Fine, let’s try to tackle it. Every rich corporate D.C. conservative establishment liar is going to (went to?) Virginia’s most famous slave ranch, Mount Vernon, today, to sign some sort of Declaration thing, in this latest move in the evolution of the conservative astroturf movement. Two possible reactions: (a) What a bunch of cocksuckers! And also, they’re funny for doing this! (b) The whole American Revolution was fundamentally astroturfing, so who are we to call these nowadays-rich folk bad historians? YEEHAW!
They have a website with a statement, first of all
The Mount Vernon Statement
Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century
We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. 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.
[ten million more paragraphs about whatever… taxes… murder… etc.]
Sounds good, let’s sign up.
This is going to be hilarious. The photos of it, you know? Dave Weigel will be there, for the hilarity, so don’t SCREW IT UP, WEIGEL.