At the annual World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland, last week, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin put self-appointed teenage climate-doom prophet Greta Thunberg in her place. After the Swedish 17-year-old’s hectoring Jan. 21 speech in Davos demanding that world leaders wreck their countries’ economies, putatively to save the planet, Mr. Mnuchin might well have been channeling a 1967 hit song whose lyrics included the line “Come back when you grow up, girl. You’re still living in a paper-doll world.”
The wheel has come full circle, as Shakespeare said in so many words. Ever since Republicans tried and failed to remove Bill Clinton from the presidency with charges of lying and obstructing justice, Democrats have been yearning for Shakespearean retribution. But the scheme to impeach Donald Trump, the man who rose to power by the doubly injurious act of defeating Hillary and ending the Clinton dynasty, is bereft of poetic justice. Vengeance is not justice, and there is nothing poetic about payback.