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Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
- Henry Clay
The above statement by Henry Clay summarizes exactly what the Modern Whig Party and the Whig Philosophy or Whiggery is at its core; service for the benefit of the people. We don’t need to list examples about how our American government at all levels is not acting for the benefit of the people. All Americans paying attention can see the corruption, ineffective leadership, and ideological paralysis that are far too prevalent in today’s government and political system.
Because Whigs value differences of opinion and independent thought, we do not necessarily take a position on every particular issue that may be fashionable for the moment. Instead, we propose a program of broad reforms that we believe will strengthen our country as it faces the challenges of the 21st century.
The Modern Whig party of the United States of America is the party for the rest of us, the party of patriots, the party of equality, the party of liberty, and the party of moderates.
We, the Modern Whigs, standing on the broad and firm platform of the Constitution, united by all of its inviolable and sacred guarantees and compromises, relying upon the intelligence of the American people, with an abiding confidence in their capacity for self-government and their devotion to the Constitution and to the United States of America, pledge to go forth with integrity, open-mindedness, pragmatism, and transparency as we pursue our civic duty.
- adapted from the preamble to the Modern Whig Party Constitution and By-Laws
We share the vision of the Whigs who have gone before us. Whigs have a rich history, from our Enlightenment-era beginnings in the 1600s to today. Our Whig forefathers espoused an enlightened approach to life in order to combat then current prejudices and come closer to the truth. This was not only in the field of science and philosophy, but also in governance. Today, more than ever, it is clear we need to replace the existing "truths" of governance in America with some new ones.
Please consider this thought....
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein
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On this and every Memorial Day, may we honor and remember those of us who died fighting for the freedoms that we are able to enjoy today. While we visit with friends and families and enjoy our time together, let us remember those who sacrificed their time and lives with friends and family. May we not just remember their death but their lives, lives that were defined by action. Their lives must be remembered for the noble action of fighting for those who couldn’t fight for themselves, here in America and abroad.
In this time of distress for the people of Boston and those affected by the events at the Boston Marathon the best help we can give is through action. Please visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to give blood, donate, or find out ways you can help. If you need help finding a loved one or friend who might have been affected by the events please use the Red Cross People Finder or text them.