Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Mount Vernon Statement

Sign the The Mount Vernon Statement

Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century

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.
Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.
A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

» It applies the principle of limited government based on the
rule of law to every proposal.
» It honors the central place of individual liberty in American
politics and life.
» It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and
economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
» It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom
and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that
» It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood,
community, and faith.
If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.

February 17, 2010

Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan
Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America
Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation
Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation, was present at the Sharon Statement signing.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council
Becky Norton Dunlop, president of the Council for National Policy
Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center
Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator
David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union
David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society
T. Kenneth Cribb, former domestic policy adviser to President Reagan
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform
William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government
Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness
Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com
Kenneth Blackwell, Coalition for a Conservative Majority
Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring
Kathryn J. Lopez, National Review

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Do You Find Barack Obama's disdain for all things American a bit frightening?

Up until Barack Obama's intentions became clear, America's traditional citizens were fairly satisfied and busy with their own lives, busy with personal growth and economic attainment. Freedom to do so was taken for granted. We were spoiled and rightly so.

Many of us avoided culturally deficient movies and 'stars' like Clooney, Redford, and Ford. The Dixie Chicks, Streisand, Ronstadt, Whoopi, and Madonna were a nuisance.

We scoffed at the liberal educators in elite colleges, sneered at the left-leaning press, and then shrugged with dismay at the attacks on the boy scouts, the success of Wal-Mart, Salvation Army bells, cemetery crosses, all things Christian--attacks on the fun and beauty of Christmas trees, religious carols, or even the word, 'Christmas.'

Our beloved and matchless Constitution was denigrated as a detriment, as a document that restrains and should be subject to change at whim. The czars he appointed were very suspicious, both as people and as appointments that are not acceptable under the Constitution.

It was with a passive disbelief as we watched courts rule against presence in schools of the ten commandments, the rules upon which our laws are built. Condoms, abortions, and pornography are accepted and even encouraged for children while prayer, side-by-side teaching of Intelligent Design with the tired theory of evolution, and the 'pledge of allegiance' are rebuked. Then we saw our children being forced to sing about
Barack Obama, just like in the days of Hitler.

Americans have always believed in saving human lives and were horrified to hear Obama say that old people under his health plan would serve us better if they simply took a pain pill instead of expecting to use our money to prolong their lives.

After Al Franken's ill-gotten seat was placed, we soon became too painfully aware of that creep's inability to think clearly and play nice. Congress, with their filibuster-proof 60 votes, believed they could shove anything down our throats.

woke up and realized we better speak up. Thankfully, we had the ballot box to prove our first action voice and that we are the grateful heirs of our determined founders. With fire in our soul, we can turn the tide on this capitalist-hating president.

We must ever be aware and watchful of socialists wanting to dupe, overtake, and change America. We must know our past to keep our future.
It was just today on his radio show that Rush Limbaugh said our country has become the greatest in the world in prosperity and in helping others, not because it is in our DNA, but because of our belief in God as put forth in our Declaration of Independence. We have grown under God because of our foundational principles, the building blocks of our country.
Rush said our founders were smarter than Obama who said they (our founders) and we have a blind spot regarding the Constitution.

We must protect our children from falsehoods and safely educate them to the truth.

Godly Minds, Bold Hearts

Michele Bachman
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Lord, With Glowing Heart I'd Praise Thee

by Francis Scott Key

Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee
For the bliss Thy love bestows,
For the pard’ning grace that saves me,
And the peace that from it flows:
Help, O God, my weak endeavor;
This dull soul to rapture raise;
Thou must light the flame, or never
Can my love be warmed to praise.

Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,
Wretched wand’rer, far astray;
Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee
From the paths of death away:
Praise with love’s devoutest feeling,
Him who saw thy guilt-born fear,
And, the light of hope revealing,
Bade the blood-stained cross appear.

Praise thy Saviour God that drew thee
To that cross, new life to give,
Held a blood-sealed pardon to thee,
Bade thee look to Him and live:
Praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee,
Roused thee from thy fatal ease,
Praise the grace whose promise warmed thee,
Praise the grace that whispered peace.

Lord, this bosom’s ardent feeling
Vainly would my lips express:
Low before Thy footstool kneeling,
Deign thy suppliant’s pray’r to bless:
Let Thy love, my soul’s chief treasure,
Love’s pure flame within me raise;
And, since words can never measure,
Let my life show forth Thy praise. Amen.

(To the tune "Faben," composed by John H. Wilcox in 1849)
The Presbyterian Hymnal (Richmond Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1949), #315. The meter is doubled.

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:25