Shakespeare on Arrogance

your heart Is cramm'd with arrogancy, spleen and pride King Henry VIII“…your heart
Is cramm’d with arrogancy, spleen and pride.”
(King Henry VIII, act 2, ac. 4)

Comments.  Since 2000, America has been involved in “military operations” in the following countries: Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Yemen, East Timor, Afghanistan, Philippines, Ivory Coast, Iraq, Liberia, Georgia, Djibouti, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Pakistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Libya, Uganda, and now involved in Syria. “We have liars for leaders,” said Minister Farrakhan. “A liar is already a thief, and a liar already is a murderer.” Readers may be interested in watching the historically instructive video at

“You have a really wicked government…” says Farrakhan, “Americans don’t know anything about their government’s foreign policy. I know it hurts but someone has to stand up and say it. If you knew what America has done to foreign nations you would revolt…” The video also shows some of the results of drones “surgical” attacks. Something viewers are assured of not seeing in the corporate media.

Tips for Use. Address  an adversary (or describe a character) who hides arrogance behind a studied homely demeanor or insincere concerns.

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In the Play.  Q Katherine assesses Cardinal Wolsey’s character.

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