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

Trumpian Bluff

The present US President Donald John Trump only does things he needs no diploma for: shoving money around, playing golf and now being president. How does he do all of this without any formal education or training? The answer is one word: bluff. He is a poker player. Let’s look at some highlights of his entertainment.

Business. He is a self-declared millionaire. Yet, he might not have a cent to him; it doesn’t matter. All that counts, pardon the pun, is image. One can live very well – as my mother used to call it – from interest of one’s debts. He just went bankrupt numerous times and then won from that by tax deducted the losses. Apparently, he never lost, pardon the pun, any sleep over so robbing from many people he dealt with what they were entitled to. He has no respect for losers. That he made them lose is immaterial, pun not intended. After all, walking is in fact slowly falling forwards but swinging a leg that makes you progress instead….

Negotiations. His self-declared specialty. However, we have seen that he only has four modes: 1. Being slimy. See if it gets him what he wants. 2. Being blunt. I want this. See if others will “cooperate.” 3. Capitulating, in order to pretend he won. “Look, everyone seems happy with our deal.” 4. Completely surprising others by choosing way outside of the box that is totally unfavorable for himself. That is his definition of outsmarting others. He lost, but who cares? You win some, you lose some. As a dictatorial person, he has no clue about negotiating. He also doesn’t have the patience for it. But it all doesn’t matter as long he can say afterwards that he TRiuMPhed.

Elections. Against all odds he won. He’s dead set on winning again. So what does he do? He repeats whatever gave him the first term in office. Everyone predicted he would never make it, so he’s not disheartened by all the polls in the world now saying that “again” we won’t stand a chance in hell. He proved them all wrong and he’ll be happy to repeat that. In fact, he’s a arch-optimist who never lets doom or fact gets in his way. And he might be right again after all, because there is no worthy competition in sight. Don’t forget that he won because most people didn’t like either candidate, so likability has nothing to do with it!

Boss. Remember his “When you’re so rich, you can do whatever you want.”? That’s what he does. He learned, that for most people you can “make it OK” if you say the right thing afterwards – and smile, if needed. It doesn’t have to be true – truth is just a hang up for losers. (Don’t blame him for lying if you can’t take his truth!) And whatever he is, he’s not a looser. And if you can upset them, they look like losers and you’ve half won already. Upset them! Insult them! This is especially worthy as a smokescreen, to divert attention from all the important stuff he tries to do when no one is watching. However, he now works under a boss – elected politicians – for the first time in his life – and he doesn’t even realize it – why are they bothering him? As any capitalist boss, they are creating a file with every problem they’re having with this president. When time has come to dump him, such a file will come in very handy.

Once you understand that it’s all fun for him, you won’t need to waste your time, energy and sanity by labeling him as wicked. He’s not evil incarnate. He’s just in a different movie. You try to create a better world – he’s simply gaming. Just get him to return to his movie.

PS: There’s been much criticism on the political establishment (and I’m not saying that’s incorrect) but isn’t Trump making them look good?

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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. 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * 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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