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

Bernie is not a revolutionary democratic socialist but an uncompromising fanatic

Compromising with others is not for those who are partly wrong. It’s to allow for cooperation with people who don’t see completely eye-to-eye with you. Of course, you don’t compromise with Nazis or gangsters. But it is a major tactical mistake to reject softening you stand with anyone else.

If Bernie Sanders could understand that, he could be the next US president. But he refuses. His whole life he’s been uncompromising. That’s nice if you face an enemy. But it becomes dysfunctional between friends.

Bernie assumes that compromise divulges unprincipledness, corruption, and weakness. He will stand strong for the truth even if alone. He’s done so all his life. This way, he’s won much admiration but made few friends.

Unfortunately, Sanders has attracted endorsement of allies to the Arab Palestinian cause, which also is corrupted by its leaders with “we won’t make a deal.” It’s the dictatorship of those who ‘know’ they’re more right than others. But patronizing thought flies in the face of true democracy.

The next US president needs to surround himself with a whole groups of expert thinkers and visionaries, like former competitors in the Democratic race. Only a leader who doesn’t always need to be right can do that. After Trump, the US doesn’t need yet another know-it-all at the top.

Also, the US People would never elect an anti-Zionist. Playing the Jewish-ethnic card won’t make a difference. Americans aren’t stupid enough.

Biden, wash your hands with soap frequently and Jill, start decorating the White House to your taste in your mind already. The race is over.

Especially now the leadership fiasco of Trump is clear for almost all to see. His flagship stock market and unemployment figures collapse under the new corona economy. The need to pump a trillion dollar into the economy shows extra how not only immoral but also how foolish it was to give such an amount as a tax break to the super-wealthy. The Donald is done.

But just as we were scared how Trump wouldn’t have accepted his defeat in 2016, we may now brace ourselves for Sanders supporters not showing any great sportsmanship when their Democratic candidate bites the dust.

The CNN Democratic Debate 3/15/20

After writing the above, I watched the CNN debate between Biden and Sanders. From the start, with all his misspeaking and forgetting words (Ebola), Biden spoke to the point. But Sanders sounded like a broken record. Biden countered points Sanders made, Sanders just repeated himself. He doesn’t listen, he just talks. As Churchill famously said: “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

Another weak point of Sanders is that he talks like a trained politician. Whatever he’s asked, he never says yes or no, beats around the bush and then only says what he wants to talk about. Biden, on the other hand, answers questions directly and candidly. The contrast was striking.

Another glaring difference was that Biden spoke about what concretely needs to happen now, while Sanders all the time went back to analyses and the big picture. They both again ignored the small stockholder who is charmed by Trump. They only talked about wage earners and the outright poor. This is a serious oversight. They already dropped this ball at 2016.

A big discrepancy further is that Biden said how he has adopted excellent points from Sanders and Warren. Sanders could not give one example of trying to woo voters with other preferences than for him. It’s in his view the same thing all over and over again: my way or the highway.

This reminds me of how my parents explained the essence of proper behavior in traffic. The goal is not to be right but to be safe. What’s the use of your epitaph saying: “But I had the right of way”? The goal is to win the election and not: to have the most absolutely perfect ideas.

Sanders kept talking about how [his] leadership is: taking an unpopular but righteous principled stand and working diligently to get a majority for that. That sounds nice but Biden’s leadership is what’s called for: uniting a leadership team and together working incrementally to a better world.

Closing the debate off, Sanders stressed (again) that the greed of the health industry must be stopped while Biden stated that this is the time to bring together the brightest minds in healthcare and do as they say. This first fights against evil, the second unites the good. Big difference.

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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