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Does your Party represent you?

April 17, 2016

Both parties are trying to portray as being a party of the people, they are not.  The complexity of government has developed over years of deliberate subterfuge to keep the people like mushrooms, (Kept in the dark and fed manure).  The federal government and the politicians have developed the system to keep the people looking at the smoke and mirrors and not look at the men/women behind the curtain. They put out bits and pieces to the American people but never the whole truth.

Of course there are no absolutes in national issues. There has to be a middle ground between the far left and the far right. The GOP and Tea party movement and the DNC can’t agree on the time let alone running of the Nation.

When the parties are so polarized it is the people of this country that suffer, not the politicians.  Both the DNC and the GOP, because they are the two big boys on the block, don’t care about the middle. But it will take a group, like the Whig Party, that can see that there is always a middle ground that will be in the nation’s best interest. Whigs believe it is time to change the antiquated two party system with a more open and citizen-centric solution. This very "Un-party" concept troubles many who meet us for the first time. At least the Whig Party does not tell members how to think. 

Look at the news and you will see daily that the leadership of both parties are ignoring the people they are supposed to represent. When the people of a district vote for their party’s candidate the voice of the people should be heard. But with these Super delegates and Party leadership stacking the deck and blocking the people choice, your vote becomes whatever the party’s leadership dictates. Is this your party or is it the power brokers and special interests? 

There has to be a departure from the status quo. The GOP and DNC think they are the only parties that count. It takes the people standing up and saying I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore! It is the United States of America and we the people count. 

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Is it time for Whigs?

April 17, 2016

We understand that the majority of this nation holds values which fall on both spectrums of the political debate. One person believes in small government, the 8th amendment, but also believes that social programs are needed to help our people, a more liberal policy on immigration. A second person may believe in small military budgets, marijuana legalization, Obama care, yet doesn't like welfare programs or a global economy.

Today we find hundreds of political parties which surround the principles which Democrats and Republicans hold, yet argue over other fundamental topics as well. The Modern Whig Party is the moderator which brings these parties together in good faith to discuss the issues, to find a common ground, and then devise an effective plan that is practical and achievable, and then lead the parties in achieving those goals.

The motto of our founding fathers holds as true today as it did when the Whigs were first created "Actions not Words" If you hold some conservative views and some liberal then we are the party which best suits your needs as we are free to have our own views, to research and share our findings with the rest of the party, and share ideas in how to resolve those issues.

As you can see, comparing the DNC and GOP with the Modern Whig Party; the Whigs are the only party which the people can voice their opinions and be heard. The big two require a thick wad of Franklins.

Can we fix this?

April 17, 2016

The current, dominant structure of political representation in America is that of the Democrat and Republican parties and has been for the last 140 plus years. While governing and leading are difficult, and there are different ideas and approaches, it has become abundantly clear that as a whole the Democrat and Republican parties are no longer about effective public service. Instead these parties are focused on maintaining power and pushing forth their ideological views at the expense of reasonable compromise and effective public policy solutions. We are not saying that all Democrats and Republicans are bad or ineffective leaders. What we are saying is that the overall apparatus and leadership of these two parties have become blinded by complacency, seduced by power, and consumed by fighting in an ideological sandbox. They have forgotten the words and message of Henry Clay. “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.”

The time has come for the American people to stand up and realize we must take action, we must make our voice heard and we must take back the power in the citizen-government relationship. We have all allowed our nation to get into the situation we are now and we all must do our part to make sure our government exists for the benefit of the people. The Modern Whigs are not here so much as to lead, but to partner with you, our fellow neighbors and citizens in this effort. Our goal is to be an organization where your voice, strength, and action are multiplied with that of others all around our great nation. We expect independent thinking and action. We expect people to take a role in government by taking back the power in the citizen-government relationship and we are working on providing a platform where you can make this happen.

You won’t hear any outlandish promises from the Modern Whigs as we work with the American people in this daunting but worthy task. What you will hear and see from the Modern Whigs are citizens and candidates who listen to you, expect you to act and take part in government, and who look not to ideology as a guide to public policy but to research, debate, and collaboration. We will hold ourselves accountable within our organization and in government and we demand that you hold us accountable as well because that is your duty as American citizens.

The Modern Whigs realize that it will take time to earn your trust, but we will work tirelessly to earn it and the honor to serve you in our government. The Modern Whigs don’t just want to govern; we want to inspire you to help us be your voice and action in government. We realize that the strength of America is not the Modern Whigs, the military, or the economy. The strength of America is you, the citizen, and the American people as a whole. The Modern Whigs desire only to cherish and give back to a nation and people that we love, and we will work to serve America to the best of our ability and the best of our humility.

Are they true conservatives or just a political catch phrase?

May 17, 2015
Every day I hear or read that candidate X, whilst soliciting for my vote and to contribute to their campaign, that they are a true conservative. What does this mean? Are they fiscally conservative or socially conservative, or both? Now another question is what is Conservatism?  One definition, from the Collins English Dictionary is: Conservatism (kənˈsɜːvəˌtɪzəm) 1. opposition to change and innovation. 2. a political philosophy advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change.

