Whigs by nature value debate, collaboration, compromise and mutual effort. We believe by working together we can achieve far more than by working alone, and we value the contributions of our members, supporters and fellow citizens immeasurably.
The Whig Forums provide the opportunity for you to have your say, but we do have some simple rules we ask you to follow:
- BE CIVIL
We understand, and expect, debates on issues to get passionate, even heated. But please remember the people you're in discussion with care as much as you do and are trying just as hard. Please keep your cool, do not engage in personal attacks, and maintain a proper level of decorum.
- STAY NATIONAL
While we firmly believe every citizen should participate in their local governance, we ask you to confine your posts in the national forum to national issues everyone will be familiar with. Over time we will have similar forums in the states to support discussion on local issues, but for now we ask you to concentrate on issues affecting the nation as a whole.
- STAY DOMESTIC
By that, we don't mean ignoring foreign policy questions -- far from it. But the Forum is intended for discussion of American issues, not the issues of other countries. While we fully expect our nation to engage with the rest of the world, and the internal issues of other countries are important to us as global citizens, the Forum is meant for issues specific to our country alone unless matters outside our borders affect us directly.
- LEAVE POLITICS OUT
That might sound a little strange coming from a political party, but Whigs don't rely on party dogma for our thinking. We look at issues from the perspective of principle, practice and pragmatism -- not party labels. And since we come from a wide range of the ideological spectrum, tagging ideas as "Republican" or "Democratic" doesn't make much sense to us, anyway. We expect conservatives to argue for conservative ideas, and liberals to argue for liberal ones, but in the end, for us, it's the facts, evidence and common sense which will carry the day. Ultimately anyone's former party affiliation means nothing.
- USE YOUR REAL NAME
Some people prefer to comment anonymously online, but Whigs believe each of us should stand up, be counted, and stand behind what we say. Besides, those of us who are internet-savvy know all too well how awful things can get when anonymous internet trolls contaminate a great, robust discussion. So please let people know who you really are.