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Bill ORTON
Ordinarly American / Unordinary Writing



Bill Orton spent decades working in politics and the Labor Movement, and now -- after a stroke -- is simply an obscure novelist. | EMAIL BILL

CAN AMERICANS WORK TOGETHER AGAIN?

For a century, Americans worked together to create greatness for this nation. Now, Americans are bitterly divided. The fight between our people weakening our nation's greatner and destroyes our leadership of the planet.

I believe in the greatness of the American people -- in their ingenuity and productivity, their innate fairness and decency. I believe in the boundlessness of this nation's future.

Americans used to work together to achieve great goals. We won WWII. We defeated Soviet communism. We landed human beings on the moon. But we've been disunited for decades.

Have Americans lost our sense of mission?

Our government, though, is completely broken. Dysfunction threatens our nation's ability to retain our greatness in the world.

We can cast a pox on both parties.

A nation born of revolution and sustained through sacrifice must know its mission, so that we can put the world's most productive people to work, on great endeavors.

Politics should not be tackle football on every play. If we are to retain America's greatness, then we must build bridges between ourselves, stop yelling at each other, and work together.

The message of America's national mission is one that candidates -- of both parties -- can adopt. Let there be in the next Congress an intrepid band of Americans who work across party lines, to help retain this nation's greatness.

-B



Stroke surgery gives Bill a brain vacation

HEART PITTER PATT... – (JANUARY 27, 2016) -- Somehow I recall that on Dec 1, 2008, my body weight was 232 pounts. All my life, weight varied wildly. I never understood why I could gain or lose ten or more pounds in a week, despite no major eating changes. As it turned out, the failure of my heart resulted in fluid being stored in my body, sending huge shifts in my size, because the fluid and the heart were a nasty combo. At the end of 2008, I finally got a doctor who figured out why my heart and fluid were messed up, and in 2009 through 2012 the improvement moved me down from the 230s into the 220s, 210s, and 200s, all reflecting positive medical actions between me, my primarly doctor, and my heart doctor. Then, in 2012, I realized that it would be helpful for me to use a daily file to record how weight could be a helpful sum to show the progress of heart treatment. Then, in 2014, I finally was put into a survical action where my heart was cut open, patched with lots of surgery, and the result shows major improvement. However, the fluctuations remained, and the ultimate outcome in Dec 2015 was a major head stroke. That is shown in the righthand area. Based on the initial result from the Dec 14 surgery and the intense month of recovery at the hospital, not only did I survive the stroke, but there seems to now be a normalization of weight changes. I have been recording my daily weight, and for the first time in my life, there seems to be no wild shift in my weight. What this suggests is that not only did I live, but now my body seems to have achived a weight that goes up or down by a pound or so, and my weight is at a size of where I was about 30 years ago. So, sure, being knocked down for the major hospital thing that I experiendes between Dec 13 and Jan 5, I cound myself to be luckier than I every have been in my life. Woo hoo!

IMAGE: Forty years before a stroke, an 8th Grader on America's Bicentennial Year (1976)
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CAMPAIGNS

CONGRESS (2016)
Three months campaigning to help defeat a front-runner. CERTAIN LOSS

ASSEMBLY (2002)
Marched 365 days as a "Sacrificial Lamb." Outspent 7-to-1. Said everything I wanted.

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The 'First Day in Office' series
First Ten Bills
First Ten Phone Calls
First Ten Resolutions
First steps on budget reform

Bill Didn't Win
Bill's Concession Statement

COLLEGE (1985)
Gumby was once just a little green slab of clay. You should see what he can do today. Vote Gumby. Three Gumbies Won.

EARLIER WRITING

Bill's Novels
The 'Hope for Change' trilogy

Satire
Go, Washington Fat Cats

A Business Plan
Monument House

Father's Day Essay
Two Years on the Water

Election Finale 2008
POTUS Knows Best

September 3, 2008
Palin masters first week on national stage

July 22, 2008
Shoot them, try them or set them free

June 1, 2008
The Anvil of History

March 4, 2008
Cheers, Mr. Roosevelt

February 20, 2008
Going Beyond a Single Word

February 6, 2008
The President's Lawyers Fight our Troops on Health Care

August 22, 2007
Lots of ’splaining to do

July 12, 2007
More Happy Talk from the President

April 13, 2007
End the Army's Bull Puckey

April 12, 2007
Americans in the crosshairs of death

January 30, 2007
SPEECH: The Three Paths to Power

November 11, 2006
Clean Government, Civility and Cooperation

October 8, 2005:
Bill's break of support for Senator McCain

June 28, 2005:
On the President’s War Speech

January 1, 2004:
The Three Rs: The Path to National Recovery

November 22, 2003:
In Memorium: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

November 3, 2003:
Iraqi farmers, Achilles & The President

September 24, 2003:
The President's Most Feared Foe

May 31, 2003:
Springtime Snowflakes: The Rummygram Blizzard

May 13, 2003:
George, Victoria & Empire: A new ballgame for "The Big A"

April 1, 2003:
Resign, Mr. Rumsfeld

March 13, 2003:
The War, the President & Mr. Lincoln

March 6, 2003:
Press conferences, U.N. vetoes and Jacques Chirac

March 1, 2003:
IRAQ: War, Peace & Secrecy

February 13, 2003:
Ari's 'Old News,' or Who let the North Koreans get The Bomb

Jan 27, 2003:
Football
POLITICAL SUPERBOWL: Our team isn't scoring too many points, but the game isn't over.


January 13, 2003:
Stopping the Second Korean War

May 22, 2001:
GMO labeling & testing is cure for crop export panics


Bill Orton is a novelist and historian living in Long Beach, California.