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

In the end, will Trump be bad for the Jews?

The best optimists don’t close their eyes for bad possibilities. Rather, they prepare for the worst and then try to prevent it from happening as if they will succeed for sure.

So let’s look at worst-case scenarios with President Trump.

  1. Shifting the Blaming Onto the Jews

Trump has been praising Jews and Israel to the skies. When he falls, will he or his followers try to deflect attacks on them by blaming the Jews? Wouldn’t be the first time.

  1. Pogrom

Trump has been praising Jews and Israel to the skies. When he falls, will the populace be blaming the Jews? Wouldn’t be the first time in world history.

  1. Making Jews’ Hatred Popular

Trump did the impossible. After the first non-White president, he became the first openly racist US president in recent history. He broke the bigotry taboo. Did he clear the road for a (next) openly anti-Semitic president? Such trailblazing wouldn’t be a first in world history.

  1. An Anti-Semitic President?

After the Trump charade, the American public will be so ready for a Socialist president. I’m not say that’s bad. The US has really missed a Socialist input (compare it to Israel, which hadn’t) so that US work relationships still look like slave owners versus slaves. It would be most healthy for US society. However, the only Socialist candidate is an anti-Semite. (Anti-Zionism is reinvented Anti-Semitism.) Yes, he’s Jewish himself, but the world has seen Jewish anti-Semitic Presidents before.

Of course, miraculously, the American Public and Congress are pro-Jewish, despite an unrelenting anti-Israel media bias. That doesn’t mean that Jews’ hatred from the top down will not embolden Nazis – it will. Then more US Jews will emigrate to Israel, but it’s probably not worth it.

Now, stay optimistic, but be prepared. And try to impede disaster.

Breaking: Steve Bannon is out. Is Trump cleaning up his act or has Bannon become the fall guy for the White House’s alt-white?

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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