"The Bad Guys"

Armies of un-necessary lawyers, laboring endlessly to prove the unprovable, have made communication nearly impossible.

A noted language expert, William Shakespear got it right. "First, kill the lawyers".

Posted by rexrs at January 14, 2007 6:50 AM

I must admit I use this terminology fairly regularly. In my defense, I would state that I do so, perhaps condescendingly, to my ideological "betters" when referring to the various "militants," "freedom fighters," "Iraqi minutemen," and such, in a desparate hope that the phrase "bad guys," although perhaps judgemental on my part, will somehow penetrate their thick skulls and reach some dim childhood memory and strike therein a chord.

Your average Iraqi civilian knows who I mean, as they consistently refer to them as "Ali Baba," the bad guy of Arabian Nights fame.

I've linked to you here: http://consul-at-arms.blogspot.com/2007/01/re-bad-guys.html

Posted by Consul-At-Arms at January 14, 2007 7:13 PM

Agreed. And the leader of the throng of little boys who will never grow up is your very own President. He even wears the right hat.

Posted by Fletcher Christian at January 18, 2007 8:26 AM

I somehow feel certain the that the publisher of the New York Times, despite the electoral and constitutional realities, doesn't think of Pres. Bush as his leader.

Posted by Consul-At-Arms at February 22, 2007 2:32 AM

"A noted language expert, William Shakespear got it right. "First, kill the lawyers"."

I am sure that said "noted language expert" would have loved it, rexrs, if you had actually read the play from which you pulled the quote -- that, and if you would also spell his name correctly.

The line you quoted belongs to Richard III -- who, whatever contradictions the REAL, historical Richard III may present, was one of the blackest of Shakespeare's villains. In that scene, Richard III is lamenting the legal impediments to his machinations, and vows that the first thing he would do once his tyranny over England is established would be to kill those who uphold or invoke the law to his frustration.

You might as well have quoted Hitler.

Posted by Redisca at February 22, 2007 8:53 AM