.

In a recent conversation, @dougkimball suggested that the impeachment drama is very Shakespearean, and that the Democrats see President Trump as a weak king, such as Richard II or Lear. I am not sure that any Shakespearean character fits the President and his situation, but the Democrats had best fear that Henry V is not the one.

Another quotation also comes to mind:

When you strike at a king, you must kill him.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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  1. Vectorman Member
    Vectorman
    @Vectorman

    Arahant: He is a new-made thing, who is now in charge of enforcement of the law, and because of his misspent youth, he knows just where the heavy hand of the law should bear down.

    Great analogy.

    Trump has no elected political experience, which drives many people nuts. Eisenhower also had no elected experience. Even Abraham Lincoln was a one term Congressman and left office in 1849, running directly for President in 1860.


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  2. Franco Member
    Franco
    @Franco

    If little faults

    proceeding on distemper

    shall not be winked at

    How shall we stretch our eye

    When capital crimes

    Chewed, swallowed and digested

    Appear before us?

    We’ll yet enlarge that man

    Although Clapper,  Brennan and Comey

    In their dear care and

    preservation of our person

    would have him punished

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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

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  4. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron
    @JamesGawron

    Ari,

    Villains are always complex at first.

    Then their true nature is revealed and justice served.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  5. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Arahant: He is a new-made thing, who is now in charge of enforcement of the law, and because of his misspent youth, he knows just where the heavy hand of the law should bear down.

    Great analogy.

    Trump has no elected political experience, which drives many people nuts. Eisenhower also had no elected experience. Even Abraham Lincoln was a one term Congressman and left office in 1849, running directly for President in 1860.


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    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Arahant: He is a new-made thing, who is now in charge of enforcement of the law, and because of his misspent youth, he knows just where the heavy hand of the law should bear down.

    Great analogy.

    Trump has no elected political experience, which drives many people nuts. Eisenhower also had no elected experience. Even Abraham Lincoln was a one term Congressman and left office in 1849, running directly for President in 1860.


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    I find ‘no elected experience’ to be a net positive when I consider last and current crop of the experienced and their odd ideas about what they intend for the United States. 

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