jules rensch commented on MWP February 2018 Newsletter 2018-02-09 08:19:23 -0500setting honest and achievable goals remain paramount to success…
thank you Dale Ritchie
jules rensch commented on Help us Senator Clay! 2018-02-03 10:19:23 -0500thank you Shawn….I gaining so much from your article…mainly, I’m visualizing what Henry Clay brings to us in this year of 2018….
solutions are at hand…Bravo
jules rensch commented on Whig Response to State of the Union Speech 2018-02-02 19:17:04 -0500Following the clarity of the Modern Whig Party position, as outlined by Dale Ritchie, is easy…thank you for that….
Beyond all of the wonderful points to consider is that of the image of America, abroad. Sadly, this administration seems inept in doing much to correct & restore the much needed confidence among our world neighbours.
Perhaps our fellow Whigs can come up with a true image repair system. To progress, America must “shine up” our national image.
jules rensch commented on A Declaration of Independents’: A Call to Excellence in Popular Sovereignty 2018-02-01 23:05:24 -0500Here it is, almost 2 yrs. since this post from James…and I’m wondering why it took me so long to really read it and truly understand it…
Everything is perfectly clear…thank you James for a wonderful piece that makes us stand up and get ready for great times ahead.
Through an alliance of like mined patriots WE can change the grim and divisive politics of America into something safe, progressive and honorable.
Bravo… Modern Whig Party.
jules rensch commented on What Exactly is a “Whig?” 2018-01-28 07:47:33 -0500I do appreciate the way Shawn Martin explains us in his article:
“What is a Whig”.
Might we also consider the words of Abdu’l-Baha in his description of what we might aspire to.
“Love ye all religions and all
races with a love that is true
and sincere and show that
love through deeds and not
through the tongue; for the
latter hath no importance, as
the majority of men are, in
speech, well-wishers, while
action is the best”
as ever, Observer Jules
jules rensch commented on Net Neutrality 2018-01-27 21:23:00 -0500try this link Jules sorryBurger king just explained the repeal of net neutrality in this Utube presentation
https://motherboard.vice.com/e n_us/article/a3nmze/burger-kin g-net-neutrality-ad
Burger king just explained the repeal of net neutrality in this Utube presentation
https://motherboard.vice.com/e n_us/article/a3nmze/burger-kin g-net-neutrality-ad
jules rensch commented on Two Whig Wins 2018-01-26 08:33:29 -0500Two Whig victories in 2016…certainly something to build upon…now let us make the elections of 2018 a billboard for the MWP
jules rensch commented on State of the Party 2018 2018-01-25 20:08:11 -0500Five Goals…all achievable…Yes we can!
jules rensch commented on Crowd Funding Campaign 2018-01-24 23:18:45 -0500what a beautiful and comprehensive description of what our MWP really stands for…my only wish is that a million Americans will get to read it..
thank you Dale Ritchie…
The Crowd Funding Campaign looks to be a real winner.
jules rensch commented on New member 2018-01-24 23:02:39 -0500Bravo Rob…
Glad that you found “your home” in the MWP, I am.
jules rensch commented on What is the direction that the Party is going/wants to go? 2018-01-24 22:57:19 -0500Thank you Kirk…your ideas and suggestions are “right on”.
The two party system has grown so far apart and certainly contributes to our highly divided nation.
I’m with you…The Modern Whigs can, indeed, step between these troublesome factions with more information, more discussion and more solutions….it is our time…to give Centrism a chance.
In humility, Observer Jules
jules rensch answered 2018-01-24 17:00:33 -0500Q: What issue are you most passionate about?
A: Gun Control
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jules rensch commented on Virginia Whigs Nominate Peter Carey 2018-01-24 16:58:17 -0500Bravo Whig, Peter Carey!
….good luck to you in Virginia…..
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Whether a candidate is running for City Council, Mayor, State Legislature, Governor, Congress or President there are some traits or qualifications we look for as a society. As Whigs, what are the traits that you look for in a candidate for any of these offices?Take the survey
jules rensch commented on Whigs against the Imperial Presidency 2018-01-17 20:18:01 -0500Beautifully explained…thank you Shawn Martin for shedding this light.
The growing tendency in Europe and now in America is to blindly accept Fascism bundled within the definition of “Nationalism”.
The old tricks of Franco, Hitler and Mussolini involving “divide & conquer”
fear, paranoia and complete distrust of a free press are busily at work right here in the USA.
There is much work to do…perhaps the MWP can contribute to a more Centrist way of governing!
jules rensch commented on The United Utah Party And The Centrist Project 2017-08-19 19:34:09 -0400While all endeavours of “forcing two warring parties” to cooperate is most commendable…perhaps the ultimate solution is whereby the Modern Whigs of America become the “home for centrists & moderates”
Thank you Matthew Jacobson for this observation and idea.
sincerely, Observer Jules
jules rensch commented on The Missing Word in Washington.... 2018-01-23 17:41:29 -0500Good points to be sure….
Personally, I like the idea of “giving something to get something”.
Compromise, of course, is what it takes to advance and move forward and thus avoid the stalemates and setbacks that our government seems to constantly suffer from.
In business partnerships, in family disagreements and in a good marriage..it is the ability to compromise that surely demonstrates what our famous Whig Party leader taught us those many decades ago…Henry Clay (the Great Compromisor) knew the value of "giving something to get something!
The MWP will find difficulty in accomplishing much of anything without embracing a more Centrist attitude…an attitude of compromise.
jules rensch commented on We are a Principled Party 2018-01-24 14:33:39 -0500I found this quite compelling & most interesting ..
