Prohibition Party Platform
The Prohibition party, in National Convention
assembled, acknowledging Almighty
God as the source of all power in government, do hereby declare:
1. That the manufacture, importation, exportation,
transportation and sale of
alcoholic beverages should be made public crimes, and prohibited as such.
2. That such Prohibition must be secured through
Amendments to our National and
State Constitutions, enforced by adequate laws adequately supported by
authority; and to this end the organization of the Prohibition party
is imperatively demanded in State and Nation.
3. That any form of license, taxation or regulation
of the liquor traffic is contrary
to good government; that any party which supports regulation, license
taxation enters into alliance with such traffic and becomes the actual
the State's welfare, and that we arraign the Republican and Democratic
for their persistent attitude in favor of the license iniquity, whereby
oppose the demand of the people for Prohibition, and, through open complicity
with the liquor crime, defeat the enforcement of law.
4. For the immediate abolition of the Internal
Revenue system, whereby our National
Government is deriving support from our greatest national vice.
5. That an adequate public revenue being necessary,
it may properly be raised by
import duties; but import duties should be so reduced that no surplus
accumulated in the Treasury, and that the burdens of taxation shall be
from foods, clothing and other comforts and necessaries of life, and imposed
on such articles of import as will give protection both to the manufacturing
employer and producing laborer against the competition of the world.
6. That the right of suffrage rests on no mere
circumstance of race, color, sex
or nationality, and that where, from any cause, it has been withheld from
who are of suitable age, and mentally and morally qualified for the exercise
of an intelligent ballot, it should be restored by the people through
Legislatures of the several States, on such educational basis as they
7. That civil service appointments for all
civil offices, chiefly clerical in
their duties, should be based upon moral, intellectual and physical qualifications,
and not upon party service or party necessity.
8. For the abolition of polygamy and the establishment
of uniform laws governing
marriage and divorce.
9. For prohibiting all combinations of capital
to control and to increase the cost
of products for popular consumption.
10. For the preservation and defense of the
Sabbath as a civil institution, without
oppressing any who religiously observe the same on any other than the
day of the week.
11. That arbitration is the Christian, wise
and economical method of settling national
differences, and the same method should, by judicious legislation, be
to the settlement of disputes between large bodies of employees and their
emloyers; that the abolition of the saloon would remove the burdens, moral,
physical, pecuniary and social, which now oppress labor and rob it of
earnings, and would prove to be a wise and successful way of promoting
reform, and we invite labor and capital to unite with us for the accomplishment
thereof; that monopoly in land is a wrong to the people, and the public
lands should be reserved to the actual settlers; and that men and women
receive equal wages for equal work.
12. That our immigration laws should be so
enforced as to prevent the introduction
into our country of all convicts, inmates of other dependent institutions,
and others physically incapacitated for self-support, and that no person
should have the ballot in any State who is not a citizen of the United
13. Recognizing and declaring that Prohibition
of the liquor traffic has become
the dominant issue in national politics, we invite to full party fellowship
all those who, on this one dominant issue, are with us agreed, in the
full belief that this party can and will remove sectional differences,
national unity, and insure the best welfare of our entire land.
Resolved, That we hold that men are born free
and equal, and should be made secure
in all their civil and political rights.
Resolved, That we condemn the Democratic and
Republican parties for persistently
denying the right of self-government to the 600,000 people of Dakota.