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

Court-packing isn’t the issue

Republicans and Democrats over the last couple of years have been busy trying to bend the courts into their own direction. Republicans have been more successful in doing so. But both are trying. But the solution will be the result of a healthier US democracy in all fields, not just at the courts.

Countries like Israel of the Netherlands, with their multi-party system of democracy, ensure compromises in building a majority cabinet after every election. The US has more or less a two-party system. Their ideal was that the president would still care about the whole country and lawmakers would be forced to work on both sides of the aisle to get anything done.

Donald Trump has now perfected caricaturing the polarization of the two-party system. Like everything he ever undertook, he worked the system into the ground. While the flight was going forward, few noticed it would be crashing, eventually.

Now, Trump will lose by a landslide–which should have happened four years ago. The next president will work for all of the country and return the political system to one of balance. Most of the compromises will not be between Democrats and Republicans, though, but between Democrats.

After rational politics was put on hold, four years ago, and replaced by “let’s steal anything we can from the common man to give to the wealthy,” serious politicians are eager to get some momentum for good going again. The pandemic, climate change, and mental health urgently need science-informed policy. International diplomacy and societal reform (police, BLM, Dreamers) are breathlessly awaiting the new presidency. Sound fact-based financial policies that will profit everyone will be like water to a desert.

And amidst all of this, the new administration will depoliticize the courts. Andrew Yang has a nice plan for the Supreme Court. A good start could be: appointments for 18 years max, 27 justices. The appointment used to be confirmed with 90% of the votes in favor of the candidates. That should return. But now, mandatory. No 75% of the vote, no confirmation.

But at the end of the day, we should ask ourselves if a two-party system is the best system. Though Trump made a caricature of it, it does lend itself to polarization, which is unhealthy for stability and peace. It is not true that one party is right and the other is wrong. Where is listening to each other? Where is the sense of gray between the black and white? And the shocks of the flip between going blue and then red again and then blue again are too big. But change will come slowly. USrs are conservative. And nationalistic and too proud. They don’t even know that it is India, that is the world’s greatest democracy in the world.

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. * 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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