|The Modern Whig Party Logo is the Owl- Better than|
a Mule or an Elephant because its Wisdom we need right now
When I heard about the story of the 21rst century Whigs, I was understandably incredulous. Third partiers like Nader, Perot and the countless borderliners who make up America's not so distant fringe all play their part in elections, but to really take part in the process, no one joins a third party- and maybe that is a problem in and of itself?
But when I heard about a Modern Whig party I decided I would learn more before I judged. What are they thinking? Who are they? What is the reason they are casting away their right to vote in a primary?
What I found largely followed my religious persuasion as an Episcopalian. All the fun, none of the guilt. It's true- as an Episcopalian you can do all sorts of fun things and never have to go to confession to beg for forgiveness cause its likely the founding father of the religion did way worse (Thank you King Henry the 8th!)
But though I had religious freedom, my politics were much more constrained.
|My Dad- Smoked like the Marlborough Man,|
Drank like Hemingway and Voted Republican
Oh sure they still have lots of money and lots of influence, but the Soul of the party is just about a deep in History as my Dad. It died officially for me the day I learned Governor John Roland was headed for the pokie. I just happened to be on a baseball jag at the time and my friends had all moved to Boston and spouting off conservative ideas just didn't make sense to me anymore when everyone I knew was in love with Clinton and Liberalism- I felt like the Sox fan I was, living in the Evil Empire and though I love the Sox, I never talked about it in public with Yankees fans all around- same deal with politics.
When I moved to Boston I rode the T, I saw neighborhoods organized and working together, I saw public universities that weren't filled with asbestos and over paid drunken professors. I realized that despite its liberal twist, Massachusetts gets quite a few things right- like Universal Health Care and lower Gas Taxes. How could it be that the Fatherland of Connecticut missed the boat on so many cool things just fifty miles to the North? And then going to Boston U and living in Liberal Land USA, I felt myself changing.
I didn't feel quite as bad about taxes when spent the right way. I didn't see public and community programs as the evil lazy welfare system. And I began to see that Government can get it right every once in a while when managed with a little logic and lot of accountability.
I brought those lessons back to Connecticut and began to see with new eyes all that was wrong with this State. That is why I started CCB because I thought, "Hey that was one thing that was really cool about Mass, maybe I can bring it to Connecticut and lower the suck factor in this State?" BOY howdy did I learn about Connecticut when I did that.
|Public transportation and the Red Sox aren't the only things that|
makes Mass better.
I never really liked Democrats, but when I started CCB, I began to learn how to hate them. Well maybe not the people themselves, but certainly the Party. I think Obama is a decent guy- maybe not the best president, but he cares at least and that is more than I can say for the do nothing, all about me Republicans. The problem is in Connecticut, the difference between a Republican and a Democrat is a democrat is just a Republic who doesn't own property and hasn't been robbed yet. Once either event touches the life of a Connecticut Dem, they start goose stepping with the Republicans like its second nature.
Oh sure they still genuflect at the mere mention of Kennedy and King, but try to put any manner of public improvement down their street and the Nimby monster has them spouting Adam Smith by day's end. Dems are just as bad as Republicans, its just once the get elected they feed from different troughs.
No Mules, No Elephants, all Pigs.
And then there was the journalist, non-profit guy. In my line of work, you dont pick sides of the political spectrum. So it always kind of worked for me when one of my friend would say "Can you believe what the Governor said?" I always could say, I run a 501c3 or I can't pick sides, I'm a reporter, I just report the story. I always had an out from speaking my mind, because well, I knew no one agreed with me and I didn't agree with them.
And so when I looked up the Modern Whigs, I read what they stand for: Green Technology to Improve Americas Security, Infrastructure and Economy, A logical and Operable School System, Accountability for public officials while privacy rights for individuals. Equality in the Bedroom and keeping Government where it belongs, on your sidewalk. I read about who they were- Our Soldiers and Sailors and Pilots who have come home to a place that is broken. They fixed Iraq, they can fix America right? So much of what I read made sense to me, it took the best of both parties, and placed it under one party, that stood in the old days for the things that built America up like public education and public infrastructure. But you dont have to take my word for it- check them out for yourself
And once you have checked them out, or even if you haven't and want to learn more- Join us on Dec 9th in Middletown for a few glasses of wine at Esca Wine Bar and impromptu gathering of minds and a chance to actually be heard by the folks who are founding the Connecticut Modern Whig Party. But that's just my opinion.