By Dr. Herbert Simmons, Jr./Opinion

Vice President Pence, who heads up the Nation’s Corona Virus Task force, decided that it was time for some fun time and decided that he was going to vacation time in sunny Florida. However, his vacation was called off and plans were scrapped due to an approaching hurricane named Eta. Amid virus numbers climbing as never before, Pence would find time to take a vacation as Americans are dying in record numbers. Republican Governors like Mike Dewine, of Ohio, Larry Hogan of Maryland, are calling on citizens to control their personal lives by wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings at funerals, football games, social events, and practicing good health hygrine. Wearing a mask and taking responsibility for what citizens do in their own personal lives is key for the nation to conquer this virus. Someone commented that “we are fighting a common enemy and it is not Republicans, Democrats or Independents, it is COVID 19”.

It is now past time for President Trump to accept defeat and allow the county to move forward. Political experts and commentators are warning that President Trump’s behavior is putting the nation’s security at risk His only concern seems to be what he WANTS, not what is good for the country,

While President Elect Biden garnered more popular votes and currently has 279 Electoral votes, President Trump is contending that the Democrats stole the election from him, and without any plausible evidence has inundated the courts with frivolous and baseless claims of voter fraud in the red states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, states headed by Republican Governors. From all indication, President Trump has mesmerized his base to the extent that they will do almost anything to support him. I am informed that many Republicans do not want to become engulfed in a political spat with Trump and his base that could impact their election chances in the future. They believe that Trump’s base, which consists of over 70 million voters, could bury them alive, politically.

We are witnessing one of the most shameful and embarrassing moments in the history of the nation all while there is a legion of crises facing the nation. It is hoped and citizens are praying that President Trump will come to his senses and for the sake of our democracy, accept his loss and rejection by the American people and do what is right and best for the country, not what is right for Donald Trump. This ugly fabricated crisis by President Trump must give way to the Biden elect administration which hopefully signals a new beginning for greatness in all peoples.

Dr. Herbert Simmons, Jr. is an associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Grambling State University, former President, Grambling State University Faculty Senate and former Chair, Department of Consumer Education and Resource Management, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

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