Thursday, February 18, 2010

Right Wing Manifesto

A group of leading conservatives have issued the “Mount Vernon Statement” (except they didn’t issue it from Mount Vernon; the people that run it wouldn’t let them) that encapsulates what they think should be the way America should be governed.

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.

Fair enough. They list some of those principles, too:

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.

All well and good, too. So I assume they’re in favor of marriage equality for all and keeping the government out of the decisions a woman makes about her own body, too?

Somehow I doubt it.