Thursday, June 17, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
It has been over a year since my last blog post here and a lot has changed in the political landscape since then, not least the ever-growing presence of the Modern Whig Party and the continued expansion of its state chapters.
As we have seen from the rise of the tea party movement, a lot of people are not happy with the government or how our system has been working lately. Not all of us, however, are near-anarchist libertarians prone to credulous parroting of GOP talking points.
So, it seems that the building coalition of moderates and independents who are put-off and disenchanted with the divisive partisanship that has taken hold of the political discourse (which appears to have no end in sight as it stands) has gone unnoticed as the louder, more aggressive swell of extremists have taken center stage in the media.
But the tea party doesn't represent the majority of American political thought. Most people do not want to withdraw from the United Nations or abolish all US tax codes or take us back 60 years into the past regarding women's and civil rights. These are not moderate, run-of-the-mill positions. These are positions far outside the mainstream of the American discourse, and its why most people have a very hard time taking the teabaggers seriously when they say they represent a majority opinion.
So while the bigots and the ignorant and the selfish and the misguided parade and protest about issues most people don't care about and attack the president no matter what he does (seriously, everything Obama has done so far is terrible? This notion is ridiculous, not even Bush was wrong 100% of the time...), the majority of Americans who have found themselves politically dissatisfied have seemingly nowhere to go.
The Democratic party, as it became painfully obvious during the healthcare bill debacle, is far more beholden to corporations and moneyed interests than the public they have been elected to represent. And the Republican party, no less in service big businesses which give little or nothing back to America, have also shown themselves to be cynically dishonest and disgustingly uncaring about the governing process of our nation.
But this situation is no longer intractable. The democrats can continue to pass laws written by corporate lobbyists and the republicans can continue to sit on their hands and be do-nothing obstructionists, intellectually empty and venomously partisan -- this no longer need bother the American people. Because we have, and have had for a while now, a real third alternative - the Modern Whig Party.
And we're not going away and us whigs are not going to be absorbed or annexed or co-opted. So while we might seem quiet, as cool heads and moderate voices rarely get much press, we are not gone. In fact, we are still growing!
Friday, January 9, 2009
And I thought coal was clean!! Hah!
Found this via my digg front page, this is from yahoo news:
"WASHINGTON – Millions of tons of toxic coal ash is piling up in power plant ponds in 32 states, a situation the government has long recognized as a risk to human health and the environment but has done nothing about.
An Associated Press analysis of the most recent Energy Department data found that 156 coal-fired power plants store ash in surface ponds similar to one that ruptured last month in Tennessee. On Friday, a pond at a northeastern Alabama power plant spilled a different material.
Records indicate that states storing the most coal ash in ponds are Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama." ...
Basically its saying that some kind of ash is kept in "ponds" to keep it from being an air pollutant. However, because of lax regulations on the coal industry, these pools often rupture, spilling this ashy sludge onto things, and it happens to be toxic as well.
I've never even heard of this sort of thing before...
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
From the magazine The American Conservative,
titled: "Where Have All the Neocons Gone?"
"Having wrecked the Right, will neoconservatives revert to their left-wing origins or double down on the GOP?"
As a Whig I don't really care if they further erode the principles of the Republican party, but they're certainly not welcome roost with the modern whig movement.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Hello to all whigs, neowhigs, rinos, dinos and all sort of whiggish characters!
This came across my e-mail a while ago, but as I am lazy and caught up in school work I hadn't the time to mention it on my blog. Well here goes:
To the members of the Modern Whig Party,
With 2009 just around the corner, a lot is going on with the Modern Whig Party. We continue to attract countless new members from all walks of life and political affiliation. We now are also up to 25 official state chapters. In addition, a team of professional political "heavy hitters" deeply rooted in the process have signed on to assist in some behind-the-scenes efforts to better promote our movement. As such, please expect in the coming months some changes to our national Web site and higher-impact campaigns that will compliment our existing message and longterm strategy.
Get into the campaign: Groundwork also is being laid for our 2009 campaigns. The first relates to Target Fairfax. Our organization will focus the energy of thousands of service members, veterans and non-military alike as we work to expand this mainstream, non-ideological and common-sense grassroots organization into the Northern Virginia region. We chose this region as our first focal point because it is the most populated county in Virginia and in the shadow of Washington, DC. This means that the media and national political groups and individuals will be paying attention. In fact, this is how we have already attracted our anonymous "heavy hitters."
