“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
By PatD, a Trail Mix Contributor
What with the violent behavior such as “Donald Trump Supporters Scream Nazi Salute, ‘Light the Motherf–ker On Fire’ at Black Lives Matter Supporter” (described by the wrap from last December) and the shouts of “lock her up” and “execute her” of a similar mob reported by msn last Friday, it’s not inconceivable that their next chant come post-election day (whether they win or lose) will be to do in those who believe in the rule of law and upholding the constitution.
Although “kill all the lawyers” is usually said in jest, these days you can’t be so sure.
Revolutions, insurrections, coups and such have generally begun this way. Same-o same-o sentiments ran rampant even back when the Bard penned the line and as the wall street journal noted:
The line comes from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI, Part 2” and is spoken by Dick the Butcher, the dopey henchman of rebel leader Jack Cade.
According to the attorneys’ interpretation—one supported by many but not all English scholars—Shakespeare’s point is to portray lawyers as the guardians of the rule of law who stand in the way of a fanatical mob.
It could be argued that Shakespeare was tapping into fears of insurrection and civil unrest among the noble classes. But, he said, the proliferation of lawyers also generated resentment among commoners who couldn’t afford them and viewed them as aligned with the powerful elite.
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