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.
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