A Statue of Ronald Reagan for California’s Capitol?

Among the measures lawmakers will be landing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s already well-piled desk is allowing a statue of President – and former California Governor – Ronald Reagan to be placed in the “new” section of the state Capitol.

in 2011, Vandals Tipped this Reagan Statue in Newport Beach to the Left

The statue’s design, placement and upkeep would be paid for by the Ronald Reagan Centennial Capitol Foundation, created last year to help celebrate the actor-turned-politician’s 100th birthday.

 “A bronze statue of Jimmy Carter greets visitors in Atlanta, Georgia; John F. Kennedy in Boston, Dwight Eisenhower in Topeka and Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois,” said the bill’s author Assemblyman Curt Hagman, a Chino hills Republican in a statement.

The bill passed the Senate August 28 but has received no opposition and will likely be sent by the Assembly to the Democratic governor – who succeeded Reagan 38 years ago.

Creation, placement and care of the statue will not come at taxpayer expense, the bill – AB 2358 — says.

Hagman’s rationale for the statue:

“There have been 44 United States presidents, and precisely one of them has lived in Sacramento and governed the state of California. The 40th president of the United States deserves to be honored with a statue in the Golden State’s Capitol.”

A bronze statue of the former president graces Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. Another statue of Reagan in Newport Beach was vandalized in 2011.

An unsolicited suggestion for a quote to grace the pedestal:

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”




  1. maybe the statue could be like the Viet Nam war memorial except the dead listed could be the names of the 100s of thousands murdered in Central America by paramilitaries and governments supported by Reagan?

    Or we could list the 500 plus Federal appointees indicted during the Reagan administration?

    Or better yet we could list the Iranian agents names with whom Reagan cut the deal for arms and fighter jet parts in return for money to supply the Contras in Nicaragua?

    Comment by alan gordon — 8.29.2012 @ 9:59 am

  2. we already have a Reagan statue- but its at the US Capitol. We swapped it for Thomas Starr King (whose statue is in Sacramento’s Capitol Park.

    Comment by JC — 8.29.2012 @ 10:15 am

  3. History is the honoring of mass murders so that the normality and rhythms of daily life can be staged in the foreground of the vultures and skeletons. Reagen was honored in 1998 when US apologized for his genocide among the Maya in Guatemala. But with business as usual like the 2009 coup in Honduras the age old politics remain to name him great.

    Comment by Gladwyn d'Souza — 8.29.2012 @ 1:56 pm

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