2016 Prohibition Party Platform
We, the delegates to the 37th Quadrennial Convention of the Prohibition Party, assembled on June 20, 21, and 22, 2011 in Cullman, Alabama, recognizing Almighty God as the Authority from Whom all governments receive their power, and with faith in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ,do hereby pledge to preserve the freedoms and rights of the several States, and of individuals who are citizens of the United States of America, as outlined in the U.S. Constitution and specifically in its Bill of Rights
We affirm our loyalty to the Constitution of the United States of America. We will preserve and protect it from violation by legislation, evasion, or through judicial usurpation of the Constitutionally mandated responsibilities of the Executive and Legislative branches. We will protect and preserve those rights reserved to the States and to the people. We specifically re-affirm the essential nature of the Bill of Rights. The United States of America was established as a sovereign, independent republic. We pledge to support and defend that sovereignty.
We will conduct foreign affairs with the preservation of American liberty and independence as our chief objective. We will refuse friendly relations with any nation that does not practice the humanitarian treatment of all people. With the exception of emergency aid, we will cease foreign aid to un-friendly nations. We are opposed to the interference of America in the sovereignty of other nations. The United States military should not invade any foreign country without the express consent of Congress.
We support legislative action to nullify any and all judicial decisions based on foreign or international law, or practice, or on any premise other than the U.S. Constitution. We support limiting U.S. Supreme Court justices to one 9-year term; new justices shall be chosen from among the Chief Justices of the several state supreme courts, who are willing to serve. Attorneys, who factually are officers of the court, and who therefore are members of the Judicial Branch, shall be prohibited from holding an elected or appointed legislative or executive office while holding a membership or license in any bar association, thereby safeguarding the separation of powers.
The Constitution provides that Congress shall have the sole power and responsibility to coin money and to regulate its value. We would abolish the Federal Reserve System. Predatory lending activities must be stopped. Qualified entrepreneurs will be able to borrow money for investment in job-creating enterprises from state banks at minimal interest.
We favor a well-trained, highly motivated, volunteer armed force, with investment in sophisticated defensive and offensive weapons, which will require fewer personnel and result in fewer battlefield casualties. We oppose conscription except in times of Congressionally declared war. Our armed forces will be withdrawn from nations, such as Japan and Germany, which are able to provide and maintain their own national defense.
ARTICLE I OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS
We affirm the First Article of the Bill of Rights as written and according to the original intent of the Founding Fathers.
ARTICLE II OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS
We support Second Amendment rights of citizens to own and carry arms. All state and local law enforcement agencies will respect this right. We oppose registration of firearms and any other form of gun control. We believe the Constitutional right to well-regulated militias should not be infringed.
Believing the federal government to have grown too intrusive and too unwieldy in its demands upon individual states and their citizens, we call for a strict interpretation of the Tenth Amendment if the U.S. Constitution.
We oppose outsourcing jobs and factories to other nations, leaving American citizens jobless. We oppose trade with any nation guilty of human rights violations, including nations which refuse to allow American citizens freely and harmlessly to practice their religious obligations while guests in such nations. We favor free trade only on a truly reciprocal basis among equals.
LABOR AND MANAGEMENT
We oppose public sector unions. We support right-to-work laws for all states. We oppose government interference in collective bargaining and in management decisions.
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 a balanced budget and a limit on the taxing powers of Congress.
We advocate a voluntary federal Social Security System, in which citizens must “opt in” before their 25th birthday or be forever excluded; citizens may “opt out” and receive refunds at any age, but thereafter cannot return.
We oppose a government-sponsored health-care plan and a government-managed medical insurance plans. We believe each state should determine its own method of dealing with health care.
We believe God has given man dominion (responsible use) over all the Earth. We reject extremist views that give the same value as people to animals and trees. We would place a moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power plants.
We support the completion of the fortified fence along America’s southern border. We support sufficient manpower to stop all illegal traffic in humans, drugs, etc. We oppose any welfare benefits, drivers’ licenses, or educational subsidies for illegal aliens, except that gravely ill illegals may be stabilized before they are deported. We strongly oppose gratuitous citizenship for “anchor babies.” We support the immediate apprehension and deportation of all illegal aliens, regardless of their country-of-origin’s policies. We support enforcement of “e-verify.”
SANCTITY OF LIFE
We support efforts to protect all humans during all stages of their existence. Thus, we oppose abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and all other practices which threaten to destroy our weak and vulnerable fellow humans. Human right to life is the most basic of all human rights and has priority over other rights.
We support the traditional marriage of one adult male to one adult female.
We believe that the Tenth Amendment and the Northwest Ordinance give to the States and to the people full responsibility and authority for education. Emphasis in all schools should be placed primarily on the sciences, mathematics, American history, and English. We support full freedom for and recognition of parochial and private schools and for home-schooling, without governmental interference.
We oppose paying reparations or apologizing for past governmental actions.
We oppose all forms of gambling, including that on Indian reservations. Until those enterprises are banned, we support taxing them to the full extent of additional taxpayer costs for law enforcement, social welfare, and other adverse community impacts of gambling.
Believing that we, as humans, are created in the image and likeness of God, we call for the taxation of all forms of internet pornography at a level which discourages it, as well as all other types of pornography, from being produced and/or sold in the United States.
The alcohol issue sets this unique party apart from all others. This party has opposed the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages since 1869. Alcohol is America’s #1 narcotic drug problem. The use of alcohol and tobacco is responsible for 40% of the total cost of health care in America. We believe a program of education and legislation, coupled with sober leadership, will result in a change in society’s attitude regarding the alcohol issue. Tobacco is known as the “gateway drug,” meaning that early use of tobacco leads a person into the use of stronger drugs. We support programs to help tobacco farmers transition to growing alternative crops. Until alcohol and tobacco are again covered under a stronger Volstead Act, we support higher taxes on both. We oppose legalizing any and all mind-altering, behavior-modifying drugs, unless controlled by the federal Food and Drug Administration, and then for medicinal purposes, only. We demand that the president and Congress deal severely with all foreign government having a part in illegal drugs entering the United States of America.
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