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.