Mike Maturen is the candidate for the American Solidarity Party, a Christian Democratic Party whose goal is to:
“seek to promote the common good and the material and spiritual welfare of all people, thereby raising consciousness of the Christian worldview.”
Regarding taxation, the party supports moving from a tax on earned income to a tax on unearned income. Believing that a “strong family unit” is the “core of a well-functioning society,” Maturen noted that “most developed nations offer a paid maternity leave,” which “allows for the proper care of and bonding with the child.” He supports home-schooling because, he says, “no one can teach our kids like a parent. Allowing for and supporting home-schooling is a direct result of the concept of subsidiarity.” He said the ASP is calling for a decentralized single-payer system of healthcare. “We feel that this is the best expression of our distributist/solidarity principles,” he said. The party supports immigration reform which would include a “path to citizenship for those who are currently living here undocumented,” he said.
This election has been one of the wildest in memory and has left many people feeling disillusioned by our current bipartisan system. Should Catholics pick the most popular candidate who gives us the bare minimum of what we want, or is it time to bring a more religious perspective to politics? What do you think?