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I like the mug... The rest is kind of bland. May I recommend investing in some more up-to-date and eye-catching designs?
Perhaps hiring a professional designer to take a shot at creating some new gear designs? Or you could try competition sites like 99designs, where you can post contests for Freelance designer to make you whatever type of designs you'd like (designs for logos, t-shirts, stationary, etc...)?
You could even post a contest for a new design for the Modern Whig Party which utilizes the "Blue & Buff" color theme, so that we have an alternate to the Red-White-Blue logo (similar to the alternate logos that the Democrats and Republican have for their parties that reflect their party colors; the blue "D" for Democrats and the red "GOP" for Republicans).
Just a suggestion...
And a good one.
I motion to make PURPLE the official Whig color. :)
I agree, our modern party needs some more modern designs.
BTW, I am going to have made up, personally, by a shop that caters to military pins, a Whig lapel pin. But made in USA is double the price. Nevertheless, they'll be domestically produced in the great state of Florida!
Don't fret on cost, I'll likely eat it. But the price, well, STIFF: you might have to show up to the next national convention to get one! :)
Banners are an excellent idea Aulton!
Also, we ought have \"The Whig Manifesto\" for sale here as well.
I disagreed with a lot in "The Whig Manifesto". Granted the author was upfront about his conservative bias, but it is pervasive through the book. I worry that any Whigs that lean left would be put off from the party after reading it.
To be fair, I disagree with most of what Chuck Morse posts on his blog as well; it all read like Tea Party/Right-Wing propaganda to me. So, it did not surprise me to find much of what I disagreed with in the book as well.
Also, if you are not a Christian, don't bother. Unless you'd like to hear how your principles are "derived from the Bible" and that historically it was the Bible that "began the process of recognizing human rights". What nonsense. The author can keep his "Christian Nation" propaganda; I want no part of it.
To be perfectly honest, I\\\'m not very fond of the word \\\"manifesto\\\" in the title to begin with. That word has way too much negative baggage.
As for having PURPLE as the offical color of the party, I second that motion.
Agreed on Chuck's spin on MWP. Really, the nice Jewish boy and gnostic Christian who were instrumental in rekindling this thing are almost non-demoninational ( well I cant speak for Mike). The fella who was almost singlehandedly responsible for branding us as a methods based party is a devout Christian ( enough to go on missions), but never ONCE mentions any diety in his work.
So, we Whigs may have very high ethical and moral standards, but from where we get them individually, is our own business. The fact that we SHARE these standards with each other, and with the public, is everyone's business. Even God's. But we wont mention Her. :) ( an irreverent Gnostic is the right label!)
BUT, it is a start. As we always PREACH, we are not here to tell you what to think, only to help guide you, and the rest of us, to nuturing our Republic.
Back to merch....
Here's my idea for a slogan....... METHODS OVER MADNESS
And David, I have had a dream of platoons of mostly college kids in community action projects, which are actually Whig political campaings ( public works for public funds!) decked out in purple tees with hoot owls.
Ok, maybe some collared shirts for the OFs. (officers and over forties) But I didnt 'see' that in the dream. :o)
That was one of the main problems with Chuck's book. It pluck some of the ideas from the Modern Whig Party, mixed it with Chucks own conservative spin and bias, and put it forth as the stance of the Modern Whig Party members. Again, I had read much of Chuck's blog before this book was published, so I was not at all surprised. It's very easy to see which ideas likely originated from the Whig stances here and which are just Chuck's own opinions and prejudices.
The prevalence of right wing ideologies comes from Chuck (though to be fair he admits to his conservative bias early on). His religious ideology put forth as the accepted and established beliefs of the Whigs I found both offensive and false. As you mentioned, the religious beliefs of the Whigs are diverse and many members are non-religious as well. In my opinion, that kind of exclusive language should have been kept out of a "Whig Manifesto". What you'll get instead from Chuck is references to the Bible and Christianity.
Again, just my opinion, but this book will likely offend anyone that is not on the right, to anyone that is not a Christian, and to anyone that is not willing to overlook its conservative religious based historical revisionism. A true Whig manifesto should be about methodology, not a biased ideology. If this is the start, in my opinion it is a bad one.
This book left me feeling excluded, as I'm sure it will leave any Whig Party members that either lean left or are not Christians.
I am a Liberal leaning potential Whig. I am also a Christian who is left of what many people consider the typical Christian. (Help the poor, support a hippy son of God etc.)
I think one should weigh the issues among diverse point of views and try to remain neutral in opinion. (Rely on fact and avoid 'Truthiness'(see Stephen Colberts' definition)
Jon, my first read of that book hit me the same. As I re-read the areas of "concern" I realize that it wasnt as bad as the initial read. But my "Whig moral buzzer" has a hair trigger set at 3 ozs it seems. But, your comments are not without basis.
J.R. Martin''s book is a bit more "agnostic" and factual. But man, will it set one off. Everytime I put the book down I want to sceam "TREASON!", hog tie one of the SOBs and tar and feather them in a public square. NO JOKE!
I like Colbert. A pundit with a serious message once and again. Unlike Stewart, who I 'll never waste another minute on. Useless sniveling.
Indeed GA, weigh in neutrally, but what is ciritically needed is to work those disparate opinions into a common ground. That's the piece missing here.It's where we whigs come in. It does require one to often become selfless in that endeavor. We all have to behave like Ba'hai and deliberately seek unity. No one said its easy to get Whiggy. You really must lose some of 'self' to do it right. I re-learn that daily.
