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

One more group the Democrats must get on board to win 2020 from Donald Trump

The Democratic candidates love to blast Trump’s economy working only for the super-rich. Truth is that it’s also working for the small-scale stock owners. Those who put their chance success at the stock market, their inheritance or life’s savings into stocks. They vote Trump because their stocks are doing great. And those are their only hopes for their old age.

Want to win from Trump? Start including the small capitalists who are too pleased with how it’s going now. Promise not to go after them. Promise to protect them too.

Everybody lies about money. The poor feel ashamed and hide how poor they are. The rich may feel ashamed and hide how rich they are. And so do most people in-between. So, when asking the small capitalists why they intend to vote for Trump, they won’t mention their few stocks. They will name anything else. But it’s their financial security they want to protect.

They are not really glad with this illiterate lying uncivilized self-serving bully in the White House. But they won’t tell you why they’ll vote for him.

Democrats may get them on board by standing with them. “We’re not after you.” Sanders must say so, Warren must too, and everyone else.

There are still people who say that the economy is doing great because of Obama. Not true. Yang says it best. It fakes doing great because the economic models measure the wrong things:

  • They tell us how low unemployment is but not how low the salaries are (lacking a decent minimum wage) and so how many jobs you must work to pay the rent and still eat.
  • They tell us how high the stock market is but not how high national debt to get there (to be paid off by later generations).
  • They tell us how large short-term profits are but not how greed is destroying nature, endangering human survival and creating wars for profit.
  • They do not rate at all idealistic activities that many of us find the most important: being a good parent, neighbor or housekeeper, a caring activist, an artist, taking care of our own well-being.
  • They tell us how well the US economy is supposedly doing but not at which price by ignoring systemic racism, gun violence, drug abuse, suicide, life expectancy, stress, distress, personal debts, family discord, social injustice (the wealthy paying zero taxes, millions un(der)-insured for healthcare, no limits for investors in health care, weapons, gun, medicine manufactory).
  • They like ‘creation of jobs’ by wasting money on weapons, petrol, cars, and ‘saving money’ by ignoring infrastructure, greening, and jobs of the future, pleasing the lobbyists running Washington (Trump IS the swamp), etc.

In Israel, most people vote for their safety. In the US, most people vote for their wallets. Small US capitalists rationalize and tolerate anything Trump does because he makes them richer. This is a large group of people who, like most other people, have very little influence in the great picture. Their only power is their small amount of money. ‘Only’ attacking the .1% frightens them too. Because when Wall Street goes down, so does their security. They need big reassurance from the Democrat candidates.

Democrats try to win back from lying Trump the tea party forgotten men and women of America. The working poor, the economically powerless.

Fine. But while trashing hyper-capitalism, stand with the small capitalists.

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 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. * 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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