As the summer of 2016 has carried on I have really gained a sense of political identity that I never thought I would have. I have a party. I am a Modern Whig. I believe in the message and I believe in the spirit of the party's framework. I think this party is an existential necessity for the United States of America, and I'll give one simple reason. Dogma is a terrible leadership quality. What is dogma? I find the following two definitions to be the most relevant to American politics; “a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true,” “a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted.” How can a nation of multitudes possibly be effectively governed by those who are dogmatic? I don’t believe it can be. I think that a person who is marked by dogma is more beholden to their own principles than to their fellow citizens, to the necessary unity of their people as a whole, or to democracy. And just take a look at today’s leadership. Look at today’s parties. Today's leadership has failed to cooperate even when they've discovered common ground, and they have failed to compromise even when our nation has desperately needed reprieve from an issue that hasn’t yielded even the simplest of democratic majorities after decades of political theater and divisive rhetoric. This is because today’s leadership is marked by dogma. Most cannot be elected without being dogmatic themselves or appealing to the most extreme, vocal, and dogmatic voters. The parties themselves, the entertainment industry, the objectivity averse American journalists and educators, and even social media have all helped to strengthen the grip of dogma on elected government. No nation can afford these circumstances for long. We are bleeding to death because dogma is divisive and destructive. We need a moderate party willing to listen, learn, then lead. We need a party that is designed, at its most fundamental level, to avoid dogma. That is why I am a Modern Whig.