April 26, 2009

Whigs rise again

Posted: 08:57 PM ET
Tired of Democrats and Republicans? Do Rush Limbaugh, Keith Olbermann, Ann Coulter and Rachel Maddow leave you cold?

Well, it may be time to bring back the Whigs.

You remember the Whig Party from your old U.S. history courses? They were very big in the 1830s and 1840s.

The Whigs were the party of such 19th-century giants as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and Abe Lincoln, before he became a Republican. And let us not forget President Millard Fillmore, one of four Whig presidents.

In North Carolina the Whigs produced such governors as Edward Bishop Dudley, John Motley Morehead, William Alexander Graham and Charles Manly.

Now, after 160 years in hibernation, the Whig Party is stirring.

I got wind of the resurrection last month, when I received a news release from a John Moore, the chairman of the Modern Whig Party of North Carolina, announcing that the Whigs have "returned to the State of North Carolina after a long absence."

I thought, what next - horse-drawn carriages, hoop skirts, war with Mexico?

But my curiosity was piqued...

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John, San Antonio, TX   April 26th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

Where do I go to find out more? Sounds interesting enough to explore further.

Michael C. McHugh   April 27th, 2009 9:17 am ET

Abraham Lincoln was a Whig. They believed in a central bank, protective tariffs for industry, and government funds for railroads, ports and canals. They wanted America to become an industrialized country, with federal help to industry. In many ways, they are considered the ancestor of the Republican Party, at least as it was from the Civil War up to the 1950s–basically the party of Northern banking and industry.

Since the 1960s, though, the two parties have switched places, and now teh Democrats are the party of the North.

Michael C. McHugh   April 27th, 2009 9:21 am ET

PS They broke up in the 1850s over the slavery issue.

Dave of Detroit   April 27th, 2009 1:51 pm ET

Mike-Wasn't the Civil Rights Act inacted in the 1960's? It may have been a factor in the switch!

hugh ~ carpenter   April 27th, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Abraham Lincoln was a Whig in his early career, but he left because he realized that party was a loser. The Whig Party will never rise again; it's over and done with. The Republicans are possibly "going the way of the Whigs," as the old saying goes, but not the rest of the country. This Whig party idea is a waste of time–it's not going to happen.

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