Solidarity Party Platform

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National Platform of the ASP

We are a party that seeks the common good, on common ground, through common sense. We believe in the sanctity of human life, the necessity of social justice, our responsibility to care for the environment, and promotion of a more peaceful world. We cherish the individual rights and separation of government powers protected by the U.S. Constitution, and recognize the need for social supports and community cohesion as modeled by a number of European governments or movements. We seek to bridge the bitter partisan divide with principled and respectful policies and dialog.

We believe that public policies should advance these essential principles:

    • We must build a culture and enact laws upholding the equal, innate and inviolable dignity and rights of every human person from conception to natural death.
    • We have an obligation to care for our neighbor, and especially to defend those who are most vulnerable. We believe that ensuring every person has access to essentials such as food, shelter, education and healthcare is an achievable goal in our society.
    • We believe that family, local communities, and voluntary associations are the first guarantors of human dignity, and cultivate mutual care. National institutions and policies should support, not supplant them.
    • We must share and protect natural resources and the environment, as held in trust for the benefit of all inhabitants of the world, present and future.
    • We believe that violence should only be used as a last resort for addressing conflict within our communities and throughout the world.

Content:

Right to Life

We believe that respect for the dignity of human life is the most basic tenet of a civilized society. This dignity is unconditional, it is never reduced by factors such as usefulness or wantedness. From the moment of conception until natural death, every human being is entitled to protections under the law, to just treatment and to equitable consideration.

We, therefore, support:

  • A constitutional amendment that affirms that personhood begins at conception and declares that there is no right to abortion under the U.S. Constitution, thus reversing Roe v. Wade and its progeny.
  • Federal and state laws that protect the rights of both mothers and their unborn children.
  • Use of government funds to meet the special needs of women, mothers and children, without ever contributing to organizations that provide, promote or facilitate abortions.
  • Policies that help prevent the tragedy of suicide, including universal access to affordable mental health care.
  • Creation of a strong and inclusive social safety net to provide for the needs of the most vulnerable members of society.

And we oppose:

  • Compounding the tragedy of abortion through criminal penalties against the women who obtain them.
  • Intentional destruction of human embryos, in any context.
  • Human cloning.
  • Euthanasia and assisted suicide.
  • Capital punishment.

Marriage and Family

We recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of every human society. This natural social arrangement both precedes the state and has rights and responsibilities independent of it. We respect the central role of marriage in fostering lasting family ties and strong communities, and believe that the effectiveness of marriage in ensuring the well-being of the next generation depends on the norms of monogamy, sexual exclusivity, and permanence.

We, therefore, support:

  • Measures that promote stable and healthy marriages and aid families in the raising of children.
  • Strong measures to prevent and prosecute domestic violence, one of the most serious threats to marriage.
  • Laws that protect religious institutions, small businesses, and private individuals from civil or criminal liability for refusing to participate in activities contrary to their belief in marriage as a secure union of one man and one woman.
  • Workplace accommodations for parents, including paid parental leave, flexible scheduling, and affordable childcare.
  • Tax reform measures that incentivize marriage and raising children.
  • Removal of any marriage penalties in the tax code and public welfare programs.

Religion in the Public Square

As a Christian Democratic party, we affirm that religious values have played an important role in the history and culture of the United States of America. We also recognize that many of the earliest American settlers were persecuted religious minorities, and respect the long history of religious liberty that has been an essential component of our national identity.

We, therefore, support:

  • Laws that allow people of all faiths to practice their religion without intimidation in either their private and public lives. We oppose strains of aggressive secularism that seek to remove all traces of religious identity from the public sphere.
  • The free exercise of religion as the right to fully live out the dictates of one’s faith. We believe that there is more to the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion than the mere “freedom to worship.”

Civil Rights

We believe in the vigorous enforcement of civil liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights. We believe that the persistence of unjust discrimination in our society must be acknowledged and addressed. The state has a role to play in protecting marginalized groups from unjust discrimination, and should pay particular attention to the effect that policy proposals will have on vulnerable and marginalized groups.

