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

The US Constitution needs a serious update regarding the powers of the President

The great success of the American Constitution lies in its balances of Power. Not in its perfection. It went along with slavery, women not eligible to vote, and today, with millions not being insured for health.

Yet, what does work is that the Three Branches of Government are forced to respect each other and cooperate. Without that, nothing can be done.

There are still many problems with it:
The powers that be don’t care when nothing gets done.
Its freedom of speech goes much too far as it also grants a freedom to insult, threaten, and spread anti-democratic values (racism, etc).
All kinds of freedoms seriously hurt the population (to bear any arms, to make disproportionate profits, etc.).
As if a backward country, it still has the death penalty.
I’m sure the list goes on.

Yet, I want to focus on the flaws that the Trump presidency has revealed.

Apparently, all the previous presidents, including Nixon, still had a certain amount of public decency. They tried to seem fair. They would try not to say any lies that could be exposed. They had style and pretended honesty.

That’s now all out of the window. And we can all see that the president currently has much too much power. Several obvious examples are:
He can change the partiality of the judiciary for decades to come.
He can wield much power through executive orders.
He can ignore undisputed science and facts (to serve the wealthy).
He can be partisan, divide, and call the press the enemy of the People.
He can pardon anyone convicted without recourse.
He can blatantly constantly promote his brand, business, and reelection.
He can endanger international relationships short of declaring war.
He can lie all day long, every day, and in other ways, disgraces the office.

All this with impunity as long as a Senate majority doesn’t drop him.

Serious changes must be proposed as soon as possible after the elections.

And, Trump would not be Trump, the gift that keeps giving, if he would simply accept defeat without drama. Presently, he suggests postponing the elections. After he lost, he’ll pardon anyone in jail whoever paid him a buck. And when it’s time to vacate the White House, he’ll call in the army to ‘defend’ him. At which point, soldiers will need to carry him out.

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, 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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