Jaime O’Neill: Here we are, a half century later. The Voting Rights Act is under siege, police brutality seems to be on the rise, and our worst nightmare in in the White House.
Jaime O’Neill: Over the course of some 40 years, I read tens of thousands of student papers, millions of words committed to paper largely by young people who would rather have been doing almost anything else.
Jaime O’Neill: Since Trump began the arrogant acting out of our most childish fears and fantasies, he’s got literally billions of our fellow residents of this fragile planet either pissed or very nervous, or both.
Let’s not forget that this deeply racist country elected Barack Obama. Twice. So the racism, though real enough, seems like an excuse more than a reason.
Jaime O’Neill: Who could read Trump’s tweets and not find them dim or demented ? I even hear people saying he’s “hard working” and “humble,” forcing my brain to go on tilt.
Jaime O’Neill: It’s hard to escape the sense that we’ve taken a nosedive into deepest darkness, betraying all that could be considered good in us while elevating the very worst people and ideas to power.
Jaime O’Neill: Trump & Co. make daily war on damn near everyone who isn’t rich. It’s hard to remain civil when people are doing harm so aggressively and lying about it so egregiously.
Jaime O’Neill: Now, after five miserable and truly mad months of Trump’s mismanagement, and despite a burgeoning record of lies that couldn’t be more obvious, this most preposterous POTUS continues to enjoy the largely unwavering support of his “base,” a group Hillary Clinton labeled as “deplorables,” but are beginning to seem even more gullible than they are deplorable.
Jaime O’Neill: The party that purports to be about “free enterprise” provides socialism for corporations, welfare subsidies for the rich, all while preaching that the poor and the middle class should just ramp up their work ethic and pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
Jaime O’Neill: The fact that there are so many overweight and morbidly obese people in this country is a serious matter for both individuals and for our nation.
Jaime O’Neill: I often think right wingers are nearly all a special kind of stupid, but a whole lot of progressives this year want to demonstrate that, when it comes to stupid, they’re even more special, vowing to never vote for Hillary no matter the consequences.
What I’m wondering, along with so many of my fellow Americans, is how we wound up being led by a guy like Donald J. Trump, a man whose hair-do alone should have alienated enough voters to keep him from being elected to anything.
All the time I’d been dead—or in heaven, if that was, most improbably, where I had wound up—I also never heard the names Kellyanne Conway, Paul Manafort, Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Pence, or Paul Ryan.