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American Solidarity Party combines social conservatism and progressive economic positions

Desmond Silveira, candidate for governor. Photo from

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Eric Francis

Three members of the American Solidarity Party, whose platform offers a unique combination of social conservatism and progressive-leaning economic positions, are running for office in California’s June 5, 2018 primary election.

Republicans concerned about protecting human life from conception to natural death or religious liberty in the public square and Democrats concerned about protecting undocumented immigrants or providing universal health care will feel equally at home in the American Solidarity Party.

Chino Hills resident Desmond Silveira  is running for governor. Brian T. Carroll,  of Visalia, is running in California’s 22nd Congressional district for the U.S. House of Representatives, and Anaheim resident Ed Rushman is running in California’s 46th Congressional district. Each is currently working on getting the signatures required to qualify for the ballot.

“We are a party that seeks the common good, on common ground, through common sense,” explained Los Angeles County party coordinator Jim Hanink, quoting from the party platform. “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.”

“The ASP finds its inspiration in Catholic social teaching,” said Hanink, a retired philosophy professor at Loyola Marymount University. He digs deeper into related principles such as distributism  and communitarianism  in a Friday morning live-streamed panel called “The Open Door.”

Rushman  is a consulting technical manager in the information technology and services field. Like the ASP,  he presents himself as an alternative to America’s two-party system, or in California’s case, “one party system.” And he aims to provide “a more direct and responsive representation, free of corporate sponsorship and deals or compromises with politics as usual.”

Carroll is a junior high school teacher in Farmersville and a longtime activist. He helped bring about the public transit system Tulare county has today.

“We support small farmers and businesses against the giants,” he said. “We are not socialists. We support private ownership, but we want that ownership to be distributed to the largest number of owners possible.”


  1. I applaud all efforts to go non-binary on politics.

  2. I applaud their efforts. However, I wonder if there is a party that advocates fiscal conservatism– living within our means so government can not run up the debt. Some day no one will be willing to hold our paper. [I am NOT a gold standard advocate].

    • I advocate a fiscal policy unafraid to take on debt in times of crisis but otherwise reduces deficits. The interest we pay in servicing loans has to be worth it, so we might take on more debt in a recession to blunt the employment impact, but not to cover unnecessary military action. Waste reduction would go a long way toward avoiding deficit spending, and we owe a solid return on taxpayer money.

  3. Third parties can win in one of two ways. First is by growing to replace an existing big party. This year, Desmond has the same chance of being elected governor as any of the Republicans. As the California Republican Party continues its downward spiral, there is room for another party to take its place, especially by attracting Pro-Life elements from the Democrats. The second path to victory is by demonstrating the popularity of a new combination of ideas. One or the other party may steal it. As long as we care more about the ideas than about who gets credit, we win.

  4. In order for “ownership to be distributed to the largest number of owners possible,” a socialist-like government is necessary.

  5. Michael McDermott says:

    California Dis-enfranchises Voters who fail to pander to the GILBERT Gaystapo Agenda of the demi-krat machine. Although more Californians Vote Republican than the entire population of some States, their votes are usually discounted in the ‘Winner Take All’ National Elections – as opposed to being apportioned according to Congressional Districts. The State now limits election ballots to the top two Primary Vote Getters, usually Both Demi-Krat.
    Likewise, as shown by the Klinton Disaster allowing slick willie to become president with barely 40% of the vote, third parties like Ross Perot can have nightmarish consequences.

    • James Hanink says:

      Democracy is a method of governing, and no method, by itself, achieves the common good. That said, isn’t our restrictive two party system already nightmarish?

  6. Crunchy-Cons. Doomed to implode. Socialism is sophomoric ideology at best, godless secular religion at worst. Its polluted Europe and brought its ruin. Its a shame that so many Catholic hierarchy are sold on the folly …

  7. Michael McDermott says:

    While any system of ‘governing’ can become nightmarish – the Present Two Party system does have the benefit of avoiding the type European Parliamentary system that has minority factions holding larger constituencies hostage to their Swing Votes, which are often based on who will support their highly divisive agenda items.

    I remember the SSAD Ole Days when the demi-krats used to hold Reagan Era fundraisers to ‘Save the two Party System’, Yellow Dog demss and all
    Would that somebody had vetted ole Barry ‘on the down low’ for his Marxist / Hate Amerika First / Racist Homosex Misandry – before being crowned by the bought and paid for ‘free press’ – who are the real election stealers

  8. Michael McDermott says:

    L.M.questioned the Co-joined Twins analogy = giving each of the twins a vote, and thus Two Votes for one physical body (which is a Reasonable Accommodation for a unique condition, that does Not Change the whole of Society or the Facts underlying it) versus the Tranny Fetish Freak agenda of parceling people according to various secondary sexual characteristics / costume choices; which could be used to justify giving More Votes to those who are Gender Confused – so that All theirManifested Aspects can Have a Vote. Ahem

    We are moving towards the latter – as a means of overcoming the heterosexual-patriarchal tactic of oppression – known as Voting.

