09 December 2009

Learn More About Modern Whigs in Indiana, the Hoosier Whigs

The Modern Whig Party in Indiana is known as the Hoosier Whigs.

From their website:

In 2007 several Afghan/Iraq War veterans began working on a veteran's advocacy group. That group eventually formed the nucleus of the Modern Whig Party. In just over a year of exsistence the Party has attracted tens of thousands of disenchanted voters ranging the entire political spectrum.

State parties have formed all over the country. Whig candidates not seen since the 1850's are again running for office. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Whigs have returned to restore the dreams of the Founding Fathers, end partisan bickering, and bring common sense and compromise back into the political arena.

Here in Indiana we are building a modern Whig movement from the ground up. Government works best when it is close to home. Therefore, we are striving to revive the Whig Party in each and every county here in the Hoosier State.

Hoosier Whigs will serve as the umbrella organization for the individual county parties. While it is important to have a strong state party we must recognize the political realities of today. As more and more County Whig Parties are formed we will begin moving towards a more formal State Party.

Until that time, the Hoosier Whigs will be focused on finding common sense, moderate solutions to the difficulties we face today in our local communities. By working on this county based strategy we hope to eventually form a political party truly for the rest of us.

For more information, please email: info@hoosierwhigs.org

They have started their own blog, Hard Cider.

Why Hard Cider?

This blog is called Hard Cider in reference to the Log Cabin and Hard Cider presidential campaign of 1840. Willliam Henry Harrison had won the 1840 Whig nomination after failing to win the Presidency four years earlier.

Despite being from a wealthy political family, the campaign touted Harrison's "humble" roots, using the log cabin and hard cider as a symbol for his connection with the common man.

Earlier in his career, Harrison had been the governor of Indiana Territory. During his tenure he helped secure much of what is today the Hoosier State from the various Indian tribes. He was also successful in defeating Tecumseh at the Battle of Tippecanoe, where he earned his nickname and became a national hero.

Hard Cider is the official blog and newsletter of the Hoosier Whigs.

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