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  • commented on What is the direction that the Party is going/wants to go? 2018-06-30 12:26:44 -0400
    Yeah, our inaction as a whole is irritating and I feel like I neglected things that could contribute these past months. As for the PR man, Jules, the closest I can think of is Jake Didinsky who heads communications. He caught a flu that hospitalized him back in March and I have not heard from him since. For Whigs that could be nearby, I recommend you contact your respected State’s chairman. He/She can access the Party’s database for those who registered with this website or some other platform. Hopefully there will be someone at the very least the next town over because State Chairman do like to see and report about action groups to National. From what I recall, some attempted to set up a convention earlier this year, but they scrapped it due to complications and lack of commitments. However, Virginia held two state conventions, so maybe state conventions will need to be the means of organizing ourselves before the National 2020 convention.

  • commented on Net Neutrality 2017-12-02 07:55:07 -0500
    That’s what my research (if you can call it that) led me to conclude. The more I thought about the more I can understand why for this push to cut down Article II. My reasoning comes from the fact that as many Americans cut their cords on cable packages for internet subscriptions (Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.), telco companies would attempt to replicate cable packages to the internet to maintain revenue. I also concluded like you on how it will hurt small businesses. If they need to fork over money like they want big websites to do in order to be in the “High-speed lane”, then that’s less investment into their business. I even surmised that small businesses would attempt to conduct their business on their Facebook and Paypal accounts instead since they will/can pay the fee. Websites are an important part of a business regardless of size, and the absence of net neutrality makes me uneasy about how this is good for the economy among other aspects.

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  • commented on A Thought to Our Official Color 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.

  • commented on FAKE NEWS 2016-12-17 23:28:27 -0500
    Given the manifestation of violence (or threat of it) in a DC pizzeria, Fake News must be addressed for the sake of good politics. No doubt that this hyper-partisan atmosphere deprives many a sense of hope that they will drink anything put in front of them, and turns decent people into the assailant of last week’s incident. My professor the other day went over an article about the culprit’s first interview since the arrest, and I found in perturbing. He lived a normal life at the age of 28 years old in a small town in Massachusetts with two daughters. Despite not voting for either of the two main candidates for president, he recently received internet service and began to continuously read these Fake News and listen to Alex Jones, but did not take him seriously on everything. Somehow, enough of these articles congregated into an entire scholarship of theories of sex trafficking through a DC pizzeria orchestrated by none other than the former First Lady of the United States, and all because the pizzeria’s owner asked her if she would do a fundraiser at his establishment. Let me repeat, there exist a scholarship of outlandishly malicious, fictitious articles of a former First Lady of the United States being the mastermind of child sex-trafficking in a DC PIZZERIA!

    His action of vigilantism with a semi-automatic rifle, rather than calling the cops or doing additional research outside the sites he was looking, display many failing facets in American institutions. The most notable one brought up by you would be the American News Media. Certain News channels never fail to let a day go by without claiming to be the bastion of the “Truth”. Now, I find nothing wrong if there pieces of news that present a falsehood or half-truth, but constantly labelling it “corruption” merely generates the “us” and “them” mentality rather than just presenting the error and moving on. Instead, some seem rather hell-bent in convincing its audience that anything outside their realm of “Fair and Balance” would be nothing but a wasteland of deceit. Each bent on saying what the other doesn’t want to hear, or how stupid the other side believes you are. Doing so creates the “us” and “them” mentality, in which instead of reporting, they merely want to be right; they are the noble and morale superior who intellect should not be question if only to dismiss critics with a sloppy quip. Most want to push their own agenda, and that involves commentating on how the other side handles its own affairs. You flip through the channels, you realize everything is of constant commenting of news and commenting on commentators commenting on the news in cycle of commenting that continues to comment on commentating to begin with. No one channel in cable news proved to be the monolith of excellent journalism, but rather just wanting to opine and tell you what emotions and thoughts you should think when reacting to an item. Yet, each side continues to throw stones in glass houses that leaves average people on both sides either confused or threaten. With everything being about emotions and what you should feel, then Fake News allows itself to easily find its way into a person’s mind because cable news already are hardwired you to react with strong emotions, be opinionated, and ignore or arrogantly refute what another side may say, no matter how reasonable, truthful, and rational he/she was. The first institution links to the second one; law and government. When a high profile court case or investigation makes a decision, that other side will always gnash their teeth and call foul. Remember when Justice Scalia died, then some went into full panic because they convinced themselves that whoever would replace him would usher in the end of time, and they came to that conclusion by the media. It highlights that if one does not control an institution, then it might as well be anarchy. Each side convinced their own colleagues that the other will be the end of the other. Then came Dave Comey with his investigation; his conclusion did not make anyone happy, twice. Some still convinced themselves that Hillary deserved some sort of penal retribution for some sort of conspiracy, and some folks in the media will not let it go. They proceed with the narrative that Clinton’s connections allow her to manipulate the system in her favor and allow her to be untouchable and a threat to everyone, including children. Granted, no one doubts the privilege the Clintons possess, but people like to take it a step too far. Now, others can say the same thing about Trump and how everything he did and is doing will unravel everything good and noble, just like others did when Obama took office. Hyper-partisanship bred the notion that the other is malicious and can’t be trusted, and that leads to our idea of government as many see it today. A good government cannot be one of cooperation of parties but the domination of a part, because that party is infallibly correct in all manners and can be the only way to insure the blessings and liberties that you enjoy; and so, these people turn to Fake News as you said to prevent what they see as losing everything dear and to possess some elusive sense of control with what they see as the truth.

