December 15, 2017
First, we can look at a pair of principles that follow the platform preamble.
1. Family, local communities, and voluntary associations are the first guarantors of human dignity and the cultivators of mutual care.
2. We must share and protect natural resources and the environment, as held in trust for the benefit of all, present and future.
Second, we can begin a reflection of Distributism, an economic resource of the Solidarity Party. Say what? For a start consider the following.
Alasdair MacIntyre (2016) writes "What is amiss with capitalism is not only what it does to the unemployed and the poor, but also what it does to the rich and to better paid workers and managers. Human beings can achieve their common and their individual goods only though concerted actions that require cooperative relationships informed by the norms of natural law and, in order to achieve those goods, they must develop their powers as as rational agents. [But] capitalism not only recurrently imposes types of social relationship that violate these norms, it also miseducates and wrongly directs desire...so that for many of every social class the satisfaction of their desires and the development of their powers become incompatible. What they want is too often what they have no good reason to want."
For more, why not take a look at the website of the Distributist Review?
Third, we can "take the pulse" of solidarity inspired political efforts in California.
December 8, 2017
1. Revisit the platform preamble. 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 and movements. We seek to bridge the bitter partisan divide with principled and respectful policies and dialogue.
2. Revisit a sampler of items from the various planks. Here are two, and I encourage you to present two of your own---or add one that should be there.
1. Revisit the Platform Preamble. 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 and movements. We seek to bridge the bitter partisan divide with principled and respectful policies and dialogue.
2. Revisit a sampler of items from the various planks. Here are three, and I encourage you to present three of your own.
Special on-location broadcast event on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 2:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Pacific live from Biola University with Dr. Jim Hanink and friends! It's back-to-back Open Door with a special Friday/Saturday combination on the Right to Life! (This show will also air on Friday, November 24, 2017, as our Thanksgiving weekend show.)
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:
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:
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 groups.We, therefore, support:
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:
This week's discussion, drawing on Catholic social teaching, will explore the "Civic Engagement" plank of the American Solidarity Party. But...there will be a prelude. Years ago there was a cartoon strip, "There Oughta Be a Law." See this link:
paranoiastrikesdeep.blogspot.com/2012/06/there-oughta-be-law.html Jun 28, 2012 - “There Oughta Be a Law” was a newspaper panel strip.
But what sort of law? Let's begin, then, by discussing an example of a law that the Solidarity Party might propose on a state level and on a national level. We might also consider an example of a law that the Solidarity Party might repeal on a state level and on a national level.
Then let's take a close look the platform plank for the day...
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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. Airing on July 28, 2017.
We, therefore, support:
Education. A well-educated citizenry is integral to the flourishing of our Republic. We call for a system of public and private education for all students. We promote a culture of lifelong learning. Airing on Friday, July 21, 2017.
We, therefore, support:
On what basis might a reasonable person subscribe to the following? Why especially might a Christian do so? How pragmatic is the following "in the here and now"?
We seek the common good. We believe in the sanctity of human life, the necessity of social justice, our responsibility to care for the environment, and the promotion of a peaceful world. We cherish individual rights and separation of government powers, and we recognize the need for social support and community cohesion. We seek to bridge the partisan political divide with honest dialogue.
Public policies should advance these imperatives:
7 July Pragmatism: Is it good in theory, as a wag has said, but not in practice? Why or why not? What difference does it make?
30 June Who are the poor, and how do we help them? (with special guest, Lydia Kemi Ingram of Murrieta, CA)
23 June Aging and its effect on humility
16 June What is the natural law? Examples?
09 June How may I be sure the host really is the body and blood of Christ?
02 June Just War Theory
26 May "I must always follow my own conscience." Why? What is conscience?
19 May What is the Benedict Option? Who should and who does embrace it?
May 12, 2017 - In what way now are we "Strangers in a strange land" - no show was taped on May 5, 2017.
St. Anselm's Paradox - Why is this true? Airing April 28, 2017. ("Nor do I seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand. For this, too, I believe, that unless I first believe, I shall not understand."
Authentic Humility - defined. The core virtue - why? Airing April 21, 2017.
Metaphysics - what, why and How. Led by Richard Geraghty. Recorded and Aired on April 7, 2017.
In what way does someone "obey" the unseen God? Why?" (Recorded and Aired on March 31, 2017.)
What do Christians mean by the word "love?" (Recorded and Aired on March 24, 2017.)
