Salem Witchcraft Trials revisited

September 20, 2018

At this writing, it’s still not known when or if Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify to the Senate.  The story seemingly changes from minute to minute, both from her and her supporters: from wanting not to be identified to wanting a public hearing; to being granted a hearing then claiming the Senate Republicans are “old, white men” who plan to bully her in public (even though they offered to question her in private, to go wherever she asked and to send female staffers to do it.)  The latest I’ve heard is that maybe she’ll talk after the FBI finishes thoroughly investigating an allegation with no witnesses, evidence, or set date or location. 

In fact, there is only one thing of which we can be certain, and that is that self-declared liberals who claim they oppose Kavanaugh because he won’t defend civil rights (which used to include due process, presumption of innocence, and the right to face your accuser and have an impartial jury judge you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt) have already declared him guilty and are ready to burn him at the stake as an attempted rapist, based entirely on an unsubstantiated allegation. If you think I’m exaggerating, look at the Twitter feed of any Hollywood liberal and read the approving comments sparked by the calls for his head. 

Given Judge Kavanaugh’s decades of public service, legal scholarship and squeaky-clean personal life, we now know they would have pulled this same tactic on any judge Trump nominated (indeed, they started denouncing Trump’s nominee before Trump even named him).  So I started to wonder, what kind of judge would today’s foaming-at-the-mouth leftists accept?  I know they claim they want another Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but let’s be real, if Trump had nominated Ginsburg, they would have ripped her to shreds too. 

Based not on what they say they want but what they have demonstrated that they believe about the law and due process, who would be the perfect SCOTUS nominee to reflect the views they are currently championing?  And I think I’ve found him:  Judge John Hathorne. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hathorne


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Judge Hathorne has the perfect legal resume to please Kavanaugh’s critics, having been one of the earliest and most diligent judges of the Salem Witch Trials.  Just read this excerpt of him questioning defendant Bridget Bishop and tell me if this doesn’t sound exactly like what we’ve been hearing the past few days on Twitter, MSNBC, HuffPo, etc.:

Bishop : “I know nothing of it. I am innocent to a witch. I know not what a witch is.”

Hathorne : “How do you know then that you are not a witch?”

Bishop : “I do not know what you say.”

Hathorne : “How can you know you are no witch, and yet not know what a witch is?”

It’s only the smallest step from that to “That kind of adamant denial from Kavanaugh is the kind of thing a guilty person would say!” or “If he has 65 female former classmates ready to testify to his good character, then he must’ve known he was going to be accused of sexual assault!  That proves he's guilty!”  Or simply, as we learned at Salem, the seriousness of the accusation outweighs the lack of evidence. 

There’s only one problem: Judge Hathorne has been dead since 1717. But his spirit obviously lives on in today’s new Puritans: the modern “Progressive” Democratic Party that constantly accuses Republicans of wanting to turn back the clock even as they seek to reimpose the evidentiary and civil rights standards of the 17th century. 

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  • Patty Hager

    09/21/2018 08:40 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, your commentary was excellent and right on in light of what the liberals are trying to do to Mr. Kavanaugh. I am ashamed of these individuals who are smearing his name and dragging him through the mud. There is a great double standard in Washington. My prayer is that God brings all these trouble makers in the Senate from Feinstein to Watters and Schumer to Booker off their pinnacles because they bring disgrace to their high positions. Term limits are needed and I have been writing my North Carolina Senators asking to bring this on the floor if they dare. We have got to demand changes and bring new blood into these elected positions. We need people with integrity which these Democrats causing problems do not seem to understand the meaning of!

  • Keith Staudt

    09/20/2018 08:50 PM

    The Crucible by Arthur Miller is the best allegory for what is happening to Kavanaugh. Ironically it was originally used by the left to expose the extremes of the Communist scare. It is positively scary to listen to the Me Toos, Joy Behar and others as they would convict a person based only on an allegation with absolutely no evidence. If they get their way, it means their sons, their husbands and their fathers can all be convicted based on a simple allegation of events over 35 years old! They must be nuts if they think this is acceptable.

  • Denise Jackson

    09/20/2018 06:25 PM

    History repeats itself. You described the current situation perfectly. Even the theatrics mirror the drama of the Salem witch trials.

  • Rev Sam Martin

    09/20/2018 05:12 PM

    I am sorry that you folks can’t see the oblivious plan of action. Stall and then stall more. It is clear as it can be. She isn’t going to testify the have promised that to her but they want her to stall and put it off and if they can’t see it they are blind. I am a regular voter and I see it and I am sure there are thousands of regular folks that see the same thing. Wake up and don’t bite their poison apple.