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

Trump’s Making America Duped – again

Rumor has it that Trump has now decided to change the name of Washington DC to Washington DCt (with the T of Trump) in his own honor. (Just kidding.)

I reject the idea that today he’s lying more than a year ago. He’s simply tweeting and speaking more and therefore gets out more lies.

Much analysis goes around about why he is lying. Does he vary on the truth so much because he wants the press to seem antagonists to him so that when they have dirt on him they won’t be believed? Does he make things up all the time just to stay in the (outraged) limelight? Or does he not tell it straight constantly because he wants to get away with his imperfections? In short, does a con artist always have specific reasons, motives and goals when he’s lying, as some claim?

In the final analysis, my guess is that he confabulates non-stop because it became a habit. It became as standard to him as breathing. Untruth is to him not a mistake but not caring about truth, rules or the buck stopping anywhere.

It’s not that he doesn’t realize anymore that he does. He’s actually very proud of it and like a master artist putting the last stroke of paint on a canvas or adjusting one last flower in an arrangement, he lies with care. Not for nothing they call this being a con artist. He’s proud of a job well done every time he delivers an invention. It’s a habit but he’s aware of it.

He doesn’t feel bad about it – he feels good about it. He’s anything but timid about his abilities. And lying is his showpiece, his signature.

How to spot if Trump is lying? He lies by default. So if he seems to be telling the truth, he’s either lying or will lie about it later.

Deceit and deception for too long have been substance and staple of the democratic discourse. Sometimes, things get worse before they get better. Dishonesty needs to leave political life. Let’s hope and pray that this extreme period may help it being cleaned up in the longer run.

In honest cultures like Western ones, lying in politics has been regular but always sneakily. Once a lie was found out, it had consequences. Not anymore in Trump’s USA or the Internet with all its real fake-news. Maybe cleaning up this mess can also remove the “little” white lies and – more importantly – the pretense of caring about the common man while just being accessory to his exploitation.

And let’s not forget: we all started out honest until taught to lie.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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