When Peace Ended in Congress
Opinion by Billy Orton
It’s supposed to be hard to push legislation, and in rare moments, like March 2020, both sides even work together.
But peace and unity in the Congress -- and across the nation -- may not be displayed again in our lifetime, if a Divider-in-Chief drags both sides into the political abyss.
Since FB is ending use of “Notes,” these words will feel far away in a few days, but the lasting pain will first burn our nation in the most bitter Thanksgiving that Americans may endure.
If Joe Biden appears to win, but the President clutches power with his fist, conservatives must choose whether to serve as pawns or to abandon a tyrant.
By Thanksgiving, it will be clear if the election delivered a certain defeat for the President. But all his words and deeds show that lawyers and goons will continue to be dispatched, with the real potential that the election will be stolen.
So as families weep for empty chairs of their Thanksgiving table (due to a virus the President dismisses), fury and hatred over a stolen election will erupt into the Fires of Hell.
What then would you face, if you are one of the surviving Republicans of the Congress?
While my own effort failed to erect Party of Grace, I do not stand alone.
Congressman Tom Campbell, of California, himself exited mainstream politics, retiring as a Member of the House, and leave the Republican party, to join his “Common Sense” party. He’s formed a Board, gathered signatures (albeit denied of success by COVID), and pursued recognition in America’s biggest state.
The rise of an “up the middle” alternative does, on its face, reject the existing minor parties. The Libertarians and Greens and American Independents and others are run by honorable people with cherished agendas, the fact that each is gripped by unbending dogma makes it unlikely that centrists and mainstream conservatives would flock their way.
Thus, come this Thanksgiving, the surviving Republican Members of Congress -- and elected officials across the nation -- may wish to take a look at their alternatives, be it to flee in Exodus as independents bound by not party’s dogma, or the formation of an “up the middle” alternative -- like Tom Campbell’s “Common Sense” party.
Failure to break from a Tyrant-in-Chief will guarantee that the bitter harvest of a shattered party will feed Republicans the worst meal they’ve ever endured.
Turn Out vs. Burn Out... Or, the evaporation of the Grand Old Party
Opinion by Billy Orton
As a retired second-rate press secretary, my penultimate FB “note” is merely to once again warn that selling a political party lock-stock-&-barrel to just one man shall pose an existential threat to Mr. Lincoln’s Grand Old Party.
If 2018 was the “Righteous Indignation” election, 2020 is the “Flaming Fury” race.
Let The People judge the Commander-in-Chief who dismisses as “suckers and losers” our 150,000 war dead of a century ago and orders a military parade for his wife.
Let us hope that America and longtime allies do not suffer a the vacuum caused by American division does not become an ultimate opportunity for Russia to finally attain victory “The Great Game” played for 500 years.
Perhaps a Thug-in-Chief will simply reject any possible loss with lawyers and goons.
But when Thanksgiving arrives in a dark reminder of the 225,000 Americans killed by a pandemic, it will not be simply one man’s personal arrogance spoiling the holidays.
Instead, by the time Thanksgiving arrives, the GOP will face its existential threat with the question of whether they will openly side with one man’s division and thuggery.
Two weeks after Election Day, the House GOP Members -- those who survive -- will choose their leadership. In the Senate, they’ve got about three weeks to smell the coffee.
If the outcome is obvious, and yet lawyers and thugs are fighting for a Rebel-in-Chief, the only wise move by surviving Republicans is to abandon Donald J. Trump.
For surviving Republican lawmakers, it will be bad enough that 2020 is an election that makes earlier losses pale. It took years to end Richard Nixon haunting with his resignation and pardon in 1974, and decades after the crushing defeat of a do-nothing hate-spitting Herbert Hoover to Franklin Roosevelt in 1932.
If Donald J. Trump is soundly defeated, but dispatches lawyers and goons to rescue him, the Republican party face an existential choice: Will they openly side with a Rebel-in-Chief, who owns the machinery of the Republican Party?
If the outcome is a clear loss, but the GOP chooses division over unity, they shall forever be viewed as mere lackeys to the super-rich, willing to blatantly side with a “charlatan,” and be etched with a failure to win a national election.
So when Thanksgiving arrives, they must choose.
Will Lincoln's ghost watch a "charlatan" who owns the GOP machinery exercise all powers in his reach to become the "Rebel-in-Chief" who sends rank-&-file conservatives into Exodus from a shattered stolen party?
The Exodus wouldn’t be the first evaporation of the conservative party.
