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

How ‘the winner takes all’ system hurts the Democrats and common sense

For a really feminist revolution

An enormous number of Democratic Party candidates have been vying for the US presidential candidacy. The competition between them does so much damage. Especially now, the game seems to be: ‘Who is doing well? Let’s find some dirt on them.’ Sanders, Bloomberg, Klobuchar, Buttigieg are smeared and scandalized and the real competition, the Republican Party has a ball with it. People with excellent ideas are trashed by their pals until they don’t gain enough traction and step out.

To give the USA some measure of modernity, it would be high time that it elects a woman president (and disposes of: making people homeless, having millions uncovered for healthcare, and having legal executions).

But just having a female at the top who knows how to outplay the men is not enough. This whole political culture (going back to the ideas of the Olympics) of ‘the winner takes all’ should go. One is only excellent if one comes out first? What happened to good-old working together?

Andrew Yang campaigned against the winner takes all economy, only to be sidelined by the winner takes all political system.

The Democratic candidates should sit together, elect their presidential candidate between them, make a compromise program that incorporates the best of all the candidates’ ideas, and compose a cabinet of the best candidate for every post (from VP to minister of foreign affairs, from a minister for climate change to one for economic reform, etc.). Such a team would win hands-down from Trump.

First to fight each other to the death and then ‘unite’ is just such baloney that one wonders whoever came up with that. Ah, rich men.

If you think the present political system is crazy, you don’t lack political insight. You see it just right. Please become a political activist. It might take a few years but with a better future in mind, progress can be made.

BTW: Also in Israel, politicians could use a few more leading women to foster an atmosphere of cooperation rather than a street fight.

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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