Coming Wednesday: "The Mount Vernon Statement"

The statement, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, was drafted by many big names in conservatism to stop what they see as President Obama’s headlong drive to expand the scope of government.

The aim is to unite advocates of limited government, social and religious conservatives, and champions of activist foreign and domestic policies. Republican Party leaders are especially eager to heal internal rifts ahead of midterm elections in November, when the party hopes to score major gains…

The statement asserts that each one of the nation’s “founding ideas is presently under sustained attack” and that the nation’s “principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics.”

The manifesto presents as a framework for action what it calls “a constitutional conservatism” to unite “all conservatives through the fusion provided by American principles.”