Robert Edwards commented on The Loyal Opposition Revisited 2016-11-10 23:55:28 -0500Modern Whig West Region…yes please. Can you email me? Or pm me on Facebook through the Oregon Whig site?
Robert Edwards commented on A Democratic Republic... 2016-11-10 11:38:35 -0500I agree with Michael Wald with regards to the Senate in that the Senate itself and small population states will never allow that to happen, probably the only thing North Dakota and Delaware agree on. But going further, besides not being even on the table, I feel elimination of the Senate to be dangerous. The bicameral legislature is an important part of the internal checks on the legislative branch. Unicameralism at the federal level could lead to Oligarchy. I can see that happening at the state level as well, but I don’t know the structure of enough state constitutions to know for certain.
Also, for the same reason we have the Electoral College (to support the minority opinion) I cannot support a federal ballot initiative. Ballot initiatives allow two very bad things to happen. First, mob mentality wins the day and can easily strip freedoms and rights from minority citizens. This was seen in California’s Proposition 8 back in 2008 which was overturned years later with Supreme Court rulings. Ballot initiatives allow for emotional and radical changes in constitutional law that come too easily, and then too easily shift back with the next ballot. Secondly, this is what representatives are paid to do…represent us. By putting ballot initiatives in play we allow our representatives to shirk their responsibility by not having to go on the record.
I support term limits but just limit the existing term lengths to 2 terms like the presidency…yes that’s a lot of turnover in the House, but that’s what is supposed to happen in the body with the most power.
Robert Edwards wants to volunteer 2016-09-27 19:36:09 -0400
I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary. (Nathan Hale)
As a movement founded by veterans, issues involving the well-being of our military personnel are of paramount concern to the Modern Whigs. We believe those who sacrifice so much to serve their fellow citizens should be adequately compensated while on active duty, and provided with adequate pensions, health care, job training and other transitional and support services after discharge. For us, treating our veterans and active duty personnel with the respect they deserve is more than a matter of prudent public policy -- it's a matter of our national honor.
What's more, as Whigs we believe our obligation to our veterans and military personnel goes beyond just advocating for the best government policies to ensure they are properly compensated and cared for. Our commitment to them, and our overarching philosophy, compels us to take direct action. For that reason, we have developed the Veterans Volunteer Initiative to serve as a connecting point for those who, like us, wish to take a direct hand in aiding, supporting and assisting our veterans. It's the first phase of our growing program to support our troops. Please take a moment to read about the VVI in the drop-down tab.
During World War II, after it became clear Britain's RAF had successfully fended off the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill said of his gallant flyers: "Never before, in the history of human conflict, has so much been owed by so many to so few." Those words are no less true in our own country today. The liberty and prosperity of over 320 million Americans are daily defended by less than one-half of 1 percent of the population. If you add in veterans, just 7.3 percent of the population are serving, or have ever served, in our armed forces.
Given our great nation's justifiable pride in our prosperity, and our instinctive commitment to care for our fellow citizens, we see no reason why our veterans should not be given all the resources they so richly deserve, especially considering their number. Having pledged their very lives to our defense in a perilous time, they should expect a grateful nation to reward their dedication, patriotism, professionalism and sacrifice with the support they need. It's the least we can do.
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. (Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf)
While, like all political organizations, The Modern Whigs of America advocate for certain government policies we believe are in the best interests of the nation, we also have great faith in the ability of our fellow citizens to take care of some things on their own. As Whigs, we have a can-do attitude and believe firmly in taking direct action through volunteerism wherever we can.
Fortunately, the United States Veterans Administration provides a platform for ordinary citizens to serve in a volunteer capacity and directly aid and support our veterans. In conjunction with the president's United We Serve initiative, the VA's Volunteer Service program recruits citizens to, in the words of the VA, provide "caring and sharing" to our veterans in a number of ways. Whether its to aid homeless veterans in finding employment and affordable housing, ensuring veterans are properly honored with a final resting place, providingtransportation to veterans who need it, or simply ensuring returning military personnel get the welcome home they deserve, there is a place for you to do your part.
