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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.

In the Forums

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 :)

Call for discussion on Support for humanitarian efforts for Iraqi civilians

Following is a discussion on the Announcement item titled: Support for humanitarian efforts for Iraqi civilians.
Here is the item for your reference:

Hello from Nebraska!

Hello from Nebraska! I have been exploring this site and the MWP for a few months and have finally to join. Before finding the MWP, I was an independent that essentially voted Democrat. I have become increasingly frustrated over the years by our government, especially the stagnation in Congress.

I am currently in college, double majoring in Political Science and Journalism, with a minor in economics. After my undergraduate work, I plan on obtaining a Master of Public Policy. In the future, I would like to join MWP leadership and potentially run for office.

Hello...Again

I've been here before, but it has been quite sometime.  Just thought I'd check it out again and say hi from Utah.

Rick M.

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.

Recent comments

  • Call for discussion on Whig Academy   1 week 1 day ago

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

  • Affirmative Action   1 week 3 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.

     

  • Ending Federal Marijuana Ban and Medical Marijuana Research   1 week 4 days ago

    Partially correct, the marijuana is grown by University of Mississippi for the Federal government to supply to the pharma companies, other universities and researchers. The research is not limited to University of Mississippi. It is just regulated by the Federal government, kind of like research of infectious diseases or nuclear energy. Those are also regulated and disseminated by the Federal government.

    Like I previously wrote, schedule I substances are actively researched now and the US has commissioned more studies than any other country in the world.

  • Ending Federal Marijuana Ban and Medical Marijuana Research   1 week 4 days ago

    OK, to summarize.  Per the treaty mentioned above, research for medical marijuana is allowed, but the marijuana must be supplied by the Federal Government and research done through the University of Mississippi.  Do I have that part correct?

    So, if we dismissed our treaty obligations, and reclassified the drug as a level 2, then the Federal Government would be allowing research by pharmaceutical companies, universities, etc. but still maintaining it's ban on recreational use.  Putting aside the wisdom of pulling out of the treaty for a  moment, is what I said legally correct?

  • Ending Federal Marijuana Ban and Medical Marijuana Research   1 week 5 days ago

    So in order to address an issue we must first understand the issue. The schedule classification of marijuana/THC is based on our compliance with an international treaty and was not an arbitrarily decision by the Federal Government. This treaty is known as the Single Convention Treaty on Narcotic Drugs.

    The schedule classification does not prevent scientific or medical research into marijuana/THC, or any of the other compounds or chemicals on the schedule list.

    If the United States decided Marijuana/THC was no longer a Schedule I substance through legislation, we would be in violation of the treaty. I do not think it is in the best interest of the United States to dismiss our treaty obligations in this matter.

    So how could we address the Schedule I issue and still remain compliant? There are no specific provisions in the treaty as to how any participating government punishes people for illicit possession of these substances. This is why nations can decriminalize personal use possession and still remain in compliance. Those countries still go after traffickers and smugglers, which is a requirement of the treaty.

  • MWP Rules & Bylaws Chair: Application - Joe Easter   2 weeks 5 hours ago

    Andrew:

    Have you been able to schedule an interview with Mr. Easter? If so, what were the results?

    Joe

  • Ending Federal Marijuana Ban and Medical Marijuana Research   2 weeks 6 hours ago

    Thank you for doing that, Will. This is what a good debate is for.

    At the end of the day, my posit that there is a significant resistance to research based on federal mandates is changed thanks to you and your input, but in my mind still somewhat valid. Do I think it should be made available to anyone who wants it? Not really. Do I think that it is misclassified as having no medicinal value? Yes. With what you have pointed out to me and the group, there seems to be some validation to that point.

    Joe

  • Ending Federal Marijuana Ban and Medical Marijuana Research   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I am always willing to listen to a person's ideas regardless of my personal position on a subject.  I have 16 years experience in local government work. I have experienced both good public policy and well intended policies which had difficult implementation. The difficult polices did not appear to have thorough research prior to policy writing.  No matter how noble the goal of those policies the bad research contributed directly to the policy's unintended consequences.

    For the last 7 years of my career I have been directly involved in policy research and development. I was not always in agreement with the policies I was task to collaborate on, but I still made sure the final product was well researched and of solid foundation.

    Believe it or not, I want to help any Modern Whig build strong public policies. That means when there is an important fact which does not appear to be known by others, I am going to point it out and I expect you to do the same for me.

    The problem here is bad justifications and weak research can lead to bad public policy. There are points in the original post which directly contradict themselves as well as declarative statements in our discussions which are not supported by facts.

    Just because I point out concerns or errors in fact does not mean I believe you are wrong in your position.

  • Ending Federal Marijuana Ban and Medical Marijuana Research   2 weeks 1 day ago

    State laws on medical marijuana are irrelevant to medical research of marijuana, per the 1961 treaty, all marijuana used for US marijuana research is supplied by the Federal Government exclusively via the University of Mississippi.

  • Ending Federal Marijuana Ban and Medical Marijuana Research   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Which line of argument, mine? If so, remember the scheduling is a federal thing, while medicinal availability is a state-by-state thing. It is the federal legislation that needs to change, and the DEA/FDA reclassification is, in my opinion, the best place to start. Until that changes, legislators (okay, my legislator, a GOP yes man with no independent mind), will be more amicable to entertaining a legal status change.

    Thanks for the link Will. It does present some interesting and pertinent facts. In fact, though I only read two of the concluded studies that included results, one could argue that the Schedule I designation is misapplied referencing those studies.

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