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

Acknowledge Trump’s masterly 2018 UN speech

Trump delivered another great speech to the UN General Assembly.

Surely, it contained a few deplorable ideas and towards the end, its attention span caved in a bit from its presidential delivery.

Still, overall, it was a fascinating delivery (35 minutes of close reading is probably his limit) with his hallmark slowing down for the last words of sentences and multiple chaplets of easily digestible one syllable words.

Many outlets mentioned the laughter that his bragging at the beginning evoked. What else could delegates do with his unashamed grotesque statement that his administration is doing better than perhaps any other in US history? (To suggest that their amusement was a sign of respect for Trump’s honesty is for me just too ridiculous a spin, with all due respect.)

He voiced his surprise at the hilarity but added good-naturedly with a sheepish smile that it’s OK. This – which went unreported – yielded him a generous applause. He’s a truly masterful manipulator. (He certainly heard the applause and continued for some time with more gusto.)

Speaking of which, he is an expert salesman for defunct goods. Opponent politicians and the media that he fights are wrong for not acknowledging his mastery at this. The bad-sport refusal to recognize his speaking skill makes to his base his antagonists come out as being overly critical.

Rather, his opponents should acknowledge that his style is great but covers deceitful content, by misrepresentation, omission or by twisting or fabricating facts, intentions and motives.

Truthful reporting and opposition admit Trump’s strong points in order to communicate his destructiveness for the US and the world.

Take a leaf from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which Jews read this Shabbat of the Feast of Tabernacles. The author draws in his average audience by stating over and over again that so much in life is just vanity. Only to conclude with that we must be careful how to live our lives.

The goal of fair reporting and smart opposition is not to show what a con Trump is but rather to get that across to his fans. Just trashing him works counter-productive. Get his supporters’ attention by acknowledging his good so that they will hear your analysis of where he tricks them.

Be smart rather than just right.

PS: What great stamina for a septuagenarian, to stand for 80 minutes answering journalists’ questions. But what a classical sexist. He cuts into almost every woman after two words, sometimes repeatedly. And he’s totally unaware of that. But with most (older) men he gets along great. In comparison, Archie Bunker comes out a feminist.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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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