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American Sniper and Legislation We Need To Support

Modern Whig Party Deputy Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs Matthew Benedict shares his views on the effect of the Movie American Sniper and on pending legislation to support veterans.  His post follows this introduction:


An Update on the Veterans Volunteer Initiative

This is the time of year when many are making those New Year’s Resolutions for self-improvement, or to help others.  Jason Decker, our NY State Vice Chair has made the commitment, as have I, to do volunteer service with our local branch of the Veterans Administration in order to give something back to those who have paid dearly for our freedoms.  In the three plus years I have been doing volunteer service, I have found it to be interesting and rewarding, and always appreciated.  Jason has gone the extra distance and made a short video explaining the process that he went through while starting his own volunteer service.  You can view the video by following the link here:

Veterans Burial Information From Matthew Benedict, Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs, MWP

     The following information has been provided by Modern Whig Party Deputy Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs, Matthew Benedict.  Matthew works for the Veterans Administration, specifically with the National Cemetery System.  This information has been provided in order to assist family and friends when the inevitable happens.  We hope it is of benefit.



Burial and Memorial Benefits for Veterans


Of Presidents, Politics and People from Other Places

My family hails from Ireland. My mother's parents emigrated to America from County Mayo; my father's, from County Cork. They came to this country early in the 20th Century, in the third big wave or so of immigrants from their country, and found themselves joining a culture which regarded them as little more than the "servant class."

Little Things Help

Little Things Help…


     Part of being the Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs for the Modern Whig Party is finding ways for people to help our troops.  I get a lot of questions about which organizations people should donate to, and whether an organization is trustworthy or not.  One of the first organizations that comes to mind is the United Service Organization (USO).

In the Forums

From MWP Economic Policy Committee - The Centrist Manifesto by Charles Wheelan.

Book Review – The Centrist Manifesto by Charles Wheelan, professor at Dartmouth College.

We are “paralyzed by plurality.” Prof Wheelan reinforces problem solving “101”, which is also included in our Whig Academy Leadership course.
Top down: 4 to 5 Senate seats to effectively ensure all legislation must meet “muster” of the 4 to 5 centrist votes. ( MWP has said 10 Senators is what we really need!)

His laundry list of ills are as follws:
1. Unsustainable trajectory of entitlement in maintain a proper safety net.
2. Inefficient delivery of health care
3. Crumbling infrastructure
4. Nothing to effect climate change ( he states climate debate is an example of a “faith-based” debate)
5. Stagnation of human capital ( !!!! the reviewers emphasis)

Raise the Fuel tax to get infrastructure back on track.

Currently the National Fuel tax is 18.4 cents on gasoline and 24.4 cents for diesel. This tax was last raised in 1993, when the taxes accounted for more then 25% of the cost of fuel (not including state taxes). It has never been raised since, nor is it indexed to inflation, which is why our infrastructure is falling apart. Since 1993 the states have had to raise their own fuel taxes and compete with each other just to keep the highway system operational, but the highway system is bankrupt which is why toll roads are increasing and roads are falling apart.

You can find a summary here: 


Or more detailed information here: 

Mid-term elections 2014 - It'll be different this time? Really?

Why did the GOP win this time, and why will the Dems win next time (and the GOP after that)? Let's just go with short memories and "Hey, let's try the other party we were mad at four, eight, twelve, sixteen...years ago. I'm sure it will be different this time."

Candidate Questionnaire

Does anyone have a good Q and A you send to candidates? I have a local lady that I would like to send one to.


Immigration Thoughts

Hello everyone,

Recent comments

  • Mergers with other Parties...   4 days 20 hours ago

    You mean us or opposition HQ?  As far as MWP not being active, have you noticed we've gone from 13 to 45 state coverage in less than a year? It may not seem like much, but we are working our tails off behnd the scenes. Certainly gives many of us no chance to pop in here anymore. That's a shame. There will soon be quite visible efforts afoot! Thanks for the heads up Duffy!

  • Mergers with other Parties...   5 days 11 hours ago

    This I think is a suitable way to ally with other parties. May not be worth much, this party has not been to active of late.


    An alliance of Independant parties, working on one single issue. To crack open the political process and free the constraints imposed by the Republcan and Democrat Partys on the Political System.

  • From MWP Economic Policy Committee - The Centrist Manifesto by Charles Wheelan.   2 weeks 1 day ago

    You are so correct, which is why our mission is not just winning elections, but changing the conversation from the hubris of ideology to the pragmatic real life issues we need to solve. This will require a new way of thinking by WE the peeps and a new way of communicating by our citizen-representatives, both of which will meet to reframe the very nature of political participation.

  • From MWP Economic Policy Committee - The Centrist Manifesto by Charles Wheelan.   2 weeks 2 days ago

    I completely agree with most of this, but our politicans and most people do not care about looking at the "root" problems, and are simply looking to patch the "symptoms" of the disease. You can only take cough medicine for so long to reduce your cough, but it won't actually ever solve the problem of pnesumonia.

    My post on highway tax shows exactly why our infrastructure is falling apart, and yet no one is willing to stand up and fix the problem. 

  • Immigration Thoughts   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi everyone,

    I tend to agree with bluestreak in the sense that rather than spending billions to resist the inevitable, we would be better served by investing in fixing the inherent problems that causes much of the illegal immigration in the first place. Thus, for all who that are concerned about these people "hurting" America, the "problem" will be solved at the root. I personally hold the opinion, however, the benefits of illegal immigrants outweigh the costs.



