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

The Working-Class elephant in the TV studio

Donald J. Trump proclaimed himself king of the Working Class and won the presidency for it. In his campaign, he stood up for “the forgotten men and women” of America. That was not only a smart move, it was also a just action. Although he very well may have done so for all the wrong reasons (conning people, getting to fame), it was more than fair and long overdue to give the ones who do the country’s work a spot in the limelight.

I know that the rich and famous love to speak for the Common Men but often they are self-appointed to that job and terribly arrogant for it. Not so, Trump. He was elected for it.

We are a year-plus further and nothing has changed.

I’m not talking about Trump benefiting the rich and stealing from the poor – and lying about it and getting away with it so far – his ratings have not changed. I’m talking about Washington DCt, from the House of Representatives (sic) to the press corps, all talking like and reasoning as the Middle Class, or only self-appointedly for Blue-Collar Workers.

When TV shows have specialists to analyze the news, why do they never present people who work with their hands? Women: check – Feminism is up and running. Non-Whites: check – US anti-Racism is activated. But anti-Classism? Laborers are still considered deplorable second-class citizens (while they are from the only real Class), good to be milked and exploited, and for the rest, they should shut up.

They supposedly don’t know how to express themselves “properly,” lack fancy words and abundant pretense to hide bigoted ideas. They are not trained in sounding intellectual, steeped in nuance, promoting opposing ideas (on the one hand …) to confuse and obscure.

In my experience, Working-Class people will say “the wrong thing,” not always being up-to-date with what is “politically correct” but that that often is just a reflection of prejudice ideas that everyone knows. But because they say it frankly, you can talk about it with them (Or scream at them for it.) While the Middle Class and up will say all the “right things” and there is nothing to talk about until you shatter the pretense. Meanwhile, the non-academics are branded the “real bigots.”

Roseanne Barr made the mistake forgetting that she wasn’t elected but had a boss, so she was fired for racist talk. But not for peddling outlandish conspiracy theories. Never mind – Trump will appoint her soon to something. Or maybe a zoo will have some job opening for her – so that she can learn about monkeys.

(Recently, she has expressed a wish to make aliyah and become Prime Minister here. Can someone please inform her that the “Israeli Trump” (Bibi) is already Jewish, reads books and never says anything homophobic, sexist, racist or degrading of any oppressed group?)

In any case, the Middle-Class show goes on. Trump obviously does not mind being the sole uncontested spokesperson of the Workers.

After more than a year, nothing has changed and nothing has been learned from Trump’s win. At this rate, he’ll win again (and have a Democratic House and Senate to “work” with), thanks to everyone who gets heated up and fired up about Racism, Sexism, and You-name-it-ism but forgets the Working Class, the Them The People.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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