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The Modern Whigs are the solution, the only viable answer to what ails our political system. 

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  • published Principles in About 2018-09-10 23:10:57 -0400

    Principles

    To a Modern Whig, most political questions deserve to be viewed more broadly than through the traditional two sides -- “liberal” and “conservative.” We believe each issue should be analyzed afresh and each challenge should be addressed on its own merits, by considering all relevant factors, data and ideas in our search for the best possible solution.

    This doesn’t mean we simply pick a point in the middle, and we freely admit our methodology for problem-solving doesn’t always result in a quick and simple answer. But we do believe the comprehensive nature of our approach means the Modern Whig solution to a political issue is usually more honest and authentic -- not to mention more effective -- than what we’re used to hearing in our national discourse. 

    We also believe our honesty and authenticity are a direct result of our fidelity to a set of easily definable principles which have stood the test of time. And we believe the many failings of our government are usually caused by politicians departing from these time-honored principles. While our platform is the result of how we think, our principles define who we are.

    The Constitution is the foundation of the rule of law

    Whigs believe too many politicians simply make up rules as they go along, as though they have the authority to do whatever they please once they have assumed office. We believe this presumptuous, yet all-too-common behavior in politics is dangerous and could undermine the trust Americans have in our constitutional system of checks and balances. When that belief falls below a threshold, the rule of law becomes irrelevant to the governed as well as to those who govern.

    We stand behind the Constitution as written in 1787, as amended over the years, and as interpreted by the Supreme Court in its ongoing process of judicial review. And we will defend our Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

    We stand behind all the liberties guaranteed to us in the Constitution

    We will stand in implacable opposition whenever government overreaches its authority and attempts to deny anyone their inalienable rights. These rights cannot be given away without our consent, nor can they be taken from us without due process. And we fervently believe every American is entitled to equal protection of the law -- we were all “created equal,” regardless of accidents of birth.

    We stand for limited government

    We believe government is specifically granted its authority by the consent of the governed and cannot simply claim any power not expressly forbidden to it. While our Founding Fathers were wise enough to leave us some flexibility in the Constitution, they never intended our government to take on a life of its own, to serve its own purposes and answer only to itself. They restricted its executive discretion regarding domestic policy within a very narrow range and subjected it to legislative oversight expressly to prevent the rise of a nameless, faceless bureaucracy which exercises authority it does not have over a constituency which did not elect it.

    We stand for capitalism

    We believe the ownership of private property and the free exchange of goods and services are central to the liberty of the individual citizen and fundamental to the American way of life. While we acknowledge the role of government in regulating the economy to ensure fair competition between privately-held businesses, create healthy macroeconomic conditions to promote prosperity and the general welfare, and provide sensible basic services for the well-being of the most vulnerable among us, we believe the government is obligated to respect and defend the property rights of our fellow citizens at all times.                  

    We stand for electing honest and humble public servants of all the people

    We believe public servants must serve all their constituents, work tirelessly to help solve their problems, and have the courage to clearly inform them when a tough decision is needed. But we also understand it is unrealistic to expect all our public servants to be pillars of integrity, humility, and a modest heart if the people they serve are themselves corrupt and sell their vote to the highest bidder. We believe we have a responsibility, as citizens and as voters, to hold ourselves and our elected officials to the highest standards.

    We stand for civility, flexibility, and compromise

    People of course have a right to their opinion, but we believe in finding common ground in a mutually respectful environment rather than treating the “other side” of an argument as deluded, selfish, or just plain evil simply because they disagree. To the Modern Whig, the true evil lies in an unwillingness to debate and compromise in an effort to discover effective solutions to the problems which cause our fellow Americans harm.

    We stand opposed to the use of intimidation and violence to silence political views

    We firmly support the right of the American people to peacefully express their opinions, no matter how objectionable they may be to some. We believe the “marketplace of ideas” will, if left alone, select the best ideas and scrap the worst ones. And we cannot, and will not, tolerate any intimidation, violence or the threat of either in an effort to deny any of our fellow citizens their right of free speech -- or we will begin the process of losing it.

