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

How the Democrats could win 2020 – or lose it

The challenge has never been clearer. How to win from Trump.

Hindsight might be twenty-twenty but that doesn’t mean that we need to sail into the future in total darkness.

The winner needs to know how to speak clearly into a  microphone. Mumbling is not going to win the day. I’ve seen two Democratic mumblers (ends of sentences disappearing, only t’s and p’s can be heard) supposed frontrunners already.

Upbeat attitude and tone are a must and cautious seriousness is a bore. One of the Democratic “favorites” is a bore.

Speaking in slogans is more important than having the right logic or philosophy. All these long-winded reasoning intellectuals are losers. The Obama era is gone. Reagan is back. If you’re not a storyteller, you’re out.

Pride is in, arrogance is a total no-no.

Calm self-assurance is more important than excitement.

High energy (not to be confused with excited) will win from the weak and feeble.

Wittiness is far more powerful than having the facts right or being sincere, honest, self-righteous, indignant.

The Democratic winner must not antagonize but win over the Trump voter base, not just rake in the no-matter-what-Democratic vote. For instance be able to say: Trump was not all wrong but in his lack of wisdom, he destroyed more than he built. Or: He fooled everyone, including his fans and we have to deliver where he failed them.

The few rich votes will want to secure their money, the more numerous less well-off want someone who can talk to them in plain language, not as an academic who talks supposedly intelligently.

Hard working for every single vote, only going to play golf once elected and not the typically spoiled lazy millionaire ready to let charisma bring in the votes.

Trump has proven that the presence or absence of scandals, class, good looks, religiousness, age, experience, integrity and virtues play no role.

Nancy Pelosi is a great example of how to speak. So, don’t tell me it can’t be done.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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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