    Third point would be the one brought up by my professor, and that would be education. Now, the man who shot up the DC pizzeria may not be dumb or disturbed, but he allowed himself to be stupid. He never seemed to bother with another viewpoint, question the material said, vetted the sources, realize the internet’s reputation of not being reliable in matters of truth, or thought out how such a thing could actually take place in real life and not be known by police or the FBI. At every turn the man failed to critically think and allowed the news dictate his feelings and thoughts, allowed himself to believe it. So much so, he randomly drove eight hours with a gun with the mentality of going John McClane in a Pizzeria. The ultimate purpose of an education should be to learn how to learn, which would include questioning the source material. With Post-Truth in prime time and everywhere, intellectualism and rationalism need not to be seen because all the answers can be found through strong feelings. Such absence of critical thinking on large scale proves fertile for this stuff. However, we should not think the majority of Americans believe in these, but the increase in sharing it makes me less hopeful of the situation. While it did not affect the outcome of the election as Zuckerberg argued, even he must reluctantly curtail this stuff because it seems to be going out of control. Now that brings us to what we as a third-party can do. First, try to invigorate some humanity (the study of the humanities that is) into politics by being skillful in rhetoric and logic. The American people can figure out things so long as you challenge persuasively, or by simply asking questions about talking points we hear so often we forget that to analyze what they insinuate. Now, it will be tough at first given the two parties can easily ramp up emotions by buying millions in advertisements, and even being labeling us as the surrogate of the other’s party. Yet if we achieve a few victories, people will listen and take us seriously and such propaganda will face diminishing utility. Lead by example in character; because even if you lose, there can be a profound impact and what future Whigs should act and what Americans can expect from not only us but from a genuine statesmen. Second would be to develop a platform that will radically change our education system for the better that will instruct on how to learn and critically think among others. As for the media, it all falls into the private sector, and making it hard to convince an executive to quit their bread and butter and actually commit to better journalism seems unrealistic. However, we can make our movement not just a political movement, but a cultural movement in which people manage some time to read newspapers, books, academic journals, and magazines (You do not need to quit the internet entirely, but diversify your time in other mediums.). Sure bias can be in these mediums, but they do a more reputable job in actually doing journalism and presenting facts; and more to the point, they cannot manipulate you emotionally in the same fashion as a person on the television or the radio can.

  • commented on The Loyal Opposition 2016-11-11 10:33:43 -0500
    My problem right now would be trying to receive some acknowledgement from my state’s chairwomen. I e-mailed her last month and this week on wanting the proper information as well as the acknowledgement to set up a chapter. She may receive the second one and I need give her time to check it, and I would like to reaffirm she’s a nice lady that I met at the convention. However, I am becoming impatient about the matter and question how often do state chairmen/women actually check their Whig e-mails, and why is there no standard for it.

  • commented on Sorry About My Absence 2016-10-25 09:08:57 -0400
    Welcome back aboard. During the Convention last May, we discussed how social media will play a vital role in spreading the word in this day and age, and we have social media ambassador as one of our volunteer roles.