“Why Abraham Lincoln Was a Whig”
DANIEL WALKER HOWE
Volume 16, Issue 1, Winter 1995, pp. 27-38
Abraham Lincoln’s Whig party loyalty is not part of the popular legend of this great president. That legend took shape in the years after the Civil War and was fostered by the Republican party, whose interest it served. Republican spokesmen were concerned to define their cause as the party of the victorious Union, not merely as the successor to the Whigs. The Grand Old Party had no reason to want to share the mantle of the Great Emancipator with the defunct Whigs. Later, during the twentieth century, those attracted to the Lincoln legend were often D/democrats—with both a capital and lowercase D—to whom Lincoln’s Whig identity seemed an anomaly, even an embarrassment, something to be minimized or explained away. If only he had been a Jacksonian, one feels, such admirers could have understood him so much better. 1
But in stubborn historical reality, Lincoln was a Whig for more years than he was a Republican, and a loyal Whig too. He joined the party as a young man, as soon as it was formed, and became one of a faithful band of Whig members in the Illinois state legislature from 1834 to 1841. He campaigned hard for Harrison in 1840, headed the Illinois campaigns of Henry Clay in 1844 and Zachary Taylor in 1848, and would have been a presidential elector in 1852 had Winfield Scott carried Illinois. 2 In the light of Lincoln’s later career, it is particularly noteworthy that in 1848, faced with the challenge of the Free Soil party, Lincoln went on a campaign tour of Massachusetts, working hard to keep New England’s antislavery Whigs from defecting to the ticket of Martin Van Buren and Charles Francis Adams.3
How does one explain the attraction that the Whig party had for Lincoln? In the first place, of course, the policies of the party, particularly its support for government aid to internal improvements,
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commended themselves to him. They seemed to him to hold out hope for the economic development of the West. Yet the Whig economic program does not, in itself, provide a completely sufficient answer to the question of why Lincoln was a Whig. After all, most of his fellow citizens of Illinois were not persuaded by the Whig platforms. The area around Springfield, whose voters returned the Whig Lincoln to the state legislature and (once) to Congress, was an exception to the rule that Illinois was a predominantly Democratic state. Why was Lincoln’s political response different from that of a majority of Illinoisans?
Photograph of Abraham Lincoln, April 25, 1858,
taken by Samuel G. Alschuler in Urbana, Illinois
Lincoln’s Whiggery does not lend itself readily to an ethnoreligious interpretation. 4 Lincoln came from a poor southern farming family, one that we might expect would yield followers of Andrew Jackson. He did not belong to any religious denomination. And when eth-
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noreligious politics became explicit in the nativist movement, Lincoln emphatically repudiated it.
Zachary Taylor, elected president on the Whig
ticket in 1848
Zachary Taylor, elected president on the Whig ticket in 1848
Recently, in order to understand the second party system, historians have applied the anthropological concept of the interaction between culture and personality. This can be a fruitful line of inquiry into Lincoln’s party affiliation. Robert Kelley, for example, connects Lincoln’s Whiggery with his rejection of the frontier rural environment and his quest for a better life: “In a hard-drinking frontier society, [Lincoln] avoided alcohol and counseled temperance. Surrounded by cigars and spittoons, he did not smoke or chew. In a violent society obsessed with guns, he would not even use them to hunt. Believing that only those who paid taxes should vote, he opposed universal manhood suffrage. In an aggressively male society, he advocated votes for women. Abraham Lincoln was a Whig, one must conclude, because he preferred what Whigs believed to be a more civilized way of life.” 5
In this view, Lincoln’s choice of a political party was connected with his pursuit of a new personal identity. It was related to his ambition to “make something of himself” as he would have put it—a program that impelled him to distance himself from his origins.
It was other people, and not Lincoln himself, who celebrated the great man’s humble background. “It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life,” Lincoln is reported to have told a campaign biographer who approached him for information. "It can all be condensed into a single sentence and that sentence you will find in Gray’s Elegy—’The short and simple annals of the poor.’ " 6 Although Abraham Lincoln fondly recalled his stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln, he had remarkably little to say about his natural mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when he was nine. He seems to have felt ashamed of her, not only because he believed her illegitimate, but also because he feared (wrongly) that she was not legally married to his father. 7 The little that has come to light about Abraham’s relationship with his father, Thomas Lincoln, does not indicate that it was a close one. (When Thomas lay dying in 1851, Abraham refused to visit him and did not attend the funeral, either.) 8 What distanced Abraham from his parents was probably his ambition for education. Thomas, Nancy, and Sarah were all functional illiterates, and Abraham complained that they had offered their children “absolutely nothing to excite ambition for education.”9
For Lincoln, education was not merely a matter of acquiring marketable skills; it was a process of self-realization. The historian Gabor S. Boritt has pointed out that Lincoln’s support for the economic program of the Whig party dovetailed nicely with his desire to encourage upward social mobility. The Whigs tried to promote economic development and diversification, which Lincoln believed would open new opportunities for individual economic advancement. 10 But the creation of economic opportunities was only one facet of Lincoln’s program for personal development.
Perhaps our 16th President was the most famous Whig of all….
jules rensch commented on We are a Moderate Party 2017-08-08 22:36:36 -0400great piece John…proud I am, to be a part of what you feel…’
jules rensch commented on We are an Ambitious Party 2017-03-01 23:34:45 -0500As the news from Washington DC becomes more bleak, more divisive day by day….now is the time…the time to showcase the values, demonstrate the honesty and offer the real alternative to same old, same – old politics. The Modern Whig Party will step up to the plate and shine the way towards old fashioned liberty, justice and honesty in government!
Shout it from the rooftops…MWP…now!