But to succeed, we will need your help. We are not asking for your money as we are planning some unique and innovative specific fundraising events in 2009. Instead, we are seeking interested members who may wish to offer some tactical support. This means sending emails to select Fairfax County and Washington, DC media outlets. Telling them about our grassroots movement. Explain how the Modern Whig Party was founded by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as a veterans advocacy organization before spiraling into the mainstream. Inform them that this increasingly-growing national movement is converging on the area. Tell them that we are for common-sense solutions.
Bottom line is that if our national membership can work together to keep up the pressure and exposure, our ground team can work to pull this off. To participate, please contact our Virginia team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, certainly contact us if you live in the DC metro area and want to play a localized role.
Candidates: In the near future, please expect an email from our candidates in Virginia and elsewhere explaining their credentials. All of our candidates will work to not only get elected, but also to promote our movement. If any member wishes to run for office in 2009 with the backing of our national party, please contact us.
Ok, so all you Virginians, especially those in Fairfax, VA and the surrounding areas, please contact the Modern Whig Party chapter there in Virginia, the e-mail address for them, again is:
In case you want to help out or have ideas for candidates. I say draft Whigs in Virginia, whoever that third person talking genius is!
Ok Great! Lets get 2009 off to a good start neo-whigs!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Well, first, and foremost - I have to congratulate President-Elect Barack "Barry" Obama. Honestly I never understood why his campaign didn't choose to refer to him as "Barry" as often as they could in their press relations. I mean, it is what most people close to him call him, you know - kind of like how William Clinton is known by friends as Bill?
I mean, I obviously it was to make a point - the name of the President of the United States (POTUS) should not have any significance towards the quality of the holder of that position. It was a Democratic party position, reaffirming the true belief that many campaigns past (both R & D) have done - that anyone can be president.
For instance, Eisenhower is an unusual "American" last name. Of course, there are 10s of millions of US citizens with similar surnames, that is - directly German. There, however, has always been an historic political aversion to Teutonic presidents. This comes out of a traditional reverence to the founders, of English lineage, and thus a kind of presumed aristocratic excellence among the descendants of true Anglo-Saxons. It is of course, blatant racism - of the worst kind - because Uncle Sam, the icon of a fearless, fair, progressive, representational and constitutional Republic, a one time idealist of the Enlightenment, becomes imbued with a specific set of phenotypes.
Uncle Sam is white - but not because he is a white man, but because he is a bust. Nero is white. Nero was of course, olive-skinned and probably fairly dark, hairy as well, but in marble he is white. A bust of Moses, indeed as swarthy as God makes them, is white. The busts of Ethiopian Patriarchs are white, and I hardly think I need to tell you the general color of their skin.
But when you make Uncle Sam a WASP, you destroy any glory the symbol holds, because it is no longer a set of ideals, it is a set of phenotypes mere mortal humans acquire from their parents, whom they did not chose.
So back to the Eisenhower campaign. He had being a Texan in his favor, for sure. He also had a no small part in the winning of WWII. But on the issues, he had little going for him. His platform largely mirrored Adlai Stevenson's, which was a continuation of the New Deal, except with a little more commie hatin'. Adlai was exceedingly eloquent, charming, drew massive crowds to his speeches, and a media darling to the liberal rags.
The media today paints this campaign, if they talk about it at all, as basically, "Eisenhower was fucking fantastic and Stevenson was kind of boring and stuffy."
The media of the time was less kind to Stevenson, who used terms like "intellectual" (as a pejorative *sigh*), "pointy-headed," and called his speeches "purple prose." This was largely manufactured conservative yellow-journalism, the Fox News of its day; however Stevenson surely did not orate well enough for most Americans to care since he lost the election with 44.3% to Eisenhower's 55.2%.
Eisenhower's campaign was largely a reaction against Truman's failure in Korea as a sign of weakness against the threat of growing Communism in the world. But Ike, somehow he got the nickname Ike and used it (unlike Obama), wasn't openly belligerent, he didn't ever intone, in his campaign, that he would start wars or give communist nations causus belli to begin hostilities with America or its allies. He turned the new deal socialist ideal into outdoing them, the Godless Communists, proving to the world at large that Soviet Communism was not as good as The American Way. It was a far different flavor of anti-communism than the McCarthyism prevalent within the Republican party at the time; which was in turn using the moniker of anti-communism to effectively silence radical leftists, with a lot of rather reckless collateral damage left in its wake.
No, Eisenhower was the first turn anti-communism into a truly non-partisan issue. The problem wasn't some with some alternative theory of the value of wealth and the meaning of capital; it was with how it was being twisted to allow authoritarian dictatorships control over nations. And well, hell, everybody hates authoritarian dictatorships, right?
