Yesterday marked a monumental day for two of our own public servants from Georgia.
Former State Representative Delvis Dutton (R-Glennville) and State Representative Kevin Cooke (R-Carrollton) traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas over the weekend for a ceremonial recognition and reading of a Senate Resolution of their movement, Appeal to Heaven.
Then Monday afternoon, along with Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert, Dutton and Cooke watched as an ‘Appeal to Heaven’ flag was raised and flown over the Arkansas State Capitol.
The Appeal to Heaven movement started in the Georgia legislature when a handful of legislators publicly committed themselves to an absolute right of conscience and doing what is right despite political cost – something largely unknown in many legislatures or politics in general. The history of ‘Appeal to Heaven’ dates back to George Washington’s cruiser flag with these words and a white pine known as the “Tree of Peace,” though the flag originated with John Locke in the 1600’s and his constant reference to natural law. The phrase “An Appeal to Heaven” connotes that when all resources and justices on earth are exhausted that only “An Appeal to Heaven” remains.
In Georgia, members of the movement are identifiable by a lapel pin with the white pine tree, arguably the first flag of the United States. Though different representatives wear the pin for different reasons, one thing is consistent: principled consistence.
For some, principles are derived from faith and are the basis of conviction for votes and political action. For others, it is the reminder of a moral compass. Still, the unwavering commitment to principle remains.
The movement has since been gaining momentum not only in Georgia but across the nation in our state legislatures. The Appeal to Heaven movement’s message has resonated across the country from the Speaker of the House in Arizona to members of the delegations in South Dakota, South Carolina, Nevada, Montana, and Missouri.
You can learn more about the Appeal To Heaven movement in Georgia by visiting www.AppealToHeaven.org