One silver lining in the black cloud that is the current election is that many Christians are rethinking the relationship between their faith and their political beliefs. Many Christians are rejecting both the Republicans and the Democrats and are seeking different possibilities for political engagement. There is now a third party that is strongly pro-life, pro-religious liberty, and pro-“family values,” while also being more on the liberal side when it comes to economic and environmental issues.
The American Solidarity Party calls itself “the only active Christian Democratic party in the United States.” Christian Democratic parties are very prominent in Europe–that’s the party of German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, for example–and it is the way Christian activism tends to expresses itself in other countries, a hybrid of liberalism and conservatism, rather than straight conservatism. (See my previous blog entry on the subject.) Another way to look at it is as an expression of Roman Catholic social teaching. Thus, the American Solidarity Party is anti-war and anti-death penalty–taking the “whole” pro-life position–while also advocating the decentralizing teachings of subsidiarity as found in localism, small business, and limited government. (So its economic liberalism is not exactly the big government variety favored by the Democrats.) But the party and its ideas aren’t just Catholic–the party chairman is a Baptist.
The American Solidarity Party is running Michael Maturen for president and Juan Muñoz for vice-president. They will only be on the ballot in three states (Louisiana, Florida, and Colorado), though they are registered for write-in status in 30 states. So no, they won’t win, but they represent another option that could grow into something more in the future.
The Libertarian candidates are socially liberal, but economically conservative. American Solidarity is socially conservative, but economically liberal. Are those hybrids really possible?
What do you think about this party? Would you vote for the Maturen-Muñoz ticket, if you could?