Mort Laitner

Patriotism and Fear

On Tuesday, November 5, 2024, I will cast my vote for President Joe Biden for two reasons:

Patriotism and Fear.

Yes, I’m devoted to and vigorously support the country I love.

Yes, I love voting and the democratic process.

Yes, I’m a patriot.

A patriot fighting as hard as I can to convince voters that our nation is in deep trouble, if the hater of democracy gets elected.

And yes, our country was founded on the belief that its citizens had the right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Our Constitution was designed to “promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty.”

Well as a patriot, I’m fearful that Mr. Dictator-For-A-Day shall declare martial law and take my life and my possessions, steal my liberty and kill my pursuit of happiness.

For no slave is ever happy.

I doubt Trump knows the meaning of patriotism, or freedom, or liberty. Is he even capable of understanding their importance? For he’s only a patriot of greed bowing to the green pieces of paper folded in his wallet.

Trump wants, desires and demands the power to control how I act, what I read, what I write,  what I say and what I think.

He doesn’t understand or care to understand the sacrifices made by the military in support of our freedoms. They’re all suckers in President Bone Spurs book.

He doesn’t understand the families of veterans who have lost loved ones in war, or the wounded vet returning home disabled, or the life of a POW because no immediate member of his family ever served in the Armed Forces and he doesn’t give a shit.

He doesn’t understand the idea of serving to protect.

For he has never sacrificed anything in support of our great nation and never will.

But he does know how to mock and laugh at the handicapped.

I saw him do it on TV. He thought he was so funny in his cruelty.

I guess when he laughs at others with problems, he’s in pursuit of his right to happiness.

And cruelty makes him happy.

Whether it’s physically battering women or making them perform sex for money.

What a cruel man.

And there are many people who get off on watching him be cruel.

Does he really believe he should have the liberty and the freedom to rape women?

Yet this man who was blessed with wealth and with liberty enjoys taking it away from others.

Watch him smirk when he talks about taking away a woman’s right to choose.

His face says it all, “I’m in my happy place. Who gives a shit about a pregnant woman who has to make the toughest decision of her life?”

I fear he will lead this nation into civil war or a nuclear war or down the road of financial disaster. And as if Nero, he will fiddle as the American empire collapses.

For he’s not a smart man.

Trump raps himself in the flag, but he can’t hide his love of authoritarian regimes where those seeking freedom are housed in prisons or are murdered.

I fear a candidate who hides classified documents in his bathroom.

I fear any candidate who discloses top secret info to our enemies.

I fear a liar who claims to be a patriot and watches people die during his insurrection and does nothing.

For I fear an evil man.

Yes, patriotism and fear will get me to the polling station on November 5th and I will vote for a smart, kind and honest patriot—Joe Biden.

About the Author
Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed online. ChatGPT says, Mort is known for his works that often explore themes of love, loss, and the human connection. Laitner has published several books , including “A Hebraic Obsession.” His writing style is characterized by its emotional depth and introspection. Laitner’s works have garnered praise for their heartfelt expression and keen insight into the human experience. Mort is in his third year as president of the South Florida Writers Association. He was a correspondent for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Jewish Journal.
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