Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Bolts from the blue for Trump

A lot of surprises surprised Trump in the presidency. Chronologically:

  • He never thought he’d run 2016.
  • Rallies are more fun than TV shows.
  • He never thought he’d win 2016.
  • Who could have thought this thing is so complicated?
  • What do you mean Congress is against it — I’m the president.
  • He never thought he’d won the Latino vote.
  • He never thought that, with over 200,000 deaths, he’d win 2020.
  • He never thought he’d get a Supreme Court conservative majority.
  • He never thought that against Joe Biden he’d lose 2020.
  • He can’t believe that ‘his’ Supreme Court can’t just do his bidding.
  • He doesn’t believe he can’t win 2024.
  • He doesn’t believe that he’ll become irrelevant starting 2020.

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Israeli Haaretz readers and US Trump voters share what?

They both believe in extremism, at least in the eyes of those who are not.

The loony left-wing Haaretz readers will admit that their paper tends to exaggerate but basically they believe Israel to be terrible. They hold almost or totally antisemitic view on the Jewish state and find anyone naive who doesn’t think like them.

The crazy right-wing Trump voters will admit that their president tends to be a bit coarse but basically they believe him to be America’s lone savior. They fervently believe in the wackiest conspiracy theories and find anyone totally naive who doesn’t think like them.

So what do they have in common besides being in the (opposite) extreme corner and both thinking they are better informed and not manipulated big-time, and their naivety?

One common cause could be that when you move far enough away from the center, you automatically reach lalaland.

It would be interesting to research what else they believe in: horoscopes, UFOs, us-against-them world views, conspiracy theories, Jews are evil, etc.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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 find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second active wilder blog is here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ to which one may subscribe. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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