Panel members' most memorable spiritual or religious moment(s) (Recorded and Aired on March 17, 2017.)
Models of the Church according to Avery Cardinal Dulles (Recorded on March 3 and aired on March 10, 2017.)
What is Ash Wed and lent all about? Why? (Recorded on February 24. Aired on March 3, 2017.)
The virtue of detachment and acceptance of God's will. Follow on to the topic of rejection led by Ronda and Paradise Commander. (Recorded on February 17, 2017. Aired on February 24, 2017.)
The socio-psychological problem of personal rejection. Ronda will lead this discussion based on her recent book on rejection. (Recorded on February 10. Aired on February 17, 2017.)
The Panel's experience of dreams as messages from God; May include comment on Jungian dream analysis and scripture examples. (Recorded on February 3, 2017. Aired February 10, 2017.)
The Panel's experience with travel to sacred sites. (Recorded on January 27. Aired 2/3/17.)
The Panel's experience with sacred music. (To be recorded on January 20. First Airing 1/27/17.)
The American Solidarity Party with the discussion led by James Hanink (To be recorded on January 13. First Airing 1/20/17.)
Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry: A Work of the California Vineyard, with guest Catherine Hughes (To be recorded on January 6. First Airing 1/13/17.)
Advent Program Series
During the run up to the Christmas season, we will consider many avenues to joy available to most adults as we advance in senior maturity, generally the retirement years. Some sink into depression, inactivity or even a state of fearful avoidance as they enter the last phase of life. It need not be so. The great majority of seniors have multiple opportunities to achieve great happiness, even joy, in their last years. The Open Door panel will discuss numerous options by example, a verbal catalogue of options made available to seniors in three phases, three weekly hour long discussions.
"Methods for personal evangelization." (Recorded on December 16, 2017. Aired on December 23, 2016.) Panel members will discuss their method(s) used to evangelize individuals or small groups. Personal evangelization, not classroom lecturing or writing books, etc)
"Joy for the elderly found in the pursuit of art, literature and science." (Recorded on December 9. Aired on December 16, 2017.)
"Joy for the elderly found in avocational work, service and social outreach." (Recorded on December 2. First airing 12/9/16.)
"Is Christendom really in decline?" (First airing 11/18/16)
What can the Church do about the decline of Christendom? i.e., Christian faith.
"Is Christendom really in decline?" (First airing 11/11/16)
During the first weekly session of this series we discussed our understanding and experience of God's grace, followed the second week by the question of God's actual existence. In the third session, we discussed the 18th century errors of Sir Isacc Newton that led to 19th century philosophic errors of Comte and others that, in turn, finally led in the 20th century to a decline of Christendom in the western world; a decline which still seems to continue today. This raises the question, "Is there actually a decline of Christendom ongoing? That is the discussion point for today. Is Christendom actually in decline?
"Newton, Comte and the decline of Christendom." (First aired 11/4/16)
Sir Isaac Newton's 18th century cosmologic speculations led to 19th century atheistic philosophic speculations most notably by Comte, which became paradigmatic assumptions of the many a world view of reality. This has lead to an apocalypse of indifference toward Christianity in the Western world. We will discuss this chain of events and reveal the errors of both Newton and Comte.
"Dear God: Is you is, or is you ain't?" (First aired 10/28/16)
The battle between Faith and Reason is over. Faith has won, but few know it. Science had proven the necessity of a designing, creating, sustaining Transcendent intellect. We will discuss the classical proofs of God's existence and end with the latest contributions from astrophysics.
"Grace." (First aired 10/21/16)
The Grace of God is well established in revelation, religious thought and belief; but also can be experienced as a physical phenomena. We will discuss our understanding of Grace as an intellectual topic and end with two descriptions of actual physical encounters..
The Open Door was established in October, 2016, by Lt. Colonel Albert E. Hughes (USAF Retired) holds an MS in Systems Management (with distinction) from the Air Force Institute of Technology, an MM in Pastoral Ministry from Seattle University (Jesuit). He is certified in Spiritual Direction by the Monastery of the Risen Christ in San Luis Obispo, CA. He is an accomplished retreat master and Catholic evangelist. A convert at mid-life from agnostic rationalism, he has taught scripture and conducted period retreats in parishes in Seattle, WA, Santa Maria, CA, and Corpus Christi, TX, for 25 years.