I find it interesting that the Whig Party was a trick to get people to support them, claiming to be pro-liberty when in fact they were not.
This reminds me of the Federalists. The term "federalism" means a decentralized system, whereas "nationalism" means concentration of power at the central government level. Alexander Hamilton was a strong nationalist, but he knew it was not popular. So, he used the term "Federalist" as his political faction (political party), leaving the true federalists to then use the term "Antifederalist" to name their faction, to try and show that the true nationalists were calling themselves the "Federalists," and doing so to deceive people. This is a tricky distinction to keep in mind when reading the "Federalist Papers." The REAL federalists were the Antifederalists.
Also reminds me of the Neoconservatives, who are not in any way shape or form true "conservatives." They are the opposite, or collectivists -- basically, modern day "Whigs" or "Federalists."
This sort of deception runs right from Hamilton to Clay to modern day Neocons. And it's why so many Republican voters cannot figure out why the hell the GOP always runs for election on conservative ideas, but once in office, they VOTE for socialist ideas.
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