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

Scandal-ridden, publicity-seeking US president comes across as dumb

When you sue a bully, that is a sign for him to double down and not give in. So sue Trump for violating the First Amendment, Freedom of the Press, for blocking the senior CNN White-House reporter from White House press conferences. You’ll get a protracted court case but hopefully, for posterity, obtain a verdict setting a precedent so that in the future, it cannot censure journalists, disallowing them to be at any briefings. That should be a nice effect of Trump losing his cool at the Midterms’ results.

(Though hate speech should not be covered by the First Amendment.)

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Trump replacing AG Sessions for biased Acting AG Whitaker, a known opponent of Special Prosecutor Mueller about Trump allegedly colluding with the Russians, cautious Mueller received exactly what he needs. As soon as Whitaker moves to fire him, or possibly earlier, he’ll file for an obstruction of justice case against Trump. This substitution was almost as stupid as if he would have replaced him with the Russian ambassador.

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Trump’s speech writers and Trump himself totally missed the purpose of the centennial commemoration of the end of WW I. This is not an opportunity to glorify one’s own soldiers, to heap praise on their – granted – selflessness, marvel in their victory or to praise the Alliance. His veneration of battle signaled the US leader being at a total loss.

The horrors of WW I were followed by a stark sense that we need to fight war itself and its scourges. Poisonous gasses were new at the battlefield and killed millions. When the wind turned, your own soldiers died like flies. Millions of boys senselessly perished these horrible deaths as if worthless dispensable creatures. A 100 years ago, not victory was celebrated but the end to this terrible warfare that so much had put mankind to shame.

To prevent such depressing costly senseless unnecessary wars, the League of Nations, and after WW II, the United  Nations, were founded. It was revulsion against war itself that triumphed, more than beating some enemy. Armistice Sunday / Veterans Day is for reenergizing that commitment against nationalism, as host French President Macron clarified. No wonder, draft dodger Trump missed it. He had just glorified Nationalism. But Macron and others clarified to his face how Patriotism is good and Nationalism is not. We didn’t know that Trump could even further disgrace himself and the US in the eyes of the world. How embarrassing.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of 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. 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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