Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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What are good reasons to impeach and remove President Trump?

I’m writing this because he’s using salami tactics. Every time when you think it can’t get worse, it is. And we’re getting numb to the previous scandals as bigger ones emerge. It’s true that many people stay upset about his presidency, but mainly about the newest stuff. It would be nice if we could distance ourselves a bit from the problems and think again: What would be good reasons to impeach Trump?

1. The Russians sabotaged the election of Hillary Clinton because they preferred a political idiot over a savage politician. You can’t blame Trump for being liked by a foreign government, even for all the wrong reasons.

2. He is a political outsider. That may be true to a degree that was not seen before, but he’s not the first fictional hero from the big or small screen. Reagan showed that that doesn’t exclude someone for the highest office.

3. He’s incompetent as he does not understand the political process. That’s not a good reason either. Even if he’s practically illiterate and only gets his information from TV. He’s been chosen by the People, and he’d better be helped to understand how and where to fit in and be helpful.

4. He purposefully hurts people verbally, because it gives him free publicity, gives him short-term victories, and for many makes him come across as strong and competent. Yet, in a country where Free Speech is sacred, that is hard to block from the most powerful man.

5. He says rude things that damage the honor of the presidency and never says sorry. That may be true to a degree that was not seen before, but that doesn’t exclude someone from the highest office. Also Nixon was not more or less forced to quit just for being vulgar.

6. He’s socially inapt, especially not good at humbleness or empathy, especially in understanding society’s underdogs – except for Jews. In short: he’s not nice enough and upsets people. That is not a good criterion to dump him. One day we may need someone more nasty.

7. He’s authoritarian. It’s no problem to be the boss when you’re the boss, but in a democracy you can’t play despot. That’s true, but that only means that other politicians refuse to cooperate with him. He doesn’t have the possibility to turn the country into a dictatorship. Let him be angry about that for all he wants but – again – unpleasantness and character flaws are no ground for dismissal.

8. He’s mentally and/or neurologically sick. He’s not. He’s often misunderstood. People read into his behavior what they want to or project their own mindset onto him. Sometimes he’s forgetful, which is normal under stress or when you’re basically uninterested in what needs to be said or done. He is rigid in his tactics (did anyone notice?) and either a bully or a pushover, lacking the stamina and patience needed in negotiations but many are. He has a short fuse, but that makes him unpleasant to deal with but not incompetent. He’s crafty and not stupid.

9. He is dangerous because he could single-handedly start a nuclear (world) war, and he’s crazy enough to do so. This is not true as nuclear war is bad for business. Nuclear weapons only give money to the rich as long as they are stored and not used. Further, this idea that he could launch the missiles in five minutes is only to return fire, not to start a war as aggressor.

10. All of the above together. It does add up, that’s true. But it’s like someone with 20 ailments but no sickness. You may call him weak but not ill.

11. However, there is one aspect that I left out. He’s dishonest in the highest degree. Not just the way lawyers, businessmen and politicians typically might lie all day long. He has no regard whatsoever for facts that don’t suit him. The end – winning – justifies the means – always. He’s a weathercock, a pragmatist (non-idealist) and con artists in the extreme. He’s impossible to work with or trust. That should be the sole reason to send him home. And fast.

His removal will compensate for all the times we should have heard “I’m sorry.” And then, of course, a lot of damage needs to be undone.

The take away from this presidency must be that it should be over with lying indifferent politicians. This paradise of make belief and pretense ought to be vacated. We need to usher in a new era of politicians with integrity. Merely sending Trump off is not enough.

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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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