Jaime O’Neill: Donald Trump doesn’t just lie; he tells the best lies, the most numerous falsehoods, using the best words, employing the highest IQ to come up with the best misinformation for those “low information voters” he loves best.
Jaime O’Neill: I might have liked attending exclusive soirees and charity balls surrounded by people decked out in glittering jewelry that could have fed, housed, and clothed a sizeable village somewhere, or even a small town in America’s Rust Belt.
Jaime O’Neill: Helplessness is prevailing now as we see Trump, Kelly, Bannon, Huckabee-Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, and the majority of the Republican Party normalizing madness and enabling pathology in the highest office in the land.
Jaime O’Neill: The volume and viciousness of the hate mail I received from a handful of regulars grew in intensity until I was finally prompted to write a direct reply to those “progressives” who had begun to include my family in their hate screeds.
Jaime O’Neill: As Trump’s irrationality grows more apparent, we bear witness to it, are alarmed by it, feel helpless in the face of it.
Jaime O’Neill: I just don’t get how we got to this place where so many American males are so clueless about what a hero might look like and just who the good guys are.
Jaime O’Neill: Our odds of getting shot, or of our kids getting shot make venturing out into world a very dicey bet. But what are the odds of finding a “well-regulated militia” in this country? Or a slave revolt?
Jaime O’Neill: What all-knowing, all-powerful force for good in the universe would ever have allowed such a sorry specimen to hold such awesome power over the fate of so many human beings and assorted other living things?
Jaime O’Neill: People of my political persuasion have always had a tendency to give energies to division in our own ranks. We lose sight of shared objectives, clustering into groups dedicated to boutique causes and identity politics.
Jaime O’Neill: In Finland, they’ve initiated a program that grants a base level income for every citizen. It’s a bit of social experimentation that deserves planetary consideration.
Jaime O’Neill: It’s hard to imagine worse campaigns than the ones spearheaded by Al Gore and John Kerry, but they didn’t get nearly the criticism that has come Hillary’s way.
Jaime O’Neill: Even a country as prone to bad judgments as we had become could never be stupid enough, perverse enough, addled enough, self-destructive enough to put a man like Donald Trump in its highest office. No way.
Jaime O’Neill: Meanwhile, we had the spectacle of Donald J. Trump, the guy who leads the nation, and the guy who still believes that manmade global warming is a hoax, popping in and out of Texas and Florida for photo ops.