Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Trump continues as always, by distracting, scandalizing, and contradicting

After the publication of the phone call with Georgia’s highest election official to rig the election to his advantage, you’d think: NOW it’s over.

But no, it wasn’t. While people said, now, impeach him, the next day, he incited his mob to storm the Capitol. Remove him from office, said many.

The next day, the White House ‘leaked’ that he now considers pardoning himself. An old idea but when said freshly, always good food for alarmists.

The next day, his press secretary released a statement ‘from everyone in the White House,’ strongly condemning the assault on the Capitol.

Half a day later, Trump released a clip in which he condemns in the strongest terms the assault on Parliament that he himself instigated as we saw on live TV. The culprits must be punished to the full extent of the law. They are un-American. The day before, he called them patriots and loved.

His latest, well written ‘presidential’ speech was the height of chutzpah. He was like a bank robber at sentencing, giving a speech about the value of honesty. It was all well put but as dishonest as the robbery itself.

(He mispronounced the word ‘intruders.’ It’s a hard word — so many syllables. He said it like infidels. Its stress is like in the word insiders.)

And that’s how he has always operated. To defend against a scandal, distract with a new scandal. To defend against an attack, distract with a counter-attack. To defend against a lie discovered, lie the opposite.

Criticize him, but hey, it works. His critics say: look, he’s going more and more down, loses his balance. He says: I’m simply descending the stairs.

The mob was a mixture of radicalized fascists and fools fooled by Trump.

Spooky, still, all these neo- and not-so-neo-Nazis feeling good in the US.

Facebook (finally) dares to block him forever because it’s too risky to let him SPEAK. But politics still lets him DECIDE and DECLARE WAR. No need to think very hard to see what’s broken in US politics. The country is run by the privileged who never learned that setting limits is part of life.

Spoiled brats allowed for a clown in the Oval Office and a raging pandemic going unhindered. And centuries of racism, sexism, and money in politics.

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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX among the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon, and search: "zuiden, XXX". * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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