Sunday, January 29, 2017

How a Quote from Shakespeare continues to Resonate in our Modern World



A federal judge in Brooklyn temporarily halted parts of President Donald Trump’s sweeping executive order aimed to block the entry of refugees and impose a de-facto ban on travelers coming from several Muslim-majority countries. The American Civil
Liberties Union had Filed the action in Federal court.  

 

The line of dialogue was written for Dick the Butcher, in ''Henry VI,'' Part II. Dick was a follower of the rebel, Jack Cade, who believed the best way to become powerful was to disrupt a society's law and order. 
The passage has often been misinterpreted and misused over the years as a swipe at those in the law profession. However, Shakespeare (who in his own life was very litigious) intended the dialogue as a compliment to attorneys and judges who might be the only thing standing between justice and anarchy in a civilized society.