We, therefore, support:

  • The principle that all persons have equal dignity and are entitled to nondiscriminatory treatment regardless of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • Laws favoring full and fair access to the polls, courts, housing, education, employment, and credit regardless of race, religion, sex, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • Efforts, consistent with public safety, to rehabilitate and fully integrate convicted criminal offenders back into society, including measures to restore voting access and limit the use of criminal history in employment decisions where practicable.
  • The constitutionally guaranteed rights of free public assembly, speech, and a free and independent press.
  • Legal recognition that our First Amendment rights to free speech, assembly, association and petition extend to new electronic media.
  • Ending foreign and domestic censorship of print and electronic media.

Economic Participation

We believe that the U.S. economy should be built around the needs of the human person, rather than focused primarily on consumption and the accumulation of wealth. It should create opportunities for self-sufficiency, while encouraging ownership of our responsibility to look out for one another. Government has a role in fulfilling this responsibility in partnership with the private sector. We urge solidarity among people from every strata of society: rich, poor, and middle class, We are committed to building an economy that is fair and transparent, using models of production and distribution that are local, responsible, and sustainable.

We, therefore, support:

  • Economic policies that expand opportunities for the poor, and rebuilding and supporting a vibrant middle class, the erosion of which is a fundamental threat to our democracy.
  • The right of workers to be compensated for the wealth they create and to participate in economic decision-making.
  • A fair and progressive tax system that ends subsidies and exemptions which disproportionately benefit the wealthy and favor speculation over work.
  • Labor and consumer protection laws to offset disproportionate market power.
  • The widest range of opportunities to own productive property, including family-owned businesses and worker-owned cooperatives.
  • The free market approach over the command market approach, recognizing the benefits of free and fair markets for the voluntary exchange of goods and services.
  • A review of existing regulations and taxes, to assess their impact on small businesses.
  • Strong antitrust enforcement to preserve a free market and the elimination of regulations designed to unfairly inhibit competition by smaller firms.
  • The repeal of subsidies that encourage urban sprawl and discourage local farming and production.
  • Laws that discourage corporate farm ownership and help sustain family farms and rural communities.
  • Exploring state and local land value taxes as an alternative to traditional property taxes.
  • Reform of intellectual property laws that allow corporations to control seed life, and thus control a disproportionate amount of our food sources.
  • Investigating possible alternatives to stigmatized welfare programs and regressive entitlements such as the use of Universal Basic Income to supplement wages and share the benefits of nature and technology.

Banking and Finance in the Public Interest

Access to capital is necessary for families and small businesses to prosper. Ensuring widespread access to credit on fair lending terms is essential to building shared prosperity and stable communities.

We, therefore, support:

  • The operation of credit and similar financial institutions in the interests of borrowers and lenders, not stock market speculators, and the advancement of credit unions, mutual insurance companies, and other cooperative forms of ownership for financial enterprises.
  • The application of antitrust regulations and other regulatory authority in order to prevent the expansion of outsized credit institutions, stop institutions “too big to fail” from forming, and end taxpayer bailouts for the shareholders of publicly-traded banks and financial institutions.
  • Restoration of the historic separation of banks and investment houses.
  • Careful oversight and regulation of financial services companies and professionals to ensure guidance is in the best interest of the consumer.
  • Addressing the student loan crisis by subsidizing extended low interest rate and partial forgiveness, and restoring the ability to discharge student loans in bankruptcy.
  • Increasing regulation and controls on alternative forms of credit and finance such as payday loan and title loan stores, money transfer businesses, and Bitcoin.
  • Regulation of the credit card industry and prohibition of usurious interest rates and unfair business practices.
  • Greater transparency and legal responsibility on the part of creditors and vendors for vigilance against fraudulent activity, such as identity theft.

Free and Fair Trade

The American Solidarity Party recognizes that international trade has the potential to raise the standard of living for all nations. If it is not regulated in accord with the common good, however, it can lead to the exploitation of labor and the environment, as well as economic insecurity.

