Whig History

There is a rich history behind the term Whig. This history involves the fight for freedom against tyranny, and for a government of the people, by the people, for the people. For more than four hundred years, the name Whig has stood for representative government, liberty, socio-economic improvements, modernization, public education, a strong legislative branch, and cooperation between the private and public sectors. Historically, Whigs have believed that in order for any country to thrive, the citizenry must be represented in a form of a democratic republic.

As Henry Clay, one of the founders of the American Whig Party, stated, “Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.”

At the start of the 21st century, government has grown to exercise tremendous power over the American people. Congress passes bills without even reading them, while presidents go to war without popular consent. Yet, less than half of the electorate votes in elections, while lobbyists and special interests line the pockets of politicians who do their bidding at the expense of the common good.

Despite the sometimes overwhelming sense that little can be done to change direction, in 2009 the Whig Party came out of a long hibernation to restore the power to the people and to put and end to the clearly dysfunctional two-party system.

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