Major third parties fear Whig movement?

The Whigs in Virginia blog thinks so. It claims it “came upon an interesting email trail that made the rounds this past weekend between the chairmen of the Constitution Party, America First Party and the Libertarian Party. ”

The main topic of discussion was “the idea of merging their organizations into a common cause”:

But out of these emails came another interesting sentence. The more entrenched third parties lamented at the sudden rise of the Modern Whig Party. “Also a new party has come into play in the NEW WHIG PARTY,” the email states. “How many more parties do we need?” While they failed to use the proper name for the Whig movement (CAPS are theirs), there is no question that they were referring to the Modern Whig Party. They apparently have noticed that in just a few short months, the Modern Whig movement has recognized 12 state chapters and gained more than 10,000 official members, to include 6,500 in the military.

12 Responses to “Major third parties fear Whig movement?”

  1. John Lowell Says:

    This “party” is pure redundance. Its whole program is merely left libertarian. Despite its hopes, it will never succeed in bringing Constitutional Party members into union with it owing to its stance on abortion. Unless you’re looking for a remake of libertarianism along sociopathological lines, you’re in the wrong department.

  2. Heather Says:

    Mr. Lowell,

    The Modern Whig Party is not easily categorized as “left Libertarian” or other left/right perception. I also do not know where you came up with “sociopathological lines.” The Modern Whigs refrain from pandering and strive for a more mainstream appeal and consequently does not intend on seeking out outwardly fringe conservatives as some may view in the Constitution Party. Our focus is on those that find themselves cherry-picking between traditionally Democratic ideals and traditionally GOP ideals. Our general platform relates to fiscal responsibility, strong national defense and bold social progression. We know our place at the moment, and with only a modest 10,000 members (6,500 in military), we realize the road ahead. But we are open minded and willing to work with others. Can I say the same about the Constitution Party?

  3. Green in Brooklyn Says:

    ‘The Modern Whigs refrain from pandering and strive for a more mainstream appeal’

    ah - yet another hopelessly idealistic third party. Sadly - the statement above seems to be an oxymoron these days.

  4. John Lowell Says:

    Heather,

    I’m not a member of the CP nor am I likely to vote for the CP.

    “The Modern Whig Party is not easily categorized as “left Libertarian” or other left/right perception.”

    I didn’t have any difficulty seeing the connection, Heather. No agonizing about it here.

    “Our focus is on those that find themselves cherry-picking between traditionally Democratic ideals and traditionally GOP ideals.”

    Where most here would like to see an end to the system, you folks would like to distill and concentrate it? I’ve had enough of the Democrats and Republicans thank you. There’s enough of a union between them not to require a new party expressing their rather obvious collusion, thank you.

    “Our general platform … bold social progression”

    Is that how you describe child killing, Heather, social progression? Now you have something of a grip on why I used the term sociopathological.

  5. Billy Dennis Says:

    “Is that how you describe child killing, Heather, social progression? Now you have something of a grip on why I used the term sociopathological.”

    Gee … and Mr. Lowell wonders why people are turned off by fringe parties. Way to win friends and influence people.

  6. kenneth Says:

    I don’t agree with the Whig Party, but perhaps the effort should be on common ground and focusing on the mission.

    And if the LP is involved in this, it’s more prooof of the unhinged LRC populist extremists in control of the LP national, instead of actually getting people in office. Yikes!

  7. Jon Hill Says:

    This item is incorrect. I was never referring to the Modern Whig Party, and nothing in the email exchange which I saw referred to the Whigs. Until this post, I had actually never heard of the Modern Whigs.

    Jon Hill, AFP Chairman

  8. V Says:

    http://www.patriotsrevolt.com/?q=node/482

    http://www.patriotsrevolt.com/?q=node/490

    The first link is the one where Jon Hill replies to the “Whig email” and laments about voter disinterest in third parties. Perhaps he just didn’t completely read the email he responded to? jon Hill’s email is entitled, “A Reply From the American First Party.”

  9. Lee Says:

    After looking through the emails and the postings, Whigs in Virginia and therefore TPW is accurate (sorry Jon). But I think the bigger issue beyond the Whigs is the fact that these emails are indicitive of the established third party movement as a whole. Third parties are so divided and refuse or are incapable of banding together at a time when they should be making inroads. It’s a very my way or the highway approach not unlike the major parties. Perhaps these Modern Whigs are on to something?

  10. Chinese Conservative Says:

    I agree with AFP chairman is with the people not the party if people wanted third parties to succeed it would happen. Instead they use the lesser of two evils bullshit or not vote. The fact that the Whig Party is a third party proves third party can succeed. It is hypocritical for Republicans to try to knock Bob Barr off the Maine ballot when they were once a third party.

  11. John Lowell Says:

    Billy Dennis,

    “Gee … and Mr. Lowell wonders why people are turned off by fringe parties. Way to win friends and influence people.”

    Gosh, shucks, Billy, you must have thought that you’d somehow found your way into the marketing department. A clearer vison would have had you believing that you were in the truth department where winning friends and influencing people is regarded as being of only the most monumental insignificance.

  12. Cody Quirk Says:

    Can I say the same about the Constitution Party?

    =Yes you can.

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