Alan Errol Spears Declares Presidential Campaign With American Independent Party
This week, San Diego lawyer Alan Errol Spears declared his intention to seek the presidential nomination of the American Independent Party. His campaign’s fundraising arm is formally titled the Committee To Restore America’s Greatness, but it’s not at all clear yet what Alan Errol Spears believes America’s past greatness was, what led it to become diminished, or how he intends to restore it.
I’m curious about the Spears for President campaign, though, because there’s no obvious signs of imbalance in his application to the FEC (a quality most of those who submit papers to the FEC are unable to muster), and because of his choice to align with the American Independent Party.
The American Independent Party claims to be the fastest growing political party in the United States, but that’s not a difficult achievement for the AIP, given its tiny size. The party was founded in 1967, and served as a platform for George Wallace, the nasty Southern politician who gained prominence for refusing to accept that African-Americans have a right to equality under the law.
Whether or not the AIP is actually growing quickly, it seems to be limping along organizationally. The party hasn’t even managed to update its platform in five years.
What is on the platform of the American Independent Party is quite disturbing. The AIP claims that we all have a duty to worship God, and that our nation is built upon this principle. In fact, the Constitution makes it clear that the government has no business imposing a duty of religion worship on anyone. It forbids the government from imposing religious tests for employment, and prohibits Congress from establishing religion. The AIP ignores this, declaring that, “All governments are under God whether they like it or not!”
The religion of the American Independent Party isn’t just some general faith that all Christians can agree upon. Instead, The American Independent Party is also explicitly anti-environment in its religious platform, regarding natural ecosystems as nothing more than garbage. “God gave Man this earth to make of it a well-tended Garden — not to leave it an uninhabited wilderness,” the AIP writes.
The AIP also uses the cloak of religion to advocate for the beating of children by their parents, and the denial of legal equality to heterosexual and homosexual married couples.
The American Independent Party has served as a means for the advancement of cruel, regressive politicians in the past. Will it do so again in the presidential election of 2016?