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

Did Bernie Sanders burn us?

For years, Bernie Sanders had been fulminating against the millionaires and billionaires rigging society, elections, Washington and the rest of political life.

What he failed to say, year after year, for the last three years, is that he now belonged to the millionaires too. Why the silence?

And he also changed his mantra. He now preaches against the constant power grab of the billionaires and the multi-billionaires. Are the millionaires suddenly off the hook?

He had to show us his tax returns. Instead of immediately saying: “Guys, before I produce them, I need to confess something which I’ve not been telling you and I’m sorry,” he kept silent and postponing their publication.

But now we all know.

And now he got really defensive. “I’m not going to feel bad or apologize for having written two well-selling books.” Now he earned his millions? Do some deserve more money per hour or effort than others?

O, now suddenly Capitalism works, when it works for him? Now he’s entitled to this crazy amount per hour salary for the easy, clean, safe and pleasant work of sitting on a chair and writing a book or two?

From Socialist to salon Socialist because of a few bucks? How vicious the lure of money!

Why doesn’t he donate these revenues, which he doesn’t need next to his Senate salary, to a good cause or two? Why doesn’t he lower the price of his books?

In the Senate, he said that Trump’s tax cuts are unfair and only good for the rich. But he used these cuts to cut the amount of taxes he paid! He defended himself saying that he didn’t use every loophole in the book.

When asked about that, he gave a really Trumpian answer: Why don’t you ask such questions to Trump? That’s now his reference for ethics?

The always honest Sanders, always speaking about a fair society for all, has lost it. Just because of a few nickels.

Someone went to a rabbi with a riddle. Why are rich people so selfish? The rabbi said: look out of the window; what do you see? The man said: people passing by, the market. Now look in the mirror; what do you see? Myself. And the only difference is, the rabbi explained, that the window is glass and the mirror is glass with a paper-thin layer of silver behind it.

Now, I’m not saying that Sander’s integrity must be a thing of the past. I see no reason why Bernie would or could not repent. But he should.

Full disclosure: I wish a democratic socialist on the US; to give its workers rights that got established in Europe in the previous century but passed by the US. But I dread the idea of an anti-Zionist US president — dare I say — an anti-Jewish US president. (He called our government “rightwing — dare I say racist” — without explanation. I will explain. One can’t love women if one is against feminism. One can’t love Jews if one is against Zionism.)

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To subscribe to his daily blog posts, click on the circle next to the blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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, 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. * 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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