posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 05:36 PM
Its a party that has been considered extinct for about 150 years but, a guy ran on their platform for a position in Philly and actually WON!
Philadelphia voters elect a Whig to public office
Robert "Heshy" Bucholz, a member of the Modern Whig party, campaigned door-to-door and won 36 votes to his Democratic opponent's 24 on Tuesday to
become an election judge in the city's Rhawnhurst section.
Election judges, who serve four-year terms, receive about $100 annually and are responsible for overseeing equipment and procedures at the polls.
Previously an independent, Bucholz said he joined the Whigs three years ago because of their fiscally conservative but socially liberal views. They
represent a sensible "middle path" between Democrats and Republicans, especially in light of the recent government shutdown, he said.
Sure, its a little, do-nothing post with no real power but, it is a sign that some voters, at least, are willing to think outside the two party box
and elect someone without radical conservative or liberal credentials. Maybe its a sign that the people are finally waking up to the two-party lie and
are sick of trading one radical partisan for another with a different letter behind their names. Maybe people are finally sick and tired of supporting
the same old, sick, corrupt system of voting in D's and R's and want more choices in their elections.
What does the Whig party stand for nowadays? You can check out their platform here
The Modern Whig party of the United States of America is the party for the rest of us, the party of patriots, the party of equality, the party
of liberty, and the party of moderates.
We, the Modern Whigs, standing on the broad and firm platform of the Constitution, united by all of its inviolable and sacred guarantees and
compromises, relying upon the intelligence of the American people, with an abiding confidence in their capacity for self-government and their devotion
to the Constitution and to the United States of America, pledge to go forth with integrity, open-mindedness, pragmatism, and transparency as we pursue
our civic duty.
How's that square up with the traditional, historic Whig platform? You decide.
The Whigs celebrated Clay's vision of the "American System" that promoted rapid economic and industrial growth in the United States. Whigs
demanded government support for a more modern, market-oriented economy, in which skill, expertise and bank credit would count for more than physical
strength or land ownership. Whigs sought to promote faster industrialization through high tariffs, a business-oriented money supply based on a
national bank and a vigorous program of government funded "internal improvements," especially expansion of the road and canal systems. To modernize
the inner America, the Whigs helped create public schools, private colleges, charities, and cultural institutions. Many were pietistic Protestant
reformers who called for public schools to teach moral values and proposed prohibition to end the liquor problem.
The Democrats harkened to the Jeffersonian ideal of an egalitarian agricultural society, advising that traditional farm life bred republican
simplicity, while modernization threatened to create a politically powerful caste of rich aristocrats who threatened to subvert democracy. In general
the Democrats enacted their policies at the national level, while the Whigs succeeded in passing modernization projects in most states.
They do say the economy is one of their primary focuses.
3.Inward looking economic focus - It's about time we refocus on ourselves and discover and implement policies to grow domestic demand and our
I like their views on reproductive rights:
The bottom line is that this one particular issue should not be the sole basis for which political party people affiliate with. On one level, it
points to a deeper Constitutionally-based issue. On another level, it is one of the most deeply divisive issues facing America. Yet, it is not an
issue that can find much common ground. This would seem to tell us that abortion ought not be debated at the national level, as the issue is too
divisive for the Republic to stand.
Its good to see a party willing to think outside the box and willing to let their party members think for themselves. Its a small, tiny start for the
party but, at least its a real alternative to the usual two party trap.