"The American people are now all that stands in the way between what remains of our once-great constitutional system and a tyranny of government dependents." —ALG President Bill Wilson
April 14th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised the American people's participation in tea party rallies nationwide, calling them "true patriots standing up for constitutional limited government, liberty, and fiscal responsibility."
"The American people are not waiting for leaders in Washington to save them from an expansive, centralized government. They are once again taking matters into their own hands," Wilson said.
Local tea parties have events scheduled across the nation in towns and cities. There will also be a national rally in Washington, DC today.
Wilson said the tea party movement was a "very important development in American politics that has already reshaped the political landscape."
"Without the tea parties and, more broadly, without the American people standing up and speaking out against the unsustainable growth of government, the government takeovers of health care, housing, the financial system, the pension system, and the energy sector, most of the Obama agenda would already be implemented," Wilson explained.
"The American people are now all that stands in the way between what remains of our once-great constitutional system and a tyranny of government dependents," Wilson added, encouraging Americans to take to the streets to protest what he termed was an "unaccountable, command-and-control government takeover of almost every aspect of the people's lives."
The tea party movement was originally inspired by CNBC commentator Rick Santelli's commentary on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on February 19th, 2009. Then, Santelli spoke out against the government foreclosure bailouts, where homeowners who paid their bills on time and in full were being asked to also assume the costs of their neighbors who were delinquent in their payments and not credit-worthy to begin with.
Wilson concluded, "There's only so much the American people will put up with. In the past two years, government has expanded in ways never thought possible under our constitutional system. It started with the bailouts, but where it ends is anyone's guess. What is clear, and is evidenced by the tea parties today, is that the American people are standing against tyranny."