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Is a New mindset needed in Politics? Think Whig

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.

Political Parties

It should not be about parties but honesty. It is without question any person wanting to register to vote should have to prove they are an American Citizen first and that they are eligible to vote. This is about ethical non-partisan politics. There should never any party registration but as an American each person votes for the person not the party.  It is truly not the party one should vote for the person we feel is the best person for the job. If a party wants to have a primary it should pay for it. Please show me where in the U.S. Constitution there is anything about political parties and primaries. There is not.  The Constitution says nothing about political parties. There is no mention of the two parties ( democrat and republican) system we all know or any requirement for any party affiliation.

In practical terms political parties in the United States are recognized and organized primarily by state governments (another example of states’ rights at work.)  Ballots in each state list different minor parties, more in some states and fewer in others. Even the major parties, Democratic and Republican, differ from one state to the next. There should never be any “Straight Party” voting. We vote for the person not the party. No person should be restricted because of party or nonparty affiliation to run for an elected office.

Both parties are trying to portray as being a party of the people, they are not.  The complexity of government has developed over years of deliberate subterfuge to keep the people like mushrooms, (Kept in the dark and fed manure).  The federal government and the politicians have developed the system to keep the people looking at the smoke and mirrors and not look at the men/women behind the curtain. They put out bits and pieces to the American people but never the whole truth.

Of course there are no absolutes in national issues. There has to be a middle ground between the far left and the far right. The GOP and Tea party movement and the DNC can’t agree on the time let alone running of the Nation.

When the parties are so polarized it is the people of this country that suffer, not the politicians.  Both the DNC and the GOP, because they are the two big boys on the block, don’t care about the middle. But it will take a group, like the Whig Party, that can see that there is always a middle ground that will be in the nation’s best interest. Whigs believe it is time to change the antiquated two party system with a more open and citizen-centric solution. This very “Un-party” concept troubles many who meet us for the first time. At least the Whig Party does not tell members how to think.

There has to be a departure from the status quo. The GOP and DNC think they are the only parties that count. It takes the people standing up and saying I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore! It is the United States of America and we the people count.

Join the Whig party and start making a difference. www.Gawhig.org

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The Whig Party Of Georgia Files Political Party Registration To GA. Sec of State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Email: Georgia@gawhig.org

The Secretary of State for Georgia has received the political party registration of the Whig Party of Georgia, Inc. One of the oldest political parties in America is back in Georgia. A centrist party for moderate Americans to have a choice.

Atlanta, Ga. February 27th 2014
The Whig Party of Georgia Submitted the required political party registration to the Georgia Secretary of State. The registration is required in order to have a candidate listed on any ballot in the state. The last time the Whig Party was officially recognized in Georgia was 1853. Out of the first 12 Governors of Georgia 10 were Early Whigs. Whig Governors include: Archibald Bulloch, Button Gwinnett, John A. Treutlen and in 1843 George W. Crawford.

The Whigs were modernizers who saw President Andrew Jackson as a dangerous man with a reactionary opposition to the forces of social, economic and moral modernization. The men who formed the Whig party, led by Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams, drew on a Jefferson tradition of compromise and balance in government, national unity and domestic manufacturing.

Today, more than ever, it is clear we need to replace the existing “truths” of governance in America with some new ones. Whigs believe it is critical for citizens to re-engage in civic affairs with new tools and a different mindset. Citizens’ over reliance on political parties as their proxy in government has in large part caused the mess we’re in, as predicted by our first Commander-in-Chief, General George Washington.

The Whig Party of Georgia is a pragmatic, common sense, centrist-oriented party where rational solutions trump ideology and integrity trumps impunity. Our core modern Whig philosophy relies on several fundamental tenets:

INDEPENDENT THINKING, Modern Whigs try to practice independent critical thought.

INTEGRITY is as fundamental a pillar to Modern Whigs as Independent Thought. Integrity means honesty and a commitment to an ethical approach to politics. Integrity in thought, integrity in action.

