Prohibition Party Platform
The Prohibition Party in National Convention
at Columbus, Ohio, this sixth day
of June, 1924, recognizing Almighty God as the source of all governmental
and that the principles enunciated by His Son, Jesus Christ, should guide
in all matters pertaining to government, makes the following declaration
Party and Its Philosophy
Four years of nullification of the Eighteenth
Amendment by the Democratic and Republican
officials have demonstrated the soundness of the philosophy of the Prohibition
party that a law conferring a right will enforce itself, but a law prohibiting
a wrong, financially and politically entrenched, requires a party thoroughly
committed to its maintenance and enforcement. Little or no improvement
can be expected so long as the friends of the prohibitory law divide
themselves among political parties seeking the votes of the law violators
and the nullificationists, which votes are regarded to be as necessary
to the success of those political parties as are the votes of the law-abiders.
The astounding revelations of corruption and
maladministration in govermment, extending
to the Cabinet itself, are but the inevitable consequences of the moral
bankruptcy of a political party which, perpetuating the old liquor regime,
is dependent upon the wet vote for its margin of plurality.
The time is past when the United States can
hold aloof from the affairs of the
World. We support the proposal for the entry of this Country into the
International Justice, as an important step for substituting law for force
the settlement of international disputes.
Capital and the General Public
While adhering to our time honored position
of demanding justice for both Labor
and Capital, we declare that the interests of the general public are paramount
to both. Therefore, we favor the speedy enacting by Congress and the several
state Legislatures, each in its respective jurisdiction, of such legislation
as shall impartially protect all three of these classes.
In the constantly increasing trend of population
from the country into the towns
and cities, with the constant abandonment of the farms, this country faces
a grave peril. It is self-evident that the farmer, with his investment
lands, buildings, live-stock, machinery, tools, and labor, ought to receive
than one-half of the dollar paid by the consumer for the products of the
where no process of manufacture intervenes. If given power, we will by
legislation endeavor to secure to the farmer his just share of the proceeds
of his toil.
All natural resources, including mineral, oil,
and timber lands, water powers and
other wealth still remaining to the United States after the wasteful and
administration of corrupt old party officials, should be held perpetually
and operated to produce revenue for the use of the Government. They must
not be ruthlessly squandered by men or corporations for their own enrichment,
nor must they become the collateral of political parties for promissory
notes issued for value received.
We denounce the enactment by the Republican
and Democratic parties in many states
of unjust and discriminatory election laws, that make it almost, and in
states entirely impossible for minor paries to retain their place on the
ballot, or for new parties to be formed, and we demand their repeal.
Bible in the Schools
The Bible is the Magna Charta of human liberty
and national safety and is of highest
educational value. Therefore it should have a large place in our public
Recognizing the fact that there are large numbers
of unassimilated aliens now in
this country who, in their present condition and environment, are incapable
assimilation, and are therefore a menace to our institutions, we declare
immediate, scientific investigation, looking forward to a constructive
for Americanizing these aliens.
of Departments of Government
We deplore the prevailing disregard of the
parties in power of the Constitutional
division of governmental powers into Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
branches, and when placed in authority we pledge strict observance of
and the Home
We approve and adopt the program, of the National
League of Women Voters for public
welfare in government in so far as a strict regard for the division of
under our dual form of government will permit.
We favor the extension of the merit system
to all the agencies of the Executive
branch of our government.
We favor freedom of speech, a free press, our
free public school system, and compulsory
attendance in our public schools. We are unalterably opposed to public
monies being used for sectarian purposes. We favor keeping open to public
inspection all places where public wards are cared for.
On this record of principles, and on its record
of long-time faithfulness and vision,
proved by the many reforms which it was the first to advocate, the National
Prohibition Party summons all those who favor suppression of the liquor
traffic, the enforcement of law, the maintenance of constitutional government,
the purification of our politics, honesty and efficiency in administration,
and the building of a better citizenship, to join with us in a new
alignment in a political party to achieve these transcendent objectives.