Posted on December 16, 2013
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Observations of the Modern Whig Party
When looking up political positions on fiscal responsibly by various political parties, I came across the Modern Whig Party website (http://www.modernwhig.org).
In reviewing the Modern Whig Party ‘Electoral and Government Reform’ position page, under their ‘Where We Stand’ section, they make a comment that their candidates do not accept corporate money to avoid that influence:
‘The overwhelming influence of money in political campaigns; Whig Solution: campaign finance reform in the direction of public financing, along with free and equal access to the airwaves. Public financing of elections may seem expensive at first, in the long run it can ensure that citizen representation is not undermined by large pools of money. Public financing will also reduce the amount of time that incumbents must campaign allowing them to focus on representing their fellow citizens. Whig Leadership example: MWP candidates will not accept any corporate donations. MWP has established a Whig Works PAC for charitable purposes.’
I see four areas that I take exception with.
1) While there is mention of a Whig Works PAC, there is no mention, in the above position, as to where the PAC funding is derived. Since they only mention that candidates may not take corporate donations, this leaves one to wonder if the corporate and union money blob, they seem so worried about, will be left available to influence New Whig Party leadership through the PAC.
2) While they take aim at prohibiting corporate money for their candidates, they make no mention of labor union money, another money blob that influences the electoral process. If the influence of money is such a concern, why wasn’t union money also identified by this proclaimed middle of the road party?
3) While the Modern Whig Party is intent on prohibiting candidates from receiving corporate money, they guarantee their own failure, as the Supreme Court has ruled donations of corporate money to be constitutional. Other parties, and their candidates, will take advantage of that source of revenue as long as it is available.
4) In their position above, they state the preference of public funding of elections. As they claim to be fiscally responsible in another position page, why wouldn’t they instead limit the time advertising takes place in conjunction with abbreviating the election cycle. I believe that measure would go much further towards fiscal responsibility (and would be less annoying).
As the Modern Whig Party appears to make a reasonable case, for a pragmatic approach to the current political state of the nation, neglecting to identify union money as being as influential as corporate money, the Modern Whig Party appears to be staking out a middle of the road between liberal Republicans and extreme left Democrats. In order to win over the hearts and minds of a majority of voters, they will have to present a more thorough platform. One which more closely reflects their proclaimed middle of the road stance on the issues.
The full text of President George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation is included with the article:
The Foundry | Tales of the Red Tape #42: Peeling Back Regulatory Nonsense in Vehicle Safety Standards | post by MikesView
Is ‘regulate the regulators’ cliché yet? ‘We, the people’ need a new approach.
Tales of the Red Tape #42: Peeling Back Regulatory Nonsense in Vehicle Safety Standards by Diane Katz, November 22, 2013, on ‘The Foundry’ blog by the Heritage Foundation.
This begs the question, have the Russians allowed for US GPS calibration sites on Russian soil?
Russian GPS stations coming to the US? by Allen B. West, November 21, 2013, on AllenBWest.com.
A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears
CIA fears Russian GPS on American soil could be used to spy
CBS Minnesota | Sauk Rapids Graphic Artist Challenges National Security Agency | posted by MikesView
More on the Obama Administration’s incompetence with Syrian involvement:
From a New York Times project page called, ‘Watching Syria’s War,’ 9/5/13, another video and discussion of the Obama Administration’s backed Free Syrian Army participating with Al Qaeda extremists attacking the Christian city of Malula, “a town where Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ, is still used.”
Posted on August 21, 2013
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The American Magazine should expand upon this article or write it as a book. In their cursory coverage of America 1.0 and 2.0, they could have given the article more breadth by identifying significant benchmarks and milestones as x.1, x.2, etc. Some significant Service Packs could have also been identified, such as the Reagan Revolution, conversion from a manufacturing economy to a service economy, expansion of the federal government during and following both WWI and WWII, and technological advancements within the 1.0 and 2.0 eras.
America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America — The American Magazine by James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
It’s as if he’s wearing rose colored glasses but it is more likely an insidious feint by this President to claim al Qaeda is almost defeated. His political legacy and the fortunes of his hopeful successor depend on this mirage. This, as Islamic terror incidents and associated groups proliferate in other countries and regions.
Assessments contradict president’s al Qaeda claim | by Bill Gertz, of the Washington Free Beacon, June 19, 2013.
Washington Free Beacon | Boehner: Senate Border Security Provisions ‘Weak and Laughable’ | posted by MikesView
Posted on June 19, 2013
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