Theory: the Salem witch trials in the early 1690s resulted in the executions of 19 women and men among the 200 accused of “practicing witchcraft.” The Democrats’ pursuit of President Trump is a similar mass psychosis.
Let’s explore this theory further. First, some background on the Salem witch trials:
The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil’s magic—and 20 were executed. Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Since then, the story of the trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice, and it continues to beguile the popular imagination more than 300 years later.
Several centuries ago, many practicing Christians, and those of other religions, had a strong belief that the Devil could give certain people known as witches the power to harm others in return for their loyalty. A “witchcraft craze” rippled through Europe from the 1300s to the end of the 1600s. Tens of thousands of supposed witches—mostly women—were executed.
Controversy also brewed over Reverend Samuel Parris, who became Salem Village’s first ordained minister in 1689, and was disliked because of his rigid ways and greedy nature. The Puritan villagers believed all the quarreling was the work of the Devil. In January of 1692, Reverend Parris’ daughter Elizabeth, age 9, and niece Abigail Williams, age 11, started having “fits.” They screamed, threw things, uttered peculiar sounds and contorted themselves into strange positions, and a local doctor blamed the supernatural.
Another girl, Ann Putnam, age 11, experienced similar episodes. On February 29, under pressure from magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne, the girls blamed three women for afflicting them: Tituba, the Parris’ Caribbean slave; Sarah Good, a homeless beggar; and Sarah Osborne, an elderly impoverished woman. All three women were brought before the local magistrates and interrogated for several days, starting on March 1, 1692. Osborne claimed innocence, as did Good. But Tituba confessed, “The Devil came to me and bid me serve him.” She described elaborate images of black dogs, red cats, yellow birds and a “black man” who wanted her to sign his book. She admitted that she signed the book and said there were several other witches looking to destroy the Puritans. All three women were put in jail.
With the seed of paranoia planted, a stream of accusations followed for the next few months. Charges against Martha Corey, a loyal member of the Church in Salem Village, greatly concerned the community; if she could be a witch, then anyone could. Magistrates even questioned Sarah Good’s 4-year-old daughter, Dorothy, and her timid answers were construed as a confession. The questioning got more serious in April when Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth and his assistants attended the hearings.
Dozens of people from Salem and other Massachusetts villages were brought in for questioning. [R]espected minister Cotton Mather wrote a letter imploring the court not to allow spectral evidence—testimony about dreams and visions. The court largely ignored this request and five people were sentenced and hanged in July, five more in August and eight in September. On October 3, following in his son’s footsteps, Increase Mather, then president of Harvard, denounced the use of spectral evidence: “It were better that ten suspected witches should escape than one innocent person be condemned.”
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Saner heads eventually prevailed, and the governor of the colony finally put a stop to the trials by prohibiting arrests and squelching the use of “spectral evidence” in the courtroom. It took years to restore the good names of those who escaped execution. But what really cased the hysteria among the people of Salem and the nearby villages? Many historians and psychologists have been fascinated by the events surrounding the witch trials. How could neighbors turn on each other based on the flimsiest coincidental evidence and illogic? How could people come to believe things that were absurd in retrospect? Belief in the supernatural or mass psychosis (“everybody” believed it)?
While there are a lot of potential reasons that have been postulated, I happen to like this particular explanation. Among several possible explanations for the event is this contributing factor: “factionalism, politics and socio-economics,” as explained here:
Salem was very divided due to disagreements between the villagers about local politics, religion and economics. One of the many issues that divided the villagers was who should be the Salem Village minister. Salem Village had gone through three ministers in sixteen years, due to disputes over who was deemed qualified enough to have the position, and at the time of the trials they were arguing about the current minister Samuel Parris. Rivalries between different families in Salem had also begun to sprout up in the town as did land disputes and other disagreements which was all coupled with the fact that many colonists were also uneasy because the Massachusetts Bay Colony had its charter revoked and then replaced in 1691 with a new charter that gave the crown much more control over the colony. “Predictably enough, the witchcraft accusations of 1692 moved in channels which were determined by years of factional strife in Salem Village.”
Read the rest here. In short, there were significant contention and animosities among a number of the villagers that led to false accusations by people against their neighbors. And the justice system of the time was perverted to support the accusers until saner heads prevailed after people were executed. The lessons-learned helped contribute to eventual changes in U.S. court procedures, including the guarantee of the right to legal representation, the right to cross-examine one’s accuser, and the presumption of innocence rather than of guilt.
