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The Modern Whig Party is a political party in the United States founded in 2007. The party describes itself as a mainstream, middle-of-the-road grassroots[2] movement representing voters who do not strictly accept Republican[3] and Democratic positions.[4][5] The party's general platform supports fiscal responsibility,[6] strong national defense, and integrity and pragmatism in government. Members of the party have won a handful of local elections, but did so under other party labels or as independents. In recent years the party has not nominated candidates for any major office. The Modern Whig Party underwent a major overhaul of its structure and leadership in late 2014 and re-launched in the early spring of 2015.

Modern Whig Party
Founded2007 (2007)
HeadquartersBuffalo, New York
IdeologyConservative liberalism[1]
Political positionCenter
International affiliationNone
Colors     Orange
Seats in the Senate
0 / 100
Seats in the House
0 / 435
Governorships
0 / 50
Seats in State Upper Houses
0 / 1,921
Seats in State Lower Houses
0 / 5,411
Website
http://www.modernwhig.org/

Contents

HistoryEdit

The whig party was started by Henry Clay,[7] William H. Harrison[8][1], Daniel Webster,[9] and Horace Greeley. According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica,[10] (2019) "Whig Party, in U.S. history, major political party active in the period 1834–54 that espoused a program of national development but foundered on the rising tide of sectional antagonism. ".[11] The whig party was the original Party of Abraham Lincoln Party,[11][12] It arose due to the fact that: "Jackson had shattered the National Republican Party”.[13] The party became a major force in America politics and while it "captured most of congress and the white house by 1864",[13] It also managed to capture the Presidency, placing several U.S. Whig Party Presidents, like William Henry Harrison,[14] James Madison,[14] James Monroe,[14] John Quincy Adams,[14] and Abraham Lincoln[14] until the eve of the civil war when the party dissolved as it split into Northern and Southern Whigs),[13] ending in the rise of the current two party system.

Re-BrandingEdit

According to the party website, Whigs have traditionally stood for representative government, individual liberty, social and economic progress, modernization, public education, a vibrant legislative branch, and ongoing cooperation between the private and public sectors.[15] The News & Observer reports that the modern Whig party was founded by U.S. troops while they were in "the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan."[16] The Modern Whig Party was organized as a grassroots[17][18] movement in the beginning of 2007. It is currently active as of (2019), and reflects an ideology of centrism,[18] multiculturalism,[19] individualism,[20] and aims to serve the needs of the community by identifying the most basic human rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.[21]

MergerEdit

In December 2018, the Modern Whig Party joined several other alternative parties in forming The Alliance Party. Modern Whigs retained their policy, advocacy and civics programs and reformed as the Modern Whig Institute. </ref>September 12, The Modern Whigs of America ·; reactions, 2018 8:15 PM · 3. "The Modern Whig Institute". The Modern Whig Institute.</ref>

Media coverageEdit

In the spring of 2010 Time rated the Modern Whig Party, the U.S. Marijuana Party, the Pirate Party, the Tea Party movement, and the American Secessionists as among the "top 10 most popular alternative political movements worldwide."[22] Opinion columns in The News & Observer before 2010 were favorable toward the party.[16]

State and territorial affiliates with ballot accessEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Values". modernwhig.org. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Major American Political Parties".
  3. ^ "Richard Cavendesh". hystorytoday.com.
  4. ^ "The Modern Whig Party". Modernwhig.info. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  5. ^ "Whigs Revived". Albuquerque Journal. July 29, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Republican Party Becomes the Whig Party".
  7. ^ "Henry Clay: The American Statesman".
  8. ^ "William H Harrison".
  9. ^ "Daniel Webster".
  10. ^ "Whig Party (1834–1856)", Student's Guide to Elections, CQ Press, 2008, doi:10.4135/9781452240206.n153, ISBN 9780872895522.
  11. ^ a b "Whig Party (1834–1856)", Student's Guide to Elections, CQ Press, 2008, doi:10.4135/9781452240206.n153, ISBN 9780872895522
  12. ^ Howe, Daniel Walker (Winter 1995). "Why Abraham Lincoln Was a Whig". Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. 16 (1). hdl:2027/spo.2629860.0016.105. ISSN 1945-7987.
  13. ^ a b c "Whig Party | History, Beliefs, Significance, & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Political Parties of the Presidents". www.presidentsusa.net. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  15. ^ "The Modern Whig Institute". The Modern Whig Institute. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  16. ^ a b Christensen, Rob (2009-04-26). "Whigs rise again". Politics. The News & Observer. Raleigh, NC: The McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  17. ^ "Major American Political Parties of the 19th Century". Norwich University Online. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  18. ^ a b "Blog". The Modern Whig Institute. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  19. ^ Wallach, Philip A. (2017-03-06). "Prospects for partisan realignment: Lessons from the demise of the Whigs". Brookings. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  20. ^ Fox, Dixon Ryan (1918–2012). "The Economic Status of the New York Whigs". Political Science Quarterly. 33 (4): 501–518. doi:10.2307/2141604. ISSN 0032-3195. JSTOR 2141604.
  21. ^ "On this day, the Whig Party becomes a national force - National Constitution Center". National Constitution Center – constitutioncenter.org. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  22. ^ "Top 10 Alternative Political Movements". Time. 2010-03-29.
  23. ^ "America says it wants a third party. Why not the Modern Whigs?". Slate. 2009-12-14. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  24. ^ "Modern Whig Party Places a Nominee". Ballot-Access.org. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 24 February 2016.

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