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

Update: Trump’s funniness is a strategy, not weakness

Watergate Scandal reporter Bob Woodward’s recorded interviews with Trump reveal that the president is not bothered by stupidity, vanity, incompetence, racism, etc. Rather, all his public weirdness is a well-calculated strategy to stay in charge. Cold calculated strategy.

  1. Scandal

When a scandal breaks, Trump has a number of proven strategies:

A. Start a new scandal to drown out the noise from the previous one.
B. Accuse the accusers of doing worse things and being hypocrites.
C. Divide public sentiment and then speak out against the polarization.

He’s not bragging to get the glamor. It’s to look good to the voters.

2. Racism

A. Make sure everyone is either accusatory or defensive about Racism.
B. The angrier reporters and commentators the better.
C. Then promise Law and Order and Unity.

He’s not a racist. But just he knows using it may give him the election.

3. Economy

A. Make the super-rich happy.
B. Lie to the rest that the economy/jobs have never been as good.
C. Say that his opposition is after the workers’ savings and healthcare.

Almost everyone lies about money so this one is easy.

4. International Relations

A. Look for anything that turns heads, good or bad. Take credit anyway.
B. Deny science. Deny you denied it. Deny the facts.
C. When in doubt, lie.

Put everyone on the wrong foot. Claim victory whenever anyone wavers.

5. Personality

A. Be brazen, mean, crass, outrageous. Do/say things no one dares. Gloat.
B. Incense decent assistants. Fire them to only have yes-(wo)men left.
C. Say the opposite of the truth/what you just said. Call critics nitpickers.

Let small powerless people (voters) vicariously enjoy your power.


Trump proves the goodness of the American People

Let’s end on a positive note.

The fact that a master con artist can fool roughly half the American nation for four years in a row shows how naive it is. They’re good people who do not suspect others of being completely wicked, callous, and heartless.

And there is more good on its way. Slowly, Americans are finding out how much they have been conned. It’s a costly lesson but at least, this education will prevent this from ever happening again.

Not only will the US public not elect such a con artist again for generations to come. Also new additions to the Constitution limiting the power of the president will ensure that this scandal will remain history.

It is even possible that the US will adopt a norm for in politics that frowns on all deceit. You’re caught lying, you’re done as politician. Don’t say that’s impossible. I saw it working for decades when I lived in the Netherlands.

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 (, 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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