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Following is a discussion on the Page item titled: Our Letter To The American People.
Here is the item for your reference:
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.
- Henry Clay
The above statement by Henry Clay summarizes exactly what the Modern Whig Party and the Whig Philosophy or Whiggery is at its core; service for the benefit of the people. We don’t need to list examples about how our American government at all levels is not acting for the benefit of the people. All Americans paying attention can see the corruption, ineffective leadership, and ideological paralysis that are far too prevalent in today’s government and political system.
Whigs historically arose in England and Scotland in the late 1600’s and believed that the power of government began with and came from consent of the people. This idea would grow over time to influence the founding of America and well into the mid 1800s. The idea that government and its representatives are servants of the people is still alive today in the modern Whigs, and we believe it is still alive in the hearts and minds of the American people.
The current, dominant structure of political representation in America is that of the Democrat and Republican parties and has been for the last 140 plus years. While governing and leading are difficult, and there are different ideas and approaches, it has become abundantly clear that as a whole the Democrat and Republican parties are no longer about effective public service. Instead these parties are focused on maintaining power and pushing forth their ideological views at the expense of reasonable compromise and effective public policy solutions. We are not saying that all Democrats and Republicans are bad or ineffective leaders. What we are saying is that the overall apparatus and leadership of these two parties have become blinded by complacency, seduced by power, and consumed by fighting in an ideological sandbox. They have forgotten the words and message of Henry Clay.
The time has come for the American people to stand up and realize we must take action, that we must make our voice heard, and we must take back the power in the citizen-government relationship. We have all allowed our nation to get into the situation we are now and we all must do our part to make sure our government exists for the benefit of the people. The Modern Whigs are not here so much as to lead, but to partner with you, our fellow neighbors and citizens in this effort. Our goal is to be an organization where your voice, strength, and action are multiplied with that of others all around our great nation. We expect independent thinking and action. We expect people to take a role in government by taking back the power in the citizen-government relationship and we are working on providing a platform where you can make this happen.
You won’t hear any outlandish promises from the Modern Whigs as we work with the American people in this daunting but worthy task. What you will hear and see from the Modern Whigs are citizens and candidates who listen to you, expect you to act and take part in government, and who look not to ideology as a guide to public policy but to research, debate, and collaboration. We will hold ourselves accountable within our organization and in government and we demand that you hold us accountable as well because that is your duty as American citizens.
The Modern Whigs realize that it will take time to earn your trust, but we will work tirelessly to earn it and the honor to serve you in our government. The Modern Whigs don’t just want to govern; we want to inspire you to help us be your voice and action in government. We realize that the strength of America is not the Modern Whigs, the military, or the economy. The strength of America is you, the citizen, and the American people as a whole. The Modern Whigs desire only to cherish and give back to a nation and people that we love, and we will work to serve America to the best of our ability and the best of our humility.
The citizen-members of the Modern Whig Party of America
Below is the discussion so far. Feel free to add your own comments!
I'm registered NP and not a member of the Whig party. The two major parties are a mess, but I still believe that it is us, the American people, who are largely responsible for the trouble we find ourselves in.
Take education as just one example. Our education system isn't very good. Progressives want to spend more money on education to 'make it better. Conservatives want to privitize education to 'make it better'.
Unlike most people, I not only attended school, I studied to be a teacher and worked in the classroom. In my opinion, the problem with our education system is 1) our society, 2) our parents and 3) our children. Ideology tells the Progressives to call for more spending. Ideology tells Consservatives to call for privitization. Neither ideology is a solution that will work.
Our society promotes a lack of personal responsibility, a belief that people are owed certain things, a permissiveness, a laziness and a lack of strong morals and values. Parents reinforce all of this and more in their roles as parents and kids drink it all right up and take it all to school with them. All this makes it nearly impossible for a large majority of children to obtain a decent education. You cannot 'fix' that by spending more money or privitizing education.
Neither major party is willing to tell the truth and hold Americans responsible for sitting on the sidelines instead of participating in their own government, for being lazy and not taking the time to become informed about how their government works and the important issues of the day and for not voting or making an uninformed vote. The reason is obvious and understandible. To do so would be highly unpopular and both parties want to be popular.
If Americans want to correct what is wrong, we cannot expect 'someone else' to do it. We must do it... each one of us. We must each look in the mirror and honestly see what is there. Many of us will not like what we see. Then each of us needs to make a committment to alter our personal behavior to closely match what we 'say' we believe... and we need to live that life everyday.
It's not that 'other person' that's the problem. We are all part of the problem and the changes we need must start with each one of us, one person at a time.
As the old saying goes 'We have met the enemy and it is us'!
"Our society promotes a lack of personal responsibility, a belief that people are owed certain things, a permissiveness, a laziness and a lack of strong morals and values."
A direct hit on target. This is the one necessary ingridient for the Whig revolution to take hold, and it is the one I am most "puckered" about, ie, the one we may be least equipped to influence.
Ironically, as I traveled the globe in a past life, Americans were still viewed as some of the most honest folks around, and I do beleive we are. But this is changing, and the irony is, I cannot help but think that the hand of bad government, bad regulation ( WS cronyism) and entitlement politics have much to do with that.
As in any institution, ethics start with leadership. We cannot keep reelecting ethical duds and expect any different result.
Yes, I agree to 'the item for your reference'. Government officers must be servants, but this does not mean we can abuse them.
You make a fine patch of words above.
Your 'citizen-government relationship' notion is what the original system had. I'd like a return to those ideas, but with a new additions in structure to overcome the years of neglect.
And, yes, leading the people and the citizens is not required.
Citizen-candidate, citizen-representative, etc. It may sound like old Cold War Soviet gobbledygook, but in our context, its accurate as hell.
I suggest that the discussion of the two party system and ideology could be refined. The root cause of the dysfunction in politics is the fact that both parties accept money from and are influenced by corporations; and, the interests of these corporations are contrary to the interests of the American people. By making this point, you may then go a step further and say that these ideological differences between the two parties are intended to turn Americans against one another, and distract them from the grave threats facing this country. This supports the theme of unity, which I think is essential. Lately I've been thinking about the Midwestern states: the unemployed or underemployed white men who lack college education - Republicans have nothing to offer them but the usual talk of "god, guns, and gays" and Democrats have chosen to allow NAFTA to continue exporting American jobs to Mexico. And my point is: no matter which party wins, a large segment of Americans continues to be ignored. Whigs have always sought solutions that are good for ALL Americans. So, in addition to the them of unity, there is a second theme of inclusiveness.