Let’s look at the founding fathers and if they were conservative. Were they in opposition to change and innovation? Were they advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change? I would say not. Do you know that only around 1/3 of colonists were supportive of the revolution? Another third was loyal to the King and the middle did not support either side. So the founders of this nation were not really conservative but progressives and radicals. The Constitution (not the amendments) is the basic foundation of how this new government is to run. It did nothing to protect the people from governmental intrusion or becoming another oppressor. From the National Archives:

“During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. They demanded a "bill of rights" that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Several state conventions in their formal ratification of the Constitution asked for such amendments; others ratified the Constitution with the understanding that the amendments would be offered.

On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States therefore proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution that met arguments most frequently advanced against it. The first two proposed amendments, which concerned the number of constituents for each Representative and the compensation of Congressmen, were not ratified. Articles 3 to 12, however, ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

Now in this new America pre Constitution, were religious freedoms the norm? No, there were instances where Catholics and Jews were killed for their beliefs. They were forbidden to live in many communities.  Most communities and states attempted to enforce strict religious observance. Laws mandated that everyone attend a house of worship and pay taxes that funded the salaries of ministers. Eight of the thirteen British colonies had official, or “established,” churches, and in those colonies dissenters who sought to practice or proselytize a different version of Christianity or a non-Christian faith were sometimes persecuted.  Virginia imposed laws obliging all to attend Anglican public worship. Indeed, to any eighteenth century observer, the “legal and social dominance of the Church of England was unmistakable.”After 1750, as Baptist ranks swelled in that colony, the colonial Anglican elite responded to their presence with force. Baptist preachers were frequently arrested. Mobs physically attacked members of the sect, breaking up prayer meetings and sometimes beating participants.

So the norm in many States and communities was not for liberty and freedom but control and forced behavior. The “Bill of Rights” in order to prevent misconception or abuse of its powers had to limit the government from becoming an oppressor and autocracy over the people.  The very first Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” This is not at all conservative but progressive and liberal in granting the people protections from any government to inhibit their freedoms of choice.

 So in reality traditional values have changed and are ever changing. We can never legislate how people decide to live their lives. Being homosexual is each person’s predilection. Sexual preference and personal morality are not things we should legislate. The government can never legislate how people live or whom they live with. Just look at the fornication and adultery laws. Did the laws against these practices prevent the actions? Did laws on abortion stop the back alley abortions?

Politicians are playing word games by throwing the terms such as, true conservative and traditional values to get votes. Do they really know the meanings?

We as educated people need to really see behind the smoke and mirrors, pull the curtain back and see what is really going on. Who is paying for your “true conservative” How many special interest groups are paying for their loyalty? Just ask yourself why a medical insurance group donates thousands of dollars to your candidate? Do you think it is because they care or is it because they want them to lean towards their views? Do you believe most politicians write their own bills or do you see special interest groups writing it for them and getting them to submit it?   I suggest we all take a look at where the money comes from for people running for elected office. You can find the allot here for the federal positions using the tools on http://sunlightfoundation.com/tools/

I also suggest looking at http://openstates.org/ for your State. You should be able to get the information about government that you want and maybe even discover something unexpected.

Here are a few that have donated to Conservative candidates. Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers PAC, Asian American Hotel Owner Association PAC, AFLAC Incorporated PAC, Dyncorp International LLC PAC (DIPAC) (Gov contractor), Lockheed Martin Employees PAC(Gov contractor) and so many more.

Ever wonder why government contractors and insurance companies donate to "true conservative and traditional values"? Do you think these companies are going to give away their cash for nothing in return? Remember that most people now know that politicians will say anything to gain favor. But who do they represent, you the people or the special interest groups that support their election? I was told awhile back the people want to hear what a politician is going to do even if they know once elected they have no power to do or intend to do anything.  Politicians do as they are told by their party or who paid the most to their campaign funds.  Most politicians have their loyalty to the special interest groups or the party. When was the last time your elected official asked for your opinion on a bill before it was voted on? They may tell you afterward why they voted in a way to convenience you it was the right way or the best for you. Is it really or was it best for another? Be informed of what is going on. Ask the hard questions and tell them your opinions on today’s issues. Whether you voted for them or not, they represent you and not the special interest groups or lobbyists. 

Remember that the Whig Party of Georgia does not accept funds from any special interest groups. We do not owe anyone but the people of Georgia loyalty, Honesty and Integrity in actions and deeds. These principles are the true traditional values we should be holding our representatives to advocate. Think of these words, written a long time ago and see if today we are living up to them.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

There are options.

ACA replacement suggestion

February 3, 2015

In the 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt began a campaign to construct and maintain U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Hospitals, to serve the Military, veterans, and the general public. Until 1981, the hospitals operated inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery, and rehabilitation wards. In 1980, President Ronald Reagan announced plans to close or sell all such hospitals. 

