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Exceptionalism

As much as I am embarrassed, shocked, roiled and in every other imaginable way turned off by the presidency of Trump, the economic disputes with China are a fascinating and courageous effort of regaining fairness.

They are less about make America great again and more like stop China from stealing. No other country in modern history has so consistently relied on theft and deceit to promote its economy.

The Chinese industrial complex is the epitome of piracy on land. I am talking about transfer of intellectual property that has resulted in decades now of trade deficits. Even the trade deficits are bearable; America can take it. But to steal our ingenuity, that which is at the very core of our national, feels like a personal attack.

And to tell the truth you are attacking my neighbor, my friend, my classmates and even my family. I wont let you.

In a weird manner the American people as a whole remind me of the Jewish people. No not physically, but by the character of soul. Always resilient, smart and resourceful you cannot eliminate the American. Down for the count it seems, and he rises and wins. I sometimes wonder in amazement at the consistent ingenuity and the spirit of self-preservation.

And this is the one reason as well, that a Donald presidency can never turn out in utter disaster. I don’t know how we got him, it’s really befuddling, but as Dan Coates famously said “you will disappear in the dustbin of history” and America will great despite you.

OK, now back to this Jewish connection. Perhaps it’s because I am a member of both groups, but the similarity of in spirit and resourcefulness is inescapable in comparison.

So take pride in exceptionalism, be proud as Jew, and watch the rest of the world pass by.

About the Author
Born in Cluj, Romania to Holocaust survivor parents, he and the family fled Communism at age 10 and lived as refugees in Italy for about a year. Arrived to USA at age 11 A graduate of Boston University Medical School, Dr. Mayer was the lead investigator and first author for a series of published research that introduced to the world peripheral thrombolytic therapy for myocardial infarction, a first-ever event. These procedures are commonplace today and have saved millions of lives. After years of work in the USA as a clinician, researcher, and professor he moved to Israel where he earned two back-to-back MA degrees from the University of Haifa: Holocaust Studies and Israel Studies. He continues to research and publish in the fields of identity and peoplehood as related to sociopolitical events with a concentration in museal studies and performative aspects of academic learning, i.e. experiential learning. His expertise in museal studies and Holocaust historiography resulted in him being named Head Historian at Martef Hashoah Museum in Jerusalem [2015-2018] In February 2018, according to Academia.edu, he was ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide As a way of introducing the whole picture, some other facts need mention. During 1989, Dr. Mayer returned to his native birthplace [Cluj, Romania] and was a prominent figure in the 1989 Romanian Revolution. He was for two decades an accomplished triathlete, competing at elite international levels. He competed in three World Triathlon Championships and completed multiple Ironman Triathlons in places ranging from China to New Zealand and Canada to Europe; in addition, a mention needs to be made of the 44 marathons he completed
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