A “zero tolerance” position on immigration, if I interpret your words correctly, is actually untenable. Some limited amount of immigration, especially that of relatives brought over by invitation, is always able to benefit a nation.
I checked back at the America First Party website and looked at their links page. The first link they listed is…The Ludwig von Mises Institute! Curious, when you consider their devotion to trade restrictions.
Yea, it’s overrun with liberals… It’s a tad hypocritical I think to embrace Austrian economics as fully as they do and reject free trade. The same could be said of the American Protectionist Society which holds essentially identical values.
I don’t fit in fully with the AFP – it’s just the best available party for me. Probably for you as well.
Belonging to a party doesn’t mean one agrees with it in its entirety though.
I’m very tempted to join the AFP, to tell you the truth. But their trade position makes it difficult for me. Then I remember that the party I am currently a member of has no principles whatsoever and certainly less to do with my own.
One thing about the AFP… it’s very small, and that trade issue is going to drive you nuts – heh, it’s pretty important. Though the two members I know who live near me are both libertarians. I should also warn that though it’s citizenist, like the LP the AFP is going to contain some extremist/nutty members, such is the case of any third party I suspect. I’ve not met any such members, but it’s a likelihood.
I receive a newsletter in the mail (which is often very good), an occasional email, I once was included in a telephone conference, and… I add one more name to the party’s roster, though it seems there becomes doubt over who on the mailing list continues to consider himself a member and who doesn’t.
Every party has one element in common though: they expect members to donate regularly. I don’t think the AFP requires annual dues, but every party expects its members to contribute, so you’ll feel obligated. This real cost might outweigh the marginal benefits.
I for one very much enjoy thinking I’m a member of the AFP… a party that wishes to put America First rather than empire and one that ties back to the original America First movement which opposed entry into WWII – it’s a beautiful concept.
The only political work I do anymore is occasionally putting up candidate road signs and talking to random people I meet in my day-to-day (I don’t make phone calls or go door-to-door because such seems rude.)
If you’re in a state with an established AFP state party, you might want to get involved with it, but founding one requires responsibility, leadership, and, of course, money (at least in my state.) There’s no state party in my state.
I never did much with the AFP. For me it has been just that it provides me a sense of identification… Few wish to join a state party that doesn’t yet exist, so I haven’t had any luck getting any to join, though I no longer recommend people join the party – I now just talk of current candidates and issues.