The Simpsons illustrates the prosecutions and hearings that occurred during the Salem Witch Trials in the late seventeenth century. As is portrayed in the clip, anyone can be accused and suspected of being a witch, and even the slightest suspicion that someone is a witch is a cause of concern.
The Simpsons lose electricity during a winter storm, and Bart learns about the appliances he cannot use since they're powered by electricity. Bart turns to static electricity for an unsatisfying solution.
During an essay contest, Lisa Simpson shares an impassioned speech about corruption in the United States government. The events that follow suggest the opposite: that the government is fighting corruption and serving the people. By contrast, another contestant shares his perspective of America as a land of opportunity for his immigrant family.