Kremer’s Corner: Why to avoid Fifth Avenue

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It doesn’t take a lot of political smarts to figure out that President Trump is locked behind closed doors at the White House in total shock that he will not be sworn in for a second term on Jan. 20, 2021.

Mr. Trump was convinced that all of America’s voters were anxious to give him a second term. Like ten other presidents before him, he must deal with the fact that a majority of the voters chose Vice President Joe Biden to lead this country.

What is shocking about Donald Trump is that he is so self-absorbed about losing that he has abandoned the nation that had given him the honor of being their leader for four years.

People are dying due to the Covid crises, and poor Donald is spending all of his waking hours trying to figure out how to upend an election, which his opponent won by a “landslide,” to quote Kelly Ann Conway.

Each and every day we are being bombarded with the ugly statistics that state after state is experiencing rising numbers of infected patients and that hospital ICU rooms are at capacity.

Over 250,000 innocents have died from the pandemic and it is projected that that number could reach 400,000 by Feb. 1 of next year. First responders and hospital personnel are desperately in need of gowns, masks, gloves and other protective devices. Instead of responding to their needs, Trump is busy trying to strip voters of their guaranteed right to cast a ballot.

To date, the president’s legal team has lost 19 cases in various courts in three states. The most outrageous part of the Trump legal assault is that he has pinpointed only black voters in Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin and seeks to invalidate their votes assuming they were Biden voters. He is also hoping that he can get the United States Supreme Court to give him back the crown that was allegedly stolen from him. He considers the six justices “his people” and that they would be anxious to twist the law in his favor.

Every transition in my lifetime has always been cordial and cooperative. Democrats and Republicans have shown the world what makes the United States different than countries run by despots.

We have pointed to these transfers of power as the brand that makes America different. But regrettably, while people are dying, there will be no transfer of medical information to the Biden administration.

With no clear path to remain in the Oval Office, when he is not watching Fox News, Trump is spending his spare time firing people who had the audacity to speak out against his re-election chances.

He has installed a group of Washington amateurs into major positions in homeland security and defense, knowing that they will follow his every order, even if it means blowing up the nation.

It’s odd that the man, who said that you don’t tip off your enemy on your next moves, has announced that he will withdraw 2,500 troops from Afghanistan in January.

There is no doubt that our nation would like its troops to come home and keep one of the Trump campaign promises. But this president has broken so many of his promises, why keep this one at a very dangerous time in the nation’s history?

Taking out 2,500 soldiers and leaving just 2,500 behind, exposes them to Taliban sneak attacks that could wipe out entire units. Countries friendly to us have a total of 10,000 soldiers in those countries who will also be in danger with a smaller American presence.

While the sitting president pouts and sulks, he is planning a series of presidential pardons for the likes of Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Roger Stone. In addition, he will attempt to give away billions in Arctic oil leases to contributors.

At this critical stage in American history, with an unhinged leader in the White House, I would recommend that you not go to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. That’s the place where Donald Trump said he could “shoot someone and get away with it.”

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  1. The war in Afghanistan should have ended in December 2001 in Tora Bora with the death or capture of Osama bin Laden.
    Battle of Tora Bora – Wikipedia
    “In 2009, the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations led an investigation into the Battle of Tora Bora. They concluded that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Tommy Franks had not committed enough troops during the battle to secure the area around Tora Bora. They believed that Osama bin Laden had likely been at Tora Bora and his escape prolonged the war in Afghanistan.
    It (the Taliban) regrouped and became stronger after U.S. officials diverted forces for the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and war there.”
    In conclusion I quote President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address on January 17, 1961: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

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