Stevenson's campaign was largely directed against the still looming specter of the failure of Hoover and the success of Roosevelt, attempting to ride on the coattails of the party's recent history. But it didn't work. Because Eisenhower was a progressive (a progressive Republican?!?) at heart, and the public knew he was not going suddenly collapse the established welfare state.
Seems like a pretty dry campaign huh? Not the kind that would deliver a landslide in either direction. With Adlai having no truly new ideas on progress, and Eisenhower alienating his pinko-hating Republican base (although secretly courting them). Well, turns out the election wasn't about communism.
The election was about who is American. There was no question of Adlai's "Americanism," he was as blue-blooded Uncle Sam aristocracy as any candidate. But Eisenhower was different. He was the Wesley Clark of his day - Highly-experienced Well-decorated General, wary of war, a fiend of the space-age and new technology.
This was decidedly German. The Nazis fanaticism, when not racist, was technological. Engineering, architecture, research and development were endlessly promoted and funded under the Third Reich. Of course, the SA and SS cleared out all of the Jewish intellectuals and most of the gentiles as well, so their brain-trust was extremely feeble.
So, there was still the lingering collective ideal of American meritocracy vs. National socialism; with good cause. Patton, was of course, decidedly too Nazi to hold public office (regardless that he was crazy and had already died in Germany in '45). Was this Eisenhower too much like Patton? Too much like our previous and still hated enemy?
The answer was a resounding no, and it was a refinement, of sorts, of what America was against. That is, it was not socialist policies we were against, it was the Soviet state and her allies! America changed fundamentally with Eisenhower. In short, we got technocratic. The OSA was formalized into the CIA, the FBI was beefed up. Interstate highways were built, infrastructure was improved, rocketry was being perfected; the ideal of social progress through science was affirmed by America with the election of Ike Eisenhower.
His name be damned, America loves ray-guns and spaceships and computers and systems and methods and processes! If England invented endless bureaucracy, then we perfected it! (and it creates a lot of jobs, too!)
Now, this current election seems flipped - Obama is the eloquent intellectual populist, McCain is the military man who's platform is almost the same as his competitors, but he has that techno-fiend look in his eye. Surely McCain should have won?
But McCain was fighting a battle that his party already won, the points were moot. And his running mate didn't match his suit. Palin's ultra-conservative ideals largely turned off America. She was meant to be a symbol of folksy can-d0 elbowgrease, but when unwrapped we found her success gilded by corporate interests, her true personality one of lazy sheepishness and disinterest in the world at large, suspicious of science, fanatically religious, against all abortions and even contraception, tinged with corruption. We Americans praise merits and abilities, no matter how nefarious they are - but Palin produced none. Thus we had doubt in McCain's decision making ability, or if not that, we recognized his disengeniousness.
So back to weird names. Barack H. Obama is an Afro-Arabic name. Now, currently America has a beef with terrorism, and radical militiant islamists are the most prolific groups that engage in it currently. They tend to come from Arab nations, and these jihadists have Arab names. This Senator Obama has a similar name! And now the racism and fear cuts much deeper than if the name had just happened to be overtly German. Is Obama too much like these modern day Hashshashins? No, of course not, that is just silly. Buuuut.... he is African-American, kind of. He embraces black culture, attends a black church (recently distanced from), and so on... regardless of his genetic makeup, he is "a black guy."
What race meant in the campaign wasn't examined because it was hardly ever brought up. We didn't want the media to bring it up. Every pundit said this was a bout the issues, polls said race mattered very little. America chose the law professor over the space cowboy because of this --- this, I think, is the mandate America delivered on election day:
"His name be damned, we don't decide elections based on race. Therefore we are electing the pointy-headed speech-maker, who happens to be of mixed race, over the space cowboy this time to prove it!
ps - Obama, you'd better be a JFK-style space cowboy by innauguration, m'kay?"
Yes, we solemny vowed again that Uncle Sam is a platonic bust of American idealism, and not a White Man. Yet America is not suddenly and magically post-racial, we've simply affirmed that race, that someone's name, is of no consequence towards their eligibility for the position of the President of the United States of America. And thus, in spirit, for any elected position in the nation.
Yet we did it, largely, by basing our decision on who to vote for on their name and race. An ugly, racial catch-22 indeed. Or if that cross is too much to bear, just blame Palin.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
This seasoned fashioner of policy, Rep. Michele Bachmann graces Chris Matthews with her tele-presence to deliver a hearty and intellectual discourse on the definition of Un-Americanism:
Answering questions is just so darn hard!