Special Opinion to the Mirror by Charles Landis
In A History of the American People historian Paul Johnson (awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006) writes of the Salem Witch Trials as … “an example of the propensity of the American people to be convulsed by spasms of self-righteous rage against enemies real or imagined.” He also believes that there are parallels with the Salem Witch Trials, the Red Scare of 1917-20, McCarthyism of the 1950’s, and, yes, Watergate and Iran Contra.
Today, one could as well add the Democrat party paroxysm, distemper, and hysteria over the election of President Trump.
In 1692, hysteria raged in Salem, Massachusetts (and other parts of what today is known as Northeast coastal blue areas) over the belief the Devil had possessed many in the community; a special court (ie. special prosecutor) was established to determine who was possessed and guilty of witchcraft. Confession (leading to the indictment of others) could spare execution by hanging but denial would not. Between February 1692- May 1693 twenty people had been indicted, tried, and executed; an additional 5, including 2 infants, died in jail.
Cotton Mather, a Puritan minister, was the most prominent leader of the New England intellectual and religious community and played the definitive role in the trials and in exciting hysteria among the people about the Devil and witchcraft. (At age 12, he was the youngest person ever admitted to Harvard). His father, Increase Mather, who had been President of Harvard, upon returning from England and learning of what was happening, argued that those who engaged in the witch-hunting were doing the Devil’s work, and the trials were stopped. Those responsible for this sad chapter in our history were not, as we say today, held accountable.
Today, the Democrat party is convulsed by the election of Donald Trump and posits the theosophical conflict as between good and evil and associate Trump and Republicans with the devil and devil worship. How could Trump be elected? Armageddon is upon us. The Devil (Trump) and his vast army of satanic deplorable (Republicans) are going to destroy America and the progress over recent decades toward the utopian socialist dream. The markets will collapse and we are all doomed.
The Malleus Maleficarum (witch-hunting manual which instructs how to identify) is provided by generic progressive organizations such as Occupy.com, Moveon.org, and main street media ( CNN, MSNBC, NYT, Wash. Post….ad infinitum)