  • Immigration Thoughts   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Welcome Ryan, personally in my opinion your on the right track.

    For those who disagree with illegal immigrants, we are all illegal immigrants in the US, and we have always been a nation of immigrants.

    To solve the immigration problem is not something we can do in our country, but must be solved in their countries. The 10+ billion spent on building the Mexico Fence could have been better used investing in Mexico and Latin america's infrastructure. Immigrants come here for multiple reasons, some of which are due to them facing certain death in other countries. You should read up on the genocides being committed right now in Guatamela and other places in Latin america. These people are doing everything they can to get into Mexico and US, riding on top of trains, or even hitch hiking. Many of them don't make it, many of them have lost limbs on the trains, and the few who are making it and caught are simply sent back home to face certain death once again. Yet here in the US we aren't even informed or care about it.

    If this doesn't seem like a problem, we did the same thing during WWII with the jews. The american leaders knew bad things were happening to Jews in europe, just didn't know how bad. There were many appeals to open the borders to them exiting Europe to come here and all were shut down. We did nothing, only the best educated were allowed in. History repeats itself, as it is doing now, and yet again the american public is saying no.

    For those who believe that stricter immigration laws are the answer, the good news is we can already see the effects of such actions in Arizona and Alabama who passed very strict laws. The financial fallout from those laws is in the tens of billions per year as millions of tons of food was left to rot in the fields when the immigrants "self deported" themselves out fo the state overnight after the laws were passed. Farmers raised hourly rates, even provided housing, yet no one wanted to do the work. Stephen Colbert even had an episode on the effects of it, as he has been fighting for rights of illegals. Yet most people believe that these jobs will simply be filled up and taken immediately by "americans", but this didn't happen in Arizona and Alabama and we paid the price in lost produce and higher food costs in 2012.

    There is a cost of having them here in America, just like there is a cost of getting rid of them. I would go as far as saying they actually provide more benefits then costs to the US, but I would be in the minority.

    Educate yourself Ryan go out and read about the current issues and figure things out for yourself. Don't take any information for granted.

  • Breaking the Duopoly: The Fight For Third-Party Debate Inclusion Pushes On - Mintpress News (registration) (blog)   6 weeks 4 days ago

    Maybe the way to unseat the professional politicians is to go after local positions first. A lot of town selectmen, a few statehouse members, an occasional congressman or woman mght get folks used to seeing Whig candidates. I ran for the Vermont HJouse this past election, as an Independent, as I did not know about the modern Whig party. I find the stated goals very compativle with my own.I've been saying for years that the only way to save the Republic is to destroy the Republican Party as it now exists, and the only way to save Democracy is to destroy the Democratic Party as it now exists. Anyway, in a gerrymandered district, running against a party-line Democrat, financing it myself (I'll be months paying off the Credit card) and with three people helping me part-time, I still managed to take 1173 votes against his 1500. I learned a lot and I will share that with any candidate who supports the stated principles if the Modern Whigs. Lesson 1 !!!! Start organizing for 2016 NOW!!! If you don't know how to make websites, learn NOW!!! (webbuilddr or other programs are good) Contact groups where you might find supporters for local issues. One suggestion that I did not have time for was to form a corporation, so that folks can contribute funds, and know that it is for your campaign and not for your groceries.

  • Are The VA’s Priorities Correctly Set?   8 weeks 6 days ago


    Do any of you know of Whigs or potential Whig Party members

    in the state of Tennessee?  Our legislature, senate, and governor are disasters.  Right wing extremists.

    Our federal officials, congress and senate, save a couple, are disasters, and also right wing extremists.

    We now have an oligarchical governing body.  At best, it is pittiful.  At worst, it is dangerous and

    beyond logic.  Help is needed in several areas: education, health care, common sense, just to name a few.

    I look forward to any and all comments.

    Thank You......

    Ken Austin

    Murfreesboro, Tennessee

  • Affirmative Action   9 weeks 5 days ago

    What is the Whig Party's position/plan for resolving the inequality towards various races that currently still exists in many places within education, the work place, etc.?  I'm not asking what the ideal should be, I believe all of us here would agree on that point, but rather how to make substantial progress towards that goal.  How to get from point A to point B, and beyond.

    I'm currently and independent voter and was unaware of the Modern Whig Party's existence until recently, having seen it referred to somewhere online.  I don't recall where. 

    I'm in the process of learning about the MWP to see if it is where I would be most in fellowship politically.

  • Obama Care seems socialistic in my estimation...   10 weeks 3 days ago

    Leave it to a lobbyist to justify forced participation. All that really needed to be done was reasonably cap profits and overhead that insurance companies can charge or threaten to repeal their monopoly protection. Then pass a law that disallows them to deny coverage. But a law that stretches for thousand of pages and constantly references other laws is a nightmare. And on the subject of monopoly as fun as the game is, when did it become alright for a handful of companies to divide up the country anyway. From where I'm sitting it's dangerous to allow so few people to control such vast resources with such impunity, reminds me of some kind of world run by a hand full of vast empires whose kings make decisions so far removed from the result that they have no concern for the consequences. Hmmm what does that remind me of...

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