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Conservatism’s Constitution

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Posted on February 18 2010 6:43 am
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by W. James Antle, III

Tucked away in the snowy grounds of what was once part of George Washington’s River Farm, more than 80 conservative leaders spent the day talking about the ideas that animate their movement. By late afternoon, they emerged having signed a manifesto they dubbed the Mount Vernon Statement, a set of principles intended to unite conservatives of all stripes.

The signing ceremony was kicked off by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, now chairman of the Conservative Action Project. “If he were here,” Meese told the assembled conservatives and reporters, “Ronald Reagan would be among first to sign the Mount Vernon statement.” The document places fidelity to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution at the center of conservatism, and Meese reminded the audience that Reagan cited the Founding Fathers “more than his nine predecessors combined.”

Read more at The American Spectator.

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