Honest Abe

Elect Abraham Lincoln to the Illinois House of Representatives

The Whig Philosophy

The Whig Party was formed in opposition to the policies of President Andrew Jackson and his Democratic Party. We support the supremacy of Congress over the presidency, and favor a program of modernization, economic protectionism while opposing autocratic rule. Henry Clay, Speaker of the House from Kentucky, is perhaps the model Whig, but others include William Henry Harrison, John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore, Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott.

The Whigs are modernizers who draw on a Jeffersonian tradition of compromise and balance in government, national unity, territorial expansion, and support for a national transportation network and domestic manufacturing. We support national rather than sectional interests by building roads, railroads and canals, which will stimulate growth and knit the nation as a whole together.

In order to promote growth we need to begin a plan of Economic Modernization that protects infant manufacturing interests through tariffs to create market-oriented economy in which skill and expertise predominate. We need to promote banking, industrialization and the urbanization of the Nation. On order to do this we must improve roads and railroads to make trade easier and faster for everyone and improve navigation on the rivers, lakes and oceans to promote commerce and make manufactured goods more readily accessible. In order to create new markets we need continued territorial expansion to bring the "American System" to the world.