As impeachment hearings are best understood with Shakespeare

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Words spilling into digitized pixels, on blogs and good, old-fashioned Newspapers, on the impeachment hearings. There are essays, see how to. Essays on the dramatic Person. Why is it important that the Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is now on the Intelligence Committee? Why is he not wearing a jacket?

We have seen tutorials about how journalists should be on the hearings. How not to get “distracted” by “stunts.” Guided tours to the Constitutional definition of “indictment.” What Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist Paper #65 with respect to the indictment.


All are valid and worth investigating. But perhaps the best primer for the understanding of the impeachment hearings, is none other than William Shakespeare.

No one studied the questions of morality, of politics and of ambition, more perceptive, than the bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare explores racial and religious contrasts in “The merchant of Venice.” Philosophical debates in “The storm.” Betrayal in “King Lear.” The lure of power in “Macbeth.”

Many of Shakespeare’s plays, focus on the war. The consequences of wrong political decisions. What it takes to be a successful leader. And, the corrupting intersection of a thirst for authority and the General public.

There is a reason to portray important moments in the policy as “theatrical” and even “Shakespeare.” It was not so much that Shakespeare was prescient in what important political events, about a fictional Venetian court, or a real-life political saga on Capitol Hill. Shakespeare only wrote about the tensions with the power of the necessarily on any political stage of the 7. Class student to the highest levels of the American government.

The goal of house Democrats in the impeachment hearings, the contour is a story about what is happening with the Ukraine. Democrats hope that their witness construct a gripping story.

So, let’s see what Shakespeare can tell us about L’affaire Ukraine.

“The devil can quote Scripture for his purposes.” – The merchant of Venice, act I, scene III

What Shakespeare is here advantage to manipulate people, words to your. Take you performed the interpretation of the call of President Trump, with the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. People familiar with the prompt, starting with the whistleblower for the National security official Lt. Col. Alexander he received his, immediately saw flashing red lights. They were concerned about what was said on the call. He received his fretted about how the NSC staff blocked the call. The call is style-forming for the entire study. But many Republicans consider the call and see a little of what is going on with the verbiage. That’s enough of Mr. Trump himself to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N. C., to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., The public need to recognize what it thinks is the text of the call to the hearings.

“There is nothing either good or bad, thinking makes it so.” Hamlet, act II, scene 2

Shakespeare may Zen a channeled for this. Some yin and yang. Here, hamlet is considering ways to avenge the death of his father, when speaking with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. One could argue that the Democrats are fixated on the impeachment of President Trump dating back to the Russia-probe and Independent Council Robert Müller. Therefore, the more Democrats stew over the results of the election in 2016, the more you will see impeachable offenses.

Shakespeare and Chaucer romanticized the day in much of your work, and as a result gained enormous popularity in the UK and in the rest of Europe.

“This is not about (House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam) ship, D-Calif., to find the truth,” fumed Graham on Fox. “This is trying to destroy the ship, the trump presidency.”

If it is postulated, however, that it misdeeds, in fact, by the President, then, Democrats argue that they have no other choice, but to accuse. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is Democrats ‘ charges “not yet decided.” But to be honest, many Democrats accuse Mr. Trump decided a long time ago. Go talk to Reps. Al Green, D-Texas, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

“More of your conversation my brain would infect.” – Coriolan, act II, scene 1

For starters, no one can set quite a as Shakespeare. And, for the record, while the obscure, Coriolan is one of Shakespeare’s most political works. The entire game is a bet on the power of populism and how the people can overthrow a corrupt regime.

The Republicans have long touted that the witnesses heard in the first charge – action-Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and officials of the State Department George Kent – lacked first-Hand knowledge of the call. As Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times asked Pelosi about her weekly press conference.

“I wonder if you think it would be worth waiting for those who hear, to witness things first-Hand, how (former security Advisor), John Bolton and (Deputy chief of staff of the White house) Mick Mulvaney?”, Stolberg asked.

“Sheryl Sheryl Sheryl”, under Pelosi broke. “Do not fall in the second-Hand stuff. Really. This is a fraudulent statement, which by the Republicans. This is a fraudulent claim. And you know it. That is why they talk about the process rather than the substance of what we have heard. I just don’t want to acknowledge what you say in this regard.”

“We must not make a Scarecrow of the law, by it up to fear the birds of prey, and let it remain in a Form defined to the user they make their perch and not their terror.” – Measure for measure, act II, scene I

In measure for measure, Shakespeare argues that the rule of law is of the utmost importance and those who break them there should be consequences.


Pelosi repeated that the prosecution hinges on “the truth” and the hearings, the message of the Constitution, “argued.” In fact, Pelosi has begun, lately, the word “corruption” to examine when on the grounds, the house is, Mr. Trump.

“A bribe,” said Pelosi. “This is in the Constitution, the procedure of the impeachment.”


Article II, section 4 of the Constitution, in fact, the “bribe” to capital as a potential impeachable offense.

The most important, historic congressional hearings is distilled in a memorable moment, curated for posterity. Think of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas decrying the lynching of his confirmation process as a “high-tech.” Attorney Joseph Welch, Sr., Joe McCarthy, R-Wis says., “have you no sense of decency?” to examine, in the hearings on communism in 1954. Welch’s retort ended McCarthy’s career.

Just a moment in the two days of open impeachment hearings left such an indelible impression. But the “moment” will not unfold in the meeting room – at least at first. In this moment, cried out in the digital ether shines like an isotope from the mighty Twitter feed from President Trump.

Via Twitter, the President of the professional services of the former Ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch to be attacked, when she appeared before the house Intelligence Committee.

“They started in Somalia, how this could go? Then fast forward in the Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke negatively about you in my second phone conversation with him. It is a U.S. President has the absolute right to appoint ambassadors,” tweeted Mr. Trump.

Moments later, Adam Schiff read the tweets aloud in the meeting room, search Yovanovitch’s response.

“We don’t need,” said a senior House Republican source.

Before the hearing, Democrats asked whether GOPers risks, to be aggressive, with Yovanovitch during the hearing.

“If you do today, it will not look good,” said a Democrat on the Committee.

Republicans on the Committee not to. President Trump has it for you.


In tennis, this is a casual error is referred to as.

Many Republicans wished the President would have been under has Yovanovitch can cope on his Twitter account.

Whether you believe it or not, one of Shakespeare’s most significant quotes touches on this theme.

To tweet “or not to tweet, that is the question.”

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