The Modern Whig Party
Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore to name a few.
"The party was conceived in 2007 by active-duty service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, who then started recruiting nonmilitary members when they came back home. They resurrected the old Whigs' symbol, the owl, and chiseled out a platform centered on fiscal responsibility, energy independence, education, states' rights, separation of church and state, and support for veterans. In other words, a Republican head with a Democratic heart." Andrew Dubbins - Slate.
The Modern Whig Party: A few thoughts.
Whigs do not argue about whether government should be “big” or “small”, but whether it is doing its job.
Idea parties have failed, personality parties have failed, so we designed a process or "methods" party to minimize that chance.
The owl throughout history has had powerful meanings. The owl represents knowledge, wisdom, foresight, and intelligence, something Washington and American politics in general seem to lack.
Independent Thinking, Meritocracy, and Integrity
1. Fiscal Responsibility
2. Energy Independence
3. Inward Economics
4. State's Responsibility
5. Social Acceptance
6. Education & Scientific Advancement
7. Veteran's Affairs
8. Electoral & Government Reform
A Few Highlights
Affirmative Action: should be based on income level, not race, ethnicity or gender.
Church & State: The business of forcing Christmas trees and reindeer ornaments off of city hall property is ridiculous, at the same time, government cannot favor one religion over others.
Fiscal Responsibility: Neither government nor corporations or households can be exempt from the basic rules of accounting.
Health Care: Should be available, portable and affordable for all citizens... we do not believe recent health insurance reform legislation will reduce health care costs. More research and work needs to be done on this subject, and legislative changes will have to be made.
Reproductive Rights: It should be handled at more local levels of government where common ground might be more easily found.
Same Sex Relationships: Each state can determine the extended rights of same sex couples based on their own local values.
Taxes: The tax code needs to be drastically simplified and made more equitable... passive income should be taxed at the same rate as earned income above a certain income threshold.
These highlights are significantly condensed from the Whig positions. I'm not trying to frame them, merely conserve space. By all means, please go here: http://www.modernwhig.org/ and read it all.