Dorothy Day Caucus of the American Solidarity Party A Revolution of the Heart
Last week, Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL), abandoned the quiet, personal socially “tolerant”, business-focused image he used (with success) when campaigning for the Illinois Governorship and signed HB0040 - a bill striking key provisions in The State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, The Illinois Public Aid Code, The Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act, and the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. In combination, these changes have been interpreted to allow Illinois Health Insurance and Medicaid funding to be used towards obtaining abortions, even in cases not involving rape, incest, or a threat to the health or life of the mother. In response, the American Solidarity Party of Illinois has published the statement, below:
Mainstream political pundits are quick to term Gov. Rauner’s combination of fiscal conservatism and social liberalism as “moderate”. But while policy encouraging industriousness and monetary prudence may be well-and-good, without a solid moral compass to guide government action towards loving one’s neighbor (including the least of these), the state becomes a cruel and selfish thing, utterly insufficient either to bind its citizenry together or to spur them onwards to greatness. Sadly, this sort of “centrism” is what is being embraced by politicians of both mainstream political parties (including Gov. Rauner’s main re-election opponent JB Pritzker). It is this very type of “double-mindedness” that John Adams, 2nd President of the United States warned against when he wrote:
“But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
As proud members of the American Solidarity Party, the Dorothy Day Caucus believes that respect for the dignity of human life is the most basic tenet of a civilized society, and that human life is to be protected consistently from the moment of conception until natural death. Join us not only in opposing abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, and capital punishment, but also advocating for a strong social safety net so that single mothers and struggling families are truly empowered to make choices that realize God’s full blessings in this life.
About the Contributor:
Tai-Chi Kuo, JD: Tai-Chi is an Illinois-based member of the American Solidarity Party and also a member of the Dorothy Day caucus. He is an Assistant Vice President working in the project management office of a regional financial services company. He holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago and also an undergraduate degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign – an institution where he is currently studying to obtain a Masters of Business Administration. Tai-Chi serves as worship coordinator for English-language services at a large, historically Chinese American Evangelical church in the suburban Chicagoland area.
Tara Ann Thieke