As a whole we as Whigs have developed the mindset going back to the foundations of our nation. The founding Whigs had a plan to strengthen and unify the nation; the American System was advanced by the Whig Party and a number of leading politicians including Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and John Quincy Adams. The System that included:
- Support for a high tariff to protect American industries and generate revenue for the federal government. The establishment of a protective tariff, a 20%-25% tax on imported goods, would protect a nation’s business from foreign competition.
- Development of a system of internal improvements which would knit the nation together and be financed by the tariff and land sales revenues.
The big selling point today is that the Whig party is the Un-Party, in that loyalty is not to the party but the people. Our strength is because of our acceptance of the differences. Whig Party members understand that we can agree many issues, accept the differences and develop a consensus for the good of the nation.
Whigs do not owe allegiance to any party politics but to the people of the nation. When an elected official or civil servant owes their loyalty to a political party instead of the people they represent, they are forgetting the basics of our government. We should be a “government of the people, by the people and for the people”.
Many may think because we don’t agree 100% on every issue we are undecided. That is because they cannot see that the status quo is not working and driving the country apart. It will take time to show how Whigs focus on joining in the middle or the centrist mindset of the people instead of worrying about the party platform.