February 17th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government today commemorated the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Mt. Vernon Statement. Last year, ALG President Bill Wilson was among the original free market and limited government leaders that signed it.
Wilson said the statement "reaffirms that constitutional, limited government is the best means of preserving liberty, promoting prosperity, and opposing tyranny in America, and throughout the world."
The Mt. Vernon statement was signed almost fifty years after the 1960 Sharon Statement by William F. Buckley, Jr. that many consider to be one of the founding documents of the modern conservative movement. More than 200,000 people have signed the statement in the past year.
Wilson said the statement remains relevant to the current political climate: "The rise of the tea party movement and increasing citizen participation shows that the people of the United States remain vital to preserving the Constitution. The Mt. Vernon statement reaffirms the people's natural rights to petition their government."
According to the Mount Vernon Statement, "The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant."
The statement continues, "The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution."
Wilson praised former Attorney General Edwin Meese for putting together the coalition of national, grassroots leaders to pen the document. "Attorney General Meese deserves the thanks of the American people for bringing so many together behind a strong message promoting the proper, limited role of government."
Wilson concluded saying, "The need for that discussion remains urgent. The continued support of the Mount Vernon Statement shows that Americans continue to be committed to constitutional, limited government. The unbridled and dangerous expansion of central power in Washington has gone unabated, and without constitutional limits being exercised, the liberty of every American is threatened."
Wilson urged citizens to sign the statement themselves at www.themountvernonstatement.com.