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

Bernie Sanders is man of the future and will stay that forever

Donald Trump is not the only one who is campaigning for all the four years in office. Obama started with this early and others have learned from this. Also Bernie Sanders is campaigning around the year and years. But he won’t stand a chance because Trump is a much better speaker.

Now, on top of that, we have even more proof that Sanders will never make it. I once wrote to him, never got an answer but since then get tons of messages from him and his campaign. The latest from the Senator of Vermont himself shows that he has no problem seeking publicity before he even has a clue of what’s going on. He’s supposed to be a serious person.

The message is headed: “An issue of grave consequence that affects the lives of millions of Americans.” You would think the war on poverty or the threat to world peace. Wrong. It’s about Trump’s intention to not decriminalize marijuana. Don’t stop reading — it gets worse.

The problem is that marijuana convictions “that lead to jail time make it harder for them to find a job, get housing or go to college. Is this a widespread problem,” especially “in communities of color and poor communities because enforcement of marijuana laws is much stricter there than in more affluent, white communities.”  That’s clear.

But then he starts equating all drug use to marijuana use. He states that “[w]e need to stop criminalizing addiction.” Well, most people who use soft drugs don’t do that because they are addicted. “The war on drugs” should only be about hard drugs. Hard drugs is a completely different ballgame. But he doesn’t seem to have any idea.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier: “Uneven enforcement and the fact that people of color receive longer sentences for the same offenses than white defendants means more felony convictions in those communities. And that means – surprise, surprise – fewer voters.” And “[p]eople with felony convictions cannot vote in many states. Today, for that reason alone, over 6 million Americans are denied access to the ballot.” And why is this not addressed? “The sad truth is that some [right-wing] politicians benefit from [poor and colored] people not being able to vote.” He seems to be serious.

Bernie Sanders means well. That makes it only much sadder.

Full disclosure: I made aliyah from Amsterdam where I lives for 20 years. Since I was born, I have never used hard, soft or medical drugs besides antibiotics, including alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, painkillers, narcoleptics, amphetamine and aphrodisiacs. I’m now also a strict vegan.

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 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 (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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
Related Topics
Related Posts