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Witchcraft at Salem VillageAnother day, another plaintive, hyperbolic whine from one of the Groper-in-Chief’s minions. That’s really routine, and not “news,” to be sure. Everything is “the worst ever,” the most horrible, and on and on and on. We’re confronted with new superlatives on a daily basis. But, tonight on Fox News, the GiC’s son bellyached about the Russian interference investigation (Archive.Is cached article):

President Trump’s eldest son on Friday night declared that the ongoing probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election is a “witch hunt.”

“Obviously, this has been a witch hunt, probably the greatest since the Salem witch trials,” Donald Trump Jr. told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

Aside from the politics involved, as a student of history, I understand that comparisons like these are juvenile and ridiculous.

Let me explain in clear terms: Nothing about the Russia investigation is even remotely like the actual Salem Witch Trials. Yes, people use the term “witch hunt” in politics, but nothing political in the US comes close to what happened in Salem, MA in the 1690s. There’s no comparison — at all. If you want to understand what actually happened in Salem, I invite you to educate yourself. Some brief explanations of the period can be found here:

The historical Salem trials were, in sum, a horrific affair. There was no justice to be had, and virtually no due process. And most importantly, they cost a lot of peoples’ lives.

No political “witch hunt” now underway in the US has any resemblance to that. Lives are not at stake: No one currently being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller is going to be executed, no matter what s/he may be guilty of.

People love making historical comparison, but in my experience — as someone who actually has a degree in history — they usually aren’t apt, and those who make them have no knowledge of the history they’re discussing.

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InquisitionIt was inevitable, I suppose, that once word came out that President Barack Obama had complimented the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles (WebCite cached article) for having hired Michael Vick after his release from prison for running a dog-fighting operation, the Right would suddenly treat Vick as though he were worse than Hitler or Stalin. It’s the “friend of my enemy is also my enemy” principle in action. It’s natural this would happen, I guess. But the ferocious Rightist Tucker Carlson, however, took that just a few steps too far recently in one of his (many) appearances on Fox News, as AOL Fanhouse reports — and he used Christianity as an oblique justification for it (cached):

“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances,” Carlson said. “But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should’ve been executed for that.

Now, Vick’s arrest, trial and conviction took place quite a while ago. I can’t find any record of Carlson having weighed in on this matter, before. So I can’t help but conclude that Obama’s comments were the trigger for this call to execute Vick. In fact, Carlson veers close to admitting this overtly:

“[T]he idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs? Kind of beyond the pale.”

Here’s video of his comments, courtesy of YouTube:

The bottom line, Gentle Reader, is this: Carlson decided that Michael Vick should have been executed, merely because Barack Obama had something nice to say about him.

Wow. That’s all … just “wow.” The viciousness of that is stunning. Not to mention the idea that people should live or die based solely on the ideological identity of others who happen to say nice things about them.

What a marvelous Christian he is, eh?

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