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What We Believe

There are three interrelated concepts that form the foundation of the Modern Whig philosophy; Principles, Structure and Perspective. The Whig Party of Nevada not only accepts, but embraces those concepts and the philosophy.

These concepts allow us to look for genuine solutions to our problems not just for today, but for the next generation as well without being bound by a rigid ideology such as that found in so many other parties, be they major or minor. Each of our members are encouraged and expected to contribute to this process by helping to shape the discussion and  choosing competent people to hold office.

Where We Stand

Part of what makes the Nevada Whigs different is that we don't define ourselves as left, right or even in the middle. We take a practical positon with a good dose of personal liberty. We firmly believe that with that liberty comes duty and responsibility.

This is what is meant by the Whig's core principle of "Self Discovery."

We want you to research the issues, come to your own conclusion and help guide our Party. We encourage discussion (and even dissent) and hope you will take advantage of our Soapbox, Forums and comment areas to engage in such.

The Modern Whig party of the United States of America is the party for the rest of us, the party of patriots, the party of equality, the party of liberty, and the party of moderates.

We, the Modern Whigs, standing on the broad and firm platform of the Constitution, united by all of its inviolable and sacred guarantees and compromises, relying upon the intelligence of the American people, with an abiding confidence in their capacity for self-government and their devotion to the Constitution and to the United States of America, pledge to go forth with integrity, open-mindedness, pragmatism, and transparency as we pursue our civic duty.

- adapted from the preamble to the Modern Whig Party Constitution and By-Laws


The Whig Plan

The goals of the Whig Party and its plan are pretty simple. The goals are three pronged but lead to one ultimate goal. Encourage independent thinking and acting making it rational for the American citizen to participate again actively in government and politics.  Develop real leaders from the American citizenry, citizen representatives, not career politicians. Focus on long term problem solving when it comes to issues. All three of these goals lead to the ultimate goal of the Modern Whig Party; help the American people bring about the best government possible and always strive to put public service ahead of politics.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

- Albert Einstein

What Others are Saying

Barack Obama: Paradoxical Whig

We're not saying this folks, Real Clear Politics is in a story by E.J. Dionne that carries a copyright by the Washington Post Writers Group.

The story lists several perceived paradoxes from President Obama's State of the Union speech and in a couple of cases compares Obama's position to that of the Whigs.

"Future looks bright" according to the Pragmatic Center

Recognizing that the Modern Whigs have a lot of work in front of them, Nicholas R. Goebel of The Pragmatic Center offers some optimisim for the Modern Whigs.

Much of his outlook is based upon two factors. First, moderates are becoming more vocal and want to take action. Second, the common sense approach of the Modern Whigs is attractive to those moderates.

Mitch Daniels -- Getting Whiggy

Mitch Daniels, former govenor of Illinois, understands Whiggery, especially when it comes to support for infrastructure. Can he be persuaded to run as a Whig in 2012?

Gettin' Whiggy With It is "um... normal" says Comedy Central's Indecision

You have to be happy to have the attention of Comedy Central's Indecision even if the worst that they can say about you is that you are "normal". On the other hand, writer Sara Benincasa closes the article with this line: "Just give them [the Whigs] time. They'll be churning out diaper-clad Vitters in no time."

Is the Modern Whig Party Upholding Its 19th Century Principles?

That is the question Bob asks on his blog (Yesterday...and Today) about the Modern Whig view of states' responsibility. He has posted a number of blog entries recently that talk about the Whigs ranging from his ancestors to the Modern Whig Party's seeming to fall back often on the Tenth Amendment and states' rights too much.

This a legitimate concern, and he and some of his blog readers have had a good discussion on it.

NC bill would lower election barriers for third parties, unaffiliated candidates

North Carolina is taking a significant step forward towards making it easier for third parties to gain ballot access. This can only be seen as a Good Thing (tm) for democracy. Not only does the bill enjoy bi-partisan support in the legislature, but there is a coalition of other groups, known as the Free the Vote Coalition (which includes the NC Whigs) supporting it as well.

