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.
he weeks following my marriage were ecstasy. I was 19 and in love. The future seemed joyous, studded with promise. My wife was lovely, and I—a brooding and rather gloomy kid—was happier than I’d ever been. But there was a snake in this Edenic idyll we’d found for ourselves in southern California. We’d happened upon […]
Jaime O’Neill: The reason liberals often feel so beleaguered is that when one of us speaks out, he or she is likely to be left howling in the wilderness. And we wonder why the right wingers outshout and overpower us.
Jaime O’Neill: What if you bought a small widget business, sinking everything you had into it, then hired a rich real estate man to manage it because he made elaborate promises about how great he could make your new enterprise?
Jaime O’Neill: Through it all, Obama insisted we were better, that we were too decent and too intelligent to fall for the ugliness that flowed from the mouths of some of our ugliest people.
Jaime O’Neill: My column ran for a few months without my picture appearing next to it, and I was glad my image wasn’t next to those opinions when the first reactions began coming in.
Jaime O’Neill: That grim conversation took place at UC Davis Med Center on January 29th of this year. Things immediately began to speed up. A date for surgery was hastily arranged, a surgical team assembled.
Jaime O’Neill: Those of us anywhere along the spectrum the reactionaries saw as left of them were portrayed, and continue to be portrayed, as people who cared more about owls and snail darters than about jobs, who were remote from the concerns of working people.
Jaime O’Neill: Much more effective, when it comes to losing, is our timidity about hawking our agenda, about standing tall and speaking loud about the things we believe in most fervently.
Jaime O’Neill: Though my generation would suffer at least its portion of disappointment and disillusionment, the spirit JFK instilled in so many of us never entirely went away.
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.