President Trump’s Battle of Agincourt

By DOUG E. IBENDAHL • October 24, 2019

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“That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.”

— Henry V (Act 4, Scene 3 of the Shakespeare play)

.— Henry V (Act 4, Scene 3 of the Shakespeare play)

This Friday, October 25 is Saint Crispin’s Day, a feast day in Catholicism which would be notable for few today if not for the speech William Shakespeare penned for Henry V in the play of the same name.

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It’s that speech where we get the English expressions “band of brothers” and “household words,” commonly used today.

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Henry V’s Saint Crispin’s Day Speech may be the most powerful motivational speech ever given. Shakespeare, writing around the year 1599, has the King delivering it to the English army immediately prior to the Battle of Agincourt on October 25, 1415.

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The tired and worn-down English troops were very pessimistic about facing a far larger French army, all of its soldiers fresh.

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And then Henry V took the podium.

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The rest as they say, is history.

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We wouldn’t want to make too much of comparisons between Donald Trump and Henry V since the unhinged already try to say this President thinks he’s a king. But there are some remarkable similarities.

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Like President Trump, Henry V was a charismatic and energetic leader who restored pride in his country. Like Trump has for America, Henry V delivered new respect for England on the world stage.

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Of course, living in the days when capitalism was still in its infancy, Henry V largely relied on conquering France. Today the booming Trump economy helps prop-up France and the rest of Europe.

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And in major contrast to Henry V of course, more wars are the last thing on this President’s agenda.

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Both men did have some fun in their youth, although unlike Trump, Henry V was a serious drinker, hanging out with the “commoners” in seedy East London taverns as Prince Harry or “Hal.”

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In fact, in the prequel play Henry IV, Shakespeare has Henry so calculating as to admit the rebellious prince routine is all just an act designed to encourage his enemies to underestimate him. He’s carefully planning a “reformation” from his bad boy reputation, one that will astound his critics and one day make him a better king.

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“I’ll so offend, to make offense a skill,” Prince Harry confesses to a drinking buddy.

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I honestly don’t think Donald Trump has ever been that Machiavellian, but I sure bet this President can respect the skill.

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Both men are also gifted orators, of course in Henry V’s case we largely have to take Shakespeare’s word for it. But it’s no doubt a fair assumption.

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Heck, just substitute a few names in the speech and President Trump is probably one of the few modern leaders who could legitimately deliver the Saint Crispin’s Day Speech. His public speeches and rallies already contain some of the same themes and passion.

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But you be the judge. The video below is “the speech” scene from the 1989 movie version of Henry V starring the outstanding Kenneth Branagh in the title role.

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Finally, like Henry V, President Trump has also had to deal with treachery and betrayal from within his own ranks. (Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger, I’m looking at you, for one.)

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Yet with all the witch hunts he’s beaten and all the positive work he’s accomplished for the forgotten citizens of this country, our President now faces his most crucial battle of all—impeachment.

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It really feels wrong to even type that word, because the whole idea is absurd as applied to this President.

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But the Democrats and their media stooges have nothing else. They can’t beat this President on any field of battle–that’s been proven so many times already. But they do think they can humiliate him. That’s how low desperation has driven them.

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The haters all know the Senate will never convict and remove this President on whatever bogus charge Democrats gin-up, but they want Trump to go down in history as one of only 3 U.S. Presidents to ever be impeached.

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The Left’s hate is so sick and relentless, they would rather focus exclusively on smearing this President’s legacy instead of doing their jobs—even if it means paying a big price on Election Day next year.

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This really is Donald Trump’s Battle of Agincourt. The Democrats and their corrupt media colluders are as arrogant and sure of themselves as the French were before that famous battle. And like Agincourt, the good guys are outnumbered, in the House anyway.

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The question is now, what are decent, fair-minded Americans going to do about it?

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Will they stay “a-bed . . . and think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap”?

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What a shameful outcome that would be.

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Instead, let’s hope one day we’ll all be able to look back and “stand a tip-toe when the day is named . . . [and] remember with advantages what feats [we] did that day.”

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Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.

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