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

Trump’s COVID-19 fiasco is just one of many that’ll reverberate for generations

  • Heart-breaking, all the 100,000 going up to 200,000 deaths that could have been prevented had he listened to health experts. So many deaths, so many bereaved, so much heartache.
  • Obviously, most acutely, nationwide protests and riots underscore how not only Trump fanned the flames of racism already in his first election campaign and also during his presidency (“very fine people on both sides”) but also has no empathy to calm the protesters.
  • The national debt, even before the health debacle that tanked the economy, went up a trillion dollars to be paid by future generations to give the rich more tax breaks. (And now, his passivity against the coronavirus killed twice as many jobs are in the Great Depression.)
  • He totally neglected all the areas that needed priority in the first place, from helping the poor, fighting structural racism and sexism, promoting a green economy, healthcare for all, repairing infrastructure, etc. He only helped the wealthy.
  • He promoted bigotry and supremacy as no US president has done for generations, undermining the image of the greatness not only of the US but also of democracy in general.
  • He totally bungled international diplomacy, enabling Russia and China to dive into the vacuum, to divide up the world between their dictatorships. Trump has been singing the praise of so many dictators around the globe, giving them a generous total pass.
  • He messed up internationally totally. He betrayed the Kurds and allowed Russia and Turkey to divide Syria. His Deal of the Century messed up progress in Israel for the one-State solution. He agitated Iran and Iraq by executing without profit an Iranian general. He ruined the relations with all other States in the Americas.
  • Again, so much money was spent on preparing for a large-scale war, from space force to nuclear tests (upcoming), instead of preventing this costly nonsense by using diplomacy.
  • The most urgent existential crisis there is, the climate crisis, got four years delay by his abandonment, which will prove crucial for many future losses of life of both humans and the rest of existence.

I just urge the American People to stop electing a fake, a clown as leader. Although, to deem the US President the mightiest world leaders is an overstatement, s/he is important in defending democracy, climate, science, health, diplomacy, peace, justice, around the world.

Biden talks about suing Trump. Maybe the UN should discuss suing the US.

BTW: What would happen if Trump got incapacitated before the elections? And who would replace Biden if he got incapacitated before the elections?

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. * 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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