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

The only chance for the Republicans to win 2020

At election day, the US will have hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths, not only through presidential incompetence but demonstrably via the clown-in-chief exacerbating the epidemic.

At election day 2020, the US will have a record-high unemployment, have walked away from a Wall Street crash several times, have seen with their own eyes how economic support all went to the rich and powerful while the needy got nothing again, despite continuous promises to the contrary by the fool in chief.

At the presidential elections of 2020, the US will be suffering from unprecedented anxiety and polarization with White Nationalism, racism, and anti-Semitism at historic levels leaving many former Trump-voters embarrassed, eager to distance themselves from the joker in chief.

It would be one thing for Trump to lose but to lose from Joe Biden is like losing a race against a snail. There is no greater embarrassment.

Meanwhile, the rich and corrupt can’t take such a gamble. They cannot go into the election with the almost certain outcome that their gigantic new tax breaks would be undone, deregulations would be deregulated, record revenues for industries as the pharmaceutical, weapon redirected.

But how can the Republican Party change its candidate without being seen as weak losers not worth voting for?

Their only hope is someone so different and spectacular that Trump will be forgotten in two seconds flat. A dark-horse candidate who’s charming, would be the US’s first female president (pretending being progressive while having a woman leader of State is totally common already around the globe), a non-White (replacing anti-racism Biden with colorblindness), and someone capable of sidestepping any enmity toward Trump.

I don’t know if Nikki Haley could say no when the Republicans have no other alternative. She clearly can do all the above and more. She’ll take a guy VP for the men who need a fella to identify with. They could cancel the elections because she’ll win hands-down.

Of course, the Republican party would take a big risk with her as president. They certainly would lose the Senate already. She may restore the Paris Accords, international diplomacy (lowering war profits), install healthcare for all, institute a fair minimum wage, outlaw White nationalism, demilitarize the police and the public, return credit to science, but hey — what does it risk losing with a looming Biden presidency? She might even pull off an election platform good enough for Andrew Yang as VP.

And so one keeps dreaming of a better future. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. History in the making — never a boring moment.

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 (, 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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