The modern day witch hunt

Two stories got me thinking this week. The first is about the Pentagon buying up 9,500 copies of an officer’s memoir because, “they contained information which could cause damage to national security”.  They then allowed a redacted version of the novel Operation Dark Heart to be published and sold to the public.  It contains 21 lines of blacked out text in the second chapter.  Since the original printing of the book was 10,000 copies that means there are still 500 copies circulating, one now on e-Bay.  What the government thinks it’s accomplished I have no idea.  It’s like they painted a target on this thing and now everyone is going to go looking for those blacked out pages.

Similar thing happening with GOP antagonist and Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell.  She’s been bugging me since she won the primary in Delaware (seriously, what were you people thinking?!!!).  Well Bill Maher has started what basically seems to me to be a modern day witch hunt, no pun intended.  He’s putting up embarrassing video of her in an effort to get her to return to his show.  Now these videos make her look crazy.  She says things, “Evolution is a myth!”.  Do I feel sorry for her?  Not really.  Her political advisers painted a target on her when they removed all her website content the day after her big win.  It just created a big red arrow for the public saying look this way for things we don‘t want you to see.

What’s so ridiculous about both cases is that if they had just left well enough alone this probably would have flown under the radar.  Well maybe not O’Donnell’s website crazy, but it would have been written off much faster.  Now it’s a story with a life of it’s own.