Why I'm Signing the Mount Vernon Statement

The Mount Vernon Statement is a contemporary restatement of the American commitment to our constitutional republic, the rule of law and individual liberty. It echoes the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and more recently the Sharon Statement written by M. Stanton Evans and popularized by William F. Buckley in the 1960s.

I will cheerfully sign the Mount Vernon statement Wednesday afternoon with a number of conservative activists and leaders standing on land that was once part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

What I find most interesting and attractive about the Mount Vernon statement is how simple, easy to understand and explain this commitment to individual liberty and limited government is. The truths we endorse once again have not changed since the American Revolution. They will not change in another 200 years.

We all choose how we live our lives as individuals. We decide for ourselves our careers, family life and religious belief. But we collectively commit to the constitutionally limited government that protects our rights and property. Together we restate the American compact where we work to restore and maintain a limited government so that our futures may be what we individually choose.

Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform and author of the book "Leave us Alone: Getting the Government'sHands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives."