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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Impeach any liars on the US Supreme Court!

If they lied in their confirmation sessions, they should lose their jobs

I mean, lying seems the modus operandi of politicians and lawyers. But when judges lie, they are as fit for their job as blind driving instructors.

There is now confirmed, serious, and alarming news that a US Supreme Court majority plans to withdraw a woman’s right to abortion.

NB: No one is for abortions. Just like no one is for divorce. But, sometimes, they’re needed. The debate isn’t about abortion but about who decides.

It should be clear that the two options are not for and against abortion, but rather for legal or illegal abortions, the latter very risky for women.

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No non-bigot should be shocked or surprised but revolted, yes, we are.

We all knew Trump’s appointees to the highest Court of the leader of the free world were plain lying when promising not to be political appointees. Yet, we lacked proof. We still have no proof they lied, but the warning is in.

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Remember, courts never operate in a vacuum. When the public rises up against them, abruptly, much flexibility appears out of nowhere. Suddenly, verdicts are changed, amended, neutralized, thrown out, or appealed.

Two short-term things need to happen already before the proof is in.

1. The public must revolt right now, promising: You ain’t see nothing yet if abortion becomes illegal. Conservative politicians must become convinced they’ll lose the Mid-Term Elections if they’ll actually back an abortion ban.

2. Legal specialists and politicians must sit together and lay the framework for the impeachment of Trump’s SCOTUS judges stacking the Court if they dare to violate their commitment to honor precedent, not the president.

They must clarify that all the judges on the Supreme Court should vote following their conscience and legal expertise. But, that, if they go against what they said in their job interview, they risk being ejected. And that the risk is compounded by a Republican loss in the next elections.

Make no mistake. With protecting abortion rights is out of the window, a general assault on US human rights will have only just begun. LGBTQ will lose marriage, employment, and housing equality. Racist and Antisemitic assault will stop being hate crimes, etc. This would finally reveal the true intent of Trump’s winning election slogan: Make America Bigoted Again.

This is a good time to become an activist. I expect the American People and people around the world to call the US to order to be humane or else.

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Israel does an excellent job regarding abortion. Both sides, proponents of a woman’s right to choose, and those for completing unwanted pregnancies and then giving the babies up for adoption, choose a low profile and even lower rhetoric. Each have good results and no one want any change.

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Long-term political action in the US is needed. The Netherlands is leading the world (again—the US Constitution is based on a Dutch draft). The Dutch are in the process of enshrining sexual equality in its constitution!

Article 1 of Dutch Basic Law currently explicitly mentions five forbidden grounds for discrimination: religion, belief, political opinion, race, and gender. The initiative wants to add sexual orientation/preference/nature, defined as which gender(s) or sex(es) someone is romantically and/or sexually attracted to. Further, it wants added disability. It would then read: “All those in the Netherlands are treated equally in equal cases. Discrimination based on religion, belief, political opinion, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or any other ground is prohibited.”

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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