Several conservative groups recently united to sign a document they called an act of recommitment to America’s founding principles.

The Mount Vernon Statement claimed to uphold national independence, economic opportunity and religious liberty. By signing the statement, each agency said it believed that a conservative interpretation of the Constitution would ensure limited governmental power, and reassert system of checks and balance.

“These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people,” the document reads in part. “They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world.”

The statement claims that these and other values have been under attack for the past several decades.

“The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant,” the document states.

Among those to sign the February 17 statement were Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan; Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America; and Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation. Other groups represented include the National Review, American Conservative Union, and Federalist Society.