Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Understanding Donald Trump for Left-Wing intellectuals

I continue to read and hear nonsense by sophisticated Left-Wingers. Let me try again to clarify.

1. Workers — Donald Trump is on a four-year election tour for 2020. That’s his first priority. Since everyone, friend and foe, predicted that he would not win in the last election, he will not take seriously anything that predicts his future loss. And working hard got him there and he’s working for it again. (In work hours he’s lazy, but not in tenacity.)

He will say and do what his base likes. There is no deeper logic or ideology behind much of what he does. His lust for media attention is not for self-gratification but mainly for cheap publicity.

So, he brands himself as streetwise, strong, rich (the workers vicariously adore the successful). He spits on his hypocritical lying pretending arrogant (“deplorables”) opponents and takes personal revenge on the book-smart people. He’s very close to the working Joes, and they feel it.

2. Libertarians — Meanwhile, he does not forget to keep his “liberal” base happy. Those are people who want to deregulate as much as possible because regulations generally protect the weak and hinder the powerful. The “profit goes for anything” guys are very pleased with their president. As a bonus and to distract, he throws in some politically incorrect stuff.

3. The Rich — It is important that he doesn’t neglect the haves. This goes at the expense of the have-nots, but the reverse Robin Hood makes sure that they’ll never find out until it’s too late (see 1). It’s going very well.

4. Character — All the analyses by real psychiatrists and the best tealeaf-readers amount to nothing. He’s not narcissistic nor an ideological racist (he has no time or patience for ideology). Rather,

A. He’s so brilliant that he has developed no patience, discipline or reading skills (for anything longer than his signature, including the Donald Duck). He assumes that anything can be learned on the fly.

B. He’s also used to be the boss, so he doesn’t see any need to explain, obey or cooperate. He enjoys winning and gratifying his lusts – who doesn’t? – and his working-class base is vicariously with him.

C. He’s a great pretender, enjoying to fool folks. That’s his little secret. He’s not immoral; morality should play no role in doing business. He’s a very effective speaker. He gets a kick out of convincing against the facts.

D. He’s actually a very poor negotiator. He only has two modes: Forget it, and: I’ll give you more than you asked for. The first makes him come out tough and the second gives him “impossible” “deals.”

E. He’s a practical conservative guy. The end justifies the means. And what always worked will work again. Use Jews; they always deliver.

F. He learned that bullying works well, to feign anger intimidates, but being nice and charming works best with “idiots” (normal people). As with many strong people, many project their weaknesses on him. He (of course) likes other strongmen.

G. He will never get unhappy. He’ll put a positive swing on anything to stay happy and hopeful.

So no, he’s not stupid, an ideologist or crazy. And he’s more humble than most in the political world. But who wants to admit that (if they’d every recognize humility), because that’s really embarrassing.

The bad news:

– He’s going to win a second term.

– He just got the opportunity to give the US Supreme Court a Conservative majority for decades to come, Making America Immoral Again (death penalty, guns everywhere and gay oppression, abortion illegal, reduced support for the weak and environment).

Those who know how to pray, better start working hard at it.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. 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This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. 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