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I don’t want to be dictator. I don’t believe in dictators. I believe we want to bring about change by the agreement of the citizens. I don’t believe in arbitrary rule.
If I can’t persuade, if we can’t persuade the public that it’s desirable to do these things, we have no right to impose them, even if we have the power to do it.

I don’t want to be made dictator. I don’t believe in dictators. I believe we want to bring about change by the agreement of the citizens. I don’t believe in arbitrary rule.

If I can’t persuade, if we can’t persuade the public that it’s desirable to do these things, we have no right to impose them, even if we have the power to do it.

-Milton Friedman

Adc: In my  opinion, though it is often important to strive for objectivity, so long as we are humans, it seems impossible to hold a totally objective viewpoint. In particular, The Internet, though a powerful tool for conveying information – is also rife with misinformation and conjecture. Therefore, the idea of ‘full disclosure’ becomes extremely important so that you, the reader, can make an informed judgment over an author’s writing and perspectives as you seek truth.

Appeal to Heaven is not a Collective

Each Author below, has a unique point of view and is responsible for defending themselves. There is no official view of Appeal to Heaven as a site.

Author: ‘adc’

I am a web designer and developer, living in Oregon. I decided to start Appeal to Heaven after my initial blogging endeavor gradually evolved from fairly random and silly topics, to serious discussions on political issues. Eventually, as my interest and knowledge of political philosophy grew, I decided it might be appropriate to create an area devoted primarily to these issues.

As far as political perspective goes, I grew up with a fairly agnostic, or apolitical viewpoint. My parents didn’t really talk or seem to care about politics a great deal, so naturally, I viewed politics with disinterest. I was fairly content having no real viewpoint and actually kind of looked at ‘taking sides’ as petty, whether left or right. I had no positions. Or so I thought…

What little information and perception of political ideas I had formed, had primarily been created by the usual channels: Television, Movies, reading the newspaper, listening to NPR, and school. At the time, I viewed myself as completely Independent, characterizing the left and right as follows: Liberals were kind of crazy, but they had the best interest of the poor at heart, and they cared about the environment. Conservatives where mostly wealthy, big business corporate suits, hicks and rednecks, and Pat Robertson.

This all changed when I met my (now) wife, (aka. the fetching Mrs. ‘adc’). She had grown up in a fairly conservative home. Initially, whenever we discussed political topics I felt myself in sudo-disagreement with her – though I felt that really didn’t matter and continued to maintain that I was independent and had no opinion. What she said may have made sense – but I basically brushed it aside as what you might call ‘right wing propaganda’. Eventually, she started to ask me about my viewpoint on specific issues. More importantly, she ask me why I thought a certain way on a particular issue. On most of the issues in which I found myself disagreeing with her – I realized that I had no real reason for why I disagreed — I just did. As these discussions continued, I began to realize that I actually did agree with her reasoning, but I certainly did not want to call myself a “Conservative”. Whatever my position on issues, I certainly didn’t want to be lumped into the ‘Pat Robertson’ boat.

Still – these discussions sparked my interest in politics. I began reading things written by actual conservatives (something I had never done before) and libertarians (such as John Stossel). As I read and investigated, I suddenly realized that every viewpoint that I had about conservatives and conservative philosophy, had not been formed from actual conservative sources. Though I prided myself as Independent, I had developed very negative stereotypes of conservatives that I have come to learn are (for the most part) entirely false.

It only seems logical to conclude that the sources I mentioned above (TV, Hollywood, Public Radio, Newspapers, and School), while perhaps, not totally one sided – at the very least – tilted left enough to construct within myself false perceptions about conservative people and ideas.

Today I would call my viewpoints conservative. Unfortunately, by many – these viewpoints might be marginalized as crazy and extremely right wing (read: wingnut, right-wing kook, republitard, etc), and are usually written off as one, or all of the following:

  1. Homophobic
  2. Xenophobic
  3. Islamophobic
  4. Sexist
  5. Racist
  6. Intolerant
  7. Bigoted
  8. Hateful

I created this blog in an attempt to argue that they are not.

Therefore, in short – I am a Conservative/Libertarian, and a traditional Christian.  Neither of which, as I hopefully can convince you, are any of the things in the list above. Though I could probably write for an eternity on my faith, I believe it is best summed up by this great quote from John Newton:

“When I was young, I was sure of many things; now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Savior. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons.”

-John Newton

Now, obviously I don’t know everything, and I don’t entertain the idea that I have all things perfectly figured out. I would highly encourage anyone reading this site – to also consider opposing or different viewpoints. At the very least, I hope through this blog you can get a decent understanding of what a conservative, or lover of individual liberty might believe, and why.

-adc “His calcabo gentes

Author: ‘djq’

I am a quality assurance analyst in the software industry and am currently residing in Oregon; I originate from east Tennessee. While in Oregon I met adc and enjoyed a private dialog of many philosophical and political matters, along with many casual conversations, and we kept that dialog up when I moved to Las Vegas for work temporarily, and eventually we decided to move part of that dialog in to a more formal and public forum via the Appeal To Heaven site.

“The proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit to it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

Whereas some have a checkered political background, mine is more akin to plaid. Raised in a household which could be summarized politically in many respects as Democratic Party, I considered Republican to be a negative term, and had this reinforced by my blind advocacy of the party when at school, and the resistance it met from the locals reinforcing a rebellious outsider attitude. In retrospect my convictions at the time were comical not just metaphorically due to my age, but in the very literal aspect of a comic; my first political thought was at the age of seven, imagining George Bush Sr. standing by a pipe draining oil into a lake, while rubbing his hands and laughing, with visible folds of dollar bills coming out of his suit pockets. I’m shocked he didn’t also have a handlebar mustache and perhaps a young woman tied to nearby railroad tracks.

This perspective faded slightly as I became mostly apolitical as I imagine most children are, but come college and the election of George W. Bush I suddenly found myself with a fierce opinion once again. I signed up with MoveOn, I marched in protest of the war in Iraq on more than one occasion, I spoke out during public forums on campus and personally evangelized people against George W. Bush. It should be noted that I still hold largely anti-war attitudes and a strong opposition to the majority of the Bush administration. In all my campaigning I happily saw Democratic congressional victories occur, but the defeat of John Kerry in 2004 seemed so inevitable I entered a very apathetic state.

I emerged from that state in 2007 surveying what the Democrats had managed to accomplish on the issues so important to me when I supported them: not much. In fact it seemed like they helped worsen the situation that had motivated me to support them, and I had a cry of despair for the lack of authenticity and passion in the political arena. I found a prospect of potential in the campaigns of Ron Paul and Mike Gravel, two men I did not fully agree with, but I found they had a surplus of passion and actual devotion to the issues, rather than to getting elected. I ultimately favored Paul, and through that began encountering a wide variety of individuals, far wider than I had ever encountered in Democratic circles. I was introduced to the beautiful philosophy of Individualism, the studies of Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Friedrich Hayek, and the liberty minded side of Tolstoy and Tolkien.

I now find myself an advocate of liberty, individualism, personal accountability, agorism, the return of common sense and the progress of civilization. I hope to see a return to common acceptance of the proper use of terms such as conservative, liberty, faith, anarchist, market, labor, and rights. For full disclosure, I am a Roman Catholic, a defender of the church and its teachings (though this is not the subject matter of the site) and am in agreement with adc’s posting of the John Newton quote.

-djq

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