Questionable Motive, But Still A Good Idea

We don't know what motivates Buckoforce to make his comment, but his goal sure seems reasonable to us. See his comment at by clicking on "Original article" below.

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Modern Whig Party expands into Nevada and is officially recognized

Las Vegas, NV (November 29, 2012) - The Modern Whig Party of America is pleased to announce that the State of Nevada has officially recognized the Whig Party of Nevada as an official party. The Whig Party of Nevada is currently headed up by Jim Bacon, a U.S. Navy veteran and computer programmer. Jim Bacon had this to say in regards to the future of the Whig Party of Nevada, "The Modern Whigs are a natural fit for Nevada. Our message that individual liberty requires personal responsibility will resonate well with both rural and urban Nevada."

The Whig Party of Nevada is official

Paperwork was filed with the Nevada Secretary of State on Monday, November 19 2012 requesting that the Whig Party of Nevada be recognized as a minor political party. Recognition was posted on the SOS website on Tuesday, November 20 2012.

You can see us on the list of Nevada political parties here:

Details will be posted about how to register to vote as a member of the Whigs as soon as they become available.

Please join me in growing the party!

Change at the top

The Whigs of Nevada announce that chairman Mike Bergstrom has resigned. Bergstrom had been state chair for several years. Jim Bacon has been appointed as the new Nevada Whig chairman. Bacon is a web professional and U.S. Navy veteran who served on the U.S.S. Ranger.

Second Wednesday is coming!

It's time again for our mid-week Meet-and-Greet. We will be meeting once again at the Beat in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30PM. The Beat is located at the corner of Fremont and 6th Streets.

You may need quarters for the parking meters depending upon what block you are parked on. Check the back of the meter for its hours of operation!

Hope to see you there!


Thoughts on the fallout from 9/11

There have been events in our history from the very beginning that have helped form our national character. But few, if any, have had such a transformational effect as 9/11 has. That horrible day will forevermore will be held up alongside Pearl Harbor as the definition of infamy. But while Pearl Harbor and prior events have served to strengthen our national identity and dedication to liberty, 9/11 has taken away from that.

For all the outrage and military action following 9/11, the primary response was to give in to fear.

On the Soapbox

"Winner-take-all" should be re-considered

Each election there are some who want to change how we elect the President. Specifically, there are calls to do away with the Electoral College.

I believe the Electoral College is a valid and vital concept. What I disagree with is that the electoral votes are awarded on a "winner take all" basis per State.

America is a "melting pot", not a "mixing bowl"

This last election has shown the continuing trend in American politics to do away with the "melting pot" of America.

We saw ad after ad target specific groups of people in an attempt to convince them to vote as a whole and not give individual thought to a given issue. Two of the more blatant examples covered immigration and support for Israel.

I am reminded of two terms from chemistry that are often confused: "compound" and "mixture."

The Death Penalty

The ability to take a citizen's life as punishment for committing a crime is one of the defining attributes of a sovereign nation. It is something that should never be imposed lightly.

Tonight we saw two state executions take place, one in Georgia, the other in Texas. The execution in Texas was that of Lawrence Brewer. The crime for which he was executed was so brutal it was part of the inspiration for hate-crime legislation.

The Next Great Infrastructure Project

Brian Greenspun, publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Sun, had this to say in his editorial from today:

Pat [Mulroy]’s idea is simple. It is a pipeline that would take the rising water away from the Mississippi River and transport it westward to the Colorado River where, frankly, water is in very short supply. Over the next decade or so, many millions of Baby Boomers will be retiring to the Southwest, putting a further demand on the diminishing water supply. It makes perfect sense that we should take the water no one wants and move it to a place where everyone needs it. The only thing in the way is an old argument about water laws that should no longer, well, hold water. Whatever that pipeline costs can probably be offset by the next few years of flood damage. That’s a pretty good return on investment.

Small voter turnout may not be bad

First, I want to congratulate the winners of Tuesday's elections. But even more, I want to thank all of the candidates who ran for their desire to serve the public.

Jon Ralston made the following observation in a tweet Tuesday night: "These small numbers -- 50K votes in #lvmayor, few thousand or hundreds in others -- show why these muni races should be in even years, too."