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

Trump is just a puppet of the rich – keep him dangling

The following is not comparing anyone to the most evil person who ever walked the face of the earth. Doing so would not only be an undeserved insult to the former (not all ruthless people are Hitler) but also make the later come out more humane than deserved. So, I’m not going to compare these two in the moral sense. But I’m going to contrast them politically.

Second caveat: I’m going to use the word idiot, not insulting people who happen to have a less-than-average IQ, but rather to mean: unwise. One can be brilliant and still an idiot.

The despicable Hitler was used by the super-rich in Germany as a figurehead to their control of government. The ruthless evil brilliant idiot felt super-mighty but in fact he was just an imperialist capitalist puppet.

The following true story may illustrate how the extremely-wealthy inside and outside Germany were buddies while working-class boys from both camps killed each other off at the battle fields (in the meantime, making the war industries earn fortunes).

I was a young student still, end of the 1970s, when on an exceptionally warm day (it must have been around 300 C), I went on a bike ride to the old beautiful red-brick-stone central post office at the center of Amsterdam. Unintentionally, my large sun hat blocked view on my yarmulke and my tall body in shorts took away any chance that I would “look Jewish” according to any stereotype. I don’t think that the following could have happened if I had “looked Jewish.”

I had trouble finding the exact box that I needed, but I was in luck. Though the office was closed and the sweltering streets were completely empty, I found a very sweaty panting old post office worker who gladly helped me. I wanted to walk away thanking him, but stopped to really thank him. I added with a big grin: The Postal Service must be very glad with someone who is as loyal and dedicated as you.

No doubt it was a combination of factors that made him open up about something that I don’t think he ever told anyone, including when he was drunk (if ever). Surely, my youthful happy friendly face must have helped. I inherited it from my mother, who was a psychiatric nurse. Her “open” look always helped people to confide in her. Typically, older new Shabbat hosts would tell me their Holocaust stories at the festive table – which I was always eager to hear as my parents themselves did not like to ‘burden’ their children with their horrors. The very unusual weather (in those days) must have helped too. And my compliment. Anyway, here he went. He spoke slowly but I had all the time in the world.

It’s not my first difficult day at the Post. In the War, I also worked here. We managed the secret cables, right under this building. He sounded very proud, but I still had no idea what he was talking about. He clarified. We made sure that the daily stock market results were sent from the Ruhr Area to London at midday and the other way around at the end of the day. (I write these times from memory. I don’t know if they are accurate.) We kept it up all through the war; we never missed passing on one report.

I never found a Dutch historian who was willing to research this. (I also didn’t try too hard.)

Towards the end of WW II, the German industrialists tried to get rid of Hitler, because the useful idiot starting to lose the war and in general becoming bad for business. They weren’t quick enough.

So, again, I’m only going to draw a political, not an ethical, parallel.

Trump is just a brilliant useful idiot for the financial interests of the very-rich. He too feels super-important and powerful – but he is neither.

He’s still promising in that he tries to ‘improve’ US Tax Law but it’s not clear if he can ever deliver – he’s such a mess. Can others tame him?

In any case, he’s started already hurting the name of the Republican Party big time. He is connecting very strongly as no one before, Small Government with abuse of the Working Class. Also his flirtation with Russia doesn’t sit well with the conservatives. After Trump, the next election goes hands-down to Socialist Bernie Saunders. So it’s only a matter of time until Wall street sends Trump to the dump, to save what can be saved. They’ll find a pretext.

Meanwhile, I hope that Civil Servants, the Press and the Public can keep Trump distracted as much as he tries to distract us, from the real social damage that he tries to inflict. Because all his reign boils down to is the oldest sin in the world: grabbing and greed. The rest is distraction.

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 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. 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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