Now let’s fast-forward to today’s political events. The Democrats and legacy media have been on what has been characterized by many normal and rational Americans as a “witch hunt” against President Trump for almost three years now. We have seen EXACTLY the same signs among Democrats and their lickspittle media regarding accusations against @POTUS as occurred among the various accusers during the Salem witch trials:
- Factionalism and politics. Who could argue that the political division in the US is a wide and deep as it’s ever been perhaps since the Civil War? The likes of Hillary Clinton and her sycophants have refused to accept the results of the 2016 election, and the Democrats in Congress have been attempting to stymie ever single policy position and associated legislation put forth by the Administration from the get-go. And they have stimulated crazy actions, including violence, among Democrat rank-and-file and other assorted leftists against Republicans and Trump supporters. No elected Democrats condemn Antifa; in fact, they PRAISE Antifa when it suits them politically to do so.
- False accusations. How many allegations against @POTUS have proven to be outright lies during the “muh Russia” hoax? All of his accusers jumped on the fake dossier bandwagon and every related conspiracy theory. And the exact same playbook complete with false allegations is being used by Democrats in the Ukraine kerfuffle, too.
- The accusations become more fantastic over time. In Salem, the allegations made against the innocent started as a trickle and became a deluge against 200 or more people over time. Every little occurrence was blamed on “witches.” Everybody with a grievance piled on. Nowadays, everything is blamed on @POTUS by the Democrats and their media allies, including the incidence of hurricanes! Or how about their insane and continuing accusation that @POTUS is a “Russian agent under Putin’s thumb”? And the accusations continue unabated.
- A perversion of the justice system. The magistrates assigned in Salem bowed to public pressure and were themselves caught up in the anti-witch fervor of the time. There was no due process involved; instead, summary judgments were rendered based on the “evidence.” Eventually, at least one of the judges in Salem admitted guilt and error in the trials and restitution was paid to some of the accused (albeit a pittance). What we have in the Russia and Ukraine hoaxes is a similar perversion of the justice system in which POTUS was accused and thoroughly investigated for two years without cause and based on manufactured “evidence” just as happened in Salem. The Obama DoJ and FBI illegally surveilled US citizens, spied on the Trump campaign, and manufactured evidence of Russian collusion using paid informants and assets like Josef Mifsud. Hopefully, we’re in the corrective stage in which AG Barr’s DoJ uncovers all of the illegality of the previous administration, and perhaps one of the DoJ/FBI cabal will even publicly recant just as a few of the Salem magistrates did.
- Use of spectral evidence. In Salem, the “evidence” from dreams and visions was used to “prove” witchcraft. I maintain that the conspiracies being concocted by Democrats accusing POTUS of this and that are pretty much dreamt up by crazies, don’t you? Take the ridiculous claim in the fake dossier that @POTUS supposedly hired Russian prostitutes to urinate in a Moscow hotel bed once slept in by the Obamas. What depraved mind dreams up such nonsense? But worse, think of all the fools on the Left who actually believe it to this very day? If that’s not evidence of a prevailing mass hysteria, then nothing is.
Speaking of mass hysteria, it is almost certain that the people in Salem were caught up in a textbook example. And that is EXACTLY what is going on with Democrats and the legacy media regarding their continuing “get Trump” psychosis:
Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs when a group forms a quick opinion that matches the group consensus, rather than critically evaluating the information. Mass hysteria can be seen as an extreme example of groupthink. Groupthink seems to occur most often when a respected or persuasive leader is present, inspiring members to agree with his or her opinion. Groupthink is sometimes positive but is more often seen in a negative light, particularly in the U.S. and other countries that value individual opinion.
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The Democrats in Congress, as well as Hillary Clinton and her various acolytes who pop up in the legacy media, have been orchestrating groupthink and a dangerous mass hysteria regarding POTUS for almost three years now. They have led their followers into a cul-de-sac of insanity from which their exit will be emotionally and psychologically very painful. Frankly, I hope most of the public figures involved in the charade are silenced and swept completely from the political scene, only to be seen periodically in public to serve as stark reminders of the foolishness which inhabits the Democrat Party.
And there you have it: the theory is proven. The same features of the Salem witch trials exist in the Democrats’ continuing assault on POTUS. Yes, it is indeed a witch hunt just as President Trump and others have said all along! The Salem groupthink/mass hysteria in 1692-1693 led to the execution of 19 innocent people. We cannot allow the Democrats’ groupthink/mass hysteria in 2019 to lead to a similar result, either figuratively or in actuality. The truth will out if we press for it, and the result will be glorious.