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Lawyers Misquoting The Bard

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I went to Wicked last week in Minneapolis. We had great seats and enjoyed a great night with awesome special lighting effects. I’ve got to believe Chenoweth was unbelievable in the role of "G a Linda" on Broadway. What was interesting to me were the playbill ads.

A local law firm had an ad for their Trust and Estates group:

It’s great that the firm is a supporter of the arts. Personally, I know a number of the lawyers over there and think that a number of them are tops in their field. What bothers me is the marketing.

The whole quote is actually:

Cade:
I thank you, good people—there shall be no money; all shall eat
and drink on my score, and I will apparel them all in one livery,
that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their lord.

Dick:
The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.

Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78

The response is to the idea of a new society that sounds like a combination of socialism and communism. Basically , the point is that to have the revolution and to install a new society, we need to strike down the law. Kill all the lawyers.

It’s funny how many times I see comments sections of conservative or tea party blogs make the same argument. My guess is that they really have no idea what they mean when they say it.

My question is what does the law firm mean with the use of the ad? Do they understand the perpetuation of the meaning? There are a bunch of people over there who have read a lot more Shakespeare than I have. Or is it the result of an ad agency that took over? I’ve never liked the misuse of the statement and I like the ad even less.