The Modern Whig Party says it now has 3,000 members and is growing. An IPR reader reports that the Modern Whigs will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Military Times newspaper.
The Modern Whig Party aims to be a centrist alternative to Democratic liberalism and Republican conservatism. Its Web site says the party is the “fastest growing mainstream political party” in the United States.
The cornerstone issue of the Modern Whig Party is a concept called “economic distribution.” Here’s what’s meant by that:
The Modern Whig philosophy is to empower the states with the resources to handle their unique affairs. The logic is that people in Alabama should not always have to flip the bill for earmarks that occur in New York and vice versa. For example, a senator from Oklahoma is currently using his committee powers to stifle an important transportation project in Virginia. The reality is that the more local one gets, the more in tune with the unique and specific needs of that area. This is why we propose that federal tax dollars be provided to each state in a lump sum every fiscal year based on population. This eliminates the need for most earmarks and pork-barrel spending as the onus will then be on state legislators and governors to allocate funding for issues that they see fit. Of course the federal government will still vote on other special projects and traditionally federal items, but these projects will be more manageable to monitor. In addition, the allocations to the states also provides a better opportunity to balance the federal budget while also forcing local voters to pay more attention to state elected officials.
On other issues:
Iraq: They support pulling U.S. forces out, except for a small base to be maintained in the Kurdish area of the country.
Energy and National Security: The Whigs lump the two issues together, saying it’s important we get off “foreign oil” in order to be secure.
Immigration: They say that while illegal immigrants theoretically should be deported, it just isn’t practical. Instead, the Whigs want to offer American citizenship to immigrants who sign up and serve the U.S. military.
Trade: The Whigs want to offer “tiered subsidies” to American companies that agree to pull out of China.
Israel: They support a two-state solution.
Christmas: Don’t mess with it.
Gay Rights: The Whigs say states can “determine the rights” of homosexuals , but at the same time, the Whigs support federal hate-crimes legislation being applied to gay bashers.
Abortion: Like the Libertarian Party and most of America, the Whigs are split on the issue. They say abortion legislation should be determined at the state level.
Affirmative Action: They’re against it.
Science and Technology: Here the Whigs take an uncharacteristically capitalist stance. They support the privatization of space, because “[t]aking away the government monopoly and allowing capitalism into the exploration business will exponentially expand our technology base and further the growth of mankind.”
Read more about the Modern Whig Party.