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Does U.N. stand for United Nations or Useless Neurotics?- T.J. O'Hara

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 28, 2014 – Civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine (just to name a few), incomprehensible malnutrition and disease in the middle-African country of your choice, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, and serious immigration issues on the United States’ southern border create a disturbing level of unrest in the world, yet the United Nations seems to be missing in action. Instead, it spends time and money calling together the U.N.

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.

Let FREEDOM ring in the Ukraine…and the United States- by T.J. O'Hara

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 10, 2014 – The Ukrainian crisis seems to have caught many Americans by surprise, which is surprising in itself…or perhaps just disappointing. Our Nation and its leaders seem to be captivated by the moment; living in a Twitter-like world that carries an attention span of 140 hours instead of 140 characters. While it is discouraging with respect to our citizens, it is totally unacceptable with regard to our Government.

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Whig powerpoint

This was created by the NY gang. You'll need MSPowerpoint to open. This will help you understand the "unparty" and non-traditional nature of modern Whig philosophy.

Archieved works - Who Are The Whigs

Author(s) unknown for this very well done piece - enjoy!

Archieved Works - Whig history

I beleive George Mills, our charter MO chair worked this up.

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RationalWiki Post

Has anyone seen the post on RationalWiki about The Modern Whigs? It's very unflattering, to say the least.  http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Modern_Whig_party 

I really wonder if there's any way to answer it...

Recent comments

  • 07/20/14- Fundraising July-December 2014   19 hours 4 min ago

    Andrew, you did a good job reading my mind :)  "nothing of value" is a vague term, but if we intend to go head to head with the two major parties, possitive thinking and baby steps forward is not going to cut it. 

    An example, Spencer Aldridge, might be great a candidate, but he only has a facebook page and no website, can we even afford to get him a website? 

    Someone mentioned why an independent candidate would want to join us, what do we offer, we need to have the two most important things that they want, voters and money, they go hand in hand. If we cant offer either or both, our support is just acedmic. 

    The proposed budget is great, we just need the flip side -  the plan to raise the money each month. Not sure why this is debatable, we all know we need to raise lots money so lets start making the plan. 

    ..Just sayin'

    David

     

     

  • Affirmative Action   1 day 41 min ago

    True meritocracy requires equality of opportunity, so applying affirmative action in any form outside of education is antithetical to the whig ideal. So many of the sentiments expressed in comments might apply better to the education topic.

    However, there may be other classes of people outside of the groups listed in the platform that could merit special attention. Specifically, ex-convicts, drop-out's of college or high-school should be aided in achieving whatever is possible in their individual cases. Programs that help them reach their potential and turn them into productive citizens would be well worth the investment without becoming a welfare program.

  • Fund Raising   1 day 8 hours ago

    This is so critically important, I'm happy to have you dump this on me, because it just needs to be done. Feel free to send me what you have and contact info and I will do all the necessaries and report back. Every lost day puts us further away from the private excom jet :)  

  • 07/20/14- Fundraising July-December 2014   1 day 12 hours ago

    This plan is just some things to shoot for. We likely will not reach this amount, although if people step up just a bit it is easily doable. Of course something needs to be worked up and in place for 2015. I am going to be working on the beginning of a budget in the next week or so. I expect input on it, with legit criticism and legit alternatives. Criticism with out alternatives are pointless. Part of me really wants to go further into detail, but the past is pointless except to learn from it for the future. David, I do think that you will would do well in helping out our fundraising efforts, and I thank you for your desire to help. I do respectuflly disagree that " nothing of value will happen without big dollars". We have helped candidates in the past to accomplish some significant hurdles in their campaign, all without big dollars. We have had people volunteer from across the nation to help make phone calls for candidates across the nation. We have helped our U.S. Congressional candidates average double digit support in their elections. That is not victory, but it is a signficant step forward, especially at that level. We have been able to do very limited targeted social media advertising in the past for the party and candidates. The results of this has been very positive. I do think nothing of greater significance will happen without more signficant money. We are at that point. While I can't read your mind, I think this might have been what you are getting at. You are right, we need significant dollars to get to the next level as a party, and it is doable.

    Gene, thank you for your comments, but the attitude of expected failure is not a good one and conducive for forward improvement and progress. People have been donating, and each donation is more than we had, and a success that must be built upon. Several people have even donated several hundred dollars which is great. Every bit helps.

  • Fund Raising   1 day 13 hours ago

    We had a solid plan and finance chair, who was a professional fundraiser, earlier this year. We were about to launch his plan. We had some issues with paypal, and then I had school and time issues. Unfortunately communication and follow through broke down after that. Hopefully we can get him back and get that plan going for 2015. Heck, if we were to get it going for 2014 that would be fine. It would be another thing to add to the transisition. But if we had the proper people working on it I think it would be fine. I am glad to see that you are interested in helping out with this. I think you would be a great help to this effort.

  • How to win elections   1 day 13 hours ago

    Approval Voting isnt about any "third party", it is about better electoral competition through better math. It only benefits THE PEOPLE , not any special interest groups including parties. If the people demand it, it MUST be done.

    I shouldn't think doing nothing and allow the continued malfeasance to fester is an option.

     

     

  • 07/20/14- Fundraising July-December 2014   1 day 16 hours ago

    Gene:  I totally agree with you. The purpose of the vote, in my understanding, was just a vague goal. Nothing wrong with a vague goal. That being said, we do need a "real" plan on how to get the big dollars. Nothing of value will happen without big dollars. I wonder if we can create a fundraising committee. I would love to play a part in that. Maybe Gene and I can be the first two members :)

    David

  • 07/20/14- Fundraising July-December 2014   1 day 19 hours ago

    With no action plan driving the donations ( other than emails from the Chair), it will fail - guaranteed. This is not how things work in reality. I am surprised it was approved.

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  • Whig National Council?   3 days 11 hours ago

    Whether it is the the bylaws committee by themselves or bylaws committee working with excom. We need to determine if national council is viable at this point ( turnover among state chairs, and inactive chapters) or if the national council should exist, exactly what its make up is.

    If the national council is to be, it should include the state chairs, beyond that at this point. I am not sure. But open and wanting input.

    Then there is teh matter of autority.

  • An idea for Ballot Access   3 days 20 hours ago

    That certainly may be something to propose to your state election board. As each state's election board, rules, and law is different, something like this would likely meet with varied results. In Missouri, there are some "barriers to entry" to keep the efforts you mentioned out of the system. That said, the law it self here is not unreasonable for access. It is based on petitions and signatures.

    Where it gets dicey is participation by local election board authorities and county clerks. There's a lot of trust that is given to them to do the right thing. I have personally witnessed either willful or un-willful incompetence at the county level. I could speculate on the issue, but we'll just call it a training issue.

    Other states, e.g. North Carolina and Illinois, have in my opinion significant barriers to entry. This includes unreasonable petition requirements, fees and overhead, and the like.

    I'd like to see as stae chapters form, access to state election law specialists. This would help cut through the junk legislation, and aid the new state executive committees to properly organize and plan.

    Joe

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