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

Lonely Trump the chatterbox — missing Macron

It’s every news anchor’s worst nightmare to be on live TV on the phone with a chatterbox whom you can’t get rid off because it’s the president of the United States.

I’ve rejected many attacks on Trump, as if he were stupid (he’s brilliant and so has learned no discipline or patience, even to read), a hardcore racist (he just doesn’t know about oppression so what you see is run-of-the-mill racism), a bragging attention-craving narcissist (no, he’s just pleasing his base), a political idiot (no, he was predicted not to win, he won, and he’s now ignoring all advice and repeats what gave him his win — the first success in a long carrier), naive (no, shrewdly, he’s dismantling Obama’s successes and enriching the rich), etc.

But, as reported by several reliable sides (here, here and here), he crashed Fox and Friends and started rambling about everything on earth and the kitchen sink. I can’t give an innocent twist to that! What happened?

I know he’s a con artist, always ready to try talk himself out of any truth not comfortable for him, but this beat everything he ever said in public.

He went over every thing that bothered him in the past year, giving his stale versions on them, then on-and-on-and-on.

How lonely must one be and how unaware, to do so?!

Is this a new condition? Was he drunk? Was he angry? Was he desperate? Is he getting senile? Our most likely and therefore first assumption must be that this is not a new illness. Then what is this?

Just days before, he received French President Emanuel Macron on a state visit, where he was swept away by his blatant signs of affection for him — though he stealthily did wipe off his cheek after getting a wet kiss on it. Even Macron disagreeing with him did not stop this love affair.

I think he misses the love and admiration he got from his European counterpart. Such lonesomeness would propel many people into chatting to anyone they meet. And most will not be aware that their words are just signs of loneliness — but everyone else is.

Did he talk about Macron at all during this prime-time nonsense? (I learned from my psychiatry teacher Prof. dr. P.C. Kuiper that when listening to others, pay attention to what they don’t say, what is strangely missing.) Well, I listened to the rambling half-hour affair and that’s what he started with.

To unpack everything he said would take pages and pages, which I won’t spend. I’ll only focus on when and where he started harping.

Fox’s anchors’ questions were really not lame or so bad. And Trump was at his “best” at the beginning of each answer, giving his first spin, but he just didn’t know when to stop talking. It’s the con artist style: Trying to figuring out what to say while talking in vague terms, and rehearsing old answers already in stock. He totally missed that the anchors were often snickering at his overly-known self-propaganda and over-the-top mischaracterizations.

Normally, in a pub, you would say, sorry, I need the bathroom. And if he would follow you to the door, you’d flee through the window. Poor Fox and Friends anchors. They had to cut him loose for all the hear.

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. * 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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