In 1816, the super-rich in New England openly sided with the King of England, who wanted his colonies back. When rank-&-file Members of George Washington’s Federalist Party realized that they’d be hoodwinked, it was clear that never could they win a national election under that machine. The could not be a conservative in the 1820 election, because the elected officials had fled the Federalists in a mass exodus, and coined a phrase -- “The Era of Good Feelings” -- to purge the memories of open treason.
But as Americans face a bitter winter of discontent, Republicans must choose the diet they eat, for they reap a bitter harvest for the toughest Thanksgiving at which they’ll ever feast.
Like the Fires of Hell, 2020’s Fury Burns With No Compromise
Opinion by Billy Orton
Already, the flames of violence and intimidation rage.
Nationwide, the President is dispatching his self-declared personal army to enforce his will over the voting stations. The ultimate threat of gun violence looms, as groups who the President refuses to denounce stand ready as his thugs and goons. In California, fake drop-off boxes are harvesting ballots, while matches were cast into an official ballot box in Los Angeles.
On Nov. 4th, the President shall beat his chest -- to boast of victory or demand it -- but the impact of his arrogance shall result in far more division than one election.
Not since the Civil War has the fury burned more explosively in this imperfect Union. And not since the “Era of Goods Feelings” of two centuries ago has a major party faced evaporation because the super-rich openly put personal wealth above survival of the nation.
Such words are harsh, but the outcome could be far worse for generations.
Immediately, the Republican party shall suffer a defeat not felt since Richard Nixon haunted voters in 1974 and Herbert Hoover had starved Americans with the Great Depression. The final outcome rests rightly in the hands of The People, but this humble writer predicts that both Chambers and the White House will clearly crush Mr. Lincoln’s Grand Old Party.
America’s Divider-in-Chief -- who openly praises a Confederate military that waged violence rebellion to split the nation -- hurls bombshells of hatred so destructive that no flame cast from his fingers can be snuffed under his tenure.
After the 2020 collapse of the Republican party, the absolute ownership of the machinery of the GOP will cause an even more profound political disaster. Just like 1820’s “Era of Good Feelings,” it will become obvious to Congressional Members of the conservative party that never shall their Party be viewed as anything but a pawn.
Two centuries ago, the King of England demanded his colonies back, and invaded the young American nation. The super-rich hoodwinked the conservative political machinery – George Washington’s Federalist party – to openly support a return of the colonies to the King, simply because the super-rich were willing to sell America short just to stay rich.
Now, this nation shall suffer a division caused with the same greed that led to the evaporation of the Federalists. No candidate in their right mind will obligate themselves to a machine held by the current Divider-in-Chief. As happened two centuries ago, the rank-&-file Members shall resign their membership and leave in exodus.
We shall see a collapse a Party that started with Mr. Lincoln’s battle against open violent rebellion and will end due to a Rebel-in-Chief willing to carve the nation in two.
If this harsh prediction appears to be prophetic, the leadership of the GOP could save their Party only by abandoning the Divider-in-Chief, and declare a second “Era of Good Feelings.”
If the defeat of the GOP is painfully obvious, the Senate Majority Leader would be wise to turn to the Vice President and ask him to invoke Section Four of the XXVth Amendment, and pull the keys of the Oval Office from the clutching fist of a crying bully.
There shall be no "Return to Normalcy" of a century ago, for if this prediction comes true and the GOP leadership stays loyal to a corrupt thug, a rising fire cannot be snuffed by greater tyranny.
Let us hope, therefore, that the conservative leaders recognize that existence of Mr. Lincoln’s Grand Old Party can only be saved by abandoning the President, accepting the outcome, and rejecting any role in legal crocodile tears wept by a man who cares more about his own wealth than survival of this imperfect Union.
Let’s say, ‘Thank You, Mister Roosevelt’
Opinion by Billy Orton
The outcome delivered a clear win for Republican Warren G. Hardin, who ran a race seeking a “Return to Normalcy” sitting on his porch in Ohio, because almost one million Americas died due to the Spanish Flu, which took 100 million worldwide, as the most brutal killer ever to strike the Industrial Age.
In 1921 -- for the first time in two decades -- Franklin Roosevelt became a private citizen. Two years later, after a swim in the Hudson River, he contracted polio -- the feared disease that crippled him (and millions) for life. Only his closest political friends believed he’d ever run for office again.
As the 1928 election drew near, the Governor of New York -- Alfred E. Smith -- jumped into the race for President, and encouraged Mr. Roosevelt to run as his ally to take the job of running the largest state in the nation.
Soon after Governor Roosevelt took office in 1929, the global economy collapsed, staring with a stock market crash and dragged by a Republican President who refused to lift a finger as one-third of workers lost their jobs and people starved and died on the street.
