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

How do thoroughly abusive people give themselves away, Mr. Trump?

We hold that the quality of a society is given by the way it treats the socially weak. The same is true for a person.

  • You want to know if your date is a kind person or just faking it? Look at how he treats powerless people like the waiter or a beggar.
  • You would want to know how friendly the one giving you a job interview is as a boss? Chum up with his secretary and then ask her.
  • You want to know if your nation’s president has the best interest of people at heart? Look at how he treats women, Muslims, transgenders, crippled and sick people, people with mental illness — underdogs of society.

It’s not out of generosity or magnanimity that we should protect the little ‘guy.’ Rather, we may do so out of empathy. We recognize them as fellow humans. Our blood is not redder than theirs (or they may need a blood transfusion – if that’s still affordable). We would not be our true selves if we would reject them.

As I mentioned before, not many people know too many transgenders or too much about transgenderism. The advantage of this wide-spread ignorance is that thus not as much nonsense is said about them as is about homosexuals.

Not so by President Trump. With his sharp intuition, in a shameless three-fold early-morning Twitter feed, breaking his election promise to protect GLBTQ rights, in one stroke he dismissed 15,000 trans Service people, making clear that he intends no respect for them whatsoever. He also showed who’s the boss. Abusive people have a great need to do so.

(BTW: In his mind, this does not break this election promise. He would say that President Hillary Clinton would have flooded the US with fanatical Muslims who would throw gays from rooftops, so, just firing a few weirdos, in comparison is then still protection in his book!)

It’s clear that saving money or the military are just pretexts here. So what could be a real reason? Well, if too many people would make too much noise about this, he’ll ‘reconsider.’ But he’d still have gained great distraction from his concurrent unashamed, persistent but faltering attack on the most needy healthcare consumers. And in any case, such bigotry preserves the loyalty of his most-intolerant voters. For him, that is 100% profit at least.

The nice thing though is that also people with not a lot of social conscience will still hesitate to support anti-social personalities and their muggings.

So call your Congress persons, also if they are ultra-conservative or loyal to President Trump, and flat-out demand solidarity with the poor, sick, crippled, Muslims and transgenders. Most of them want to be known as decent people – which they actually may be. And do follow up on their voting and get back to them – with more demands or with compliments. Give them honor as your representatives and be frank about your emotions.

Last but not least, is it and how is it possible that a president of a so-called democratic country (“the world’s Greatest Democracy”), which even has the concept hate crimes on the books, could announce that all members of a certain oppressed group are fired from certain work? I watch this in utter astonishment. How is this different from declaring everyone who had cancer, could get pregnant, or is spastic unfit and excluded from the military? Of saying that blacks, women, Jews, and red heads are not longer allowed to work as civil servants meeting the public? Am I then the only one who’s shocked beyond belief?

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 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 (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, 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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