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

Democrats, go for Pete. This is the only way you can win the 2020 elections

It’s values, and then he goes to ideas, and then he goes to policies

Democrats first get to select their representative, nominee.

Don’t choose the one you like best. Don’t! I beg you. You don’t have an automatic majority. You need to choose someone whom many Donald Trump voters like too, even prefer over the Donald.

That means, don’t pick an extremist. She or he can be the Vice. But your candidate for Number One must be mellow. You want to win, no?

The issue here is not who’s most just, fair, heartfelt, right. The issue is, who’s honest and capable of winning.

Bernie Sanders is sincere. And fit for grand philosopher of the Democratic Party. But he’s too extreme on everything. He must be a trailblazer but he’s not fit for the mantle of the presidency (pun intended).

Joe Biden is a warm person but screams his indignation about ignoring workers’ rights into his crowds. As the Dutch saying goes: Don’t be right — be proven right. And he won’t be.

Elizabeth Warren was the first one who wanted to start Tromp impeachment measures and proposed to cancel billions of dollars in student debts. Way too extreme.

Kamala Harris wants to give average teachers a 23% salary increase. Well deserved but it will not give her the presidency. And she also came out an impeacher.

You favorite must not be half-loved by the Democrats for being wishy-washy. S/he must be well-loved at home but also by enough Republicans. Not a polemist. Not a screamer. Someone with a smile. Someone who can work with both sides of the aisle.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign manager puts it like this: “It’s values, and then he goes to ideas, and then he goes to policies.” And then to the White House, I’d add. But he’ll win over most US voters, not because of his values, ideas, and then policies. It’s his calm, friendly demeanor.

He may be indignant about things but he doesn’t scream. He doesn’t yell at crowds to win them over because he assumes that they are or should be livid too. Most people don’t need someone as upset as them. They need someone more powerful than them. And though being angry might feel powerful, to bystanders if often looks powerless: “helpless anger.”

As the Dutch saying goes: Calmness may save you.

For heaven’s sake, your candidate needs to win debates with the fake-powerful Trump — not some debating club champion. Anger will make him or her look like a loser big time.

It’s as with raising children. It’s not what you say that will impress them but how you say it.

Most voters, when both candidates look equally calm, will still not listen to arguments. They will look at who is more beautiful. Buttigieg will win by a landslide!

He has rehearsed a whole catalog of answers to FAQ. And the only thing that most people will notice is that he answers friendly and without hesitation, not what he’s saying.

And for arguments, he’s not falling in the Trump trap, giving the present president free publicity. He doesn’t go against Trump. He calmly says: Trump makes everything about him; it’s not about him; it’s about America.

His moderation makes some progressives worried. I find it refreshing, no: I’m delighted that this son of a professor voluntarily went to serve in Afghanistan (and learned Arabic) to be more connected to working class people and Blacks! One doesn’t need to always have been right as long as one is open to correcting oneself.

Wedding day picture

O yes, he’s gay. Many voters will like that; even more voters don’t give a hoot. They didn’t even care that Trump was an immoral person and proven womanizer. So they’d reject a morally sound, humble but powerful guy? It’s private. And one-third of all people has a gay close relative and most of them are truly nice people. He’s also a left-handed person — who cares? The whole gay aspect is a non-issue.

O, and his husband is cherished even more already. He’ll be more loved than any previous First Lady before him.

Finally, a First Couple that’s not just raising kids but is still getting them.

It’s an un-silent minority that is ferociously anti-gay. Their screaming will make the personable Buttigieg come out even more sympathetic.

One caveat: Just that he’s so acceptable doesn’t mean that gays’ and women’s oppression in the US are over. He’d never stand a chance if he were an insecure “effeminate” atheist flaming gay single. He’s much helped by his confidence, “masculinity,” religiosity, “normalcy” and married status.

Humor alert: Should his VP be a woman married to a woman, they’ll have to rename the Second Lady: Second Wife (and she’ll be the second wife on the ticket after her own wife, the VP) because the Second Lady then will be the VP, (although she’s actually the first lady on the ticket). If his VP would be a heterosexually married woman (he promised for “gender balance” on the ticket, so his VP must be a woman), her husband would be the Second Husband (although he is actually the third husband on the ticket) and the VP again would be the Second lady (although she is actually the first lady on the ticket). Got it?

Seriously, Democrats, don’t miss your chance to elect a winner as your representative for 2020! Go for Pete — (not) for Pete’s sake.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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