After reading the Mount Vernon Statement, I can report good news.
The Mount Vernon Statement does not supplant the Sharon Statement. The Sharon Statement stands alone. It epitomizes precise principles.
Importantly, the Mount Vernon Statement is an accurate essay response to the governmental machinations citizens have been experiencing. When you read the Mount Vernon Statement—and you should—you can decide if you agree with its treatise; and, if you do, for how long of the recent past you think it applies: the last year, the last nine years, the last 19 years, or longer?
I’ll paraphrase former Attorney General Edwin Meese who described it best when he said the Mount Vernon Statement is “aimed explicitly at reminding every economic conservative that morality is essential to limited government; social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to morality; and national security conservatives (as well as civil libertarians) that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership around the world.”
Concerned citizens would be wise to thoroughly review both documents.
Another trend picked up by those crafting the Mount Vernon Statement is a recognition in political messaging that the mantle of change and reform has to be placed into perspective. The change America should seek and support, for the destiny of man, must be viewed in the context of the history of man. That’s what we have tried to enunciate with the organizing principles of Citizens for Change.
Our mission statement, reads as follows:
In the entire length of the human experience, America’s more than two century existence is but a short time. Yet, America’s birth stands as the singular moment of change in man’s relation to man and the primacy of self-government. If it is an aberration, we consider it the perfect aberration and therefore worth conserving, preserving, cultivating and promoting. If change is a constant, then responsible citizens need to engage in every public process to ensure change always moves towards greater individual freedom and away from statism, servitude, socialism, collectivism, fascism and communism.
Those Americans who do read both the Sharon Statement and the Mount Vernon Statement will gain a clearer understanding of how to secure the American founding.
Then, it will take both Young & Older Americans for Freedom to rally ‘round and persistently stand together in order to maintain the vitality of our constitutional principles.
Richard Olivastro is president of Olivastro Communications, a professional member of the National Speakers Association and founder of Citizens For Change. He can be reached at [email protected] or 877.RichSpeaks.