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

Learn from Biden how to stop helping Trump

The Trump problem is known already for five years. And still, everyone continues to play into his hand. He creates havoc to promote his (brand) name. In addition, chaos makes people feel scared so they look for a strong leader — which he claims to be. Stop playing his game.

We now have Joe Biden teaching us what to say and write. Joe is trained by the sharpest minds in the world, Andrew Yang one of them.

Stop glorifying Trump by treating his pronouncements as if they are serious. Stop endorsing Trump by treating him as relevant. Stop giving a podium to anyone who lacks integrity. Just ignore them.

Fight Trump’s reelection until the polls close (don’t assume again he couldn’t win) but treat him as irrelevant, a problem on its way out.

Talk about the Biden presidency, what relief that will bring and to whom.

Talk about hope and progress that are coming our way under Biden.

Prepare for the worst but expect (and demand) the best.

Laugh about Trump. In passing, call him a clown, call him America’s greatest embarrassment, call him a madman.

But don’t call him dangerous for democracy. He’s a snowflake. A nobody. Old hat. Don’t listen to Trump or Sanders who make each other relevant.

Presently, CNN is making Trump as popular as the immoral Fox News.

Instead, dream out-loud:

  • How the US is soon rejoining the democracies in the world fighting totalitarianism and containing dictatorships.
  • How the US leadership’s going to heal the nation’s rifts and promote working bipartisan, especially in confronting hatred and extremism.
  • How the US will repair racial division in all its manifestations that for so long has spoiled the validity of the enterprise called the USA.
  • How science once again will become the bedrock of policy, in fighting corona, in fighting climate calamity and its disasters.
  • How humans, human needs, humaneness, and solidarity will be the new yardsticks of wealth and progress instead of the dollar.
  • How a civil servant like the president will become not only civil (and honest) again but also a servant (to the People).

Don’t pretend that Trump is irrelevant. Stop pretending he is.

Remember that the four-year-long demonstrations and the one-year election fight are not against Trump but against Trumpism. An important part of this ism is divide and conquer. Biden is not so much against Trump as against divisiveness and for working with both sides of the aisle.

The American Constitution gives the power to rule to Congress. The president isn’t that important. Yet, one of Trump’s greatest contributions has been that he proved that the lack of a real president can be fatal.

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Meanwhile, unfounded criticism of the winner of the first debate, the moderator, continues. I repeat that he really did a phenomenal job showing what the candidates are all about. Don’t blame the messenger.

Trump will be counseled, for next time, to be more presidential. So I advise Biden to be even meeker. That will bring out the bully in Trump for sure.

Now, not in the debate, it’s also hard for Biden not to focus on Trump all the time. He should extend his coaches’ advice to the rest of the campaign.

I do it like this. When I see a headline line ‘Scandalous Trump has now said …,’ I just skip it. I treat it as if it said ‘What a liar said.’ Who cares? Gives me time to acquire real information or do something else that is profitable.

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There are ideas to adopt as the song of the Republican Party this song:

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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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