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

And again, the Democratic Party got itself stuck with not the best candidate

So many people voted not for Hillary because they couldn’t stand her. And now, the Democrats are stuck with Biden who, before the CORONA crisis said many times that he wants to go back to the Obama era — big mistake. Because, if he could do that, he’d be succeeded by Trump again.

How did the Democrats again get themselves into this mess with the most conservative candidate out of a field fizzing with people with new plans?

And what could the Democrats do differently for 2024?

The chance I’ll propose may be radical but actually not so difficult.

What should have happened and should happen the next time is this:

Democratic candidates used to compete against each other (whoever came up with that stupid plan?), while they roughly have the same ideas. This ended the national leadership of all of them but one or two who would go on as the candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency.

Instead, these candidates, most of them idealists who want a better world and better America, should sit together. They should present their plans to each other. Then, some of them should get up and tell all of them how they’d run a cabinet with which of the people present on what program.

They would negotiate, adjust, build coalitions, and decide between themselves who would be the Democratic candidate for president with what program and which ministers responsible for what.

Some of the discussions could be televised, some dialogues should not be.

Just end organized infighting already. From now on, all for one, one for all.

The American People deserve Yang AND Buttigieg AND Warren AND, etc., all in one team. (The only ones left out would be those who can’t compromise or can’t shut up.) Such a team would win by a landslide.

Full disclosure: I’m not fully happy with a Biden presidency because of the to-be-expected renewed heightened hostility towards Israel. Still, I’d be happy for the American poor and working-class, the art of international diplomacy, the prevention of war, the advocacy of democracy, and climate change activism. But, when it’s good for everyone but proud Zionist Jews, it leaves me less than totally enthusiastic. Biden already attacks Israel, as a true imperialist/colonialist, brazenly threatening its democratically elected government. We saw what the otherwise great Obama administration did to us, just to spite and hurt Israel, the greatest ally the Palestinian-Arab People ever had. This whole notion that Jewish Israelis are a sort of subhuman monsters that must be contained is so classically antisemitic.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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 (statistics), 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. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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