Governor Roosevelt -- who ran in 1930 for reelection as a Progressive -- stepped up where President Herbert Hoover refused, by creating social services never before offered to the American people. As Hoover sat on his hands, Roosevelt’s leadership of America’s largest state gave voters a clear choice in 1932.
Promising ordinary Americans a “New Deal,” Mr. Roosevelt crushed the reelection race of Herbert Hoover, taking a 472-to-59 victory in the Electoral College, and flipping the Congress and legislatures across the nation.
In his first Inaugural, Mr. Roosevelt immediately embraced a terrified nation, telling them:
Indeed, the American people turned to Mr. Roosevelt to lead the nation from a collapsed economy, and, as war erupted, to lead the world to victory over a global fight against hatred, tyranny and genocide.
In April 1945, after four years of war and four elections as president, Franklin Roosevelt last visit to Warm Springs GA ended with death, sending the nation into tears. Mrs. Roosevelt sat beside his casket as the presidential train slowly traveled 700 miles, often past track lined with hundreds and thousands weeping as they passed.
In the trip to bring her husband’s body to Washington, Mrs. Roosevelt handwrote details of a funeral that were carried out to the letter, with a riderless horse-drawn military wagon slowly moving the dead Commander-in-Chief with lines of soldiers, sailors, and Marines one his last trip past the White House. (After the funeral in Washington, the notes were given to the Secretary of State, who placed them in his safe, which, two decades later, served as the exact details that Jackie Kennedy used after her own husband’s death in office.)
Soon after, President Harry Truman joined Mrs. Roosevelt to see FDR’s casket laid to rest in Hyde Park NY, on the family home he had earlier donated as a gift to the American people.
In the following 1946 election, the Republican party flipped the Congress, and immediately displayed a raw hatred of a man they could never defeat during his 13 years as President. Republicans pushed through the XXIInd Amendment to the Constitution, to assure that no one will ever be elected to more than two terms as president.
We can debate the details of FDR’s vision of the expanded powers for a federal government, but now is the time to remember Mr. Roosevelt, as the most significant person to lead the American people.
Let 2020 be the time for a national mission to thank Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Let ordinary American put aside current political division to work together for the coming twelve years, and build up a huge celebration in 2032, to honor the election a century ago of a man who gave himself completely to saving this nation.
Let us say, “Thank you, Mister Roosevelt.”
When a stroke may be a Blessing in disguise
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!
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Get Back on Joe Biden's Horse... with Groucho Harpo Chico Nixon
Sound familiar? Joe Biden runs against a hate-spitting anti-politician who hammers division, tortures women, slurs foreigners & insults soldiers. Hatred erupts into violence across America. Finally the Inciter-in-Chief leads his Confederate cavalry to attack the Capitol. (Search "WHERE IS HE"). And THAT is satire? Published in 2014, this pre-Trump fiction might just make Americans laugh again.
When Two Lovers Woo
A female soldier endures sexually attacks by a Congressman on a "fact-finding" tour of Afghanistan, while her webcam-stripper girlfriend fights pirates and a violent ex-boyfriend. Will the soldier face life behind bars for defense against rape? Or will the newlyweds finally kiss, after Joe Biden's addresses troops and bombs explode near Air Force One?
Hope for Change, but Settle for a Bailout
SATIRE ON 2010 ECONOMIC COLLAPSE.... Are times so hard that everyone needs a bailout? Is a lottery ticket the only way up for ordinary Americans? And if winning changes everything, does it actually change you? A dork, an athlete and a stripper speak to anger against Fat Cats who beg for bailouts while the poor are lucky to eat during the collapse of the financial system.
Love and Hate in America
What happens when hate wins the presidency? What is the "White Again House" like for people who work or visit or live there. Ask two married women ordered to visit the Sexist-Pig-in-Chief -- President Dick Bomber. (Wait, who?) Fat Cats, the Kluster of Kaboose Klams and Vladdy Vlad Vlad, OH MY! Outrageous! The novel? Reality? Or married women? LOVE it! HATE it! But it's FREE!!
In Dec 2015, a stroke and major brain surgery knocked Billy Orton down.
On New Year's Day 2016, he hobbled through a hospital, spoke few words, could not read, and short-term memories swam away like fish.
Billy's hardest year -- 2016 -- made him the luckiest soul in America, for while all others endured an ugly presidential election, he simply had to learn to again walk and read and speak.
Exactly two years after brain surgery, Billy picked up an ID card to start a Masters program at Cal State Long Beach, where he finished a bachelors decades earlier.