We, therefore, support:

  • Public policies and investments that allow businesses to successfully compete and workers to maintain family sustaining wages.
  • International trade agreements structured to guarantee the freedom of all participants and establish strict labor and environmental standards in order to prevent a “race to bottom” whereby nations compete for industry by loosening protections.
  • Reform of international trade and finance institutions (such as the World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund) in order to assure transparency, accountability, and fairness to all nations.
  • An end to loopholes that protect special interests at the expense of consumers.
  • Disfavoring trade with countries in which workers and the environment are exploited.
  • Trade agreements that favor local producers over international corporations.
  • An end to the use of international financial pressure to restructure the economies of debtor nations in ways that favor large corporate interests over protections for the poor and middle class families.

Health and Welfare

In recognizing all persons’ equal right to life, we call for the government’s assurance of a robust safety net to stop preventable deaths and reduce affronts to human dignity due to inadequate nutrition, clothing, shelter, safety or health care. We also recognize that meaningful work according to a person’s abilities is essential to human dignity, whether or not this work is remunerated by a market economy.

We, therefore, support:

  • Diverse efforts across this country to secure universal health care access, affordability and outcomes, including single-payer health initiatives, healthcare cooperatives, and hybrid systems at the state and national level.
  • Maintenance of crucial federal programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (welfare), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or “food stamps”), housing initiatives, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Regular reform of these programs is essential, provided that they are not reduced without another adequate safety net being in place.
  • Allowing states to experiment with alternative income support approaches, such as Universal Basic Income, as a replacement for the myriad means-tested programs currently in place.
  • A health and welfare system that includes conscience protections for employers and charities that do not wish to participate in activities that contradict their sincerely held moral convictions.
  • Assurance of a living minimum wage, calculated by the cost of raising a family on a single income in each given municipality, for all full-time workers.
  • Retirement security for seniors through adequately-funded Social Security and other public pension systems.

Stewardship of the Environment

We believe in the responsibility of every generation to serve as stewards of the Earth. We recognize the intrinsic value of nature. We must work to fix the deficits of the past, act as responsible managers in the present, and ensure for future generations a planet that is healthy and thriving . We reject discredited warnings of an overpopulation crisis and believe that human beings are fully capable of building a society that is populous, developed, and permanently sustainable.

We, therefore, support:

  • The scientific consensus that human beings are causing instability in the global climate. We regard this as a humanitarian crisis that must be addressed without delay by the world’s wealthiest nations, including the United States.
  • The necessary levels of government funding for research into safe and renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind power.
  • The incremental roll-back of government support of the use of fossil fuels.
  • A robust regulatory apparatus which conserves our nation’s great natural resources and protects our land, air and water from man-made pollution and degradation.
  • Civil recourse for victims of environmental destruction by individuals and organizations.
  • The institution of pollution taxes to fund research into cleaner methods of production and waste management, and to compensate citizens for abuse of the natural commons.
  • Economic redevelopment initiatives, such as job retraining and direct family aid, in those regions adversely affected by the transition to planet-friendly fuels and modes of production.
  • Policies that incentivize reuse and recycling, deter consumption and decrease disposal.
  • Improved access to affordable, convenient public transportation, and the promotion of healthy alternatives to the individual use of motor vehicles, such as cycling, and walking.
  • The input of indigenous populations in land-use deliberations.

Civic Engagement

The American Solidarity Party calls for the reform of electoral laws at every level of government in order to encourage voter participation by all citizens. We believe that the current system disenfranchises third parties and those they represent through systemic legal and procedural measures that favor and uphold a two-party system.