You can find your nearest service opportunity on this directory:
And if you're a student, or know one, there are service opportunities for them, too:
And here is a link to a printable Application for Voluntary Service (links to the online version are on the VA website):
We ask our members and supporters to offer their time as representatives of The Modern Whigs of America. But there are some important guidelines we ask you to follow:
1. Don't foul the nest. Please keep a positive attitude, and always keep in mind the Whig emphasis on civility. Don't engage in negative activism or get confrontational with VA staff. If you see something obviously wrong, document it and report it to the party so we can look into it.
2. Stick with it. It's important to demonstrate the classic Whig traits of determination and commitment. One reason is our desire to portray the movement in the best possible light. But another -- and more important -- reason is our deep, genuine and abiding advocacy of authentic public service. Whigs "walk the talk," so please only undertake obligations you can fulfill.
3. Be visible. In the near future we'll have Whig attire (polo shirts and t-shirts) to offer, but for now please dress appropriately for whatever role you're assigned. Smile, be pleasant, and don't be shy about explaining what the Modern Whigs are about. We want you to be proud of our movement -- and for our movement to be proud of you.
This is just Phase I of the Veterans Volunteer Initiative. We'll provide details on Phase II once enough of our members and supporters have engaged in the process to make the next step feasible. For now, on behalf of the many veterans who have joined the ranks of the Modern Whigs, we would like to thank you for considering donating your time to this vital cause.
For information, assistance or to report your observations, please contact our Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs, Lt. Col. (ret.) Doug Harvey, MS, AKARNG at: email@example.comBecome a volunteer
Robert Edwards commented on Why are Americans Searching for Third Parties 2016-09-27 19:26:31 -0400The real question then is how do we keep Americans interested in politics in the intervening 4 years? Presidential elections always boost public interest. But as soon as the election is over (or at the very most by January 20th) public interest drops to not caring. By the time the public interest is back to levels necessary to achieve change it is less than a year away from the election again, which doesn’t provide enough time to affect the change. How do we keep public interest in the off years?
In any organization's life, there comes a time where that organization must eventually transition from an informal structure to a formal one. During this transition, finances are one issue, as well as formal membership. The Modern Whig Party has reached this juncture. I would put forward that the party needs to establish formal membership, and that party dues are a necessary part of this. At present, while we have many hard working individuals all trying to accomplish rational political goals, we do not have a clear dividing line between those who are "in" the party, and those who, as on Face Book just "like" us. It seems a common sense matter, that the direction and operation of the party needs to be determined by members. It also seems a common sense matter, that members need to be identified by a certain level of commitment. While volunteerism, and participation in discussions do indicate commitment, they are hard to quantify. Money on the other hand is fairly simple to quantify. Money is also one of the key fuels in politics, and the lack of it is one of the biggest barriers to political growth. So given that we need money, and given that we need a way to determine who is and who is not a member of the party, dues make sense. Dues indicate a commitment to the party, provide the necessary financial means for growth of the party, and minimum level of support for the party's activities. Further, given that the party, in many areas of the country, has not yet grown to a level where state or regional structures can yet exist to handle finances, it makes sense that a certain portion of dues and donations paid be reserved for the state organizations responsible for party activities in the areas that such funds originated from, and that the national party treasury hold such funds for those states and manage the funds in such a way as to insure their use for party development in the states themselves. With this in mind, I propose that there be a $25 annual dues structure adopted for party membership, and that of that $25, $5 dollars be reserved for use within the state that the member is from. Further, I propose that the same 20% rate be used for all donations to the party, and that 20% be also reserved for use within the state that the donation originates from. By doing this, we can identify our membership, determine who can and cannot vote on party policy and platform matters, and eventually who can vote in party caucuses for candidate selection. We can also raise needed funds for operating costs, and for party development at both state and national levels. I don't think $25 is too much to ask. In this day and age, that is only about the cost of burger and fries for two. I don't fear that we will drive people away, because if someone is unwilling to pay party dues, they really are unwilling to commit to joining the party in the first place. The equivalent of Face Book "likes" do not equate to membership. Before we can move forward, we really do need to know who is actually with us. ---- Doug Harvey, LTC, MS, AKARNG (RET) MWP Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs