Prohibition Party Platform
The Prohibition Party assembled in National
Convention in the city of Lincoln,
Nebraska, on this twenty-second day of July, 1920, expresses its thanks
to Almighty God for the victory over the beverage liquor traffic which
fifty years of consecrated effort. The principles which we have advocated
throughout our history have been so far recognized that the manufacture
and traffic in intoxicating drink have been forever prohibited in the
fundamental law of the land; Congress has rightly interpreted the Eighteenth
Amendment in laws enacted for its enforcement, and the Supreme Court has
upheld both the Amendment and the law.
Asking that it be clothed with Governmental
power, the Prohibition Party challenges
the attention of the Nation and requests the votes of the people on this
Declaration of Principles.
The organized liquor traffic is engaged in
a treasonable attempt to nullify the
Amendment by such modification of the enforcement act as will increase
content in beer and wine and thus thwart the will of the people as constitutionally
In the face of this open threat the Republican
and Democratic parties refused to
make platform declarations in favor of law enforcement, though petitioned
do by multitudes of people. Thus the Prohibition Party remains the sole
champion of National Prohibition.
The Prohibition Party in its platform in 1872
declared, `There can be no greater
peril to the nation than the existing party competition for the liquor
any party not openly opposed the traffic, experience shows, will engage
this competition, will court the favor of the criminal classes, will barter
the public morals, the purity of the ballot, and every object of good
for party success.' Notwithstanding the liquor traffic is now outlawed
by the Constitution this fitly describes the present political attitude
of the old parties.
The issue is not only the Enforcement
but also the Maintenance of the law to make
the Amendment effective.
The proposed increase in the alcoholic content
of beverages would be fraught with
grave danger in that it would mean the return of the open saloon with
League of Nations
The League of Nations is now in existence and
is functioning in world affairs.
We favor the entrance of the United States into the League by the immediate
ratification of the treaty of peace, not objecting to reasonable reservations
interpreting American understanding of the covenant. The time is past
when the United States can hold aloof from the affairs of the world. Such
is short-sighted and only invites disaster.
We stand for a constitutional amendment providing
that treaties of peace shall
be ratified by a majority of both Houses of Congress.
We stand by our declaration of 1916 against
militarism and universal military training.
Without it our boys were in a short time trained to whip the greatest
ever assembled and with national prohibition to make sure the most virile
in the world we should encourage universal disarmament and devotion to
acts of peace.
We stand for compulsory education with instruction
in the English language, which,
if given in private or parochial schools, must be equivalent to that afforded
by the public schools, and be under state supervision.
Prohibition Party has long advocated the enfranchisement of women. Suffrage
should not be conditioned upon sex. We congratulate the women upon the
which the Party has helped them to achieve.
and the Home
We approve and adopt the program of the National
League of Women Voters providing
prohibition of child labor; Adequate appropriation for the Children's Bureau;
for infant life through a federal program for maternity and infancy care;
federal department of education, Federal aid for the removal of illiteracy
the increase of teachers' salaries; Instruction of the youth and the newcomer to
our shores in the duties and ideals
training in home economics; Federal supervision of the marketing and distribution
of food, the enactment and
enforcement of such measures as will open the channels of trade, prevent
profits, and eliminate unfair competition and control of the necessities
The establishment of a Woman's Bureau in the
Department of Labor to determine standards
and policies which will improve working conditions for women and increase
The appointment of women in the mediation and
conciliation service and on any industrial
commissions and tribunals which may be created;
The establishment of a joint Federal and State
employment service with women's departments
under the direction of qualified women;
The merit system in the Civil Service free from
discrimination on account of sex
with a wage scale determined by skill demanded for the work and in no
the cost of living as established by official investigation;
Appropriation to carry on a campaign against
venereal diseases and for public education
in sex hygiene;
Federal legislation permitting an American born
woman to retain her citizenship
while resident in the United States, though married to an alien;
And further, that an alien woman who marries
an American citizen must take the obligation
of citizenship before she can become a citizen.
We believe in the Budget system and we stand
for economy in governmental administration.
There should be a reduction in boards, committees, commissions and
offices which consume taxes and increase expenses.
We stand for Industrial Peace. We believe the
time has come for the government to
assume responsibility for the protection of the public against the waste
of industrial warfare, and to that end we demand legislation defining
rights of labor and the creation of industrial courts, which will guarantee
labor and employing capital equal and exact justice, and to the general
protection against the paralysis of industry due to this warfare.
The Prohibition Party pledges the nation to
rid it of the profiteer and to close
the door against his return It
will endeavor to eliminate all unnecessary
middlemen by the encouragement of organizations among producers that
will bring those who sell and those who use nearer together. It will enact
enforce laws needful to effectively prevent excessive charges by such
To this end it will demand legislation subjecting to the penalties of
the criminal law all corporate officers and employees who give or carry
that result in extortion; it will make it unlawful for anyone engaged
in Interstate Commerce to make the sale of one article dependent upon
purchase of another article and it will require such corporation to disclose
to customers the difference between cost price and selling price or limit
the profit that can be legally charged as the rate of interest is now
We pledge our aid to the farmer in working
out a plan to equalize prices, to secure
labor, and to organize a system of co-operative marketing, including public
terminals, mills and storage for the purpose of encouraging agriculture
securing for the farmer such return as will tend to increase production.
We favor such extension of the parcel post
as will further facilitate the direct
traffic between the producer and consumer.
The qualifications for President stated in
the Constitution have to do with age
and citizenship. We call attention to the fact that of greater importance
those not so stated referring to moral, intellectual and spiritual endowments.
The President of the United States in his daily life, his home and family
relationships and in his official career is expected to typify the finest
and best the country can produce. He is the leader of the nation. The
force and power of his example are immeasurable. No man or woman should
be elected to the high office who is out of harmony with the purposes
people or who lacks sympathy with their highest and holiest ideals and
Christian principles upon which the nation was founded.
A crying evil of the day is the general lax
enforcement of law. Without obedience
to law and maintenance of order our American institutions must perish.
The Prohibition Party now, as ever, pledges
impartial enforcement of all law.
In this national and world crisis the Prohibition
Party reminds the people of its
long time faithfulness and its wisdom, proved by the many reforms which
the first to advocate; and on its record as the oldest minority party—one
which has never sold its birthright for a mess of pottage but throughout
years has stood for the best interests of the country—it asks the favorable
consideration of the voters, believing that by its support they can make
it necessary for all political organizations to come up to a higher level
to render a finer quality of service.
It pledges itself resolutely to stand for the
right and oppose the wrong and dauntlessly
to lead in the advocacy of righteous and patriotic principles. On its
record and on this Declaration of Principles it submits its case to the