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

What the anti-Trump opposition and the media need to understand to stop promoting him

Trump, I’ve written it over and over again, is working for and heading towards his next election win. New polls have his approval rating among voters at a whopping 49%!

I mean this public servant who habitually lies, womanizes, aids the super rich and abandons the rest? Yes, that’s the one! What is his secret? How can people who rightly criticize his actions fail so much? I think that there is one very simple answer.

More than the public loves sensations (scandals), it hates negativity. Trump gives a positive sin to everything, leaving the opposition and the media to point out all the lies. That’s aiding the Donald!

They helped him to his victory without him spending anything on advertising. He didn’t change his strategy, and neither did the others.

Stop nagging about Trump. Satire is OK (Steven Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, Jordan Klepper, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Jim Jefferies and their fellow presenters and speechwriters and thankfully so many others) but it’s pushing the limits.

What needs to happen is good beautiful uplifting empowering news.

Instead of: look how Trump destroys the environment, bring: look how well environmental activists and nations have already progressed on saving the planet, and after Trump, the US will step right in to do its fair global share.

Instead of: look how Trump is not draining the swamp but is buddies with all the super rich, bring: look how well Obama did pulling the country out the banking scandal not-of-his-making and his recovery of the job market is still having momentum.

Instead of: look how immoral Trump is, bring: look at how well #metoo is working out, how awareness is growing and how activism flourishes.

Instead of: look what a liar Trump is, bring: look how truth is becoming more and more important to more and more people. Once, US public life was fake and politics its temple. Now people really start longing for a fresh start with integrity. This is so much bigger than Trump. The issue is not how to get rid of Trump but how to purge all of politics of pretense.

Instead of: Trump might have colluded with the Russians, bring: we were unexpecting but now we’re learning to protect ourselves against foreign meddling with our elections.

PS: What a bad idea to call a Jerusalem square after someone still alive. As the Stalin lane in Amsterdam proved: only name thoroughfares after dead people, when you know the total record of their lives

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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