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

Trump is not afraid of losing or is he?

US President Trump is not afraid of losing anymore because he has lost so many times before. He’s also too macho to admit fear. Fear is for his opponents. He will be the bull(y) in the china shop of Washington.

He went bankrupt so many times, losing has no spell on him anymore.

If Republicans keep the House and the Senate, no worry was needed.

If they lose either or both, he’ll make deals with Democrats. He’s a very poor deal-maker, though, predictable and timid. He has only two modes of operation and he’s too impatient to attempt anything else. He may first bully his opponent and if that doesn’t deliver, simply give in and brag about how fast he struck a deal.

The truth is, of course, that he doesn’t care. When words become meaningless, life lost its sense. The former reality show (a contradiction in terms as reality should be real and a show but a show) boss can’t tell the difference between yes and no, night and day, win and loss.

And of course, habitual lying helps for everything. If the Republicans lose, he had nothing to do with it; if they win, it’s because of him. He even had the audacity to say that the Enemy of the People (the press) would say the reverse. Anyway, he can’t lose because even if he would, it wasn’t a loss, it wasn’t him and let’s change the subject or go on the attack.

After a loss, he’ll continue his executive orders and if he doesn’t get enough done quickly enough, he might get bored or frustrated and resign (gasp). If he’s not forced to do so to avoid prosecution. He’ll live outside the US and stay the 45th US President. Nothing will be lost.

The above I wrote before election day.

Nancy Pelosi, congrats on becoming the new House Majority Leader (Speaker). Of course, Trump called to congratulate you, because he’ll need to work with you now. It will be a piece of cake. Mazal tov.

However, Trump’s call for Democrats and Republicans to cooperate is a first sign that he will play them against each other.

Luckily, in the Late Show recently, you told Stephen Colbert that the big difference between her and Trump is that she has a very thick skin. It’ll come in handy.

Democrats will have greater power to influence foreign policy. (Reuters horribly forgot climate change.) But Pelosi, a long-term friend of Jews and Israel (it quietly  runs in the family), will prevent the corrupt Arab-Palestinian leadership regaining power.

And Democrats suddenly got subpoena power to probe Trump’s personal and professional missteps — and his long-withheld tax returns and more. It will be war – and Trump will love  it. Not being frustrated by those damned Representatives (Enemy of the People number two?) but he will love the animosity. He hates wimps (unless they’re Jewish).

But I must admit that I now doubt my above prediction that a loss would not move Trump. He seemed  very moody about losing the House – and not even celebratory about keeping the Senate. he immediately fired AG Jeff Sessions. With such irritability, quitting when frustrated too much is not so far-fetched a scenario.

It just occurred to me that Trump calling the media the Enemy of the People, might give away that when he reads the “We, the People,” he thinks that it talks about him. He does have a private Working Class identity.

And, I’d say: Robert Mueller, take ’em away!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. His fields of attention are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of 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) and Veganism. 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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