“Where can I interact with American Solidarity Party members?”
Please follow our public page on Facebook, our Instagram, or on Twitter find us @AmSolidarity, where you are welcome to comment (respectfully in solidarity, please!) and interact with members and others who are curious about the party.
If you’ve joined the party as a voting member, you can also join our voting members group, where we discuss ways we can help advance our political causes together.
“How do I join?”
You can join us by using the form on the Support Us page. Joining the party requires that you affirm your agreement with our four core principles: the sanctity of human life, the necessity of social justice, our responsibility for the environment, and the possibility of a more peaceful world. A financial donation is also required when you join. Membership (including the affirmation statement and donation) must be renewed annually, in order to participate in internal party voting, and there is a two-month waiting period from the time you first join before you are eligible to vote internally.
Doing this in no way keeps you from being a registered Democrat or Republican for voting in primaries. In some states, voter registration under the American Solidarity Party may be possible. There is no link between registering on this website and registering with the state.
“I want to get involved!”
We’re glad you found us! As a new party, energy and enthusiasm will make all the difference! Here are a few quick ways to get involved:
- Sign up as a member! This will put you on the list to receive emails about our national activities and opportunities to get involved with the national party. Your contact information will also be shared with the leadership of your state chapter (but NEVER anyone else!) so you can get involved in state and local activities.
- Sign up for our newsletters! This will help keep you up-to-date on party activities and efforts around the country, as well as internal news. Many articles in our blog are first published in our newsletter. Even if you are not a party member, you many be able to participate in many of our activities.
- Donate! We are funded solely by small donors like you. We do not have corporate PACs or billionaires backing our party. We need your help to get the word out about this exciting new party that is committed to advancing the common good, not corporate and special interests.
- Join the Voting Members group on Facebook. Within a day or two of signing up you should receive an invitation to our Members group on Facebook where you can learn more about ways to get involved and where you can engage with other members on a variety of topics. Join and follow your state ASP chapter pages and groups too.
- Spread the word! Tell your family and friends about the ASP. If you know of a great online magazine or blog that might like to do an interview with a candidate or member of the National Committee, let us know. If you read a blog and you think that it’s appropriate, leave a comment directing people to our website to learn more about us!
Is the American Solidarity Party “Liberal,” “Conservative,” “Left,” or “Right”?
Those terms are very confusing in America today, but suffice it to say the American Solidarity Party does not fit neatly into those categories because its inspiration comes from the political philosophy known as Christian Democracy which is an alternative to the traditional Right/Left paradigm in America.
Christian Democracy? Is it theocratic, or does ASP advocate for a state religion or theocracy in America?
No, no, and no.
Okay, So what is Christian Democracy?
Christian democracy is the movement that rebuilt Germany and Italy after the disaster of Fascism and the Second World War bringing democracy, prosperity, and stability to both nations and aligning them on the side of the United States in the Cold War. It is a political movement that originated in Europe during the mid-19th century, specifically in Central Europe, the Low Countries, France, and Italy.
The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a Christian Democracy think tank in Germany, states:
Catholic and evangelic teachings form the historical and ideological core of Christian social ethics. They emerged during the 19th Century in response to the social upheavals caused by the onset of industrialization….Christian Democracy’s founding belief is the Christian view of humanity. Thus, in such a belief, every individual is considered unique and must be treated with dignity. According to the Christian view of humanity, man is certainly not a mere indistinct member of a particular social class as expounded by Marxism as he is unique. Moreover, in contrast to totalitarian ideologies, the Christian idea of humanity does not strive to form a ‘new man’ but accepts each person as he is including all his strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. The belief in the inviolable dignity of the individual should not lead one to think that man is atomistic and unsociable. On the contrary, the Christian view of humanity emphasizes man’s dual nature: Man is both, an individual with inalienable rights and a social being that can only realize his potential through coexisting with other people. the individual’s right to participate actively, equally and responsibly in politics and society is derived from Christian Democracy’s understanding of man’s dual nature.
Are there other organizations advocating Christian democracy in the United States?
The Center for Public Justice is a think tank in the tradition of the Dutch Reformed churches but with reach far beyond those circles, which identifies with Christian democracy. It particularly publicizes the political philosophy of Abraham Kuyper, a Dutch Christian democratic prime minister in the early 1900s, who popularized the concept of sphere sovereignty, which is similar to subsidiarity (see below).
Roman Catholic papal encyclicals (starting with Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII in 1891) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ policy statements do not specifically identify with Christian democracy but generally fall into that tradition and are well aligned with our platform.
Are non-Christians welcome in the party?
All Americans who agree with our philosophy of embracing whole-life politics, loving your neighbor, and valuing the importance of human dignity are invited to join the party regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof.
Why doesn’t your platform have a position on issue?
On some issues, especially specific foreign policy questions or local development and housing, where the situation is fluid and has to be judged prudentially, the ASP leaves the decision of how best to apply our platform and principles to the individual candidates seeking office under the American Solidarity Party banner.
“Will you be on the ballot in my state?”
The answer to this question really depends on the willingness of each person to get actively involved in the process. As more people like you join the effort, getting the word out into the community and inviting family, friends, and neighbors, more and more states will actually be able to put ASP candidates on the ballot.