And that missing piece the two corproates simply cannot do. They framed it as divide and conquor and now they have to live with their own undoing. We pay dearly for their malfesance, but the elites still get lifetime pensions and healthcare, lobby jobs on the beltway, etc. Enough is enough.
What would be wrong with putting the Owl Logo from the coffee mug on tee shirts, polo shirts, sweat shirts, ball caps, etc. The logo itself is beautifully designed and thought provoking enough to generate curiosity and give the wearer of the clothing the chance to discuss his "Whiggery".
Agreed, However, If these T-Shirts are the best the party's artists can deliver, I'm disappointed. We need something eye-catchy and modern. I'd post some designs but I'm only good with inspiration. If someone asks me to make something, I can't. I'm serious XD.
I must admit that the Owl is a great representation of the Whig Party, absolutely brilliant. I would concentrate on that aspect as far as updated designs go. The Wise Owl can easily show the people that common sense is not totally abandoned by us. I, being an Artist, will be more than happy to give my talents for the cause.
RE: More button choices
I would like to see buttons or pins in the official store that are in the official storewith the same artwork and text as the t-shirts have. That way I could combine the messages I wear instead of having to just choose one.
I agree 100% !
These designs all look like an afterthought. This store would be a great way to generate revenue for the MWP but I don't see anything here that is remotely appealing. I think it getting the message out there includes more than just social media. Bumper stickers and t-shirts are more important than they should be, but that's just how it is.
Jonathan's comments and suggestions are spot on.
I like the slogan Service and Solutions and think it would be good on any flag or banner, printed vertically with the Owl logo in the center. Perhaps another slogan could be "Voting is a Hoot - Let your voice be heard".
I think the national committee should provide a template for brochures that state organizations could add their specific name and info to for local use. That way there would be national recognizable unity and state individuality. It would also assure the public that the local chapter was official.
Has an email been sent out saying the shirts are available? Sometimes people miss certain things navigating the website.
I'd like to see a small alteration of the shirts and hats in regards to the party emblem.
Rather than placing the website on the items, I believe we should promote the motto "Actions not Words"
The motto alone will create discussion.
I agree with a lot of what Aulton has written so far. Is it possible that National can provide a financial report to regional leaders and have them discuss with local leaders regarding the financial status? I think at this point much of the money which is present can be dispersed by region and the regional heads along with local leaders can devise plans for how to spend the money.
In my opinion, at this stage of our development within the party; attracting others to the party should be the primary focus. Determine the cost of the items and add a small profit amount on and have local leaders sell these items while spreading the messages. I think brochures are key, bumber stickers, and coffee cups. I'd also like to see those collared (almost saw my country roots on that one, had to edit after writing collards) shirts for leaders to wear while out in public.
Ditto Shawn's comments.
Very good ideas here, for slogans, items, and the store. A Whig Manifesto was not an " official" Whig book. We did work with Chuck to write the book. He asked me to write the introduction, which I was glad to do. In the introduction I mentioned that not everything in the book was offiical Whig positions and to gain more info on those actual positions to visit the website and talk to Whigs.
In regards to the store and publicity of it, we have not really publicized it as the material there before recent ideas have been very weak. I designed most of it myself and have little to know skill in this area. Still we wanted to put up something. With new ideas and new people coming on board to work specifically on the store, it will be better. A matter of more dedicated volunteers with new ideas.
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I prefer the owl with its wings up as vs. the one just sitting.
I like the feeling of "action/doing"
more than just sitting in your tree, watching.
coffee mug??? wings up .. talons out...
Thank you :-)
I disagree Gene,
I don't know.. I've never liked 'gnostic', never seemed like there was enough direction or purpose to me. I think given the parties stance on reason and the sciences Deism would be more appropriate. It would also seem to be more historically appropriate as well, given that both Whiggery and Deism reached their heights during the age of enlightnment.
I agree with Shawn,
We need to focus on spreading whiggyness awareness. I'd almost say we need to focus on recruiting but let's be honest how many people would argue with the whigs rational beliefs, I don't know a single person who would. However how many people know about Whiggery or feel compelled or motivated to spread Whiggery. Again I don't know a single person. So I think we need to focus on putting boots to the streets and spread some good old fashion rationalism around our communities. A official resource site for community leaders and recruiters would be great. I'd love to take a few brochures to easter with me today, but I'd be reluctant to take something that isn't endorsed either by national leadership or my local leadership.
I agree with having a different color, but if I'm not mistaken, purple is already used by general independents. They are a purple eagle.
Helping the poor, IMO, is not a "liberal" or "conservative" issue, it's an American issue. I am 100% against producting a dependent class of citizens that raise even more dependent citizens on the government. There is a HUGE difference between helping the poor and creating dependecy, i.e. the free cell phone program. I could go on, but I really don't have the time at the moment. I really would like to express my views in entirety to show the Whigs that I am a potential leader for this party. Thanks for you thoughts and participation.
Note that this is not "official" merchandise, but a couple of years ago, I created a "Don't Blame Me--I Voted for Henry Clay" bumper sticker on CafePress. I've got no additional markup on it; in other words, I'm not making money off of it. I just figured I'd mention it after all this time because there's not a lot of Whig merchandise out there.