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The Mount Vernon Statement

By The Reverend Published: February 18, 2010

Republicans are great at making statements, contracts, lists, etc. Republicans are not great at governing, though, we've learned once again so painfully under Bush-Cheney and a majority GOP Congress. Republicans still insist that government is the problem.

On the heels of the Great Republican Thinker, Newton Gingrich's Contract With/On America....another GOP list with the intent of trashing governance came out yesterday.

It's called...."The Mount Vernon Statement"....and it's signed by such conservative luminaries as Ken Blackwell, Brent Bozell, Grover Norquist, Tony Perkins, and Ed Meese.

From the Statement...

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.

1) "Limited government" does not appear in the Constitution, so one person's "limit" is another person's threshold level. However, I got a kick out of the "based on the rule of law" part. For 7 years, these same conservatives cheered on the abrogation of American rights through the government's vacuuming up of all electronic communications without judicial warrants, as required by the...umm...Constitution.

The same could be said about Guantanamo, torture, extraordinary rendition, denial of habeas rights.....and a host of other stuff that would fill up the blog post.

2) I have no idea what is meant by "individual liberty". What I know it DOESN'T mean, coming from this particular group of conservatives, is the "liberty" of women to choose what happens with their wombs. It does not include the "liberty" of gays to marry, you know, just like the "liberty" heterosexuals enjoy. Also....see 1).

3) A laugher. These conservatives are saying that the deregulated, wild-west, gambling arena which brought not just the U.S., but the world, to it's economic knees.....should continue as is. That's what the "economic reforms grounded in market solutions", is all about. "Market solutions", to conservatives, do not include oversight and accountability. Ayn Rand is these conservatives hero. Randian thinking espouses a separation of the economy from the government entirely. To coin a phrase...."how's all that deregulationin' and laissez-faire-in', workin' out for ya?"

4) More wars of choice and adventurism. "Advancing freedom", one bombing campaign after another. The dead people never have their "freedom", you know, "advanced"....just ask the families of the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, who had their "freedom advanced" the bottom of a six foot hole in the ground. The "Mount Vernon Statement" conservatives are for more pre-emptive war for the purpose of taking control of what rightfully belongs to the U.S.

5) Bring back prayer in public schools, stop embryonic stem cell research, re-closet the gays, advance the cause of fusing the church with the state, end a woman's right to choose......the typical list from the faith-basers.

I never took any of Newtie's "Contract On/With America" seriously.....hell, he never did. It was simply a ploy, a "tool" in the propagandizing toolbox. And I can't possibly take this "Mt. Vernon Statement" seriously either. Why?

There is nothing new in this "Statement". Boilerplate, far-right conservative pablum. The tenets espoused in this "Statement" are nothing new....not in the least.....simply regurgitated failed conservative policies.

When Obama first took office, I thought that he just might take the time to educate the American people in detail about the utter failure of conservative policies, of conservative thinking. Sadly, he hasn't done that nearly enough. That has left an opening for disingenuous conservative power brokers to offer a new bucket of slop.....for the upcoming slopping of the conservative-voting animals. But, sigh, the "new" bucket of slop.....contains the S.O.S....same old slop.

Conservatives really don't have any new ideas. They insist on clinging on to, and cherishing their failures.....they insist on trying to revive dead and proven-to-be-rotted conservative policies.

It's an embarrasment to Mt. Vernon.



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