Is It Time for a US Christian Democracy Party? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker
[quote=Fr. Longenecker]Perhaps the decay of the two main parties is the best thing to happen to the political scene in the USA. Then something new and fresh could rise from the ashes. Maybe in the aftermath of a Trump or Clinton presidency Christians of all denominations and from both political parties could rally to a new banner. Christian Democracy parties are influential across Europe and Latin America. Inspired by Catholic social teaching, the Christian Democracy parties are right of center on social and cultural issues and left of center on economic and justice issues.
I hope this is an acceptable article for starting this thread, as it’s the closest I could find to my intended topic.
Fr. Longenecker mentions the American Solidarity Party. I just read through the principles, platform positions and other information on their website and I’m intrigued. They have an online convention July 8-10. Before I potentially get involved, I’d like to see if anyone on CAF knows more.
I didn’t see any old threads about the ASP (just a few scattered comments). Obviously virtually everyone involved is likely to be Christian, but I am specifically trying to get an idea of how Catholic its current configuration might be (I get the sense it’s pretty high based on what I’m seeing on their Facebook page and group).
If anyone has any personal experience, please post, even if it’s just having followed them on Facebook. And as the OP, I’d ask that this thread NOT become a place to debate the value of third parties in the U.S. and make dire warnings about how any vote for a third party only functions to hurt the Democratic or Republican standard-bearer. There’s plenty of that in the other political threads. Let’s keep this limited to discussion of the ASP and information about it.
I did also find a “nascent American political party” called the Christian Democratic Union, but their site doesn’t look like it’s been updated since 2013, so I assume it is inactive.