November 4, 2022
I am an Independent voter, just like the majority of people in this country, and have witnessed too much to remain silent. To me, being silent is the same thing as those who chose to remain silent while people were accused of witchcraft in Salem. Now I’m wondering if some of the people in this country would vote to convict people accused of witchcraft without evidence today.
“Over the course of the following decade, the residents of Salem had come to the realization that the witch trials had been a mistake and that innocent people may have been executed.
Although they still believed in witches and believed witches may have invaded Salem, they had doubts that so many people could have been guilty of the crime.” Rebecca Beatrice Brooks, The Witchcraft Trial of Reverend George Burroughs
If you read the account of the trial of Burroughs, what you see, over and over again, is “I believed” when witnesses gave their testimony. What someone believes is not always what can be proven. Once someone was accused of witchcraft, the only way to prove their innocence was if their execution was successful or not. The theory was that real witches would survive, and then they would be killed.
22-year-old Elizabeth Johnson was not executed after being charged with witchcraft. She was the last to be vindicated this year, 329 years later because she did not have children and no one was fighting to prove her innocence and clear her name.
“We will never be able to change what happened to victims like Elizabeth but at the very least can set the record straight,” DiZoglio said. NPR After 329 years, a woman accused of being a witch in Salem has been exonerated
These trials and wild accusations resulted in the Bill Of Rights the rest of us live with,
More than 300 years later, the Salem witch trials testify to the way fear can ruin lives of innocent people and the importance of due process in protecting individuals against false accusations. Some of those who insisted in 1787 that a Bill of Rights was necessary for the ratification of the Constitution undoubtedly knew about the treatment of the “Salem witches” and how they had been deprived of the rights to which they should have been entitled under English common law. With the Bill of Rights in place, interpretations of the First Amendment consistently ruled that slander and defamation were not protected by the Constitution. Salem Witch Trials By Elizabeth R. Purdy
Right now we see people running for office claiming the 2020 election was “stolen” because it is what they say they believe. They have no evidence such a thing happened. Courts presented claims, but courts demand evidence of a crime being committed, and what someone says they believe, is not enough to file charges against anyone. No one can prove what they say they believe actually happened.
Yet these same people are running for office. Many of them are already saying if they lose, then the election was stolen from them. It hasn’t even happened yet, but, that doesn’t matter to them at all. What does that say about other members of their own party that may be on the same ballot and actually win their votes?
Supporters of former President Trump say they “believe” the election was stolen, but no evidence was ever given. People in Salem said they “believed” the accused were guilty, but again, no evidence was provided. No one can “prove” what someone says they believe is true or not and that is why evidence is required. It is ironic that he is claiming that all the court cases against him are a “witch hunt” and nothing more, but the courts required evidence to move forward and allow charges to be filed against him.
If they claim a crime was committed but don’t have proof, do you really want to put them in charge of the laws for all of us? We may be accustomed to political commercials lying to us. (I usually yell liar at the TV) We may be accustomed to politicians lying to us. What none of us should ever be accustomed to is when they say what they “believe” to win their primary and then deny they said it when they want the votes from the rest of us. It’s all on video! That’s proof of what they said and proof of what they lie about now.
Don Bolduc is like the accusers. CNN has the video up on this.
“Guess what? We have furries and fuzzies in classrooms,” Bolduc told the crowd. “They lick themselves, they’re cats. When they don’t like something, they hiss – people walk down the hallway and jump out,” he said, as a hissing sound could be heard.
Bolduc claimed the 2022 election was stolen until he won the GOP primary.
Don Bolduc, the Republican Senate nominee in New Hampshire, changed his position as he faces a tough fall race, saying the 2020 presidential election “was not stolen.”
People like him were responsible for thousands of people attacking the Capitol, demanding the hanging of Vice President Pence and Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi, because they “believed” the election was stolen. False claims caused the deaths of innocent people in Salem. False claims now, because of people like Bolduc, can cause the death of our country by eliminating the only voice we have, OUR ABILITY TO VOTE FOR WHAT AND WHO AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!