We are a Respectful Party

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We are a respectful party – all of our constituents deserve to be heard and represented equally.

Uncommon in today's America, we are a party that stands for everyone. Everyone has a voice and as long as you can let everyone else have theirs, we will have unity. We understand that people have differing opinions and beliefs. We hold every belief to the highest regard so long as it is respectful of those around us.

Every voice is equal. The big two parties today are always struggling to "get" the minority vote by speaking directly to them and appealing to their sensibilities. We don't believe in minorities. Through the eyes of a Whig, we are all humans. This doesn't make us ignorant to the past's social injustices as we want to fix issues of institutional racism and racism itself.

We stand for everyone. Every person is equal and deserves equal representation.

No person is above anyone else, regardless of their race, creed, beliefs, ethnicity, or where they're from. None of this matters, we are all here now and we are all in this together. We stand together something that we can all be proud of, being American.

We strongly stand behind our members and give them their ground to speak on. Every person comes in with their own identity, philosophy, and ideas; which build them into who they are.

New ideas and different perspectives are what make the Whigs strong. We value all ideas equally as we want to represent the majority of people.

Every idea has its merit. In today's media, you frequently see pundits labeling one group as racist or the other as liberals (with a negative connotation). These sort of argument tactics provide no value to the conversation. It's very easy to sling a label onto a person, then they are forced to defend themselves instead of actually having a conversation about the topic at hand. This not only labels the other person as the enemy, it also prevents them from ever bringing up solid points against your argument. Argument won.

As Whigs, we stand firmly against this. Whigs thrive on the other side of conversation. We want to shape our policies, ideas, and our party to match that of the most people. We have no secret agendas, we have no ulterior motives that are stoked by interest groups. Our interest group is the American people and we are the voice of them.

The big political parties currently represent only where their money is coming from. We represent the people.

It's most likely that you discovered the Modern Whigs because you feel that the Republicans or Democrats no longer represent you. That's why I'm now speaking on behalf of them.

It's time for a change. Our goal is to make human demonization a thing of the past. We want everyone to respect the other in any discussion. You are entitled to your own opinion.

If you have strong feelings against a particular race or ethnicity, please consider how they have personally affected you. Most often, we fear the unknown. That is why we tend to classify people with broad statements so we can make assumptions based on a severely limited knowledge of the individual.

This is especially true after the most recent election. As you might have seen, everyone who voted for Trump is a bigot, and everyone who voted for Hillary is supporting a criminal.

This is spawned from a general lack of understanding the other side of the argument. In most circumstances, Trump supporters were looking for someone who wasn't a political puppet and Hillary supporters were looking to have a representative who was well versed in politics and foreign policy. Neither of which were heavily supported by people who identify as Democrats or Republicans.

After the election, both sides were accused of living in a bubble and not understanding the qualms and realities of the other side. As a Whig, we embrace the other side. We want to be challenged in our thoughts, our logic, and our sensibilities.

If you look at sites like ISideWith.com, you can see the majority of people support many causes. I'm willing to bet this doesn’t mean there are 70-80% Democrats or Republicans. This means people aren't being represented properly. This doesn't mean that one side or the other is wrong, but it does mean that there is a disconnect with the parties and their voters.

As citizens of America, we need to unite and make our voices heard, louder than ever before.

We need to unite, as the Whig Party.

Whigs, represent us.

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Zack Kelly is a writer for the Modern Whig Party, Co-Founder and Director of Management at Array Automation. He also runs a blog on Medium


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  • commented 2017-01-28 16:03:34 -0500
    Though perhaps our MWP Members should see how my Muslim Friends & Neighbors, here in Ohio, feel about President Trumps Muslim Ban Executive Order, signed yesterday:
    CAIR
    Cleveland & Northern Ohio Chapter

    RE: Important Information about the “Muslim Ban”

    Dear community members and friends,

    Like you, we only recently received the final, signed copies of President Trump’s Executive Orders targeting Muslims and refugees. And like you, we are appalled at this attempt to erode our American values by targeting individuals based on race, religion, and national origin. Please read the Executive Order (available HERE) and share this information broadly.

    A complete analysis is underway, but we continue to hear from many of you, worried about what this means for your families and friends. PLEASE NOTE:
    We have already started to receive reports of denials of travel and entry, even from people who are coming from Muslim-majority countries that are not on the current exclusion list. We have also heard reports of dual nationals also experiencing travel delays.
    We are also receiving reports of green card holders being turned away at airports, OR being delayed for 8-10 hours, handcuffed and extensively searched before being permitted to enter.
    Accordingly, we wanted to reach out and offer some preliminary guidance. We will send out more details as they become clear.

    What you need to know right now:
    Generally, non-citizens, including green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be restricted from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. Non-citizens from these countries who are presently in the U.S. should consult with an immigration attorney prior to any international travel.
    However, if you are a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) outside of the U.S. please reach out to an immigration attorney before you travel back to the U.S.
    If you do plan to travel back to the US, you should fill out a USCIS G-28 form first that officially appoints an attorney to represent you in immigration situations and have that completed form with you as you board your flight.
    The refugee program is being halted immediately, for at least 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. The effort to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is being halted indefinitely.
    What you should do to protect yourself:
    If you are non-citizen, even green card holder (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named above, and you are ALREADY INSIDE the U.S., plan to DELAY all international travel for at least 90 days.
    IF YOU LEAVE YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE DENIED RE-ENTRY.
    If you are a non-citizen from one of the seven countries named above, and you are OUTSIDE of the U.S., you will face issues at the airport upon attempting to re-enter the US.
    IF YOU ARE ASKED TO SIGN AN I-407 AT THE AIRPORT OR BORDER DO NOT SIGN IT, ASK FOR THE SUPERVISOR WHO HANDLES LPR ADMISSIONS. If you sign it, you will be giving up your green card.
    Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or are returning to the US in the coming days, please have our numbers on hand (Cleveland Office: 216.440.2247 or 216.830.2247; Columbus Office 614.451.3232 or CAIR National: 202.488.8787)
    Whether you are a citizen or not, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should consult with an attorney before speaking to them. Get copies of business cards of all law enforcement officials.
    What you can do to push back against this:
    Call your members of Congress and the U.S. Senate at 202.224.3121 to ask them to speak out against anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry and oppose these Executive Orders.
    Ask your mosque, school or civic group to invite CAIR to speak on the ‘Muslim Ban’. We will bring experienced immigration attorneys to explain the ramifications of this new Executive Order, as well as methods to mobilize community action against discrimination and Islamophobia.
    Write an editorial, post, blog, and/or talk to people to keep spreading the fact that this executive order does nothing to actually make our country safer.

    Sincerely,
    CAIR-Ohio
    Cleveland & Northern Ohio
    Note: This message does not provide legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.

    CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter, 2999 Payne Avenue, Suite 220, Cleveland, OH 44114
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    respectfully
    MWP Member, Jules in Ohio
  • commented 2017-01-17 21:14:04 -0500
    I am curious what folks think of the complete failure of the president elect to address concerns about conflicts of interest.