Billy stutters, and cannot recite a speech. Reading remains hard. Vision is weak. Hands don't work so well. So this humble messenger thanks God (and Mr. Roosevelt) each day for life's great fortune.
Only God, in His omnipotence, knows what the future holds, but we each can learn that every day is both a challenge and a reward.
By letting go of selfishness and arrogance, this humble messenger is indeed the luckiest soul in America.
Billy spent 2017 and 2018 as the only registered member of the Party of Grace -- which technically does not exist -- to cast a pox on America's broken politics. In the 44th District, 207 political parties represent the 353,000 registered voters. So is Billy just some Marxist? "Of course I'm a Marxist," says Billy. "I've loved Groucho for decades." (That's a joke btw.)
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AUG 30, 2002
Congressman Bill Orton, of Utah, endorses Bill Orton for state Assembly
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AUG 27, 2002
Orton supports freeway sign for Korean Business District
AUG 26, 2002
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AUG 26, 2002
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AUG 25, 2002
Elvis answers politician's call
AUG 18, 2002
Orton breaks with Governor over testing; calls for expansion of 'vocational ed,' computer access
AUG 18, 2002
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AUG 17, 2002
Calling all Elvises!
AUG 17, 2002
Bill Orton praises Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for tentative support of Flag-&-Pledge Amendment concept
AUG 10, 2002
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AUG 9, 2002
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AUG 7, 2002
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AUG 5, 2002
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AUG 3, 2002
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AUG 1, 2002
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JULY 23, 2002
How Tom Harman could save the Upper Mesa of the Bolsa Chica
JULY 17, 2002
Sanitation board members vote to end OCSD's controversial waiver
ORTON ON CAMPAIGN CASH: "Just enough for pastry politics"
July 11, 2002
FRONT PAGE: Local politician leading effort to save U.S. pledge
HB Independence Day Parade marks kickoff in drive for Flag-&-Pledge Amendment
JUNE 29, 2002
Bill Orton offers $7 million budget package for ten cities of 67th Assembly district
JUNE 27, 2002
Southern California politician proposes 20-word Flag-&-Pledge Amendment
JUNE 23, 2002
Friends of the Shipley Nature Center to hold open house
JUNE 22, 2002
Bill makes friends at Leisure World parade and festival with strawberry ice cream recipe
JUNE 16, 2002
Bill Orton calls for universal computer access in schools
JUNE 10, 2002
The S.U.V. Bill
JUNE 8, 2002
My brother, Edison High School and how the Ramones saved rock 'n roll
JUNE 6, 2002
Bill Orton to speak to American G.I. Forum, will address immigrant drivers license issue
MAY 24, 2002
Opponent cannot 'fight on both sides' on SUV bill, says Orton
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MAY 8, 2002
Orton joins environmentalists in opposing 388 homes on the Bolsa Chica upper mesa
MAY 5, 2002
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APRIL 28, 2002
Orton invites opponent to dance the go-go
APRIL 12, 2002
Orton laments passage by Assembly of 'urgent' sewage district bill
APRIL 5, 2002
Bill Orton knocks opponent's environmental voting record, graded as an "F" by the League of Conservation Voters
APRIL 2, 2002
Assembly candidate Bill Orton marks April Fool's one day late, courtesy County of Orange
MARCH 28, 2002
Orton calls on President to start talks with Japanese on compensation for WWII prisoners
MARCH 20, 2002
Farmers Market man celebrates National Agriculture Day
MARCH 12, 2002
Orton chides opponent on game of footsy; announces endorsement of Joan Greenwood
MARCH 5, 2002
Orton congratulates opponent on life of ease
FEB 25, 2002
Orton is "Yes on 40," "No on W," backs district schools bonds
FEB 21, 2002
Orton calls for an end to the sewage pumping waiver; announces support from Dr. Paul Yost
FEB 16, 2002
GMO labeling a cure for panics in crop export markets, says legislative candidate
FEB 15, 2002
Orange County elections officials to refund $2,800 to end sample ballot tribulation
FEB 7, 2002
Orton's Statement Won't Hit Homes
FEB 7, 2002
Harman's Bill Goes Way Too Far
FEB 4, 2002
Bill Orton picks up Rossmoor endorsements in race for 67th
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JAN 21, 2002
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JAN 8, 2002
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DEC 21, 2001
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DEC 15, 2001
Leisure World Democrats put Bill Orton over the top in Assembly race
NOV 27, 2001
Bill Orton seeks Democratic nomination in Assembly race
NOV 26, 2001
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May 22, 2001:
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