Can you be a liberal Whig?

Yes. We all come from diffrent political orientations. Some of us are more liberal than others and others are more conservative. Whigs do not focus on these labels as a tool of exclusion. The Whigs focus on trying to find consensus and build from there. One of the main points of the Whig philosophy is that we focus not on using a strict liberal or strict conservative approach. We use logic, reason, and debate to find effective policy approaches and stances. Sometimes these might be more conservative than others and at other times more liberal, also they might appear to something different than a liberal of conservative approach. Whig generally do not believe that that a strict liberal only or conservative only approach works. Issues are more complex than that, we focus on promoting what is effective through research, debate, and collaboration.

gene
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I almost want to edit that piece, but instead I'll add my personal comments as an addendum. The use of the term liberals and conservatives is not only way too pervaisive, but the terms have morphed their meaning in the American political context. Secondly, they have been used to form an unnatural schism of the American electorate fueled by two main political parties who have functionally become corporate entities and therefore have their own institutional goals to pursue.

So to speak to terms like liberal or conservative can be construed as reinforcing the current paradigm and its artifical distinctions, which have kept the rightful heirs of the "throne", you and me, from properly excersizing power through representation, and replaced US with THEM corporate entities.

Be warned of the peril of using the terms.

Are Whigs as liberal as Marxists, who define the logical end of current liberalism. Heck no. We believe in the primacy of the human spirit and in individualism. Can a liberal do that?

Which brings me to the first sentence I wanted to write.....

What do you mean by liberal?

That's a loaded question, now aint it? But it defines it individually, and therefore is much more accurate than using the common usage form.

If one means socially liberal? Heck yes, it does define who we are in part. If you mean governmentally liberal, then its unclear, as we Whigs are defenders of the U.S. Constitution above all else, predominantly of the view that government has become bloated and ineffective to our needs. Our institutions have become misdirected, rather than simply too big or too small.

You see We Whigs would argue, that if we are to enter into a national dialouge of effective government, a conversation which includes reach, resposibility and issues of federalism, then MAYBE its time to can those terms and start from scratch in order to seek common ground.

Gene Chaas, CFA
Charter Member of MWP (2008)

NY Whig - State Committee Chair

MWP - Northeastern Regional Chair

www.nywhig.org

 

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I believe some of the most pressing issues we face transcend the pre-fab lib vs. con dialectic. Issues like National sovereignty (over both defense strategy and fiscal policy), government corruption and electoral reform are far more important on the national stage than seemingly-frivolous and divisive cultural issues.

In regards to the latter, our country is made up of 50 states, (that is the beauty of our nation) there is plenty of wiggle room for people of varying cultural persuasions to live in specific locales that cater to what they're looking for. Those issues should be played out in more local political arenas.

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