Thursday, July 2, 2009

I can't believe I hadn't heard of these guys.

I am usually aware of trends in politics and interesting developments, but the modern Whig party apparently slipped right under my radar. I actually was looking for information on the English Whig party when a series of links led me to an article about them. I see a lot to like in what I have read so far. They are no Libertarians, but they seem to be fellow travelers.

Here is their platform and my commentary.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY — The Modern Whig philosophy is to empower the states with the resources to handle their unique affairs.

Nice premise, I would like more details. Even the Democrats and Republicans say they like fiscal responsibility. These guys sound like they actually mean it but they need to provide a lot more detail than this

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE — Reduce dependence on foreign oil by developing practical sources of alternative energy. This will have the simultaneous effect of changing the national security dynamic.

Agreeable enough, but it sounds suspiciously like a government funded project. It would be better to drop price supports for oil and then let the market take care of alternative energy.

EDUCATION/SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT — Increased public and private emphasis on fields such as space, oceanic, medical and nanotechnology. Also, providing common-sense solutions to enhance our educational system from pre-school to university-level studies.

I like this, admittedly as an ideological purist I should oppose public schools but since in practice we are going to have them, putting them to good use instead of graduating seniors who are thoroughly up on liberal politics but can't actually read about them sounds pretty good to me.

STATES RIGHTS — Each state can generally determine its course of action based on local values and unique needs.

We're cool here!

SOCIAL PROGRESSION — Government should refrain from legislating morality.

and here!

VETERANS AFFAIRS — Vigilant advocacy relating to the medical, financial, and overall well-being of our military families and veterans.

A worthy purpose, and pretty logical since the party was founded mostly by veterans

I still feel stupid for not seeing this earlier. I am not looking to switch parties but I could see voting for one of these guys, if they run a candidate in my area.

Edit: I just read the issues page and it provided some of the details I wanted and really fleshes out other issues. Like I said before, not Libertarian but a very good party, at least on paper. I am going to be watching them. They plan on fielding candidates in 2010 and they have affiliations in my state so I am definitely interested.

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