Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

A sh*thole president

Current US President Donald Trump is the gift that keeps giving the media. He newest verbal abuse concerns Racism – on the eve of the Martin King Jr. Memorial weekend 2018.

Trump talked so many times against rights to immigrate to the USA and pleaded instead for merit-based immigration only. This in itself I find offensive because one of the goals of rich countries accepting immigrants is to extend a hand to people in distress. Even lots of poor countries show this humanitarian decency.

But let this be for a moment. Say that the US wants to prioritize “promising” new immigrants. We want to gain from our generosity. Well, let it be clear that that is not generosity at all.

But he didn’t start talking like that. At first he said during the campaign that the US should only accept people that agree with the American values. Not people who want to come here only to be terrorists, trying to kill people and the vibrant democracy the US is (supposed to be).

Sounds logical. But truth is that US immigration screening already screens out anyone who could remotely be a security risk. So to campaign for more stringent vetting is like demanding that water won’t be boiled anymore at less than 100 0C. So he was really only talking against more Muslim immigrants – to please the racists among his voters. (And to get free publicity, press coverage.) Yes, most Muslims are non-whites, so rejecting them is Racism, like discriminating people who bless after a meal is anti-Semitism.

Now, while the debate is how to make a comprehensive immigration policy with bipartisan support, the president was receiving the leader of Norway and says: BTW, why do we only get refugees from sh*thole countries like Haiti and Africa, and not from countries like Norway?

First of all, the president clearly is unaware that an estimated 88,764 people in Norway are either first or second generation immigrants from Africa. He assumes that everyone there must be milk-white, like all the people he meets from there. Just like all the Republican and Democratic Members of Congress who jointly talked to him at a televised meeting about immigration were all white-nosed. Talking of Racism.

But the real sentiment behind all the careful trumpian maneuvering became clear when a slip of his tong revealed that he’s not against dumb immigrants and not against poor immigrants and not against Muslim immigrants but rather against immigrants of color.

We’re looking forward to his recorded Martin King Jr. Memorial weekend 2018 television speech. He will read what his speech writers wrote, talking about tolerance and diversity and be very presidential. And everyone will know it’s just a show. He is really a racist, convinced that some people are less worthy and others more deserving because of their roots.

At previous racist remarks and policies, commentators have said over and over again: we can’t know for sure what’s in the president’s heart. This was a slip of the tong with staff – not a deliberate provocation on twitter or during a really.

Well, we know now for sure that he’s a hardcore racist, unless he apologizes. Someone can say dirty Jew and still repent and shape up. But without apologies and amends, this riddle has become clear forever.

BTW, a denial is not the same as a retraction.

And saying “I was only saying what most people think” doesn’t cut it either. You can’t call your respectable opponent a slut and then say: but that’s what everyone thinks. You insulted the person, period.

Only one conclusion left: He’s a white supremacist.

And since he “loves” Jews, it is upon Jews to be the most anti-Racism we can be, all during the rest of his reign. Or we’ll be racists by association.

This post was mostly written before Shabbat and completed after it.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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