We, therefore, support:

  • Alternative methods of voting in primaries and elections in order to make governing bodies more accurately reflect broad candidate choice.These include, but are not limited to: approval voting, range voting, ranked choice voting, and instant run-offs.
  • Reform of the redistricting process through independent and impartial agencies.
  • State exploration of automatic voter registration for all citizens upon naturalization or coming of age, with conscience protections for those who choose to opt out.
  • Elimination of restrictive voter-registration and voter identification laws that suppress voter turnout, particularly among the poor and minority groups.
  • Easy access to impartial and fact-based information on candidates and ballot measures in print, online and through broadcast media.
  • Measures to reduce the influence of money in politics, including waiting periods before public servants are permitted to accept employment in private lobbying firms, requirements for offering equal time to all candidates as a condition of broadcast licenses, and other constitutional means of amplifying views that do not tend to attract support from wealthy donors.

Public Services

We believe that if our society is to flourish, it requires skilled and educated workers and a solid physical infrastructure. The common good is cultivated by a vigorous and responsible public sector in transportation, education, the arts, and entertainment.

We, therefore, support:

  • Public investment in adult education, training and professional development.
  • Creating and maintaining affordable, effective public transportation systems that cut down on carbon emissions and make travel cost-effective and convenient.
  • Investments in scientific research and technology that advance the common good, and do not just increase the profits of private corporations.
  • Intellectual property laws that advance the public good.
  • Increased public funding for basic research and development.
  • Anti-trust legislation and enforcement to resist the formation of media conglomerates, and, if necessary, to break up those that already exist.
  • Public ownership of the airwaves.
  • Leasing through auction the electromagnetic spectrum for commercial use to recover its full market value.
  • Net neutrality so that users may access legal content without restrictions imposed by their Internet Service Providers.
  • The creation of local, public ISPs and universal Wi-Fi access to the Internet.
  • The public ownership of natural monopolies, such as toll roads and bridges, community policing, parking enforcement, public transportation, prisons, and energy and water utilities.

Justice in the Workplace

We believe in affirming the dignity of both work and the worker. Workplaces should advance full and fair participation in the economy. We seek to maintain a level playing field between ownership, labor, management, and consumers.

We, therefore, support:

  • The right of workers to form associations in pursuit of their collective economic interests.
  • Legal protection for occupational safety and compensation, equal access to employment, good faith in hiring and retention, and paid leave for illness and family care.
  • Extra resources and attention towards the needs of disabled workers, including a redoubling of efforts to break down all barriers that prevent disabled persons from achieving their full potential contributions to society and the economy.
  • Rigorous enforcement of workplace discrimination laws.
  • More aggressive steps to eliminate discrimination against older workers.
  • Exploration of alternative employee benefit arrangements, especially to address challenges to fairness in the workplace arising from the emerging digitized, “gig” economy, and to level the competitive playing field among employers, including universal, portable benefits that better protect all workers.
  • Expanded jobs programs, education, and training to provide dislocated and other marginalized workers a foothold in the economy.
  • Blocking union-busting laws that interfere with the relationship between employers and labor organizations.

Education

The American Solidarity Party recognizes that a well-educated citizenry is integral to the flourishing of our Republic. We believe it is essential to have a system of public and private education that provides for the needs of all students, regardless of their gender, race, economic background, or differing abilities. We promote a culture of intellectual achievement and lifelong learning.

We, therefore, support:

  • The right of families to choose the best methods for educating their children, be they public,charter, private, parochial or home-based education.
  • Concrete steps to address educational inequalities in our current public education system, including increased flexibility to address the needs of economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.
  • Increased funding for public education and measures to address the imbalance of finances and resources between districts.
  • Tax credit programs that give families the practical means to choose the form of education they prefer.
  • Generous tax credits for individual and corporate donations to fund scholarships for lower-income enrollees at private primary and secondary educational institutions.
  • Public funds for private education options, by means determined at the state or local level, provided equitable funding of public education is safeguarded.
  • Measurable educational standards that preserve the freedom of teachers to design curricula appropriate to the needs of their students within general parameters set by local authorities.
  • Greater control of tuition rates at public institutions, and stricter regulation of for-profit educational enterprises.
  • Expansion of student loan-forgiveness and loan-reduction programs.
  • A dynamic public educational system that provides the rigorous formation of literate, well-rounded, virtuous citizens. In addition to providing a strong foundation in core subjects, such as reading, writing, mathematics and science, we call for classes to be offered in, among other things, civics, the arts, technical fields, vocational training, home economics and financial literacy.

