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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