The Mount Vernon Statement

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I like this:

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.
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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. (from The Mount Vernon Statement)

You can read the whole statement here – it’s not very long.

I’m having an urge this Lent to sit down and read our country’s founding documents. I wonder what percentage of Americans have actually done this? I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and just read through them.

I actually have the Declaration of Independence framed. When I was a bachelor it was up on my wall. That changed when I got married.

I do still have my longhorn skull (with the horns sawed off – whoop!) hanging up. I’d say I came out on the sweet end of that compromise.

Anyway, the gov has some archives online and guess what they have in there? Yep – the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. I think I’m going to give them a good read soon. And I just downloaded the Federalist Papers on my Kindle.

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Heather February 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

I’m interested in reading the Anti-Federalist Papers. Those that wrote the Federalist Papers were in favor of a bigger federal government, and those that wrote the Anti-Federalist Papers were not. I haven’t read the Federalist Papers, but they are on my list!

Matthew Warner February 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I’ll add the anti-federalist papers to mine as well! Sounds like there are some interesting thoughts in there. However, the Federalist papers weren’t in favor of a big federal government. They were in favor of the Constitution and they were written by a few of the founding fathers. They were in favor of a very limited, small federal government.

It is my understanding that the anti-federalist papers were arguments against the ratification of the constitution. Federalist papers tried to explain why the ratification of the constitution would be a good thing. All important stuff I intend on reading more about. Thanks!

Heather February 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I think the Anti-Federalists were more for the Articles of Confederation, over the Constitution, which would be more state/local government…I definitely intend on reading both, to figure out a way out of the mess we’re in now!

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