A Thought to Our Official Color

I know how asking about something of this nature seems premature since we still need to score more victories in elections, but what should our color be when a diagram presents the political division of a city council, state congress, and (hopefully) Congress? While I personally do not find “red states/blue states” lexicon palatable (since states hold a more complex political dynamic), I do think we should at least start considering a color. For me personally, I champion white. Now, before we begin bulking from the social concerns it may have, allow myself to explain my support. First, we describe Old Glory as the Red, WHITE, and Blue. See, white can be found in the middle just like us, and it’s just as patriotic a color as red and blue. Second, a few parties already do purple to represent them, most notably the Libertarians. All who use it want to send the message of being a mixture of both platforms, of embracing aspects of each major party’s agendas and ideology. To that I say we need not to mimic. Whigs should foster ourselves, our Classical Liberalism, our thinking, our culture, and our solutions as a different breed altogether and not as some two-bit Tom, Dick, or Harry cherry-pickers. Third, white signifies what we champion as a party, ethics. Purity, a purity or at least want of it through the commitment of ethical practices. We may not be perfect, but that should not stop us from holding ourselves to different standards, to at least dream of such things despite far-reaching. Fourth, white can also signify light, light as in the Enlightenment. Sure, we can agree we will not be striving to achieve the state of nature like Rousseau nor an enlightened absolutism like Voltaire, but to be mindful of these profound thoughts when seeking what we want from our government. Time changed a lot of dynamics concerning society and the state that many thinkers of that time could not fathom; and so, their works may be timeless but they may not exactly be a perfect mold as some would preach. Yet that should not stop us from being enlightened in thought; to learn, think critically, rationalize, and promote methodology in solving problems.

 

Yet, I am aware of the connotations this might have concerning race. Yes, it definitely could set us up for some body shots that the opposition could throw in the political arena. I can agree that pundits saying “__(state name)__ is a ‘white state’” reverberates differently and holds an odder ring than “red state/blue state”. It could be a deterrent and misleading about how our party is a socially open one, wanting to embrace all Americans from all walks of life. However, may be I am wearier than I should be about the connotation the color white holds.

 

Anyhow, what color do you guys think would be a good fit for the Modern Whig Party?


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  • Jules Hilliard
    commented 2017-11-29 14:13:06 -0500
    White on white is not very visual. Most printed information is on white paper. I believe the buff with blue, (if we are going to use the same logo), would be a good choice. I do not believe we should use the colors of another party. So, what is the color of an owl? Also, it seemed to be good enough for George Washington.
  • Jules Hilliard
    tagged this with impractical 2017-11-29 14:13:05 -0500
  • Daryl Yandell
    commented 2017-08-22 10:16:45 -0400
    I’ve suggested teal in the past, but what about yellow? It is after all the third primary color. It can also be used to signify light as in “light at the end of the tunnel” (solutions), “casting light on the subject” (wisdom), “lighting a path” (direction), or “in the light of day” (integrity).
  • Eric Marr
    commented 2017-08-15 21:39:03 -0400
    I would say white is not a good color for the modern whig party. In all honesty I would think purple would be the truer color for the party. When you are in the center you are both blue and red so I would think that would be a better representation. However as it stands it is to me one of the lower needs currently.
  • Daryl Yandell
    commented 2017-06-06 00:33:12 -0400
    I do not think white is a good idea. Many maps and other media use a white background and we would become lost or look ineffective. Also, I do not think buff would be a good choice either. Besides being a somewhat pale, washed out hue, the name of the color could set one up for puns especially when advocating transparency. Why not try teal? It is a dark enough color to have presence on white, gray or tan background so it would be easy to place the party logo on any surface and it would show up well on maps with enough distinction from blue or green to stand out.
  • Wesley Adams
    commented 2017-03-24 13:29:16 -0400
    The colors of Modern Whig Party, like previous Whig parties, are buff and blue, going as far back as the Whig Party of Great Britain. Patriots during the American Revolution also referred to themselves as “Whigs”. General Washington choose buff & blue for the Continental Army uniforms, in part, due to this Whig connection.

    Many modern maps of historical electoral college results use a shade of buff for the Whigs, while using blue for the Democratic Party, red for the Republican Party, yellow of the Libertarian Party, green for (surprisingly) the Green Party. White on an electoral map means that the election results for state or district have not been called yet.

    Also, keep in mind that red GOP states/blue Democratic states is an artifact of the 2000 election. The colors were assigned not by the parties, but by the news services. Prior to 2000, the colors alternated each election cycle between the Dems & GOP. It has only been in the past 17 years that the colors have been fixed. Internationally, most “conservative” parties use a “tory” blue will the “liberal” parties use red.
  • Anonymous
    commented 2017-03-23 17:50:45 -0400
    Thoughts:

    White is on the US flag, has no US political association, and can be sensibly framed as symbolizing the organization’s stated values. While it might make a hypothetical endorsement from David Duke even more awkward, white was the color of the rose used to symbolize domestic opposition to German extremism in the 20th century. The latter seems more significant than the former.

    The website now uses red+blue, always together. This implies the organization means to draw equally from the dominant parties and welcomes members of each. This seems valuable but, as pointed out, there needs to be a one-word way to describe this color pattern, e.g. red-states, blue-states, and unity-states. This approach to symbolism has a successful history, with the Tudor rose comprised of Yorkist white and Lancastrian red.

    Among the unclaimed solid colors, the most promising to come to mind is orange, though orange does lean red.

    As a side note, given the use of 18th century symbolism by dissenters within the dominant parties, e.g. the name “tea party” by Republicans and Sanders’ post-election use of the word “revolution”, the antiquity of the Whig name might well be an asset to the organization.
  • Theodore Theopolos
    commented 2017-03-05 21:21:33 -0500
    Yeah, sorry about the post being smushed again. The forum took away the skipped lines to indicate a new paragraph (since indenting also does not work).

    We should get that fixed eventually.
  • Theodore Theopolos
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