Why The Name ‘Whig’?

Throughout the centuries since its origin, the name of "Whig" has been attached to those who oppose government run amok. It was used during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639-1651) when it was used to refer to a faction of the Scottish Covenanters. It was used use in the 1680's in England when there was the threat of establishment of a line of Catholic Kings starting with King James II; the Whigs were hugely responsible for the Glorious Revolution of 1688. During the American Revolution it was a term used for supporters against the British in the war of independence.

In, 1833, it was a term used for a U.S. member of a political party, called the Whig Party, that favored internal improvements (socio-economic), modernization, congressional dominance, protectionism, a loose interpretation of the Constitution, and opposed the Democratic Party.

To answer the question: why the name Whig? As many of us know, history proves to repeat itself. Today, retooling our internal system for energy independence is merely the 21st Century embodiment of the old Whig Party’s Platform. In addition, renewed efforts at scientific advancement also are just a 21st Century take on the historic platform of education.

Also, one can safely assume that the young war veterans who met in 2007 to organize the Modern Whig Party had the historical significance of the name in mind when they made their choice and the general aspects of rational thinking and common sense that they adopt in terms of the old Whig Party.