Whig Party of Georgia’s platform and what they believe can be found at http://www.Gawhig.org

Government of the People?

I feel that it is the obligation that our government and the people we elect to represent us, We the People of the United States of America, deserve honesty, ethical behavior in words as well as actions and to keep their word they swore to upon taking the oath of their respective office.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

I personally feel that many in office have forgotten their oath to the people of this great nation. This nation was founded because of the tyranny of a government that did not respect the people.  Please consider the following: From the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, …Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

And this from the “Bill of Rights”

“Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

There comes a time when the Government becomes autocrats and forgets that they are servants of the people not rulers of the nation. When they believe that the people are not smart enough to understand what is going on, they elevate themselves to rulers not representatives of the people.

Members of congress say that the issues of the government are too complicated for most Americans to understand. They think the American people are too stupid to see that it is Congress that is muddying up the waters to hide facts and figures from the people they represent and are supposed to be working for. The complexity of government has developed over years of deliberate subterfuge to keep the people like mushrooms, (Kept in the dark and fed manure).  The federal government has developed the system to keep the people looking at the smoke and mirrors and not look at the men/women behind the curtain. They put out bits and pieces to the American people but never the whole truth.

Of course there are no absolutes in national issues. There has to be a middle ground between the far left and the far right. The GOP and Tea party movement and the DNC can’t agree on the time let alone running of the Nation. At least the Whig party does not tell members how to think. We have pro-life and Pro-choice members and agree to have our own thoughts and ideas. Now “Morally good” is what and by who’s standards? Is it a Christian good, Buddhists, Islamic or Wiccan? Socialists see the nation by their “good” as well as extreme conservatives see their views as right.

There has to be a time and place where the middle can meet and see it is not one side or the other. One side will be controlling and pressuring the minority to compromise or lose. Look at what the U.S. Senate did with the rules on filibusters for appointees. They bulldozed the minority and will do it again. When the parties are so polarized it is the people of this country that suffer, not the politicians.  Both the DNC and the GOP, because they are the two big boys on the block, don’t care about the middle. But it will take a group, like the Whig Party, that can see that there is always a middle ground that will be in the nation’s best interest.

The Whig party can be that middle ground for the nation. There has to be a departure from the status quo. The GOP and DNC think they are the only parties that count. It takes the people standing up and saying “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” It is the United States of America and we the people count.

Join the Whig party and start making a difference. www.Gawhig.org

We understand that the majority of this nation holds values which fall on both spectrums of the political debate. One person believes in small government, the eight amendment, but also believes that social programs are needed to help our people, a more liberal policy on immigration. A second person may believe in small military budgets, marijuana legalization, Obama care, yet doesn’t like welfare programs or a global economy.

Today we find scores of political parties which surround the principles which Democrats and Republicans hold, yet argue over other fundamental topics as well. The Modern Whig Party is the moderator which brings these parties together in good faith to discuss the issues, to find a common ground, and then devise an effective plan that is practical and achievable, and then lead the parties in achieving those goals.

The motto of our founding fathers holds as true today as it did when the Whigs were first created “Actions not Words” If you hold some conservative views and some liberal then we are the party which best suits your needs as we are free to have our own views, to research and share our findings with the rest of the party, and share ideas in how to resolve those issues.

As you can see, comparing the DNC and GOP with the Modern Whig Party; the Whigs are the only party which the people can voice their opinions and be heard. The big two require a thick wad of Franklins.

The Improved Whig Party of today

The original American Whig party was founded by individuals united in their antagonism to Jackson’s war on the Second Bank of the United States, his high-handed measures in waging that war and ignoring Supreme Court decisions, the Constitution, and Indian rights embodied in federal treaties

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The Whig party had “conservative” and “liberal” principles. Whigs portrayed themselves as being the party of order and stability. They sought to protect property, uphold the status quo, and maintain America’s culture

The Whigs also idealized the “self-made man,” who starts “from a humble origin, and from small beginnings rise[s] gradually in the world, as a result of merit and industry.” Finally, the Whigs viewed technology and factory enterprise as forces for increasing national wealth and improving living conditions.

