We are a Principled Party


We are a Principled Party - we will lose elections before we sacrifice our integrity. 

Our current political climate is one of destruction rather than construction. Dominant political parties tend to find any leverage against opponents at the expense of various groups and victims who, in the eyes of the parties, become tools for political gain...

Dishonesty, misleading claims, and false promises have become cornerstones of election cycles. these practices have so poisoned our political life that the very mention of politics carries with it a negative connotation. The Modern Whig Party wishes to restore honesty in campaigning and bolster the name of politics through genuine political practices.

The 2016 Presidential Election cycle was a brilliant example of the tactics political parties will employ in order to win elections. The scorched-earth schismatic campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump brought division, not policy, to the American people. The Modern Whig Party wants to bring practical ideas, ethical principles, and constructive debate to our election cycles, and not facile character attacks.

The greatest difference between the Whigs and the major political parties is our objectives. The Democrats and Republicans are election-oriented parties; their objective is to win elections at all costs, and they allocate all of their energies toward achieving this end. The Modern Whigs are issue-oriented; our primary objectives are solving the problems of the people and bringing their concerns to the political establishment and into the national spotlight. We may lose elections, but if by staying true to our principles and solutions, we can still win in the area of ideas. It does not matter whether we get the credit or not. The Whigs would rather lose elections while adhering to our own ideology and morality than win by forfeiting all for which we stand.

The true measure of a politician is their ability to point out the problematic issues in our society and to find constitutional and practical means of solving those issues. Our recent election cycles have made us forget this; we are attracted to the most well-established, or flamboyant, or eloquent candidates without recognizing whether or not they have our interests in mind. Politics has increasingly becoming an “us vs. them” competition between left and right, and not a system by which our unified people elect officials that serve our the common good for all Americans. The Modern Whig Party will help correct this political laxity by being servants of the people rather than servants for ourselves.

The integrity of the Modern Whig Party includes the strict policy we place on ourselves. Whigs will not accept money from special interest groups. Our investment is in the American people, not select individuals with the privilege and funds to buy their politicians. This practice of investing in the American people also speaks to our accountability. Modern Whigs will hold ourselves and one another to standards higher than the law as we conduct the political process.

Now is the time to change the way we view politicians and our perception of politics. The American political process is not a team competition; likewise, politicians are not celebrities, nor are they individuals whom we must attach ourselves. Political office is a public trust, and politicians must wholly and honorably serve the people who have entrusted their votes. Politics is a tool for implementing public policy, and politicians are individuals who must adhere to the will of their constituency and work to find solutions to societal problems. The Modern Whig Party understands this, and is willing to lose an election before we sacrifice its principles. Modern Whigs do not measure their success by how many votes they win, but by how many people they serve and help.

While we are a principled party, to effect change we must run and win elections. In order to do that, we need both donations and volunteers. With out those two things we will not effect change and these are all just words. It's up to you.





  John Carley is a writer for the Modern Whig Party, a senior at  Father Judge High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A proud Whig and future candidate.

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  • commented 2018-01-24 14:33:39 -0500
    I found this quite compelling & most interesting ..
    “Why Abraham Lincoln Was a Whig”

    Volume 16, Issue 1, Winter 1995, pp. 27-38
    Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.2629860.0016.105

    Abraham Lincoln’s Whig party loyalty is not part of the popular legend of this great president. That legend took shape in the years after the Civil War and was fostered by the Republican party, whose interest it served. Republican spokesmen were concerned to define their cause as the party of the victorious Union, not merely as the successor to the Whigs. The Grand Old Party had no reason to want to share the mantle of the Great Emancipator with the defunct Whigs. Later, during the twentieth century, those attracted to the Lincoln legend were often D/democrats—with both a capital and lowercase D—to whom Lincoln’s Whig identity seemed an anomaly, even an embarrassment, something to be minimized or explained away. If only he had been a Jacksonian, one feels, such admirers could have understood him so much better. 1

    But in stubborn historical reality, Lincoln was a Whig for more years than he was a Republican, and a loyal Whig too. He joined the party as a young man, as soon as it was formed, and became one of a faithful band of Whig members in the Illinois state legislature from 1834 to 1841. He campaigned hard for Harrison in 1840, headed the Illinois campaigns of Henry Clay in 1844 and Zachary Taylor in 1848, and would have been a presidential elector in 1852 had Winfield Scott carried Illinois. 2 In the light of Lincoln’s later career, it is particularly noteworthy that in 1848, faced with the challenge of the Free Soil party, Lincoln went on a campaign tour of Massachusetts, working hard to keep New England’s antislavery Whigs from defecting to the ticket of Martin Van Buren and Charles Francis Adams.3

    How does one explain the attraction that the Whig party had for Lincoln? In the first place, of course, the policies of the party, particularly its support for government aid to internal improvements,
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    commended themselves to him. They seemed to him to hold out hope for the economic development of the West. Yet the Whig economic program does not, in itself, provide a completely sufficient answer to the question of why Lincoln was a Whig. After all, most of his fellow citizens of Illinois were not persuaded by the Whig platforms. The area around Springfield, whose voters returned the Whig Lincoln to the state legislature and (once) to Congress, was an exception to the rule that Illinois was a predominantly Democratic state. Why was Lincoln’s political response different from that of a majority of Illinoisans?

