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By a signature, one who seeks the saving of America does not stand alone

Bill Orton
Long Beach, CA, United States

Apr 19, 2017 — I've been a political activist for three decades, worked for five elected officials, been a sacrificial lamb for the Democratic party, and run campaigns across party lines.

I feel called upon to leave partisanship, and my party, to stand as a political convert, seeking not my own advance, but to save a nation. In no way do I proclaim anything, beyond my own uncertainty.

Not sure how far I can walk on this, but let no one think that I am on this mission for purpose of one party alone winning.

In early January, a "Party of Grace" rang as words within my head... not of sound or voice, but thought and the heart. I stood ready then to leave a party that Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy guided. I stepped back from the brink, for the wish of always standing alongside Mr. Roosevelt.

Two days ago, while walking a dog, again these thought, of Grace, of living true to the heart, rose. (It's not why I traded some winning lottery tickets for hope, but maybe that is there, too... humor...) I drew out words from my four novels to thank God for giving me eyes that see and fingers that can type.

Two, the message was more paltry. I walked to my City Hall (where actually I saw the gracious gentleman who serves as my Mayor), stepped to the voting office, got a registration card, filled it out while eating potatoes next door, and handed it in.

Friends I've known for decades will lively wonder why and what I am doing. The many Democratic party clubs of which I've been a member will likely drop me by the way side. Not at souls will fade from me, but handshakes will likely not be done in public. That's fine.

If I am seen as a party of one, and my own mission therefore has nothing to offer for my own personal gain, then it is 180 degrees from the selfishness and arrogance displayed by 45.

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