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|Political position||Fiscal: Center-left|
|Slogan||"Common Good, Common Ground, Common Sense."|
The American Solidarity Party (ASP) is a Christian democratic political party in the United States. Its motto is "Common Good, Common Ground, Common Sense." Founded in 2011 and officially incorporated in 2016, the party has a National Committee and is active in state and local chapters and through on-line communication. ASP is a minor third party, with no elected officials in national or state government, and one city official elected in 2019.
Those who join the American Solidarity Party affirm their "recognition of the sanctity of human life, the necessity of social justice, our responsibility for the environment, and the possibility of a more peaceful world." In keeping with a consistent life ethic and the "inviolable dignity and rights of every human person from conception to natural death," the ASP opposes abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment, and is concerned with human rights in the areas of immigration, criminal justice reform and foreign policy.
The ASP encourages social development along the lines of subsidiarity and sphere sovereignty, emphasizing the importance of strong families, local communities, and voluntary associations. This also involves strong protection for religious freedom in both private and public life. The American Solidarity Party favors a social market economy, seeking widespread economic participation and ownership, expressed in the flourishing of independent businesses and small farms, while respecting both private property and the dignity of labor, and providing a safety net for the poor and vulnerable. In order to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability, the ASP platform calls for conservation and a transition toward more renewable sources of energy, while rejecting population control measures.
The name of the party was changed after the 2012 election to the "American Solidarity Party", and a national committee was created for the purpose of drafting a platform and developing the party's online presence. Kirk Morrison chaired the committee until late 2015. Dr. Stephen Beall, who drafted the original platform, became chair in 2016 and organized the party's first online convention in July. He was succeeded by Matthew Bartko, who worked to incorporate the ASP as a legal entity and presided over the formation of numerous state chapters.
During the 2016 presidential election season, the American Solidarity Party held an online convention on July 9, 2016, which nominated Dr. Amir Azarvan of Georgia for president and Mike Maturen of Michigan for vice-president. However, Azarvan subsequently withdrew, and in response the ticket was revised, with Maturen running for president and Juan Muñoz of Texas running for vice-president.
For the 2016 election, the American Solidarity Party was listed on the ballot in Colorado. It was a certified write-in option in Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Washington. Maturen received 6,662 reported votes, not including states that didn't report votes for him.
For the November 2017 off-year elections, the American Solidarity Party ran a candidate for New Jersey legislature, Monica Sohler, in the 6th district. She received 821 votes.
Desmond Silveira, a software engineer, was formerly national committee member of the American Solidarity Party, the campaign manager for the Maturen-Muñoz 2016 campaign, vice chair of the ASP, and director of operations for the party. In 2018, he ran for governor, receiving 4,633 votes in the election.
Charles "Chuck" Adams, who was first elected as the Sheboygan city attorney in 2015, ran for re-election on April 2, 2019 and won the election, receiving 5198 votes. Adams became the first to be elected to public office while a member of the party.
In the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Brian T. Carroll, Joe Schriner, and Joshua Perkins announced their candidacies for the ASP nomination. Carroll was declared the winner of the nomination in September 2019.
|Name||Born||Experience||Home state||Vice presidential nominee||Campaign
Brian T. Carroll
|December 15, 1949
Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from CA-22 in 2018
Amar Patel of Chicago, Illinois
Campaign: April 2, 2019
Nomination: September 9, 2019
The American Solidarity Party has been characterized as conservative on social issues while supporting some government intervention in economic matters. The ASP's 2016 presidential nominee, Mike Maturen, has characterized the party as "centrist", as has The Irish Times.
Membership and leadership in the American Solidarity Party is open to people of all backgrounds, creeds, etc. The American Solidarity Party adheres to the ideology of Christian democracy, which has been influenced by Catholic Social Teaching and Neo-Calvinist theology. As such, the ASP looks to the Christian Democratic movements in Europe and the Americas, and to American religious populists such as Martin Luther King. As the name indicates, the American Solidarity Party draws its inspiration from Solidarity (Polish trade union), founded by Lech Wasa in 1980. In addition, the ASP shares the socially conservative positions of the Netherlands' Anti-Revolutionary Party, founded by Dutch prime minister and Calvinist theologian Abraham Kuyper in 1879.
A core principle of the American Solidarity Party is the consistent life ethic, understood as "respect for life and the dignity of all persons on all issues." Like other social conservatives, the ASP opposes abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research, but it differs from many of them by rejecting capital punishment and holding to Just War principles in foreign policy. It regards economic justice as an essential aspect of respect for human life.
The American Solidarity Party also calls for fair labor practices and the strengthening of labor organizations, a wider distribution of wealth and productive property, the provision of decent health care to all members of society, responsible stewardship of the environment, and policies that strengthen the family and civil society.
David McPherson of First Things says that the American Solidarity Party "affirm[s] ... the full spectrum of Catholic social teaching (namely, the teachings regarding the sanctity of human life, the common good, subsidiarity, religious freedom, solidarity, etc.)," contrasting the ASP to both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, each of which recognizes only some of these items. Its strongest support is in California, Ohio, and Texas, according to the Madera Tribune (of Madera, California).
The party was founded in 2011 as the Christian Democratic Party USA. Shortly after the 2012 election, the CDP USA renamed itself the American Solidarity Party.
Some members of the American Solidarity Party refer to themselves as Solidarists.
Christian Democracy is in favor of a social market economy. Rejecting communism and enforced socialism, it is in favor of common-sense government regulations and state welfare that recognizes the innate dignity of the individual and works to assist individuals and families to be independent, hard working members of society. Christian Democracy sees a moderate welfare state as the public expression of every citizen's responsibility for his poor brother or sister.
For the socially-conservative American who thinks government intervention has some place in the economy, the American Solidarity Party might fit.
We could best be described as "centrist" as a party...but not centrist by today's definition... Politically, we would be considered center-right on social issues and center-left on economic issues.
In 2011 the Christian Democratic Party USA was formed, and after the 2012 election it was re-named as the American Solidarity Party. Small political parties in the United States do not have a great track record, but given the choices available to Christians, the American Solidarity Party may offer a way to vote according to one's conscience and according to their simple motto: Common Good. Common Ground. Common Sense.
What's next may be hinted at by a 51 year old devout Catholic, businessman, and semi-professional magician named Mike Maturen, who recently accepted the presidential nomination of the American Solidarity Party, the only active Christian Democratic party in the nation. ...Christian Democratic parties began popping up in Europe in the late 19th century after Pope Leo XIII issued the encyclicals Immortale Dei and Rerum Novarum (1885 and 1891 respectively.) In rejecting both unrestricted capitalism and socialism, while affirming aspects of political democracy, the Pope opened up the possibility for an approach to the modern economy and state that was both distinctly Catholic and yet not committed to a return to an imagined (or real) pre-French Revolutionary ancien regime. But the Christian Democratic movement was not exclusively a Catholic phenomenon - neo-Calvinists such as Abraham Kuyper promoted Reformed versions of such parties as well.
Roanoke, VA -independent presidential candidate "Average" Joe Schriner was proudly endorsed by the Christian Democrats (CDP-USA).
This is the Christian Democratic tradition and the structural pluralist concepts that underlie it. The Roman Catholic social teaching of subsidiarity and its related concepts, as well as the parallel neo-Calvinist concept of sphere sovereignty, play major roles in structural pluralist thought.