Are the whigs isolationist/protectionist?

So far, I'm all in. Unless the answer to those questions is yes and then I have to think

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  • Eric Bauer
    commented 2017-04-21 14:40:18 -0400
    I think the main concern with the bulk of the people out in the country today is that we are led by a government that loves to wage war, but doesn’t seem to know how (or perhaps more accurately) really doesn’t want to win them . . . in short, endless war. It’s great for the munitions makers, but very demoralizing for the population and costly for the country as a whole.
  • Michael Wald
    commented 2016-10-28 04:45:10 -0400
    I’m certainly not. I’m all for free trade, assertive foreign policy, selective engagement and muscular multilateralism.

    Given that this party is formed partly (mostly?) from refugees from other parties, there will be a wide range of viewpoints.
  • Brandon Zicha
    commented 2016-10-12 07:30:45 -0400
    It’s worth noting that, compared to nearly any other political movement, ours is deeply impoverished in terms of theory. This makes it somehow difficult to answer a question like this. What our Whig goals when we talk about being ‘pragmatic’? When we ‘approach each issue on its own terms’ it suggests that there is some ‘natural and neutral’approach to issues (their isn’t). I think there is wisdom in our movement approaching issue methodologically rather than dogmatically, and ends oriented rather than means oriented… but what are our principles that guide us on approaching issues. I have no idea.

    So, I founded a blog/journal for whigs to figure it out and talk about it. I would certainly love some contributions. Feel free to e-mail me at
  • Larry Stanley
    commented 2016-08-16 17:50:25 -0400
    Eric, Short answer is no… slightly longer answer is that Whigs would work towards trade deals that looked out more for the american worker instead of looking out mainly for corporate interests. We can’t reverse globalization and shut out the rest of the world, that would be counterproductive. Though we can do better in engaging other countries. Looks like you have connected to our West Region Chair to get involved. Great to have you on board!
  • Theodore Theopolos
    commented 2016-08-06 23:29:24 -0400
    You can always contact our national chairman for any volunteer/ supportive initiative both in your state and for the party at large. Though, from the looks of the directory, Washington state seems to be experiencing an absence of a state chairman. That doesn’t mean an absence of Whigs where you live, but it may be a bit tricky to come in contact with one. The only other option I could recommend would be to see it the MWP set up a Facebook page for the state of Washington and try to contact someone using that.
  • Eric Coltrain
    commented 2016-08-06 03:05:30 -0400
    Loved all of the thoughtful and helpful responses I received on this board and via email. I’m a Whig! Independent minded, pragmatic, approach every issue on the merits is what I’m getting. I don’t have to agree with every Whig on every single issue. I just want problems to be solved. The points below on foreign policy align with mine but even if they didn’t,, I’d feel a lot better with intellectually honest leaders with discernment.

    What can be done to advance the Whig agenda? I can make a modest donation. Is there a particular candidate with a realistic shot? Just to the website? Are there Whigs in Spokane, WA?
  • Theodore Theopolos
    commented 2016-08-05 20:42:40 -0400
    I don’t think so. Granted, at the convention there felt a strong isolationist stance among some members, but that just stems from the current trends rather than what the party was founded on. Despite the old Whigs being protectionist and using the tariff money to develop infrastructure, the Modern Whig Party understands globalization changed the game big time and such a policy will not work twice. As for the question of isolationism, the current platform for foreign policies does vow to destroy any and all terrorist organization, but must restrain from any sort of “regime changes” unless the people are willing to make an open-ended commitment of “blood and treasure”. That said, the money quote to ease yourself would be “At the same time, Whigs reject isolationism and favor strong alliances with reliable partners who are willing to share the burden in the fight against our common enemies.” Adding “Having the most powerful military in the world is not enough to guarantee our security.” The platform on the website is both under revision and incomplete as it does not cover issues, like foreign policy, as the previous platform did. With all that, I hope that this response answers your question.
  • Theodore Theopolos
    tagged this with important 2016-08-05 20:42:39 -0400
  • Eric Coltrain
    published this page in Whig Forums 2016-08-05 01:52:03 -0400