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

Understanding the lying by Donald Trump and why the liars now dropped him

US President Trump must have seen for decades, all the lying politicians were doing and thought: I can do that much better. And he was right. As long as he could keep pretending that he was rich and successful, he didn’t care if he was called a liar or even seemed a liar. Even while most grownups don’t believe in Santa anymore, they still like the guy.

When he promised to take down the swamp in Washington, few of the common folks knew that he was the swamp. Swamp meant: corrupt politicians who are only interested in the egos and bank accounts of themselves and the super-rich. The difference was that Trump didn’t need to be bought — he was already part of the class that owns the US.

When he jokingly said that rich Jews were not going to support him because he doesn’t need their money, he wasn’t joking. He was trying to explain that he doesn’t need to be bought — he’s already “in.”

The manager and mafia boss he was didn’t know anything. He wasn’t a Republican nor a Democrat. He wasn’t religious and not even an Atheist. He has no loyalty “issue” — only a commitment to himself and “his” people.

He didn’t know politics, he bragged. (You sent your son to a psychiatrist for bed-wetting — did it help? Sure! He’s not ashamed of it anymore.) No idea about defense or economics. (The moneys he pushed around he got from his father and he never made a penny himself. Losing money and going bankrupt is much more profitable.) No clue about science and no clue about social relationships. (He’s not a White supremacist because he couldn’t care less about any philosophy about certain people. His coarse prejudices were enough to work with.) He is too smart and easily bored to read or listen (beyond entertainment — TV). He’d wing it. And he did.

He’s like the storyteller. You know it’s made up but you still listen. Like the magician. You know he fools you but how? Professional politicians would try to hide they’re lying — Trump doesn’t care. It’s the art of the deal.

Where did he go wrong? As a bully, he likes bullies. And the rest needs to fold when he says so. And so he messed up all relationships except with Jews who go 2000 years of training being a poodle to the powers that be.

This all went fine with as highlight an enormous “trickle down” tax cut for the super-rich that created an extra debt that will take workers decades to pay back. But his Waterloo came when he started a trade war with China.

The financial world order became a total mess, the US economy (a measure of how much the rich are making) started caving and reelection became questionable. This was a sign for the super-rich that Trump needed to go. He had been their useful idiot but now had become their unhelpful moron. He even could cause a socialist to be elected as his successor — perish the thought! Their enfant terrible, investment banker Anthony Scaramucci, has spoken. It’s time to retire Trump. It’s time for a calmer conservative, like the VP. To Make America Great Again.

The super-rich will be grateful for years to come for all the money gained but he’s fired. All the reasons that they’ll mention (he’s crazy, he broke the law, he’s indecent) were known before he got elected. They’re now used as pretexts. Trump was elected by deceit. He’ll be sacked the way he came.

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I am saddened to add that the reportedly most honest of Democratic contenders, Bernie Sanders, was less than upfront when speaking to a large gathering of Muslims in the US. He did mention his passion against discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” and — to applause — that he’s a proud son of Jewish immigrants. But precisely at that gathering, sadly, he omitted stating the need to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Instead, he envisions the US to “broker a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” NB: “peace process,” not “peace”! Strangely, he talked about containing abuse in China and Saudi Arabia but not Iran, Iraq (deploring that the US started the war that took down Saddam Hussein), and Russia. So much for political integrity in the opposition against Donald Trump.

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On second thought, I think I may be mistaken in what I just wrote. Bernie would in front of any audience call for the fight against sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and leave out anti-Semitism. In any meeting he would say “safety for Israel is very important to me but.” At any forum he’d object against bothering the world’s greatest bully, Iran. Maybe I shouldn’t blame him more for his lack of solidarity with Israel than any leftwing Gentile.

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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