Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

Going from Trump to Biden, from insurrection to inauguration: what a relief!

So many people must have felt the same: what a relief. What a good taste the whole mostly televised inauguration ceremony was. It represented the USA, it was fit the USA. ‘Reality TV’ host Trump defeated a second time: by Biden’s truth TV show. Out: the self-absorbed corrupt con artist president. In: compassion, professionalism, commitment to end racism and climate abuse, attention for everyday-Americans, by the People, for the People.

The whole world goes through a reset. Allies won’t be bullied by the USA anymore. Foes will have to face coalitions with the USA as partner. Poorer nations and oppressed people are not on their own anymore. The USA will redouble its effort to oppose dictatorships vying for world domination and USA disruptions, like: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, etc. The betrayed Kurds will be backed anew, free trade restored, WHO work rejoined.

Finally, federal science-based assistance for the plague that has killed a shameful 400,000 Americans. If Trump had been reelected, this number would have reached a million. Team Biden won’t let that happen.

A special hurray from all the Americans struggling because of the pandemic, the medically uninsured, the overburdened, the homeless.

Biden has only two years, until the next midterm elections for Parliament seats to make his case to the forgotten, badly fooled Americans. He’ll work with “very fine people, on both sides.” How different does that sound!

Biden must give the highest priority to end anything disturbing non-White voters from voting. It’s nice that in the books it says Blacks can vote but if their voting and votes weigh less, voting equality has not been reached. It may take years to improve these things, often on local levels. Start today!

In Israel, we can’t feel quiet about the new US President. How could we? Not because Biden is anti-Jewish or anti-Zionistic. But, you need to be a real specialist to see through the fake news and understand Israel’s very unique position. Obama wasn’t a bad guy or stupid but for Israel he was. Not because he didn’t know oppression. But he was misled by his extreme-leftwing friends and they did hate Jews, it seemed. Thankfully, the Israeli public has learned from Intifada II. We’re not giving away our security for deals with terrorists. But we can’t know if Biden is able to help liberate Muslim Palestinians from their dictators (the Jordan ‘King,’ the PA, and Chamas) and help them find democracy, prosperity, dignity, and peace.

Under Trump, there was never a boring day. Let’s hope it will be the same under Biden. But not because yet another norm gets violated but because old norms are restored, and true challenges will be tackled with expertise.

NB: Let us notice the silver(-haired) ceiling that has been broken. Gone is the time that one can dismiss politicians for being around 80-years-old.

But in the end, who can say it all like the poet Amanda Gorman? Not me.

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 (, 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: 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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