    Also, even if you do indent, this forum still erases them, which I find a bit frustrating given that I occasionally write extensively and it looks like one monolith of words rather than something a bit more constructive.

  • commented on Focus on the Federal Budget 2016-10-08 22:38:42 -0400
    I wish these things actually keep my indents when I start a new paragraph.

  • commented on Are the whigs isolationist/protectionist? 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.

  • commented on Getting the word out, and joining the conversation 2016-09-27 11:55:39 -0400
    What would be a good way to contact you for anything we might want to contribute? My e-mail address is

  • commented on It's Time for Government That Works 2016-07-26 00:33:05 -0400
    Nice post, it reminds me of this month’s Atlantic Magazine headline article about how the nation’s politics turned into such an unrepenting, errosive affair of ideological spatting and bickering in Washington and the nation at large.

  • commented on Platform Archive 2016-07-20 01:14:20 -0400
    As one who attended this year’s convention in May, I believe we should. When we voted on the upcoming platform, we made quite a few additions, omissions, set out mission statements for public policies, and at times complete removal or rearranging of passages. I must say, we really needed all 8 hours scheduled to do the job. As of now, I do find myself disappointed at the failed materialization of the voted platform on the website; but to be honest, we did boot many things back to committee to work on and that can take a while for a crew of volunteers. As for the archives (which I do not believe exist right now), that should be simple enough to create since all the files can be stored in PDF files and posted on the internet for public access. Granted, some platforms from yester years may be lost in obscurity, but there’s no time like the present to start now. I know that we can still provide the party platform of 2010 since that remains on the Facebook page, the pre-May 2016 platform and the current, unpublished platform, which can make a decent start to what I hope to be an impressive accumulation of past thoughts and evident advancements.

  • commented on Should the Modern Whig Party Endorse Garry Johnson for President? 2016-07-10 21:21:10 -0400
    That’s a bit of a tough question, more so because I am skeptical to a certain extent. This skepticism does not stem from the aspect of the guy’s character, quite the opposite. Gary Johnson took time out of his 2012 campaign to stop at my high school and answer questions to the entire senior class over public policies; in that regard he earned my respect. My problem with this potential endorsement dwells within the realm of long term ramifications and the relationship with third parties in the future. You did not misspeak in stating that both parties share some similarities, but that begs the question: “Would we end up a poor man’s third party?” in the sense we will be merely seen as an imitators not innovators. I am not confident that all Whigs understand our differences with the Libertarians, in how we attempt to situate ourselves in the center of the political spectrum while Libertarians apt to be on the edge of it. If we too closely associate ourselves with it, then I fear the populace will not recognize us as something equally different from the current two leading political parties; like Green Party to the Democratic Party or the Constitutionalist Party to the Republican Party. What this entails would be a bad habit of defaulting to voting Libertarian instead of exercising the admirable principle of examining each candidate on merit and character. From there, we would alienate many people who oppose the Libertarian platform, and remain independent as well as pay no mind to us. Eventually, we will engage in a bitter debate on who bears the mantle of classical liberalism because we need this separation to garner the identity we want to see in our party and what we want others to see us. Identity becomes my biggest concern because I have read on the Whig’s Facebook discussion page and it seems nothing but Libertarian-leaners posting Libertarian online articles and news, so much so I stopped following it. Unlike other third party’s, we usurp ourselves as the inheritors of great statesmen and political thought. Yet, instead of rediscovery ourselves with this fortunate heritage and thought, we just borrow from another party, state that we are also do this (or should do this). How can this be exercising critical thinking? Sadly, I cannot fight this germinating horror that our fellow Whigs just eat up what the Libertarian think-tank churns out, posting hashtags of blind support of the idea rather than researching the subject themselves. Such a continuation would dissolve any chance to an distinguish identity; and, the potential that if we do manage to be on ballots, simply beg for support of Libertarian PACs and millionaires rather than sticking to our guns as a grassroots movement. Sure, we all want to see a third party succeed so it can open up the door for others, but there comes a point when support becomes confused with being what you support. My apologies for this flurry of personal agitations, their not targeted at you, Steve. In short, we can vote for Gary Johnson in a gentlemen’s agreement fashion as admirers of third party aspirations (and because we rue the other two choices), but a public endorsement would merely shove us onto a slippery slope of identity disintegration.

