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Impeachment and lawsuits: Party tools of emotional extortion-T.J. O'Hara

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 4, 2014 – In a Nation that favors sound bites over solutions, it should not come as a surprise that the term “political integrity” has become little more than an oxymoron. Ethics be damned: If the Parties can use something to “stimulate the base,” you may rest assured they will pursue it. It is irrelevant whether it makes sense or is morally reprehensible as long as it can be used to extract money and votes. The recent discussion of impeachment and lawsuits are cases in point.

Practical solutions to fix V.A. medical services inefficiency-Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Harvey, MS, AKARNG (Retired)

Now that Congress is throwing sixteen-plus billion dollars at the V.A. crisis in the hopes that it will go away, I think it is time to discuss options for how it is spent. More healthcare providers are a common response.  What type and at what level is less often mentioned.  One functional area which needs improvement is the appointments process. As a semi-outsider trying to get in, it seems like there are a limited number of available appointments.

Why our approach to immigration ‘borders’ on the absurd- T.J. O'Hara

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 14, 2014 – Our political “customs” are in evidence as we see the immigration issue unfold. Recently, over 39,000 families and 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained for entering our southern border illegally. This latest surge adds to the 11-13 million individuals who are estimated to already reside in our country illegally. Yet, our elected officials are calling for emergency measures as if the problem represented a new phenomenon.

It is called ‘The Declaration of Independence’ for a reason- T.J. O'Hara

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 4, 2014 – While small town parades, backyard barbecues and fireworks displays may be what many people associate with the 4th of July, Independence Day deserves far greater respect. Fifty-six men signed a single piece of parchment on this day in 1776 that contained 1338 words that changed the history of the world for the better. That hallowed document claimed independence not only for a Nation but for a People. Unfortunately, 238 years later, we are in danger of surrendering to the temptation of dependence.

Independence Days: The days more important than July 4th

July 4, 1776, was a day that marked a culmination in one phase of struggle for American independence and personal freedom. Many Americans had sacrificed life, fortune, and time to bring forth the ideas that were officially born on July 4, 1776. These Americans were volunteer soldiers and sailors and their families. These Americans were our Founding Fathers and supporters who sacrificed fortunes, time, and thought in crafting ideas and a framework for independence and personal freedom.

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Immigration Thoughts

Hello everyone,

Hi from Tennessee

I guess this is kind of like a political confession of sorts where we all describe out background, then receive our "hugs" in the replies?  

Hello from Humble Texas!

I've actually been following the whigs online and on facebook since their facebook account was first brought online.  I'm a long time advocate and proud member of the modern whig party!  Just finally getting around to joining the forums :)

Hello from Alaska

Okay... well I just wrote a somewhat lengthy post which for some reason does not appear to have been posted.  So I will try again, with a shorter version.

Hello from Alaska

I have always voted republican, but I have some major issues with the modern day republican party.  Issues so important to me that I cannot vote republican anymore.  Problem is, in my opinion, the republican party is still the lesser of two evils.  So I want a third option. Will there be any Whigs on the ballot in Alaska this November?  

In a nutshell, I don't like the government telling me what I can and cannot have.  That goes for guns as well as marijuana.  So you can easily see my dilemma there.  (just an example)

Recent comments

  • Official Modern Whig Store   7 hours 36 min ago

    And a good one.

    I motion to make PURPLE the official Whig color. :)

    Gene Chaas, CFA
    Charter Member of MWP (2008)

    NY Whig - State Committee Chair

    MWP - Northeastern Regional Chair

     

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  • Hello from Alaska   4 days 14 hours ago

    Welcome,  please contact your state Chair Douglas Harvey at alaskamodernwhig [dot] org.  Doug was appointed state Chair a few months ago and is the National Chair of the Veterans Committee.

  • Immigration Thoughts   6 days 18 hours ago

    Welcome Ryan. Those are great thoughts and immigration seems to be an issue the bipartisan circus cant handle, and which has to be handled. Stay tuned for a more public debate amongst Whigs on this issue.

  • Hello from Alaska   6 days 18 hours ago

    Welcome!  And no Whigs running in Alaska afaik.  Col. Harvey is your state chair and is spearheading a Veterans initiative to promote our name thru action.

  • Hi from Tennessee   1 week 2 days ago

    Your thoughts are true in most respects.  I think you will see some big changes in this party in the next few months that you would agree with.  I hope you will become an active member in  your state and help bring the passion for this party forward.

  • Hello from Humble Texas!   1 week 6 days ago

    WELCOME!

  • Ending Federal Marijuana Ban and Medical Marijuana Research   2 weeks 10 hours ago

    Will, if you read article 3 of the treaty there is some leeway between schedule I and schedule II. Here is a link to the actual treaty.  https://www.unodc.org/pdf/convention_1961_en.pdf

    Also, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 determines our regulating law as it pertains to The Single Convention Treaty. Here is the law in its entirety. The Attorney General has some ability here to change things as does Congress. We can change this. Here is a link to this:  http://www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/legislation/ucm148726.htm#cntlsbb

    I will say as Joe said the regulations set forth by the federal government make it difficult to produce quality research. There may be a lot of it going on as you stated, but must be more and need to have less regulation attached to it. Here is a link about medical marijuana and its benefits for Epilepsy: http://cureepilepsy.org/research/cbd-and-epilepsy.asp 

    You will notice in that article that they say it is not impossible, but the hoops researchers must jump through for marijuana research hinders advancements. I believe you are stuck on the fact that research does occur. Maybe I need to change the wording in the original post, but my thoughts are on the over regulation of the drug and the regulation hindering advancements. The above post is not a policy statement, it is a policy draft that can be amended through our discussion.

  • Official Modern Whig Store   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Help get the word out by getting our gear! T-shirts, yard signs and more are available at our store. Wearing Whig gear while out and about the community, especially volunteering, is a great way to help out the Whig movement.

     

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  • Call for discussion on Whig Academy   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Just finished these.  Some very good information.  Any more to follow?

  • Affirmative Action   3 weeks 4 days ago

    As listed under education reform, the current education system leaves lower income students at a great disadvantage because of the way schools are funded. Until the funding for the education system has changed, affirmative action based on income level/socioeconomic status, not race, is absolutely necessary because it levels the playing field for students applying to colleges. 

    If a student in an underfunded school living in poverty in a single parent home, or in foster care, completes high school on the honor roll, that is a much greater accomplishment than a middle class student in a good school doing the same. This needs to be acknowledged by universities.

     

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