Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Failed Predictions on Trump’s Presidency, Three Months into the Job

It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.

Niels Bohr

1. He’ll lose the elections. He won.

2. He’ll close the borders on Muslims. His two symbolic primitive attempts were stopped by the courts.

3. It’s a shoo-in: Republicans have both the House and the Senate. The Senate stopped him on Obama-care.

4. He’ll overthrow Obama-care. The Senate stopped him.

5. All progressive measures by President Obama will be lost. Actually, US social activism is doing just fine.

6. He’ll heavily favor Israel. Everyone says he’s evenhanded on the Middle East.

7. He’ll immediately move the embassy to Jerusalem, build the wall with Mexico. So far, nothing.

8. He’s an isolationist. Well, so far, he’s been proactive on the Middle-East (received PM of Israel, leader of Arab Palestinians, President of Egypt, King of Jordan, Crown-Prince of Saudi Arabia), received political leaders of Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, China and others, ordered cruise missile strike on Syria, is on Iran’s tail, sent aircraft carrier and its escorts to vicinity of North Korea, supports NATO.

9. He’s a reckless extremist. He could have brought a modern Six-Day War on Syria, but he only destroyed 20% of its air fleet and warned beforehand to diminish loss of human life.

10. He will be Russia‘s poodle. He faced off Putin on Syria.

11. The economy will collapse. So far, it’s doing just fine. He’s creating jobs, gently asked military and pharmaceutical industry to scale down profit and tax supports the super-rich.

12. He’ll round up 100,000 illegal immigrants. Activists stopped him.

13. It will be a fascist Administration. He just railed in his most Right-Wing advisor, Steve Bennon.

14. His pick for the Supreme Court will unbalance it. Yet, the now confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch is not more conservative than the man he replaces, Justice Antonin Scalia.

15. His Presidency encourages the Right to attacks Jews. Rather, assaults were from ultra-Left on campus and two crazies.

16. He’ll be impeached soon. He fires dysfunctional politicians and disloyal civil servants and there isn’t a cloud in his sky.

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 daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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