National Security

We believe that a safer, more just, and peaceful world is achievable through principled use of force and diplomacy. We believe we can secure our nation without sacrificing personal liberties or overextending our global military presence and commitments.

We, therefore, support:

  • Military force being used only when consistent with Just War principles.
  • Ending the use of nuclear weapons, pre-emptive strikes, disproportionate retaliation, the killing of civilians, and the mistreatment of prisoners of war.
  • Condemning the use of torture – by whatever method, for whatever purpose, and by whatever euphemism it may be called.
  • Prosecution and punishment to the fullest extent of the law of those who participate in or authorize torture.
  • A review of the effectiveness of security agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Recognition that prudence in securing our borders can be reconciled with compassion for families fleeing violence and persecution.

Border Security and Immigration

The American Solidarity Party recognizes and affirms the essential contributions of immigrants to our culture, economy, and national identity. We call for a complete reform of our immigration laws, including creating pathways to citizenship for eligible immigrants currently residing, unauthorized, within our borders. While recognizing the threat posed by organized crime along our southern border, we are opposed to its excessive militarization and fortification. We recognize that the causes of immigration are complex and multifaceted, and will work towards international and domestic policies that will make immigration a choice, rather than a necessity.

We, therefore, support:

  • A generous policy of asylum for migrants fleeing persecution and violent conflict within their countries of origin, including a call for the United States to fulfill its obligations under international law in regards to the treatment of refugees and those fleeing inhumane conditions.
  • Repealing unnecessary and excessive barriers to residency, including punitive provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, that make it nearly impossible for unauthorized immigrants to become legal permanent residents.
  • Providing safety and opportunity for all immigrants who currently reside within our states, including equal access to driving privileges and higher education.
  • A pathway to citizenship for parents of United States citizens.
  • An end of the use of private for-profit immigrant detention centers as well as the detention of immigrants who do not pose a threat to national security or public safety, especially children and families.

Personal Security and Criminal Justice

We believe that preventing and punishing crime is an essential public service. As public servants, law enforcement officers should be supported and held to the highest standards of professionalism. We are alarmed by increasing rates of arrest and incarceration and conflicts between police and communities. We recognize a pattern of disproportionate incarceration among minority communities reflects a culture of personal and institutional racism. In enforcing laws against non-violent offenses, we must ensure vulnerable groups are not re-victimized by the criminal justice system.

We, therefore, support:

  • Measures to increase transparency and trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, including the use of body cameras and civilian review boards, models of community policing, and the diversification of local police forces.
  • Strict accountability for the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers.
  • Ending the privatization of law enforcement and penal institutions.
  • Ending arbitrary legal requirements in sentencing for nonviolent offenses that result in long-term imprisonment, such as mandatory minimum sentences and three-strikes laws.
  • Prosecution and punishment of drug-related crimes that focuses on distribution, impaired performance, or endangerment, rather than possession and use.
  • Redirecting funds allotted for the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of illicit drug users towards prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.
  • Mandatory rehabilitation programs in lieu of imprisonment, to the extent that local jurisdictions determine that arresting illicit substance users for possession is practicable and a wise use of crime prevention resources.
  • More vigorous and holistic measures to end human trafficking, including stricter and more uniform penalties for those who purchase or arrange for the purchase of sex.
  • Protection for people forced into the sex trade, and the provision of rehabilitation and employment training to those who are exploited by it.
  • Treating the proliferation and ease of access to pornography, and the exploitation and commodification it entails, as a public health crisis.
  • Strict measures to better protect minors from pornography and the use of state resources to educate the public about the dangers of pornography
  • Ending government involvement in the promotion of legal vices such as gambling, and strict regulation of gambling when permitted.
  • Taxation of casinos to support gambling recovery and rehabilitation programs.
  • Ending the exploitation and commodification of women’s bodies that is inherent in for-profit gestational surrogacy contracts, and a ban on such arrangements.