  9. Michael McDermott says:

    We are moving towards Census 2020, and the Danger to the Republic is even greater than the last botched bureaucratic bun fight of the incredibly corrupted Census 2010
    The Census Insiders of the Abomination used a whole bag of dirty tricks to “Tweak the Tabulation Software” and produce abominably incompetent enumerations, which they were then ‘forced’ to Correct, using Statistical Analysis specifically prohibited by the USSC

    “US Census Leaders Actions to Quietly Overturn DOMA
    *Same-sex married couples ‘pleased’ to be counted in 2010 census –
    By Matt O’Brien Contra Costa Times 10/20/2009 SAN FRANCISCO –
    Instead of ignoring same-sex couples who identify as married, the Census Bureau has tweaked the software so those couples…

  10. Michael McDermott says:

    “US Census Leaders Actions to Quietly Overturn DOMA
    *Same-sex married couples ‘pleased’ to be counted in 2010 census –
    – the Census Bureau has tweaked the software so those couples are counted… That’s a big shift, said Lloyd, a longtime San Francisco resident who was hired by the bureau as an outreach coordinator promoting census participation among the LGBT –
    The federal Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996, prohibits the federal government from legally recognizing same-sex marriage – Obama administration lawyers have interpreted the act differently

    2010 Census LGBT Community Roundtable
    # Where: San Francisco LGBT Community Center # Who: Speakers include Tim Olson, assistant division chief for the Census…

  11. Nation-states are an abomination. It’s time to restore Catholic Subsidiarity through widespread secession, devolving into ever-smaller jurisdictions, perhaps some as Catholic monarchies (pray for a good king!)… or Constitutional republics having explicit moral allegiance to the Catholic Church. See Woods, Hoppe, et al:
    See Woods:
    Or Hoppe:

    • if the American Solidarity Party has any serious ambition it should shun any such ambitions for theocracy. The press would have a field day comparing the party to ISIS.

  12. That which we call a Social Justice Warrior by any other name would smell as foul.

    By the way, a governorship or a congressional seat is no entry level position.

  13. Michael McDermott says:

    In an egregious display of Clueless Hypocrisy – the magazine ‘America – the Jesuit Review’ published two articles at opposite ends of the Homosex Ephebophile Infiltration of the Priesthood and subsequent Abuse of Adolescent Boys. One called too Pope Francis to “Restore Trust” after Cardinal Law’s funeral

    The other endorsed Homosex Ephebophile Rape in a new movie, pushing Abuse of Adolescent Boys
    The Editors: Pope Francis needs to restore trust in response to sex abuse crisis

    The Top 9 Films From 2017
    “Call Me by Your Name.” A nearly ethereal, tonally perfect film about sexual awakening and memory, directed by the…

  14. Michael McDermott says:

    Now that Ed Lee has passed, the fight over the Mayor position is narrowing to Clients & Colleagues of the Racist Toddler Rape-Porn Gaystapo in Sodom by the Sea.
    Racist Toddler Rapists like Larry Brinkin & Enrique Pearce may have gotten light sentences for Felonies, but the ‘damage’ has been compartmentalized, and the bought and paid for ‘free press’ is woking hard to keep the likes of Leno, Kim, Wiener, Sparky the Drag Queen & pals – framed in flattering light, as opposed to the light of day to the Evil they do. SEE
    California’s Fight Over Jessica’s Law
    Mr. Leno’s Assembly Bill 50 – would have allowed 100 items of knowingly possessed child…

    • where did the term “gaystopo” come from?

      • Anony … Michael likes to make up his own labels, initials and acronyms. It does sometimes get a little confusing. I once worked with woman who did that as well. For example, she once said she thought a customer was “an FOD” Since we were a deli we all though it had something to do with food. It turns out it was initials for “Friend of “Dorthey” an arcane term for being gay. Stick around CCD long enough and you’ll get used to it

      • Michael McDermott says:
        Leftist Nazis, the Gaystapo, and Islamofascists
        Jim ONeill
        Recently I came across several references to “the far right Nazis,“and “the far right Fascists.“Although this is a subject I have covered before, it will continue to be a topic of great importance for as long as the Left continues to lie about it, and people swallow their lies.

        Fascism always has been, and always will be a left-wing ideology—period. That means that the Nazis, being a subset of Fascism, are left-wing as well. I cannot stress enough the importance of understanding this truth.

        The oft repeated lie that Fascism and the Nazis are right-wing has effectively served…

      • Michael McDermott says:

        The Gaystapo
        Mike Adams

        – Nor is there any attempt to explain how my defense of a black woman who has lost her job at the hands of the Gaystapo constitutes “hate speech.” I guess it just means he hates to hear me speak..

        And I hope you’ll join me in writing to let him know that Americans are getting sick and tired of the Gaystapo and its Nazi tactics

  15. Michael McDermott says:

    And let us Not Forget:
    Larry Brinkin: The Man & His Associates the Militant Homosexuals Expect You to Forget!
    CASE of: Thomas Willis v. City & County of San Francisco, Theresa Sparks, Micki Callahan
    US District Court – Northern CA Civil Case # 12-0231 Settled with $210,000 Tax Money
    San Francisco hit by suit from ex-HRC staffer /react-text ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
    SF mayor names trans adviser
    Sparks, the longtime executive director of the city’s Human Rights Commission

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