Dan Draney: I tried liberalism once at a party, but I didn’t like it. I was born in Nebraska and raised in Lincoln, but I have also lived in Connecticut and Arizona. During my freshman year at Doane College my friends gave me the nickname “Abe” based upon my strong character and honesty, but mainly my city of origin. During graduate school, my eyes were opened to the virtues of democratic capitalism by a speech from former US Treasury Secretary, Bill Simon. His book, Time for Truth, is a treasure.
Ryne McClaren: I don’t have a particular philosophical “coming of age” story, which makes me an oddball. I was born in America’s bicentennial year, and my formative years were spent with Ronald Reagan as my President. Family Ties was a hit television show in my youth, and even as a wee tot the ultra-conservative Alex P. Keaton appeared to me to be entirely more stable and intelligent than his former hippie parents. I was born and raised in South Dakota, and migrated to Nebraska via Chadron State College. I consider myself neither a modern “liberal” nor “conservative” in any of my viewpoints, but rather a follower of classical liberalism, entirely committed to limited government, free markets, free speech, privatization and personal liberty.
I’m a true liberal rebel with a job and a fondness for money. I’m a conservative without the bedroom eyes for Religiousness (new word). I’m a registered Republican who accidentally voted for Bill Clinton in 1996. I like the free exchange of ideas.
My personal heroes are Ronald Reagan, P. J. O’Rourke, Milton Friedman, Hunter S. Thompson, William F. Buckley, and to a lesser degree, Bob Dylan.