We share the vision of the Whigs who have gone before us. Whigs have a rich history, from our Enlightenment-era beginnings in the 1700s to today. Our Whig forefathers espoused an enlightened approach to life in order to combat then current prejudices and come closer to the truth. This was not only in the field of science and philosophy, but also in governance. Today, more than ever, it is clear we need to replace the existing "truths" of governance in America with some new ones.
The Whig Party of Georgia has four primary goals:
1. To engage in a public discussion of the problems the people of Georgia face, and put forward common sense solutions without the brinkmanship or political rhetoric that is now the norm at our State Capitol.
2. To support candidates for office who are willing to look out for the best interests of the people of Georgia, rather than their own self interest, or that of any other organization, including the Whig Party of Georgia.
3. To establish the Whig Party of Georgia as a viable political party in Georgia, providing an alternative to the current political two party system.
4. We are a party of and for veterans of all ages. We will fight against any cuts to their benefits, for a fully funded VA, for fully funding benefits for veteran's families, and for the medical, mental, and physical needs of homeless veterans! On any given day, between about 300,000 veterans are homeless. Of those homeless veterans, 7% are woman. The number of homeless male and female veterans of the Veitnam-area are greater than the number of people who died in that war.
The Whigs are a pragmatic, common sense, centrist-oriented party where rational solutions trump ideology and integrity trumps impunity.
Our core modern Whig philosophy relies on several fundamental tenets:
INDEPENDENT THINKING, Whigs try to practice independent critical thought. We sprang up as a reaction to ill conceived public policy that did not represent the will of the People.
MERITOCRACY is another pillar of the Whig Philosophy: we believe that society should reward merit, which is a combination of intelligence, talent, competence and hard work.
INTEGRITY is as fundamental a pillar to Whigs as Independent Thought. Integrity means honesty and a commitment to an ethical approach to politics. Integrity in thought, integrity in action.
These are the core tenets that form the foundation of the Whig philosophy; these concepts allow us to look for genuine long-term solutions to our problems not just for today, but for the next generations as well, i.e., sustainable policies.
Whigs also promote a concrete platform of political ideals and policies which we believe are the most critical issues to the welfare of our country.
• Fiscal Responsibility -Any action of the government must respect principles of fiscal responsibility and public accountability.
• Energy Independence- Develop practical domestic energy sources and economically viable alternative energy to reduce dependence on foreign energy sources and strive towards energy independence.
• Inward looking economic focus - It's about time we refocus on ourselves and discover and implement policies to grow domestic demand and our manufacturing base.
• State's Responsibility- Each state can generally determine its course of action based on local values and unique needs. Whigs believe in a strong government at every level and separation of powers.
• Social Acceptance -When the government is compelled to legislate morality (laws), every citizen should be considered as equal. Our Constitution empowers us to be the vanguard of social acceptance, and here we should be leading the world BY EXAMPLE.
• Education and Scientific Advancement- Increase public and private emphasis on math and science to promote American innovation to compete in the global economy.
• Veterans Affairs -Vigilant advocacy relating to the medical, financial, and overall well-being of our military families and veterans.
• Electoral & Government Reform- Support efforts and work for governmental reform that makes the American government efficient, fair, and responsive at all levels.
• Second Amendment- We support the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Our general viewpoint is that states can regulate firearms to whatever their local values dictate, but these regulations must be reasonable and can't be too costly or otherwise prohibitive to a point where it would violate the Constitutional right.
What Whigs do not do is to tell Americans what to believe. This very "Un-party" concept troubles many who meet us for the first time, as most of today's political parties make you "buy in" to their belief set.