In what has become incredibly messy political season, I have come to the decision that I am going to be casting my ballot for Michael A Maturen and Juan A Munoz of the American Solidarity Party. I consider myself to be an independent, and this ticket has genuinely earned my vote. After literally months of narrowing down my options, I have 10 main reasons I have come to this conclusion.
Before I begin, keep in mind that I am in no way delusional. I know that I am voting for a candidate who has an infinitely small chance of winning. However, I have previously written about why I plan on voting for a third party in this particular year, so you might want to review part one, part two and part three for a little bit more of my rationale for making this vote.
I was so encouraged to see that literally the first point on their platform addresses pro-life concerns. This not only includes being opposed to abortion but also being opposed to euthanasia. It is somewhat reminds me of the Declaration of Independence and the fact that the unalienable right to life is the first one listed. If you don’t have a right to life, all the other rights in the world are not going to do you very much good. This is an important point.
2. Pro-Religious Liberty
Our religious liberty is in danger, and both the second and third platform points of the American Solidarity Party speak directly to this concern. They advocate for freedom of worship but also the freedom of practice. This is a differentiation is so important to understand. Religious liberty is more than just worship; people need to be able to live out the faith that they believe providing not they do not violate natural law. Consequently, a party that also puts a major emphasis on this is one that can earn my vote.
3. They Acknowledge the Benefits of the Christian Worldview
In their second platform point, the American Solidarity Party acknowledges the “positive role” the Judeo-Christian worldview has played in the history and culture of the United States. I have written many times about how worldviews have consequences, and it is no coincidence that the country we enjoy today was developed by people who, even if they were not practicing Christians themselves, embraced the Christian worldview and acknowledged that it was good for society.
4. However, They Do Not Impose a Christian Worldview
This is kind of a synthesis of my last two points, but it is vital that in our desire to see our country return to Christian principles, we never fall to the temptation of trying to impose our beliefs on other people. We need to always remember freedom of religion even while we as citizens unapologetically present the Christian worldview as a better alternative. When people see the results played out in the lives of Christians, it will be naturally attractive. If it is truly attractive, then we certainly don't need to push it on people. They are going to gravitate towards Christianity. Government imposition is never helpful.
5. They Have a Commitment to Subsidiarity
Subsidiarity is the belief that decisions ought to be made by the lowest and most local authority possible. For some things like the military, obviously they need to be coordinated by a higher, more centralized authority, but for the American Solidarity Party, this belief influences their economic and educational policies. More small local businesses is a good thing, and families and local communities educating their own children is a good thing.
6. They Oppose Monopolization
I know that many people might be scared away by the American Solidarity Party’s commitment to distributism. It can be radically opposed to the free market capitalism that has made America an economic powerhouse (read Belloc if you doubt me). However, as we see corporations continually gathering more power and influence, the competitive forces that drive the free market are weakening. It is very hard for a small business to compete with Walmart. By building a legal system that encourages small business, I actually think we would see the true benefits of choice that we cannot always see now.
While I do have much more faith in competition than most distributists would, the fact of the matter is that our system right now doesn't reap the benefits of true competition, and I think that we can certainly come together on the issue of opposing monopolists.
7. Let Teachers Teach
Education has always been important to me, and the American Solidarity Party’s platform argues for allowing teachers to teach their own curriculum of course within general guidelines. Every class is different, and there cannot be a one-size-fits-all model for how we educate an incredibly diverse group of young people across the country. Certain needs might be different depending on the year, and teachers need to have the flexibility to adapt the curriculum for the best outcomes for their students. The federal government ought to have little influence in the local classroom.
8. Just War Principles
It is valuable to always consider why we are going to war, and the just war framework and commitment of the American Solidarity Party to it is a pretty solid way to go about doing that. Some people might say this is too passive especially given the aggression of ISIS and other terrorist organizations, but this certainly does not mean we don’t fight against evil. Rather, it is a framework that is useful to help make sure that we as a country don’t get drawn into fights that are not our fights.
9. Environmental Stewardship Matters
I believe we have a beautiful world created by God, and we do have a responsibility to take care of it as best we can. The American Solidarity Party agrees that we do need to take steps to protect our environment. It doesn’t strike me as alarmism as in the case of some environmental movements but rather pragmatic steps to move our energy portfolio towards renewable sources. Environmental stewardship is good.
10. Putting the Right Values in Office
There are parts of this platform I don’t entirely buy into such as single-payer healthcare and changing the tax system to a system based on economic rent (I don't know how to accurately measure this in order to tax it but actually don't mind this in principle). No party has ever aligned entirely with every one of my political views anyway, and maybe the Democrats or Republicans will win my support in 2020. Maybe a new party will rise and earn my vote.