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Philadelphia voters elect a Whig to public office
MyFoxNYDrudgd/AP ^ | 8 Nov 2013 | KATHY MATHESON

Posted on 11/08/2013 5:51:33 AM PST by shove_it

AP article

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
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FTA: "Previously an independent, Bucholz said he joined the Whigs three years ago because of their fiscally conservative but socially liberal views. They represent a sensible "middle path" between Democrats and Republicans, especially in light of the recent government shutdown, he said."

Describes our our Republican Elites to a tee. I thought we did away with them over 100 years ago.

1 posted on 11/08/2013 5:51:33 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it
"Previously an independent, Bucholz said he joined the Whigs three years ago because of their fiscally conservative but socially liberal views.

This is poppycock. Historically the Whigs (at least per Henry Clay's American System) were fiscally liberal and socially conservative. They favored protectionist tariffs and big spending by the federal government on infrastructure, but also supported compulsory teaching of religion and morality and the prohibition of alcohol.

2 posted on 11/08/2013 8:52:28 AM PST by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: shove_it; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy

The Whigs had two distinct factions. The Cottons and the Conscience wings. Conscience Whigs favored morality and abolitionism. Cottons favored slavery and status quo. Obviously, Bucholz is a Cotton Whig. Those became Democrats after the disintegration of the party in 1855.


3 posted on 11/08/2013 9:38:39 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Alter Kaker; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; shove_it; Clintonfatigued

It’s not like he joined the historical Whig Party, which he couldn’t, because they no longer exist. You can’t place them on the modern political spectrum anyway. All politicians from back then would be “far-right”, socially and fiscally compared to politicians today.

He is a member of the so named “Modern Whig Party” founded in 2007. Their mascot is an owl and they go to pains to associate themselves with the historical Whigs for some reason despite “Whig” now being a pejorative because the party went bye bye (most of it’s members eventually became Republicans) over slavery. It’s silly for anyone to pretend they are some kind of continuation of the previous Whig party.

It was allegedly founded by “military veterans” who were “dissatisfied with the deep ideological divide between the Republican and Democratic parties.” It has itty bitty chapters in many states but regular ballot access in very few, most notably Florida. Or at least they DID, their Florida Website says “R.I.P 2008-2012”, and the State Department of elections says their status as a party has been revoked. LOL.

It’s platform sounds fiscally MODERATE (certainly not conservative) and socially liberal.

They don’t use the term but they appear to me to be what you call “radical centrists”, ie center-left idiots who whine about the evils of “ideology” and crow about “pragmatism” (the irony that tiny third parties are not pragmatic escapes them). Think of the worst GOPe RINOs and liberal GooGoo(good government) independent types. Those types hate conservatism but neither do they fit in with the extreme left that controls the democrats.

Anyway this gleep was elected an election judge (They elect those in Philly?) over a democrat, no mention of a Republican in the race. Given the choice, the better candidate won. He’s the parties’ second elected official after J. Brendan Galligan, a local school board member in NJ.

The article mentions his wife Dinah is the author of “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook”, a NY Times best seller, and a “registered Republican” who was also elected Tuesday as an “election inspector”. From her picture she has the look of an adult woman who is obsessed with Harry Potter. Weird family.election inspector


4 posted on 11/09/2013 4:34:17 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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All I’m saying is that we never would have had these problems we’re having now had Henry Clay been elected President. Of course Texas and California wouldn’t be part of the Union either...


5 posted on 11/09/2013 8:07:54 AM PST by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Alter Kaker; fieldmarshaldj

I would’ve favored the Whigs over the democrats. I’m of the opinion that Democrats and their Jeffersonian predecessors were always the “bad guys”. Before they were socialists they were agrarian populists. Not many of their 19th Century Presidents were worth a damn.


6 posted on 11/09/2013 8:21:34 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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I’m not sure what miracles you think Henry Clay could’ve worked that would’ve averted today’s problems.


7 posted on 11/09/2013 1:08:38 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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It seems he means there would be have been no Mexican War and annexation of Texas.

I don’t see how that would have prevented today’s problems. You’d have illegals sneaking into Kansas instead of Texas.


8 posted on 11/14/2013 10:38:33 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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"You’d have illegals sneaking into Kansas instead of Texas."

Have you seen how many that are in Garden City and Dodge City today ? GC is plurality Hispanic.

9 posted on 11/14/2013 12:45:05 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’ve never heard of Garden City. But I did hear their numbers are growing in Kansas and Iowa.


10 posted on 11/14/2013 5:55:33 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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