“the whirligig of time brings in his revenges”: 400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare Talks Current Events

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Today marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare (and 452 years since his birth, as near as we can tell).  Even four centuries later, the Bard’s cunning insults and turns of phrase remain vital and memorable.  If he were with us today, we think he’d have some prime things to say about the current state of affairs.

American Presidential Election
But cruel are the times, when we are traitors
And do not know ourselves, when we hold rumor
From what we fear, yet know not what we fear,
But float upon a wild and violent sea
Each way and move.

Donald Trump Phenomenon
I did never know so full a voice issue from so
empty a heart: but the saying is true ‘The empty
vessel makes the greatest sound.’

On his homeland, the United Kingdom
Stands Scotland where it did?

 …and its potential exit from the EU
No court in Europe is too good for thee

Record Powerball Jackpots
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

Criminal Justice Reform
Help, master, help! Here’s a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man’s right in the law; ‘twill hardly come out.

Cable News
O, there has been much throwing about of brains.

The gluten-free trend
Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?

Vladimir Putin
I combat challenge of this latten bilbo.

The Kardashians
To suckle fools and chronicle small beer.

Paris Climate Agreement
Tis well said again;
And ’tis a kind of good deed to say well:
And yet words are no deeds.

Refugee Crisis
Mine enemy’s dog,
Though he had bit me, should have stood that night
Against my fire;

Panama Papers
This avarice
Sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root
Than summer-seeming lust, and it hath been
The sword of our slain kings.

The death of Prince
Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince:
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!