Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The pros and cons of the Donald Trump presidency

We can be very short. His administration had very few pros but many cons. They just winged it but, when it came to lying, they were really top-notch.

His (mis)leading trademark became his dishonesty and unreliability.

A master con artist, he convinced psychiatrists that he’s crazy and intellectuals that he’s stupid, while he’s simply evil (and lazy).

There has not been a US president with such a rich legacy. All misleading aside, the ‘best’ thing that he did was to give a gigantic tax break to the super-rich. He enlarged the deficit for ten years to come, forever showing that the Republicans are not for deficit control. For this greed alone, the Republican Party threw away all integrity, all civility, and all principles.


When he said to the neo-Nazi Proud Boys to ‘stand down and stand by,’ they heard him say: I need you soon. Shockingly, yesterday, he did it again. He released a Statement: “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.” Only a word artist can value the ambiguity. He left unclear if he rejects all violence or rejects this declaration against the violence.

When he reads a highly scripted speech from a teleprompter, and is busy being ‘presidential,’ his fans understand that he was forced to read that but that he, obviously, doesn’t think like that. It’s part of his unending double-talk act: He does one thing and then says the exact opposite. But then the damage is done already of which he undoes nothing.

His second ‘presidential’ declaration against violence, aired during the vote to impeach him, looked less a hostage tape than the first one but, it’s still an uncomfortable Trump reading from a teleprompter. When saying: ‘I cannot emphasize enough that I’m against violence,’ he skipped ‘enough.’

He did not step back from his claim that his election ‘victory’ was stolen from him and that with weakness, nothing with be accomplished.

He didn’t disavow his ‘We love you and you are very special’ which he said to the mob while they were violating the Capitol and the people inside.

Almost all the offenses attributed to the mob that stormed the Capitol were Federal crimes. Exactly what Trump can pardon them for. But, most likely, he will only pardon Giuliani and the like, the big ones, and leave the smaller folks to fend for themselves — the hallmark of his presidency.

However, Trump has more tools than just sweet-talking people he violated. He pretends to be angry with Giuliani just not to pay him.

For many people in the US and around the globe, Trump compares to Biden as falling into a field of cactuses and getting a fabulous massage.

For Biden, to heal the rift in the nation won’t be a problem. It’s rather, to stop a sizable number of emboldened neo-Nazis and White supremacist.

Don’t ask what you country can do for you but what it can do to you.

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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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