The unique and unifying issue of the Prohibition Party always has been
beverage alcohol: We're against it. Some of us out of moralism, some of
us because of social and economic concerns, some of us in fear for the
health and safety of ourselves, friends, and relatives, but we're all
There is a widespread misconception, however, that the Prohibition Party
wants to criminalize the private possession and use of alcoholic beverages.
That has never been true. Prohibitionists are opposed to the traffic in
alcohol to the commercial production, transportation, and sale
of alcoholic beverages.
We believe that the recreational use of any consciousness-altering substance
is reckless and sinful. We do all we can to educate people about the dangers
inherent in recreational drugs. But, we also believe that a man's home
is his castle. When the government criminalizes private behavior, it crosses
the line between democracy and tyranny, and the Prohibition Party will
not tolerate that.
Therefore, we reluctantly accept home-brewing, -vinting, and -distilling,
so long as those things are done strictly for personal use. If you will
make it there, drink it there, and remain there until you sober up; and,
if, while you're under the influence, you will refrain from beating your
wife and will not make annoying telephone calls to Prohibitionists, we'll
not attempt to punish you for your indulgence in private vice.
It's like having a skunk for a pet: If you want to keep a skunk in your
house, the skunk is no one's problem but your own. If, however, you take
the skunk and put it in your neighbor's mailbox, then the skunk becomes
a matter of public concern. Private intoxication, no matter how foolish,
is not the government's business. Trafficking in alcohol harms everyone
and must be forbidden.
"The legalized liquor traffic.....is the tragedy of civilization."
- Abraham Lincoln, first Republican president