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    By Sigrid Weidenweber

    In the new Democrat Theater of the absurd—a nameless whistleblower with lawyer-scripted complaint—I came, while reading my morning pensum of Wall Street Journal news, upon a truly intriguing and even funny article, astounding in its dramatic perception. It’s title “Would Shakespeare Impeach Trump,” instantly caught my attention. My fertile mind readily went on Shakespearian trails. Oh yes, the Democrats new play—Impeachment—evoked the lines of Macbeth’s:

    Life is nothing but a walking shadow, a poor player

    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

    And then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury

    Signifying nothing.

    Now if you interchange the word Life with the word Impeachment, I think, you have got some truth.

    However, that is not the Shakespearean take the author of the article, Gregg Opelka, a musical theater composer and lyricist, had on the whistleblower matter. Opelka has another, very interesting view of the Ukrainian bubble. He believes that the Democrats simply do not understand Donald Trump. (Or perhaps they do not want to understand him?) That it is a glaring misconception for anyone to assume that Trump would point out Biden’s misdeeds, and those of his son, to the newly elected Ukrainian president, to enhance his own chance of re-election. Such a pathetic play is not a character trait of Mr. Trump’s, he thinks. Mr. Opelka sees Mr. Trump as Shakespeare’s King Lear. “A man, more sinned against than sinning.” He sees him as a man who during his campaign for the presidency believed in himself, and was not in need of underhanded games. He survived the onslaught against him by his wit, his money, knowledge and some very good friends.

    To tread on Mr. Biden and his flawed son Hunter, is not in Mr. Trump’s purview. And yet, Hunter Biden deserves a good looking over. An inquiry in his dubious doings in Ukraine by an ambitious prosecutor, was rudely interrupted by then Vice-president Biden, who had the prosecutor removed. Hunter was, and who knows still is, a damaged package of goods. Hunter, and I quote Holman B. Jenkins Jr. Wall Street Journal, September, 28-29 2019, “was booted from a short-lived career in the Navy Reserves because of a failed drug test.” The New Yorker had run a very detailed expose` of Hunters divorce allegations. How Hunter spent his considerable earnings on drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women for sex. It is any wonder then that when Hunter, without any “relevant expertise,” is suddenly gifted with a lucrative role within the Ukrainian company Burisma, speculations abound that then Vic-president of America, Biden, had a heavy hand in that appointment. At that time the media noted that father Biden was heavily involved in Obama’s billion-dollar money flow to Ukraine.

    Well, at that time, the press also reported that when Burisma was investigated by a keen prosecutor for corruption, father Biden loudly pronounced that he pulled the man back by threatening to stop the money flow to the then corrupt Ukrainian government.

    Holman Jenkins reports that this week the New York times allows only that there is “no evidence so far, to support Mr. Trump’s claim that Mr. Biden improperly intervened to help his son’s business in Ukraine.” Well,

    That brings me back to Shakespeare. Like King Lear, President Trump is proud of his accomplishments, thinks Mr. Opelka, and having been lambasted as corrupt, Mr. Trump likely wanted to expose Mr. Biden as weasel. Mr. Opelka wants the Democrats to read King Lear to understand him. He sees the president as the aging monarch who wants to be loved, respected and appreciated by his daughters. King Lear laments about Goneril his eldest daughter, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is

    To have a thankless child.”

    Mr. Opelka thinks Mr. Trump sees the Democrats as ungrateful children and believes impeachment will turn all the grateful children toward him.

    Oh, would the Democrats just become as the good daughter of King Lear, and could the dreadful impeachment play end after just a few hours—with a curtain call. But woe is us, such lovely ends only happen in the theater.


    The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.

     Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on

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