The Mount Vernon Statement: Policy, or PR Stunt
I'm wondering if someone can help me. I just read the Mount Vernon Statement, the Conservative declaration of their independence from what I guess are the liberal, Obama-era ideals that are destroying America. I have to say, as sincerely as I can, that I have no idea what the f*ck it's supposed to be. It reminds me of a weak essay some underachieving student wrote for school, who basically took one paragraph, and tried to stretch it out to fill the page. It's sad that the "signatures" take up about the same amount of space as the document itself.
The statement begins with the following sentence: "We commit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding." And that's as vague as the entire statement itself; the entire document is basically paraphrasing the entire first paragraph, which continues as follows:
"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."
One of the things that baffles me is, again, the timing of these concerns. We have been mired in these problems since 2002-2003. But now, seven years later, these people just aren't going to take it anymore. Conservatives seem to want to complain when they are out of power. I'm not saying that Liberals don't do that as well (they seem to complain if the wind blows funny), but the big difference is that the Conservatives make the biggest noise. Again, not a bad thing to make a lot of noise. But THIS noise is a little obnoxious.
Another one of my favorite lines is:
"In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics."
Wow, they just come right out and say it here. Apparently, not only is politics getting in the way of America, but so is our society by-and-large, as well as education. Can't have that, can we? It's Afrocentrism, Feminism, Gay-ism, Hollywood-ism, Weed-ism, Beer-ism, TV-Reality-show-ism...all of the these things are interfering! And those pesky, smart-assed universities! How can we enjoy America when there are elitist-types that keep thinking about how to make it better! According to these people, they already did that back in 1776!!!-- which, by the way, was not when the Constitution was written (try 1787, September 17th to be exact).
What is it with these people and their "back-in-the-old-days" fetish? What past are these people really pining for? The frosted wigs and leggings? The lack of electricity? No Medicare or Social Security? Outhouses? No phones? No computers? Pro-slavery and pre-Women's Suffrage? Polio? Low life-expectancy? Really, this thing is totally ridiculous, and such a waste of time and energy. Whether it's the mid-1900's, or the late 1700's, these people have committed to paper their sheer and absolute fear and disgust of human/national evolution. What gives these people the right to claim that ONLY THEY are the true patriots? Who says that only they know the true path to liberty, freedom, and morality that we already have, and will continue to have long after 70% of the authors of this toilet paper are dead and gone?!
Seems to me that this is nothing more than a policy screed penned by a bunch of sore losers. They don't want a piece of the pie, they want the whole damn thing. And if they can't have the whole thing, they'd much rather just piss and sh*t on it, so no one will have any pie! And after that happens, all they'll do is offer to make a new pie; a new pie which only a few people will actually want to eat.
Republican Senator Jim DeMint said that GOP members that do not sign onto this statement should be replaced-- that Republicans against this statement are a part of the problem. Well, they may be a part of YOUR problem...but that is what it is...your problem. People like that just see things in a different way; their way. Look, we all just want to be happy. Attempting to legislate so-called values and morality is no way to do it.
We could all easily just squash this stupid bi-partisan crap, and just get to the point of getting this country's sh*t together, the root of which seems to revive this nation's economic stamina; we all seem to be a bit more calm and easy-to-deal-with when we're gainfully employed and enjoying the money we're making. There are powers-that-be in this country that are just not happy with the way things have changed for them over the years. And they want change...but just the kind of change that makes them happy. Which isn't really change, it's regression. This country is great because it HAS changed, year after year, and generation after generation. THAT is what liberty has brought us, whether you want to accept it or not.
"If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose."
This seems more like a battle cry for us, the American people, than it is for the policy wonks and politicians that this tissue of garbage speaks to. Believe what you want to believe-- that's one great things about America. What you have in The Mount Vernon Statement are a bunch of old, intellectually-stunted, Conservative elitists that want that "old-timey feeling" back.
For the American people, whether you're an "R" or a "D" or an "I" or a "T"...if you really love your country, THESE PEOPLE are the problem. Let's leave them behind, and show them what this nation is TRULY about.