  • posted about 2016 Convention Registration on Facebook 2016-05-19 22:38:56 -0400
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  • Public Libraries, the Patron Institute of the Modern Whig Party?

    As our party’s ranks continue to swell evermore with the passing days, I evermore grow wary of how to continue this growth as well as lay the infrastructure to channel and organize this augmentation. Now more than ever, we must court those like us, the disenchanted, disenfranchised, and the enlightened in a manner that lies within our capacity. Our website (bless its digital soul), cannot quite be the model for en masse recruiting nor the best for communication. Facebook and other social media sites share limitations as well despite being important to any grassroots movement these days. It will take more than thumbs-upping, “pound-keying”, and trending our way to the forefront of the political scene and recruit new members. Therefore, I hold great conviction that our way to expand would be to resort to hand-over-fist tactics; propaganda and personal interaction. Now to how public libraries can contribute to the Modern Whig Party. First, a library can serve as a virtuous symbol for the party. We no longer can gather in the Owl Club of old. However, we still honor the Owl as our patron symbol, and what better to reflect its characteristic of wisdom than to utilize library in such a manner. Today, one cannot separate the idea of owls portrayed in various fictional writings from the stereotype of being eclectic and erudite, and that can also be translated with a library setting. Second, I find it reflective of many Whig principles. For example, reading in solitude, whether it be a book, a newspaper article, or a magazine, nurtures an ability to learn as well as question ideas rather than be insidiously spoon-fed ideological and “dogmatic talking points”; an atmosphere of allowance for critical thinking. Another would be the urging of self-initiation to learn English. While I reside in a predominantly white suburban town, our highly praised school system does attract diverse minority groups. Arabs, Indians, Chinese, Pakistanis, Koreans, etc. can be seen with their kids checking out children books, movies, etc. While overhearing any short verbal exchange indicate the adults do not speak English as their first language, the library provides mediums to encourage assimilation and assures the next generation will achieve proficiency in English and American culture that effaces any disparity from any other American. Third reason poses a deeper look into the embodiment of the Whig Party. Returning to the current political nature of the country, the [political] right demands government must be eradicated on what at times can be described as hackneyed, scorched-earth tactic while the [political] left feels compelled to engage constantly with circuitous if not grandiose government-fueled solutions. I find that the library as the halfway house of such policies in which good can come from common sense service to the people. A government institution that provides a direct and meaningful service in expensing knowledge of the world, literature, thoughts, community outreach, and the arts to every citizen in search of these precious things on a fundamental level. This fundamental plane that a local library exist on should be advantageous for the Modern Whig Party. As a grassroots movement, the local library becomes the ideal platform to germinate our reputation, and even serve as a gathering point. Here’s where the propaganda serves its purpose. Granted, I am aware of the negative connotation of it; but I will not sugarcoat what an advertising campaign of the political persuasion entails. With such immense dissatisfaction from the American people this election cycle, we cannot tarry too long in capitalizing on the restlessness of the populace. Social media will be essential to our growth; however, one cannot underestimate the ability of physical presentation through flyers, political cartoons, and even newspaper editorial columns. People possess a rightful skepticism on the internet or even dismiss it without a second thought. Yet a combination of the two, a physical component to better pique one’s interest by being something tangible and constantly present as well as a digital component to be readily available for further exploration and interaction, should prove to be instruments of compatible and effective design. From there, we can further include them into our movement in a more intimate fashion. Libraries do not mind to in displaying flyers and whatnot for promotional reasons. Quite a few also provide conference rooms for meetings and clubs. Granted, I must imagine that there may be a process for booking one, or we could just gather without one if that becomes the preference (but you will need to keep your voices down). One should not underestimate the privilege of engaging with other people in the flesh and discuss ideas important to our communities, our states, our country, and beyond. To illuminate the need of seeing each other as equally human in an ever partisan society thanks to platforms encouraging faceless fiends to fan the flames and revel in baseless company. From there, we can better organize ourselves with solidarity for campaigns and issues, such as approval voting. Anyhow, this comes as a passing thought from me. I will broach the idea to others at the convention next week. Unlike many people today who dismiss the library as a diminishing institution in the age of the internet, many like myself still bask in the solitude and service it provides in making a better citizen and person; ever learning, ever exploring.

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