To replace the ACA, which is forcing people to purchase insurance and subsides with huge deductibles, I suggest that the United States Public Health Service reinstate the U.S Public Health Service Hospital system. The USPHS would obtain facilities or co-locate with community based health departments to serve the uninsured and Medicaid patients. The program can be staffed by USPHS and working with state medical schools to provide doctors, Physician Assistants(PA), Nurse Practitioners(NP) and Interns. The State can mandate that all licensed physicians perform some Pro Bono services as a requirement to be licensed in the state. While performing in the USPHS they would be covered by Government service umbrella and no additional malpractice insurance. Local community based facilities, such as health departments, can provide basic health services and referrals to larger USPHS Hospitals for more advanced treatments and diagnostic procedures.

This would be creating local jobs for medical administration as well as practitioners in local communities. Many hospitals throughout the country have had to lay off workers and staff due to loss of revenue. This provides a skilled pool from which to draw from. It would also encourage people to enter the medical area for needed workers. It would open the doors for PAs and NP as well as support staff. Creating jobs and providing the medical care desired. 

The funding could come from the Medicaid as well as the funding from the ACA subsidies funding. All persons already under Medicaid would be covered. Any person can apply based upon a needs base and sliding scale for co pays and service fees. 

This service would provide for the undeserved population providing health services without deductibles. The Veterans Administration provides a similar service for all Veterans. Costs are based upon a needs base and scale. The USPHS could be developed to provide the same services to the uninsured and low income. 

Insurance companies would fight this tooth and nail because; it takes away the one trillion dollars from them and gives it to the people for medical treatment. People that are employed and have insurance will still have their insurance and their doctors. Most Doctors now are refusing Medicaid patients for all sorts of excuses but really because Medicaid does not pay but s fraction for the Doctors fees. 

I know there would have to be a lot of work defining this program but, we start with a premise and develop the program. Before many shoot it down just consider how to make something work and suggest improvements.

Can we fix this?

December 3, 2014

The current, dominant structure of political representation in America is that of the Democrat and Republican parties and has been for the last 140 plus years. While governing and leading are difficult, and there are different ideas and approaches, it has become abundantly clear that as a whole the Democrat and Republican parties are no longer about effective public service. Instead these parties are focused on maintaining power and pushing forth their ideological views at the expense of reasonable compromise and effective public policy solutions. We are not saying that all Democrats and Republicans are bad or ineffective leaders. What we are saying is that the overall apparatus and leadership of these two parties have become blinded by complacency, seduced by power, and consumed by fighting in an ideological sandbox. They have forgotten the words and message of Henry Clay. “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.”

The time has come for the American people to stand up and realize we must take action, we must make our voice heard and we must take back the power in the citizen-government relationship. We have all allowed our nation to get into the situation we are now and we all must do our part to make sure our government exists for the benefit of the people. The Modern Whigs are not here so much as to lead, but to partner with you, our fellow neighbors and citizens in this effort. Our goal is to be an organization where your voice, strength, and action are multiplied with that of others all around our great nation. We expect independent thinking and action. We expect people to take a role in government by taking back the power in the citizen-government relationship and we are working on providing a platform where you can make this happen.

You won’t hear any outlandish promises from the Modern Whigs as we work with the American people in this daunting but worthy task. What you will hear and see from the Modern Whigs are citizens and candidates who listen to you, expect you to act and take part in government, and who look not to ideology as a guide to public policy but to research, debate, and collaboration. We will hold ourselves accountable within our organization and in government and we demand that you hold us accountable as well because that is your duty as American citizens.

The Modern Whigs realize that it will take time to earn your trust, but we will work tirelessly to earn it and the honor to serve you in our government. The Modern Whigs don’t just want to govern; we want to inspire you to help us be your voice and action in government. We realize that the strength of America is not the Modern Whigs, the military, or the economy. The strength of America is you, the citizen, and the American people as a whole. The Modern Whigs desire only to cherish and give back to a nation and people that we love, and we will work to serve America to the best of our ability and the best of our humility.

The suggestion on illegal aliens reform with a path to citizenship

February 20, 2014
Upon entering The United States of America, immigrants must prove who they are, that they are mentally fit, and that they can contribute to American society. Abide by the current immigration laws of the U.S.

Any person now illegally present in the U.S. must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories. They must request through legal process to remain in the U.S., by submitting the proper procedure of proving their identity (must show a certified birth certificate through the consulate of their origin), criminal background checks from their home country as well as in the U.S.. They must enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” provide a bank statement proving economic independence, and must be physically and mentally able to show they can support themselves without any government support. They must pay the fees required under the laws of the United States of America. 

Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment. Illegals may be deported out of the country immediately as due process and no endless bites at the litigation apple. If a person is here illegally there are no mitigating circumstances if entry into the country was through fraud or without proper entry procedures. An illegal immigrant who forges his documents, or falsifies them by lying when he fills them out, will face fines, jail, deportation, or a combination of the three.

If after 3-5 years of legal status with no legal infractions can apply under the immigration laws of the nation. Section 312 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires that naturalization applicants must demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language, and have a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government (civics). To meet the requirements of Section 312 of the INA, applicants must pass a naturalization test to become naturalized citizens. The naturalization test consists of two components – English and a civics component.

Law-enforcement officials at all levels — by national mandate — must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal-alien arrests and deportation