WASHINGTON. While speaking to Chris Wallace of Fox News, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina did for America’s midterm elections what candidate Donald Trump did for the presidential contest of 2016. Graham likewise transformed the November contest into a referendum on American judicial philosophy. Senator Graham’s midterm theme: Election 2016 is a referendum on this month’s Democrat witch trials. And those that could inevitably follow. Are we for them? Or against them?
Federal Courts: For or against liberty?
The main issue Americans need to decide this November is whether our Federal courts will respect individual liberty and the “consent of the governed” as expressed through the ballot box. Or will they make us suffer the authoritarian whims of leftist courts and judges joined at the hip with the crazed and autocratic desires of the Democratic Party.
Hence, Senator Graham’s provocative midterm theme for Election 2018. Holding up a list of potential judicial nominees, the same presented by candidate Trump to the American people in 2016, Graham looked into the camera. He then spoke directly to Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“Name five, name three, name one that would be okay with you.”
Perhaps he should have followed that by asking, “What mentally deranged, Christine Blasey Ford-like individual will you drag from some dark, California backwater to besmirch their good names?” The reference, of course, was to the shameful smear-fest dished out to now Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh by minority Senate Democrats.
A special kind of madness
The collective insanity displayed by Democrats and their nutty-as-fruitcake constituencies, clearly shows the danger they all pose to our courts and our freedoms. All right-thinking Americans have witnessed their unwavering support this month for the current 3.0 edition of a “feminism,” whose rules require that we convict a man simply on the unfounded and unsupported ravings of deranged women. This is the same attitude that brought us the legendary Salem witch trials of old. But today in the enlightened 21st century, they’ve been unexpectedly revived as the Democrat witch trials
In Arthur Miller’s celebrated play “The Crucible,” the blunt and outspoken John Proctor nails this issue.
“We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!”
Salem witch trials, Democrat witch trials
Today’s “crazy children” led the charge in the latest of many recent Democrat witch trials. Likewise, the current deranged mob tells us we must take on faith the word of female accusers, whether they have any evidence or not that supports their accusations. And speaking for today’s crazies, Monica Hesse of the Washington Post provides the lesson we must take from Hollywood’s increasingly off-kilter #MeToo movement.
“Believe them [women] when they tell stories of assault and harassment. Victims’ lives are rarely made easier by levying accusations against powerful perpetrators, which means that if a woman has come forward, she’s probably doing so at personal cost. So, believe her. At the very least, give her the dignity of considering her claims.”
That could certainly be said of Elizabeth Booth, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mercy Lewis, Elizabeth Parris, Ann Putnam, Mary Warren, and Abigail Williams. Beginning in the year 1692, they were the ones that accused 19 souls (fourteen women and five men) of practicing “the Devil’s magic.” As a result, innocent people were hanged or crushed to death under the weight of heavy stones.
To add emotional heft to their baseless, hysterical charges, Salem’s young accusers threw themselves on the floor. They made strange guttural sounds, and contorted their bodies in bizarre and unusual ways. And they were prone to interrupting the so-called witch’s testimony at will with piercing screams. To these they added wild claims that the accused conjured spirits to bite and pinch them.
That sounds a lot like the unhinged antics that were on constant display at Kavanaugh’s Senate hearings and during the Senate confirmation vote that followed.
Truth: Based on facts or emotion?
Salem’s citizens certainly believed those unbalanced female accusers. More importantly, the Special Court of Oyer (to hear) and Terminer (to decide), appointed by William Phipps, the Royal Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, believed them too.
In truth, the vast majority of the accused were landowners. After their conviction and death, all their property was appropriated. In the case of John Proctor, his pub was seized, his cattle sold or slaughtered, and his children left destitute. Redistributive justice?
As Proctor observes in “The Crucible”:
“Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God’s fingers? I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem – vengeance is walking Salem.”
Democrats: The party of vengeance and personal destruction
Vengeance is certainly walking the United States of America today. But in 2018, it is the vengeance of those elites and “intellectuals” who cannot believe the liberal, progressive era, as enforced by authoritarian courts, is ending.
Also included: Those who cannot accept Donald Trump’s triumph over the perfidious and malignant Hillary Clinton. She, along with husband Bill, honed their party’s disgracefully routine “politics of personal destruction.”
Judge Thomas Danforth, the magisterial monster in Arthur Miller’s play, could today just as easily be describing the circular logic at play among Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s crazed #MeToo accusers.
“In an ordinary crime, how does one defend the accused? One calls up witnesses to prove his innocence. But witchcraft is ipso facto, on its face and by nature, an invisible crime, is it not? Therefore, who may possibly be witness to it? The witch and the victim. None other… Therefore, we must rely upon her victims… Therefore, what is left for a lawyer to bring out? I think I have made my point.”
And Democrats, should they become a majority in Congress, would apply the same “ipso facto” absurdity to all President Trump’s judicial appointees. And ultimately, to the President himself.
Graham’s midterm theme: A November referendum on #MeToo madness
Getting back to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s midterm theme, recall his blunt remarks addressed to the Senate’s Democratic leader:
“What you want to do, Senator Schumer, is to overturn the election… We’re not going to let you pick the judges. If you want to pick judges, then you need to win the White House.”
At the moment, America is enjoying high economic growth and low unemployment. Better yet, our trading partners seem ready to renegotiate reciprocal trade deals to avoid Trump’s tariffs. As a result, it’s increasingly unlikely Democrats will be seeing the White House anytime soon.
Nor should a crazed Democratic majority be returned to both houses of Congress this fall, anxious and eager to do “the Devil’s magic.”
—Headline image: Senator Lindsey Graham, Fox News YouTube video screen capture.