What Does The Word "Whig" Mean?

Throughout the centuries since its origin, the name of "Whig" has been attached to those who oppose government run amok. It was used during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639-1651) when it was used to refer to a faction of the Scottish Covenanters. It was used use in the 1680's in England when there was the threat of establishment of a line of Catholic Kings starting with King James II; the Whigs were hugely responsible for the Glorious Revolution of 1688. During the American Revolution it was a term used for supporters against the British in the war of independence.

The noun "whig" is from the Scots Gaelic verb of the same name meaning "to urge forward".  "Whiggamaire" was a derogatory term used by the Tories to denote the country bumpkins (horse drovers) who opposed the policies of the Crown.  They would come to take the name as a badge of honor.
We take this name as a connection to the past and the long tradition of opposing a government that is losing the consent of the governed. In the spirit of moving forward, and progressing as a people and a society, we continue today and into the future with that same spirit...the spirit of the Whigs.  

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