A Brief History of the Whigs

There is a rich history behind the term Whig. This history involves the fight for freedom against tyranny, for freedom, and for a government of the people, by the people, for the people. For more than four hundred years, the name Whig has called for representative government, liberty, socio-economic improvements, modernization, protectionism, and congressional supremacy. Historically, Whigs have believed that in order for any country to thrive, the citizenry must be represented in a form of a democratic republic.

As Henry Clay, one of the founders of the American Whig Party, stated, "Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people."

At the start of the 21st century, government has grown to exercise tremendous power over the American people. Congress has raised taxes while passing bills without even reading them. Only a third of the electorate votes in elections, and, meanwhile, state and local governments have lost control to the federal government. The executive branch has gained more power over the legislative branch, exercising massive foreign spending at the expense of the American taxpayer. Despite the sometimes overwhelming sense that little can be done to change direction, the Whig Party, in 2009, came out of a long hibernation to restore the power to the people and to internally improve America's socio-economic system; hence, the revival of the Whig Party.