Anti-gay leaders are initial signatories to new right-wing manifesto

The right-wingers are in a frenzy today over a new document they’re calling “the Mount Vernon Principles.” Apparently, this “signals a retrenchment to ‘founding principles.'” It sounds like the ultra-conservatives behind these principles want to retrench to the social norms and political system as they were back when George Washington was President. That’s a little scary for many Americans, including women, the working class, minorities, gays and just about anyone else who isn’t a rich, landowning white guy. Actually, that sounds about right for the GOP’s base.

Anyway, these are the key points:

* It applies the principle of limited government based on the rule of law to every proposal.

* It honors the central place of individual liberty in American politics and life.

* It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and economic reforms grounded in market solutions.

* It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that end.

* It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood, community, and faith.

Pretty standard right-wing rhetoric, but it’s the last one that brings in those theocratic types. And, they are part of this new movement. Among the initial 18 signatories are four of the worst of the worst anti-gay leaders in the country, including:

Wendy Wright from Concerned Women of America (not sure if she’s speaking for all the men at Concerned Women;

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council (who thinks about gays more than most gay people);

Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness (she’s really, really extreme. Think Maggie Gallagher on steroids is how one friend describes her); and

Kenneth Blackwell, Coalition for a Conservative Majority (he was the leading anti-gay spokesman in Ohio for years.)

So, this manifesto meets the needs of the homophobic wing of the GOP. They still think gay-bashing is a winning issue. And, that line about honoring “individual liberty” should include a footnote that it doesn’t apply to the gays.

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