Folks are getting pretty, uh, intense, as Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was recently, uh, rattled on Trump-Supreme Court-replacement Judge Neil Gorusch possibly adhering to the US Constitution word for word—God forbid…(rather than her own interpretation). To exacerbate her fears, Feinstein referenced the Salem Witch Trials. (Please note those historical moments went down nearly 100 years prior to the Constitution’s creation.)
With Justice Antonin Scalia gone, she apparently thinks the United States will suddenly revert to 17th Century culture. “It was not so long after women had been burned at the stake for witchcraft, and the idea of an automobile, let alone the Internet, was unfathomable,” Feinstein said.
Townhall couldn’t have worded it better:
“Feinstein began by noting she was ‘deeply disappointed’ that Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, did not get the luxury of a hearing. Nevertheless, she said it is now the committee’s job to determine whether Gorsuch is a ‘reasonable, mainstream-conservative’ fit for the highest court in the land.
She did not seem to have much confidence in the nominee. Feinstein is disturbed by Gorsuch’s originalism, she argued, because she believes the concept ‘ignores the intent of the framers.’
‘It’s a framework on which to build,’ she said. ‘I firmly believe the Constitution is a living document that evolves as our country evolves.’”
The California senator also referenced when the United States’ foundation was first written, slavery was the norm, and women were set ablaze for fear of witchcraft. Had it not adapted simultaneously with societal progression, she explained, there wouldn’t be interracial education, and gender equality would be nonexistent.
With all due respect, Senator Feinstein, the Salem Witch Trials met their demise around 1693—re: History.com:
“Though the respected minister, Cotton Mather, had warned of the dubious value of spectral evidence (or testimony about dreams and visions), his concerns went largely unheeded during the Salem Witch Trials. Increase Mather, president of Harvard College (and Cotton’s father), later joined his son in urging that the standards of evidence for witchcraft must be equal to those for any other crime, concluding that ‘It would better that ten suspected witches may escape than one innocent person be condemned.’ Amid waning public support for the trials, Governor Phips dissolved the Court of Oyer and Terminer in October and mandated that its successor disregard spectral evidence. Trials continued with dwindling intensity until early 1693, and by that May, Phips had pardoned and released all those in prison on witchcraft charges.
In January, 1697, the Massachusetts General Court declared a day of fasting for the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials; the court later deemed the trials unlawful, and the leading justice, Samuel Sewall, publicly apologized for his role in the process. The damage to the community lingered, however, even after Massachusetts Colony passed legislation restoring the good names of the condemned and providing financial restitution to their heirs in 1711. Indeed, the vivid and painful legacy of the Salem Witch Trials endured well into the 20th century, when Arthur Miller dramatized the events of 1692 in his play ‘The Crucible’ (1953), using them as an allegory for the anti-Communist ‘witch hunts’ led by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.”
Sen Feinstein attacks “originalist” philosphy of Gorsuch. Notes in 1789, it wasn’t long ago “women had been burned at stake for witchcraft.”
— carl hulse (@hillhulse) March 20, 2017
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Is this being used as an argument to advocate against the Constitution? https://t.co/36Vbs7vjag
— Deborah Wiseman (@sweetdee1589) March 20, 2017
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It seems to appear that way…hmmm.
Sen Feinstein doesn’t seem to realize an entire century passed between the Salem witch trials & the adoption of the US Constitution #Gorsuch
— Eric Scheidler (@EricScheidler) March 20, 2017
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Jeez, Feinstein isn’t that smart. This is embarrassing.
— Jon (@Jon_D_) March 20, 2017
Unfortunately, the senator’s behavior is indicative of many, contemporary Democrats.