Bad endings

By Edward Dulavitch

Frogtown

About 2,000 years ago, the defendant stood accused before the Sanhedrin, a body of Jewish scholars and religious leaders.

These were smart men: they understood Roman law and ancient scripture. Some may have suspected the accused carpenter actually was the Messiah as he had fulfilled ancient prophesies.

Like the Roman governor, Pontius Pilot (who was also a smart man) they knew Jesus wasn't actually guilty of anything, but to protect their own power, they had him executed. This doesn't end well for them.

In 1787, 55 delegates met in Independence Hall in Philadelphia to craft a new constitution.These were smart men -- many were lawyers and had studied history, philosophy and theology.

They knew the institution of slavery was morally wrong -- in fact, the government under the Articles of Confederation banned it in the Northwest Territory -- and yet, they accepted certain compromises that prolonged the South's "peculiar institution."

They chose to protect their own financial interests and political power over doing what they knew to be correct.This doesn't end well for them.

In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. Before he could be sworn in, a southern Confederacy was formed. The leaders of this confederacy were smart men: many were lawyers, politicians, West Point graduates and theologians.

Certainly they were aware the "States Rights" argument was negated by the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution and by Supreme Court decisions which reaffirmed federal over state powers, but they chose to break their oaths to "uphold the Constitution" to protect their own financial interest and power. This doesn't end well for them.

In 1932 President Paul Von Hindenberg appointed the leader of the Nazi Party as chancellor of Germany. Adolph Hitler quickly consolidated his hold on power over the German government, military and church.

The leaders of these institutions were smart men- many had doubtless read "Mein Kampf," Hitler's step-by-step scenario for world domination and his "final solution" for the "Jewish Problem."

But they chose to appease Hitler -- as did other smart men in positions of power internationally -- to protect their own interests and power. This doesn't go well for them.

In 2020, Donald J. Trump, impeached by the House for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, stood trial in the U.S. Senate. These senators are smart men and women -- many are lawyers, businessmen and professionals.

Many acknowledged the president's actions were wrong, unethical and immoral, but they maintained that subverting Congresses constitutional investigatory powers, and inviting (demanding) foreign intervention in U.S. elections does not "rise to the standard of an impeachable offense."

To protect their own interests and political power, they voted "not guilty."

This will not end well for us.