What the Mount Vernon Statement Means to Me

Granted, I wasn’t able to make it to the signing of this document (oh, that and I wasn’t invited – but then, that’s not the point).  There’s been some buzz about it being on Wednesday.  In case you haven’t read the “Mount Vernon Statement”, the opening preamble might catch your attention.

“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.”

(Now, before any nit-wit has a heart attack that they used the word republican instead of democrat, remember, they are talking about a model of government, and not a particular political party – if you don’t know the difference, then your gripe is with your high school civics teacher for spending more time on green energy citizenship).

Remember the opening lines to the Statement’s preamble?  compare that to the following opening lines – and tell me which sounds like the sound bites coming out from the left.

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.  Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight.

What I do believe is this – Mount Vernon is the home of General Washington.  He should be the role model for each and every person we ever think about electing.  He joined others who swore their honor and their fortunes.  With today’s crop of corruptocrats, honor has no meaning, and the Beltway is seen as a way of expanding one’s personal fortune.

What I do remember about General Washington is this: the public was willing to call him “Your Excellency”, but he only wanted “Mr President”.   After winning the war and securing the power, he could have simply declared himself Emperor, but chose to return home after two terms (and for those who’s high school teachers spent more time talking about American Imperialism – it wasn’t until after WWII that the Presidency was restricted to two terms).  He didn’t have to leave.  He wasn’t about to be voted out.

So…the Mount Vernon Statement means this to me – we need Statesmen, not politicians.  We need men and women who are humbled by their office, not see it as validation of their own personal agendas.  We need people believe a stain to their honor, is a fate worse than death (which means, having to define “is” and “sex” are not the defenses of someone honorable).

What we have today is good people, who have good intentions, but once they are there…at the seat of power, they no longer want to leave.  They are willing to compromise their principles and beliefs in order to not only maintain, but acquire even more power.  In other words, what we have today are disciples of the Faustian bargain.  (Give me the power, and I will sacrifice honor and principles to keep it).

So… only history will be able to tell what impact the Mount Vernon Statement has had, but know this, if we don’t restore honor, and return to the principles which set this nation on an unparalleled course, then we should be ready to accept “the American Experiment” is about to come to an end.

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One Response

  1. Their thinking — If you’re not inside the beltway, you’re stupid.

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