80 heavy-hitting Conservative leaders and voices met together in Alexandria, VA, on Wednesday, 17 February 2010, to sign a new Conservative Manifesto named “The Mount Vernon Statement”. According to their own website, this statement is, “a declaration of leadership for a new generation of conservatives that defines the principles, values and beliefs of the conservative movement.”
Needless to say, this event has lit up the blogosphere on both sides of the fence, and Internet news outlets. The usual suspects in Conservative-bashing chimed in yesterday, seeking to turn this meeting into just another liberal talking point. (Someone call Keith Olbermann and put some copy in front of him!) Even well-known Conservative pundits have expressed some skepticism. CPAC has also begun, and this statement will feed directly into the spirit of change and new beginnings we so desperately need right now as a Nation.
While this new manifesto may not be perfect, it is indeed a great starting point for modern-day Conservatives to return to a simpler time. A time of smaller Federal government. A time of less Federal government obtrusiveness. Given the expansion of said government we have all seen beginning with Bush and continuing effortlessly into Obama’s Rule, having folks remember that we are not designed as a Nation to have a huge government is not necessarily a bad thing. I can only hope that non-Conservatives or folks on-the-fence will read this statement and be propelled into deeper thought about what they really want their Federal government to do and be.
The Mount Vernon Statement opens with these words:
We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.
These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.
A Nation could easily rebuild itself on the back of this kind of thought.
Will this statement make any difference? Will this statement rally the Conservative troops, both in and outside of DC, and mark the beginning of a return to a Conservative government? Time will tell. CPAC started today, as I mentioned before, and Right Pundits will be covering this event for your informative purposes. Expect this Mount Vernon Statement to influence and shape many of the speeches that will be spoken there. Perhaps this statement and its being talked about and reported upon will bridge the gap between today and November 2010, giving American voters the resolve they need to do the right thing.
Long Live the Republic, indeed.