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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).

Let's Give 'Em a Hand

Today, as on every Veterans Day, America honored the men and women of the Armed Services. It's surely heartening for our veterans to see the numerous expressions of gratitude on social media, hear the praise of pundits and citizens alike, and generally feel the affection of a grateful nation. It's nice to know you're appreciated.

But once the applause dies down, some stark realities show themselves. The unemployment rate for veterans still remains stubbornly high, and veterans of Gulf War II are still unemployed at a higher rate than the overall civilian population. The story for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 is particularly gruesome: in 2013, 24.3 percent were without jobs.

Director of Veterans & Active Duty Affairs Recommends Update of Uniform Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act of 1994

As Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs, I have to read a lot of articles in a wide range of publications in order to keep up on issues affecting those who selflessly defend our rights and freedoms.  Just last week I was thumbing through the October 27th issue of Air Force Times when I came across an article by Karen Jowers  (kjowersmilitarytimes [dot] com) entitled “Landmark employment law for troops turns 20”.

Political Spectrum: It's more than "Left & Right."

When I have discussions about where the Modern Whig Party is on the political spectrum, questions such as, "Are you guys liberal or conservative?" are very common. Other questions may dig beyond the surface, and include a social or fiscal adjective, e.g "socially liberal, fiscally conservative." The truth is, in my opinion, summary classifications such as polarization of political position are completely apocryphal.

In the Forums

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.

Thanks

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 :)

Recent comments

  • Affirmative Action   4 days 8 hours 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...   1 week 2 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...

  • Immigration Thoughts   1 week 2 days ago

    I'd like to chime in, first of all Americans use to be farmers and butchers, and it wasn't even that long ago. I personally would love to own a piece of land and make a living off of it, but I'm dirt poor and would rather not become and indentured servant like some American farmers are becoming. The issue of immigration is an issue of economy. It's no coincidence that after NAFTA was passed and Mexican farmers were unable to compete with subsidized American agricultural products that American companies began advertising jobs in Mexican papers to entice illegal immigrants who they could pay less for then even the cheapest American laborer. I would propose you go after the suppliers, American companies are breaking the law by hiring illegal immigrants, everyone, for good or worse is too focused on the immigrants. If you make it so insanely prohibitive to hire undocumented workers in any position anywhere in the country, our problem would go away. No work, no undocumented workers. That doesn't solve Mexico's economic problems but one issue at a time. After that you can establish a work program that allows workers from Mexico to work in America provided they are covered by our minimum wage and labor laws.

  • Electoral and Government Reform   1 week 2 days ago

    Campaign finance reform:

    In the wake of Citizens United, I believe short of public financing. Spending caps and forcing all spending to affiliate with a campaign would reduce the influence of money and force the campaign to resort to grassroots campaigning to make the most use of their available resources. Increasing citizen participation in government and leveling the playing field for minor parties, who to "political investors" would seem to be a bad investment.  

  • Electoral and Government Reform   1 week 2 days ago

    On lobbying:

    The very institution of Lobbying is unconstitutional, anyone who has read the federalist papers should recognize them as the plague upon republics known as faction. They represent a faction interest without regard for the rights of citizens. And so long as they have access to the legislative body that any other common citizen does not have or cannot afford then they wield unconstitutional powers. The framers never meant for men to make a career of manipulating the legislative system who were not themselves elected by the people to do so, but our system has become dependent on this institution. If we are to ever recover the republic that the framers intended, or in fact any republic that is responsive to the people we need to go much further than monitoring and regulating this institution, we must disband it. Without a direct voice in congress special interests will have to join the public discourse and convince the people through proper deliberation that their interest is in the best interest of the republic. So the people can carry their message to the only people who should be making a career of legislation, the elected representatives of the people. If this lofty goal were all the Whigs were to ever achieve I believe that it would be enough to return order and sense to our nation.

  • Mid-term elections 2014 - It'll be different this time? Really?   2 weeks 3 days ago

     I don't want this party to go down as a fringe political movement during the 2010s. I'd love to see us win some seats in Congress, State Legislators, Assemblies, City Councils. I'd like to be a part of a political movement that made America a better place to live. I know that in my home state of New Jersey it's very easy to get on the ballot, so hopefully the NJ Whigs will cook something up. 

  • Official Modern Whig Store   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Note that this is not "official" merchandise, but a couple of years ago, I created a "Don't Blame Me--I Voted for Henry Clay" bumper sticker on CafePress. I've got no additional markup on it; in other words, I'm not making money off of it. I just figured I'd mention it after all this time because there's not a lot of Whig merchandise out there. 

    Here's the link:
    http://www.cafepress.com/mf/71080783/henry-clay_bumper-sticker?productId...

  • Education   4 weeks 3 days ago

    I think the Whig stance on education should include a statement of support for parents that choose homeschooling.  As a father of two toddlers that will be school age in a few years I am not in a position where I am willing to wait for reform and repair of our public education system.  Everyone can agree our current system is greatly flawed in multiple ways but we can't agree on the solutions. In many cases the possible solutions are potentially good ideas that are untested in the real world so they are ultimately a dice roll. My wife and I are not willing to roll the dice with our children or accept the system as it is.  Homeschooling has been part of humanity forever and has many resources available for parents today that choose this option for their children. Not all parents are in a position to homeschool, but we are, and intend to.  Not all states are as friendly to homeschooling as others, and some make it extremely difficult.  In the interest of freedom, choice for parents, opposition to the threat of tyranny through forced indoctrination one way or another homeschooling must remain an option for parents in this country. This is important today for parents facing the deplorable state of public education and for generations to come to protect the future freedom from poor public education and potential tyranny of politicized education.  

  • List of States   4 weeks 5 days ago

    I second that. I'd also like to see a search function, what's a modern forum without a search function.

  • Same Sex Relationships   5 weeks 3 days ago

    I am a fairly new kid on the block. As such, I am getting to know the Modern Whig Party as a neophyte. Social issues have always been, quite often, overly emotional, which is why I am attracted to this party. This party seems to take an intellectual approach to politics and society in general. It is obvious to most that the issues of sexual orientation and abortion usually takes center stage and overshadows rational discussions on issues that should be of common interest to everyone, regardless of where they stand on the social issues. Also, political parties and their members use those issues for vote harvesting, and do not seem to care how it divides Americans. My hope is that the Modern Whig Party will continue in the efforts to bring all Americans together and end the madness of divisiveness that is letting our differences lead to division. We our wounded by our divisions and is sapping us of our strength.

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