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Philosophical declaration of war against big government?

Nation’s Top Conservatives Will Sign Philosophical Declaration of War against Big Government
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

( - The nation's top conservative leaders will gather Wednesday at Collingwood in Alexandria, Va.—a property that was once the site of George Washington’s River Farm—to sign a document organizers are calling the Mount Vernon Statement. It is designed to signal that a united and resurgent conservative movement is declaring philosophical war against the big government and moral relativism advanced by the nation’s liberal cultural, academic and political establishments.

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:23 PM on Feb. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The statement emphatically says no to the type of "change" pushed by political leaders who ignore the Constitution's limits on government power.

    “In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics,” says an excerpt from the statement. “The self-evident 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.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • “Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new,” says the statement. “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,” it says.

    The full document will be posted online at after 3 p.m. Wednesday


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

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    Answer by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • Thank you for bringing attention to this. It is an update of a similar statement, the "Sharon statement" signed by conservatives to initiate clarity in upcoming election campaigns, which brought Barry Goldwater the Republican nomination, and Ronald Reagan's presidency.

    Similar to other fundamental truths, like gravity, or the need to respect what a plant requires if you want it to flourish, the principles in the Constitution are valid today just like they were in the 1970's, just like they were in the 1770's. In fact, it was through studying and understanding history and wisdom going back to Aristotle that the Founding Fathers arrived at the principles for a prosperous nation.

    Ideas need not be new to be relevant ! Reality is not "relative" ... and despite all the politically-correct training to the contrary, morals are not relative, either.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 6:19 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • SOOOOO... They want to do away with the "liberal" junk that's been growing, only to push their own agenda, of do as we say or else.

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 7:02 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • I really don't care if libs do whatever they want.

    Just leave taxpayer money out of it.
    They need to get their own money together to advance their silly socialism.
    The entire mason jarful.

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 7:17 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • SOOOOO... They want to do away with the "liberal" junk that's been growing, only to push their own agenda, of do as we say or else.

     Yep. Conservative change= good

     All other change = treading on the Constitution.

    Wonder what fancy food they'll be served on the banks of the Potomac, at TAX PAYER expense?

    There's some myopic thinking for ya, You Betcha-


    Answer by Sisteract at 9:12 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • The change Conservatives are so upset about involves their money---they don't want anyone to touch their money even though it means they might lose some of their goodies ---the goodies that are paid for by Income Taxes. Like their welfare....etc. Ha. This "war against government" is a huge waste of their money....I hope they realize that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:22 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • I just wish I could be there. That would be an awesome thing to be part of.! And it is about time the conservative leaders come together and decide how to go forward. Can't wait to read the letter!


    Answer by 29again at 10:37 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • I wish I could go as well. I didn't see anything about it being taxpayer funded. I would rather pay for this type of event than a trip to Copenhagen our legislators made.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:28 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

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