Earlier today, I read this article from the New York Times by James K. Glassman titled “Save the Republican Party: Vote for Clinton“. In the first sentence, Glassman states that every day, he encounters Republican friends who despise the idea of voting for Donald Trump but are also unsure who to vote for. For his part, Glassman, a self-identified Republican since 1980, has stated that he would rather for Hillary Clinton because doing so would stop the Republican Party from being remade in Trump’s image and then dying in the future. In addition, Glassman argues that any other course – voting for a third party or not voting at all – would tilt the election in Trump’s favor. While I do believe that Mr. Glassman does have some valid arguments, I heartily disagree.
Throughout my blog posts, I have constantly rattled against both Trump and Clinton, as evident in my Open Letter to the Democratic and Republican National Committees. In this letter, I actually paraded for the destruction of both the Democratic and Republican Parties, a theme that I emphasized in my earlier piece about 2016 being the year of third parties and independents. However, I have thought long and hard about who to vote for as well. My likely candidates was Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, but then I researched his positions and I found that I don’t agree with him on a few issues. For example, Johnson and the Libertarian Party has stated that he will abolish the Department of Education, as well as any other “federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution“. Hence, I was a little unsure about them. For a while, I wondered which party is perfect for America. But then I found one, and that party is the American Solidarity Party.
The American Solidarity Party (ASP) was founded in 2011, and considers itself “the only active Christian Democratic party in the United States“. Indeed, it was first named the Christian Democratic Party – USA. In this context, “Christian Democrat” refers not to “a voter/supporter of the Democratic Party who is Christian by faith”, but rather an adherent of Christian democracy. Christian democracy is a political movement inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church, namely its teachings on social and economic justice. Hence, Christian democracy has an eclectic range of left-wing and right-wing positions, and you can see this in the ASP itself.
For example, the ASP’s platform states that it is pro-life on abortion, recognizes marriage as “one man to one woman for life”, and “[acknowledges] that the Judeo-Christian worldview has played a positive role in the history and culture of the United States of America”. All of those would resonate with socially conservative voters in America, especially those from Christian backgrounds. However, the ASP also calls for an abolition of the death penalty, supports the funding of research for renewable energy, and opposes attempts to defund or privatize the welfare system. These would resonate with many progressive voters of America. This rather assorted mix of political views would bring the ideological gap in our country between conservatives and progressives. It’s no surprise that the ASP has a simple motto: “Common Good, Common Ground, and Common Sense”.
In conclusion, I believe that the American Solidarity Party is an interesting option for the “Never Trump” conservatives who have felt abandoned by the Republican Party. They can bring together moderate progressives into their fold. That is what America needs the most right not: common good, common ground, and common sense.
God Bless America,
The Centrist Voice