Marybeth Hicks

According to Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator and a member of the Conservative Action Project, the workgroup behind the Mount Vernon Statement, its purpose is to articulate the common core values of all facets of the conservative movement.

Recalling the words of the late Russell Kirk, Regnery says, “The Constitution is the most successful conservative document in the history of the world.” Even so, he admits the Constitution can be foreboding to read while the Mount Vernon Statement simply defines a set of guiding principles as old as the Republic that will be relevant years from now just as it is today.

Importantly, the Mount Vernon Statement is not geared to any election or candidate or specific piece of legislation. “We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding,” the Statement begins. “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. These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people.” (Read the rest at

Visitors to and the Web sites of the various organizations supporting the project are invited to sign the Statement online and to use it as a blueprint going forward for activism and policymaking.

It’s meant to go viral as a creed, of sorts, for modern day conservative believers.

Amen to that.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).