Skip to comments.Conservative manifesto coming soon
Posted on 02/12/2010 10:47:56 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Conservative manifesto coming soon By: Kenneth P. Vogel February 12, 2010 12:54 PM EST
With conservatives grappling among themselves for control of their movement and the Republican Party a group of more than 80 prominent conservative thinkers are set to unveil their version of a mission statement for the right.
What they are calling the Mount Vernon Statement in homage to George Washington will be unveiled and signed Wednesday on the eve of the annual gathering in Washington of the establishment right, the Conservative Political Action Conference.
The big names attached to it include former Attorney General Ed Meese, Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner, Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, Media Research Center leader Brent Bozell, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and David Keene, head of the American Conservative Union, which is putting on CPAC, among others.
Organizers would not immediately make the text of the statement available, but they billed it as the next generation of the 1960 Sharon Statement. That document, produced by a group of young conservative intellectuals including William F. Buckley Jr. and taking its name from Buckleys Connecticut hometown, helped define the conservative movement for years.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Keene and Norquist? No thanks. This seems like it will be a Beltway pubbie manifesto. I think any random 10 Tea Party participants could do a better job.
A whole bunch of right wing statists in this “group”
I have no interest in supporting any expansion of the state, whether it be the right or left
Conservatives big daddy o’s waking up!
Is it about time or Johnny come latelies???
So after Palin all the establishment players are rushing to display their tea party cred.
Yet last week Palin herself simply pointed out that the Republican Party platform is a fine manifesto—if tea partiers can help get Republicans back to following it.
She is truly ahead of everyone else in the game.
Now that there is a parade everyone thinks there is an opening to lead it.
Noblesse oblige...we can’t let the riff-raff run this show or they will mess it up for us.
I have faith in the common man to do a better job than the old guard of the Republican Party. It is time for a strong wind to clean out the cobwebs from the party.
conservatives don’t need a manifesto....
a Declaration of Independence, a US Constitution, and a moral compass are all we need.....(along with the ability to read)
A coalition of tea party groups and activists will use CPAC to gather support for a guiding document of their own coined the Contract From America intended to bring together the fractious movement. Plus, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, one of the authors of the 1994 Contract With America to which the name of the tea party document pays homage has unveiled his plan for a new Contract With America" on the pages of the February edition of the conservative Newsmax magazine. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32894.html#ixzz0fLlSFApD
Ping.. thanks for driving...
Stick to a pro-Constitution, pro-capitalism, pro-freedom and pro-America agenda -— less taxes, less spending, less government, pro-military, Pro-Life and anti-amnesty!
I see a bunch of not so conservative conservatives on this list. Buckley Jr is an idiot Obama lover why in the hell is he, an example of the low end of his father’s gene pool, a part of this group?
Why should I believe a bunch of pretty words from a bunch of Beltway bandits? They’ve already proven that they won’t even follow the simple words of our founding documents.
“Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and David Keene, head of the American Conservative Union,”
DO NOT be fooled by this! Norquist is the biggest open border advocate around....the author of the Bush/McCain amnesty. A muslim convert who got Bush to coddle muslim extremists...A WOLF in SHEEP’s clothing!
For anything to change with the GOP, Grover has got to be the first to go! He also just endorsed McCain in AZ.
What you should know about Norquist here:
We do not require any input from the progressive republicans. Let the Tea Party set the guidelines and these bozo’s need to stop trying to take it over.
Will Sarah be there?
Sarah, Rush, Levin all ought to be there.
And some random tea party folk.
These guys are douche bags... And by the way.... Did someone forget to tell them that their “services” are no longer needed? They do not set the agenda.
Although these feeble attempts at relevance are kinda cute in a funny / sad way, its time to show these fossils the door.
Many, including and especially Scott Brown, are trying to distance themselves from the tea party movement it seems.
Well said. I agree.
Anything that beltway bunch listed in the article comes up with is automatically suspect.
William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of the post WWII conservative movement, died a year ago. His father, William F. Buckley, Sr., died about 50 years ago. Are you possibly thinking of Bill's son, Chris?
I agree eevil. And they speak as though once published, we are obligated to follow this “manifesto”. You and I could sit down and write our own manifesto...and who do we think would then be obliged to follow it? Except you and me. What arrogance.
Just hand out copies of the Constitution.
Levin was for Romeny, wasn’t he? Another guy who should not be followed.
Agreed. This sounds like an effort to resurrect the establishment Republicans.
The leftists in the media and the democrat party are desperate to revitalize the leftists in the republican party. Expect a newpush to try and give the “Grand Old Progressives” some kind of relevance in the conservative movement.
Its time to retire these fossils.
Maybe they can have a line item on their ideas for combating global warming and then invite Pelosi over for a group photo to show they really, really want to work with Democrats on the issue.
Best idea so far......
No offense, but you guys ain’t Bill Buckley.
Don't remember, but I know he was against McCain. We didn't have much choice last go around.
Who appointed these people?
some of the negative sentiment has probably been provoked by the “manifesto” in the headline, WHICH WAS THE INTENT of the headline.
I agree if those are the “big names” it’s not very impressive. But the story is intentionally pushing you against them. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT??!!
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Most of this crowd appear to be part of the Republicrat Party....or am I missing something here?
The only one left standing who can honestly be said to share most of our conservative principles is Mitt Romney.
And I guess Levin wanted to be fooled, which is never a good thing. I can see saying Romney isn't as bad as McCain, although that's like saying one skunk don't stink as bad as another. But Romney in no way or form shares most of our conservative principles, if you look at his history instead of what he is currently running for.
It's all relative, sometimes you have to go with the lesser of two evils.
The motto of the modern Republican Party.
And folks wonder why the country is going to hell in a handbasket.
More and more folks appear to be waking up, we ain't to hell yet!
Unfortunately she would fit right in...arm and arm with McCain and Perry.
I don’t get why everyone is complaining so much on this thread. You want all of these folks to NOT come up with a conservative manifesto? Why not?
Let them publish their work and then we’ll all see what it says. If it is a good manifesto then that’s great and we’ll all know it.
I think it might be helpful to have a widely disseminated, well-written, much-discussed distillation of conservative principles to organize around. Let’s use it in the primaries to get conservative nominees. Then use it in the general election to explain why folks should vote GOP. And then use it during the next Congress to guide the new GOP majority’s actions and determine who are RINOs that need a primary challenger next time.
What’s wrong with having a manifesto? The ‘Rat media are going to continue to portray us as the “party of no”. A manifesto could be a useful tool for countering this depiction.
I’m not followin’ any document that ends in -o-!
I’m not following a tea party contract , or a new Newt, either! I’m an American and I already have a document to follow. When November gets here...I’ll be following it.
What we already have is GREAT! We just need to pay attention to it!