Monday, December 2, 2019


Living in Britain, I enjoyed the humor of John Cleese and his associates in the TV program “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” The series and its later films highlighted an ability to poke fun at the pomposity of life. It led to the coining of a new English word, pythonesque, which is used to describe the ridiculous.

Now, as a naturalized American, I find myself living in a pythonesque society as I watch the efforts of the congressional Democrats to pursue the impeachment of President Trump.

One does not have to be a Trump supporter to see how short the alleged illegal behavior of the president falls of the constitutional requirements for impeachment. While individuals may differ on the interpretation of the president’s motives in delaying aid to Ukraine, that behavior does not approach the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Unpresidential, certainly, as are many of Mr. Trump’s other activities (such as tweeting responses to every slight). Despite all the hype from the general media, we are watching a farce — but not recognizing the comedy.


Rockville, Md.

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