The Prohibition Party Platform - 2004
We, the delegates to the Prohibition National Convention, assembled at Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, September 5-6, 2003, recognizing Almighty God as the Source of all just government, and with faith in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, promise that if our nominees are chosen to administer the affairs of our nation, states, or communities, we will seek to serve the needs and to preserve the prerogatives and guaranteed Constitutional freedoms of the citizens of the United States of America.
Constitutional Government and States Rights
We affirm our loyalty to the Constitution of The United States of America. We support states rights according to the 10th Amendment. We support the integrity of the three branches of government.
The several states which created the federal government have had many of their rights usurped by all three branches of that government. We will take strong action to preserve and/or restore the states’ Constitutional rights.
We will conduct foreign affairs with the preservation
of American liberty and independence as our chief objective. Except for
emergency humanitarian help, foreign aid should
be ended. We favor free trade only on a truly reciprocal basis among equals.
We oppose ‘most favored nation’ status for nations with a history of human
rights violations. We are opposed to the interference of
Taxation and Spending
Some 40% of Americans’ earnings are taken by government taxation, yet the federal government is still adding hundreds of billions of dollars to our national debt each year. We favor:
(1) A balanced
A Free Economy
We support the free enterprise system, and we support protection of the consuming public from irresponsible and deceptive business practices.
The Constitution provides that Congress shall have the
power to coin money and to regulate its value. Therefore, we call upon
Congress to terminate the Federal Reserve System for the purpose of reducing
the national debt and to withdraw the
Labor and Management
Anti-trust laws must be applied to both business and labor. We acknowledge the contributions of workers to the American way of life and will protect their right to join or not to join a union.
We support the equality of treatment of all American citizens before the law. We call upon Congress to take action to end all discriminatory quotas in employment, education, and housing. All political subdivisions should be apportioned without reference to the race or religion of the citizenry.
We recognize that, according to the Constitution, ‘no person’ (including the unborn) ‘shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. We support banning ‘partial-birth’ abortions.
We pray for peace and abhor the prospects of
We oppose the massive illegal immigration now tolerated by our government. We support deportation of illegal entrants. We propose to apply diplomatic pressure on those nations to our south to improve the economic and social conditions which are the root of this mass migration.
We support excellence in education and the raising of academic standards. We support the awarding of school vouchers to all students like scholarships or grants, to then be used at the school of their choice. We support the right for private schools and home schooling.
We support the right of individuals to believe, fellowship, worship, evangelize, educate, and establish religious institutions in accordance with their beliefs. We oppose discrimination against religious schools, broadcasters, and other religious groups and individuals at the hands of the federal, state, and local branches of government.
Church and State
Although we oppose the use of tax money for sectarian
purposes, we believe that it was not the intent of the Founding Fathers
to banish religion from
We support the right to prayer and Bible reading in schools and other public institutions. We favor tax-exemption for all non-profit religious institutions, including parsonages, church publishing houses, and religious schools.
We favor stronger and more vigorous enforcement of laws against the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, against gambling, illegal drugs, pornography, and commercialized vice, and we will seek to provide moral leadership. We oppose the promotion of unnatural lifestyles. We oppose state lotteries and other legalized gambling.
Ballot Law Reform
Republicans and Democrats have created a two-party duopoly by enacting increasingly repressive laws that keep most independent and third-party candidates off the ballot in most states. We support legislation to restore equal political rights to all third-party and independent persons or groups. We support term limits for all members of Congress. We favor legislation allowing all ballot-positioned independent and third-party candidates to equally participate in public debates which are supported in whole or in part by public funding.
We support reform of the Social Security system by:
(1) Placing the system on a sound actuarial basis
(2) Restoring Society Security to its original purpose as a retirement plan by placing the Medicare and Medicaid programs in a separate system.
(3) Lifting all restrictions on the amount of money Social Security retirement beneficiaries may earn.
We will adopt agricultural policies which assist family farmers in staying in farming. We oppose payment of government subsidies to agribusiness. We favor repeal of predatory tax levies and artificially inflated land values placed on farms adjacent to urban areas which tend to drive the farmer off his land.
We favor continued prohibition of such harmful drugs as heroin, LSD, cocaine, and marijuana.
Because of the well-documented deadly effects of tobacco products, we oppose the manufacture, advertising, and sale of tobacco products, and we oppose continued government subsidies for the tobacco industry. We oppose our government coercing other countries to accept our tobacco products. We favor maintaining a level of taxes on tobacco equal to the social costs of repairing the damage caused by tobacco.
We favor government action to discover and implement medical remedies for AIDS; we urge the government to combat the immoral sexual conduct and the illegal drug usage which are responsible for most American AIDS cases.
Until the liquor traffic is eradicated, we call for the alcoholic beverage industry and its products to be placed under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration.
Since God has given Man dominion over the Earth, we believe that individuals and local and state governments are responsible for protecting the environment and for safeguarding the air and water that we all must share.
Second Amendment Rights
We recognize the fundamental need of Second Amendment rights to guard against tyrannical government and for personal protection against violent crime. We support the Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to own and use guns.
The Alcohol Problem
Alcohol is still the number-one drug problem in The United States. It is a major cause of poverty, traffic crashes, broken homes, juvenile and adult crime, physical and sexual abuse, political corruption, wasted manpower, disability, and premature death. We favor maintaining the nation-wide legal drinking age of 21, and we favor establishing a level of taxes on alcohol equal to the social costs of repairing the damage caused by alcohol.
Our program of leadership, legislation, and education – including publicizing the scientific basis of the correlation between tobacco use and alcohol use – will result in a change in societal attitudes toward supporting prohibition of the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverage products.
2003 Platform Committee consisted of:
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