Shakespeare on Sophisticated Liars and Bipartisan Lying

whose tongue soe'er speaks false, not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies“…whose tongue soe’er speaks false,
Not truly speaks; who speaks not truly, lies.”

(King John, act 4, sc. 3)

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For those who still believe that there is a difference between the Democratic and Republican party platforms here are statements from three prominent figures in US history.
“The two parties have combined against us to nullify our power by a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ of non-recognition, no matter how we vote … May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either the Republican or the Democratic Parties.” – W.E.B. DuBois
“The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another’s throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose-especially their lives.”  Eugene Debs
“Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear — kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor — with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.”  – General Douglas MacArthur

Tips for Use.  Alternative to ‘you are a liar’ or to point out to your adversary that he cannot simultaneously lie and tell the truth.

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In the play. Hubert, King John’s secretary, rebuts Salisbury’s accusation that he, Hubert, has murdered young Prince Arthur.

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