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Due to mainly the issue of slavery; Northern Whigs founded the Republican Party. The Whigs were dissolved because of the great issue which did allot more than just break the Whig Party; it divided the whole country over these issues.

Today the Whig party has taken some of the old and developed into the Modern Whigs. What Modern Whigs do not do is to tell Americans what to believe. This very “Un-party” concept troubles many who meet us for the first time, as most of today’s political parties make you “buy in” to their belief set. Your civic mindedness and personal ethics are of paramount concern as they should be to all our fellow citizens’ at the most fundamental level. Civic ethics combined with self discovery fosters true open minded dialogue and critical thinking even among citizens that have historically been at odds.

The Modern Whigs are a pragmatic, common sense, centrist-oriented party where rational solutions trump ideology and integrity trumps impunity. Modern Whigs try to practice independent critical thought. We sprang up as a reaction to ill conceived public policy that did not represent the will of the People. Today, we witness policy debates based on ideology, not on concrete solutions. Critical thinking means challenging all assumptions, and mapping and analyzing all possible solutions based on facts and potential outcomes, not on party ideology. Whigs are also keenly aware that much of what constitutes political debate today are people “parroting” others’ opinions without reliance on facts or their own self discovery.

Modern Whigs come from a place of discovery. We assume that the best solutions are still waiting to be discovered by an empowered and engaged electorate, and that the current two party system is an impediment to our progress as a Nation. An undivided electorate who can approach issues with an open mind, without prior prejudice, is what our Nation needs to forge bold new solutions built on firm common ground. We believe in American ingenuity!

Whig solition to the ACA issue

In the 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt began a campaign to construct and maintain U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Hospitals, to serve the Military, veterans, and the general public. Until 1981, the hospitals operated inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery, and rehabilitation wards. In 1980, President Ronald Reagan announced plans to close or sell all such hospitals.

To replace the ACA, which is forcing people to purchase insurance and subsides with huge deductibles, I suggest that the United States Public Health Service reinstate the U.S Public Health Service Hospital system. The USPHS would obtain facilities or co-locate with community based health departments to serve the uninsured and Medicaid patients. The program can be staffed by USPHS and working with state medical schools to provide doctors, Physician Assistants(PA), Nurse Practitioners(NP) and Interns.  The State can mandate that all licensed physicians perform some Pro Bono services as a requirement to be licensed in the state. While performing in the USPHS they would be covered by Government service umbrella and no additional malpractice insurance. Local community based facilities, such as health departments, can provide basic health services and referrals to larger USPHS Hospitals for more advanced treatments and diagnostic procedures.

Any person requesting a federal student loan for medical, nursing or any medical technical specialty be required to perform with USPHS on a year for year basis. Service can be at the USPHS hospital or if needed at local Public Health Service facilities.

This would be creating local jobs for medical administration as well as practitioners in local communities. Many hospitals throughout the country have had to lay off workers and staff due to loss of revenue. This provides a skilled pool from which to draw from. It would also encourage people to enter the medical area for needed workers.  It would open the doors for PAs and NP as well as support staff. Creating jobs and providing the medical care desired.

The funding could come from the Medicaid as well as the funding from the ACA subsidies funding.  All persons already under Medicaid would be covered. Any person can apply based upon a needs base and sliding scale for co pays and service fees.

This service would provide for the underserved population providing health services without deductibles. The Veterans Health Administration provides a similar service for all Veterans. Costs are based upon a needs base and scale. The USPHS could be developed to provide the same services to the uninsured and low-income.

Insurance companies would fight this tooth and nail because; it takes away the one trillion dollars from them and gives it to the people for medical treatment. People that are employed and have insurance will still have their insurance and their doctors. Most Doctors now are refusing Medicaid patients for all sorts of excuses but really because Medicaid does not pay but a fraction for the Doctors fees.

I know there would have to be a lot of work defining this program but, we start with a premise and develop the program.

http://www.gawhig.org