    Photograph of Abraham Lincoln, April 25, 1858,
    taken by Samuel G. Alschuler in Urbana, Illinois

    Lincoln’s Whiggery does not lend itself readily to an ethnoreligious interpretation. 4 Lincoln came from a poor southern farming family, one that we might expect would yield followers of Andrew Jackson. He did not belong to any religious denomination. And when eth-
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    noreligious politics became explicit in the nativist movement, Lincoln emphatically repudiated it.

    Zachary Taylor, elected president on the Whig
    ticket in 1848
    Zachary Taylor, elected president on the Whig ticket in 1848
    Recently, in order to understand the second party system, historians have applied the anthropological concept of the interaction between culture and personality. This can be a fruitful line of inquiry into Lincoln’s party affiliation. Robert Kelley, for example, connects Lincoln’s Whiggery with his rejection of the frontier rural environment and his quest for a better life: “In a hard-drinking frontier society, [Lincoln] avoided alcohol and counseled temperance. Surrounded by cigars and spittoons, he did not smoke or chew. In a violent society obsessed with guns, he would not even use them to hunt. Believing that only those who paid taxes should vote, he opposed universal manhood suffrage. In an aggressively male society, he advocated votes for women. Abraham Lincoln was a Whig, one must conclude, because he preferred what Whigs believed to be a more civilized way of life.” 5

    In this view, Lincoln’s choice of a political party was connected with his pursuit of a new personal identity. It was related to his ambition to “make something of himself” as he would have put it—a program that impelled him to distance himself from his origins.

    It was other people, and not Lincoln himself, who celebrated the great man’s humble background. “It is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life,” Lincoln is reported to have told a campaign biographer who approached him for information. "It can all be condensed into a single sentence and that sentence you will find in Gray’s Elegy—’The short and simple annals of the poor.’ " 6 Although Abraham Lincoln fondly recalled his stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln, he had remarkably little to say about his natural mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when he was nine. He seems to have felt ashamed of her, not only because he believed her illegitimate, but also because he feared (wrongly) that she was not legally married to his father. 7 The little that has come to light about Abraham’s relationship with his father, Thomas Lincoln, does not indicate that it was a close one. (When Thomas lay dying in 1851, Abraham refused to visit him and did not attend the funeral, either.) 8 What distanced Abraham from his parents was probably his ambition for education. Thomas, Nancy, and Sarah were all functional illiterates, and Abraham complained that they had offered their children “absolutely nothing to excite ambition for education.”9

    For Lincoln, education was not merely a matter of acquiring marketable skills; it was a process of self-realization. The historian Gabor S. Boritt has pointed out that Lincoln’s support for the economic program of the Whig party dovetailed nicely with his desire to encourage upward social mobility. The Whigs tried to promote economic development and diversification, which Lincoln believed would open new opportunities for individual economic advancement. 10 But the creation of economic opportunities was only one facet of Lincoln’s program for personal development.

    Perhaps our 16th President was the most famous Whig of all….
    Observer Jules
  • commented 2017-10-09 22:41:29 -0400
    Whig Party
  • commented 2017-10-09 22:39:59 -0400
    I am concerned about your level of commitment to “honesty in politics” when one of your opening statements is to claim the 16th President of The United States of America was a Whip Party member. He was a registered Republican and later “re-branded” National Union Party member. If he had been a Whig prior to 1854 there is no record that I’m able to find.
  • commented 2017-08-08 22:42:28 -0400
    one word is missing in Washington DC…
    the most powerful word leading to progress…
    it is the word that best describes the Modern Whig Party…
    it is the word of the most famous Whig in history……………..
    it is the word of Henry Clay…………………………………………………
    THE WORD IS: “C O M P R O M I S E”

    Let’s do it Whigs….. Observer Jules
  • commented 2017-06-27 12:27:20 -0400
    Finally, a group that needs to bring this country back together again. The hate on all sides is unacceptable.
    I didn’t serve 4 years in the Marine Corps just to see America commit suicide .