Register online to become a PARTY OF GRACE voter.   |   FACEBOOK GROUP (started Jan 2017)   |   TWITTER   |   EMAIL BILLY



Jerry Brown’s true act of grace is "Ronald Reagan Day"

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -- (Long Beach, CA) -- Not everybody likes Ronald Reagan.

    Lots of Democrats hate him, starting with how he ran California, as Governor between 1966 and 1974.

    My own parents hated the Governor, since he wanted to fire my dad, and all teachers arrested for smoking reefer. My mom ordered the TV turned off when I watched presidential speeches. Shortly before her death, she said she would never get a $50 bill if my proposal to put him onto the currency ever happened.

    So it is no surprise that the 15 years spent to put Ronald Reagan and Franklin Roosevelt on the money draws exactly one supporter -- me.

    In “my way or the highway” politics, few hold their nose on even the smallest compromise. And what is a smaller action than to change the faces on our money?

    Who would be the easiest to expect that he would hate Ronald Reagan more than my parents?

    Maybe Jerry Brown, who watched his father lose the 1966 race for governor to Mr. Reagan.

    Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Sr. -- known simply as, “The Guv” -- reinvented California. He moved water across the state and forged a world-class education system. He reshaped the roads and buildings and economy. Our population exploded, making California the biggest in the Union.

    It would be easy to expect Pat Brown’s son to hate the guy who beat The Guv.

    Jerry Brown is both the oldest governor in California, and also was the youngest. Eight years after his dad lost to Mr. Reagan, Jerry Brown was himself elected -- in his 30s -- to run California’s government. After his eight years, it was only a stint as Mayor of Oakland that put his name back in the limelight, until he returned -- and won -- a series of state political elections.

    Who could more easily catch a free ride to hate Mr. Reagan?

    Today, we can see that true power starts with a true heart and is carried through a steady hand.

    Taking the simplest action -- to use a pen -- Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. declares today to be “Ronald Reagan Day” in California.

    Most won’t hear about it. Plenty will be mad. Some will be confused.

    But by his pen, Jerry Brown displayed rare kindness. While others yell, Jerry Brown earns a mark for human decency.

    Paraphrasing a Russian novelist, Jerry Brown’s pen is more powerful than dynamite, for while dynamite explodes once, words explode a thousand times.

    Thank you, Governor Brown, for putting aside the selfishness and arrogance of politics, so as to simply recognize someone who sat at the same desk.

-- Billy Orton






S   A   V   I   N   G       A   M   E   R   I   C   A


Armistice Day 2018    And yet exactly one century later.... The President didn't show up FB     Grace
Election Day 2018    Laughter smacked down early on Election Day FB     Grace
October 29, 2018    Hatred evaporates a Grand Old Party FB     Grace
October 22, 2018    ‘Saving Lewis and Clark’ isn’t on CBS without lottery money FB     Grace
October 20, 2018    God knows who wins, for, “It’s not over, Til it’s over..., Over There.” FB     Grace
October 16, 2018    Ten absurd promises to America FB     Grace
October 16, 2018    Will a GOP evaporation spark a ‘stable genius’ to fulfill an absurd prediction? FB     Grace
October 14, 2018    Know what’s crazy, to not be insane FB     Grace
October 13, 2018    Can Americans ever laugh again? FB     Grace
October 11, 2018    The Grand Old Party is evaporating FB     Grace
October 9, 2018    The snowflake’s chance in Hell FB     Grace
October 6, 2018    Convict the President in the ‘Court of Public Opinion’ by throwing out the bums FB     Grace
September 26, 2018    Let “post gender” fiction take the prize FB     Grace
September 24, 2018    Dick Bomber ain't just fiction FB     Grace
September 22, 2018    When Mr. Putin seizes the vacuum FB     Grace
September 18, 2018    Will ‘Angel Baby’ make Americans laugh again FB     Grace
August 29, 2018    Vladimir Putin’s warm-water lust FB     Grace
August 28, 2018    Oust the President and save America FB     Grace
August 22, 2018    The most absurd political prediction you’ll ever read FB     Grace
August 20, 2018    Shockingly, Party of Grace not slapped down for sharing literature FB     Grace
Bastille Day 2018    France and Europe wonders what the future may hold FB     Grace
July 4, 2018    Can Americans keep hold of 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?' FB     Grace
May 17, 2018    How can Americans dance together again? FB     Grace
March 1, 2018    The Universal Truth of Time FB     Grace
February 15, 2018    Go, Washington Fat Cats! FB     Grace
February 8, 2018    When the Commander-in-Chief orders more then a military parade FB     Grace
February 6, 2018    Jerry Brown’s true act of grace is "Ronald Reagan Day" FB     Grace
February 5, 2018    Will God stand beside her, if hatred guides her? FB     Grace
January 31, 2018    Who shall smile, when Russia fires brimstone upon North Korea? FB     Grace
January 30, 2018    What is the State of our imperfect Union? FB     Grace
January 29, 2018    ‘We are all equal in the eyes of God,’ said Mr. Reagan FB     Grace
January 28, 2018    Does America still have a Confessor-in-Chief? FB     Grace
January 26, 2018    Not ‘that’ Animal Farm, but -t-h-e- Animal Farm FB     Grace
January 24, 2018    Thugs, lackeys, hacks, apparatchnik, and the Apprentice versus Members of Congress FB     Grace
January 22, 2018    The President will soon announce that Grace belongs to him FB     Grace
January 21, 2018    The imperfection of the human soul FB     Grace
January 20, 2018    When leaders learn from “sh_t-hole” nations FB     Grace
January 18, 2018    One meaning of A.D.A. FB     Grace
January 16, 2018    An Oasis and the Fires of Hell FB     Grace
January 14, 2018    Who shall rise from a Party of Grace? FB     Grace
January 12, 2018    Perhaps Water, Soil and Coffee are God's Greatest Gifts FB     Grace
January 11, 2018    Let Dr. King’s Two-or-Ten show the true meaning of love FB     Grace
January 10, 2018    Will dancing veterans make America smile again? FB     Grace
January 10, 2018    When you lie to farmers, someone will ‘Give ‘em Hell’ FB     Grace
January 6, 2018    'Fire and brimstone burn all souls' FB     Grace
January 5, 2018    (A dream) -- The Pyramid and the Ring FB     Grace
January 4, 2018    A soul slain like a sacrificial lamb FB     Grace
January 1, 2018    Lemonade Park, America FB     Grace
December 21, 2017    Obscure novelist to be first candidate for Party of Grace FB     Grace
October 6, 2017    ‘Hurricane Donald’ and the rising waters of hate FB     Grace
July 18, 2017    Ronald Reagan still rises from the dust FB     Grace
July 6, 2017    A minor Party of Grace versus the major Inempt and Beholden parties FB     Grace
June 26, 2017    Love the people, and they will love you FB     Grace
June 25, 2017    America’s smallest working barn offers a July 4th reviv’ul mtg with Thai food and fireworks FB     Grace
June 18, 2017    Three fathers construct America’s smallest working barn FB     Grace
June 15, 2017    Party of Grace throwing Independence Day barn dance to help save America from hate FB     Grace



V   O   T   I   N   G       I   N   F   O   R   M   A   T   I   O   N


ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION
California lets you vote for anyone, no matter your party.

How to Contact Elected Officials
Do you want to tell some politician how you feel?

Voting & Elections
This shows elections in Los Angeles County

Find My District
Who represents you... at EVERY level of government?

Find your Polling Place
If you want to vote in person.

Vote by Mail
You can vote by mail instead of going to the polling place.




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