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

Making Trump Great Again?

Damage control is his first priority after his disastrous impromptu Trump Tower press conference of 10 days ago. If he were a king, many would have started thinking about ending the monarchy.

Deflecting blame, distancing himself from the ultra-Right in the form of dumping Steve Bannon (and if needed others), was another attempt in that direction, given that he doesn’t do apologies. In paying respect to Bannon, he did throw in a swipe at Hillary Clinton — how absurd.

While it is important that he’d stop saying terrible things, for the well-to-do there is a greater priority even. He needs to achieve or he will be dumped, as I pointed out before.

The wealthy might tolerate his messy leadership style as a side effect of making the rich richer again. But if he continues not to perform (no Obama care replacement, no tax cuts) the affluent will chuck him.

The only reason he’s still president is that the prosperous are still hoping and waiting to see if their watchdog, the new White House chief of staff, retired four-star Marine General John F. Kelly, can both contain the mess but more importantly have Trump repair his relationships on the Hill to get his economic “reforms” done.

The news of his political demise is therefore greatly exaggerated.

If he succeeds to make the Donald great again and all the rich richer again, Trump will stay on, no matter what he says or tweets in his free time. If he doesn’t deliver, an pretext to impeach him is easily found.

Meanwhile, we, the People, have the privilege to continue fighting his outrageousness. While doing that, no one should forget that his noise is mainly a distraction, to divert attention from his laziness, his illiteracy, his broken promises but most importantly from his executive orders by which he, day after day, tries to scale back eight years of Obama and anything else sensible and protective (of workers, environment). So, until he’s tossed out, don’t hide in your armchair.

This is my 50th TOI blog post on Trump, some of the best still to come.

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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