    We stand for meritocracy

    We believe the most intelligent, creative, talented and hard-working among us should not be denied their proper reward from the exercise of these traits. Our most productive citizens drive the economic, social and cultural engines which support us all. Not only does society suffer when we create less incentive in others to develop and use the best skills they have to offer, we believe allowing our fellow citizens to enjoy the fruits of their own labor is simply a matter of justice.  

    We stand for the right of the voter to choose the candidate who best represents them

    We believe the political power of the voter has been diluted, even corrupted, beyond recognition by our current system. Only two candidates have a realistic chance to win an election for most elected offices, but in far too many cases neither truly represents the voter. Citizens no longer get a real choice.

    Because we believe we cannot allow this most important right to be made so completely irrelevant to the process, we support election reform -- most especially, adoption of approval voting to make our ballot more representative, more open and more fair.

    We stand for independent and critical thinking in solving problems

    Whigs endeavor to explain all cases, include all data, consider all dependencies, respect the rights of individuals, conform to traditional standards of fair play and not contradict any of our other principles in our analysis of political issues. We believe any proposal must stand a reasonable chance of solving the problem it seeks to address, be practical and cost-effective in its implementation, and be carefully examined to mitigate unintended consequences. The time and resources involved in implementation must be reasonably accounted for and not be so burdensome as to prohibit success.  

    We believe in starting with a clean sheet and viewing challenges from our unique perspective, while remaining fully cognizant of the proposals from other parties and interests. We do not believe in simply accepting dogma from either the left or the right without subjecting it to our rigorous methodology.

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  • published Register to Vote in Action 2018-04-10 20:35:50 -0400

  • donated 2018-10-27 08:09:09 -0400

    Continuing Support Program

    Capitol_Best.jpgAs a grassroots party run by volunteers, we rely solely on the contributions of our individual supporters to be successful. The Modern Whig Party does not accept funding from unions, corporations or special interest groups -- just our fellow citizens, like you.

    In order to more consistently budget for our continuing operations, we have developed this Continuing Support Program. This structure is designed to offer our supporters multiple easy options to donate on a recurring monthly basis, and allows you to choose a comfortable contribution level.

    As always, we are deeply grateful for your ongoing support. Courage. Common Sense. Country. 


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  • published Traits of a Leader in Surveys 2017-09-20 02:29:46 -0400

    Traits of a Leader

    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?

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  • published Issues - passionate about in Surveys 2017-08-30 17:31:15 -0400

    What Issue are you passionate about?

    What issue are you passionate about?  What issue matter the most to you when you vote?  Which issue would you prefer our party add or expound more upon with in our party platform?  Please fill out this survey in order to best inform our party and candidates where our members and electorate stand to better represent the people.  

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  • commented on Talking With Veterans Party of America? 2017-05-01 16:04:53 -0400
    Our party is always interested, open to communication and cooperation with other minor moderate parties. Actually several years ago the first iteration of the VPA that started before us, actually merged with the MWP. Then about a year later the VPA started back up. So there has been dialogue in the past. Just a quick note though when communication is initiated by our party, most of the time the resistance of continuing that communication comes from the other minor parties. When the communication continues it often results in that minor party merging into ours, not that merging is required to work together.

  • commented on Why I'm a Whig; Dogma is a terrible leadership quality 2016-08-30 18:54:16 -0400
    Well said

  • commented on Lets "wright" this Republic! 2016-08-24 03:53:50 -0400
    True as it was when first posted. Props Gene, may it be a clarion call!

  • commented on Are the whigs isolationist/protectionist? 2016-08-16 17:50:25 -0400
    Eric, Short answer is no… slightly longer answer is that Whigs would work towards trade deals that looked out more for the american worker instead of looking out mainly for corporate interests. We can’t reverse globalization and shut out the rest of the world, that would be counterproductive. Though we can do better in engaging other countries. Looks like you have connected to our West Region Chair to get involved. Great to have you on board!

  • commented on Houston Opportunities? 2016-05-24 19:17:34 -0400
    Evan, you can email your State Chair William Fa at texas@modernwhig.org to find out what is happening in Houston.
    A volunteer coordinator will contact you soon to help you figure out where you might best fit for your state organization. Welcome to the Whigs! Great to have you on board.

  • donated 2017-05-09 15:49:28 -0400

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