1952 Prohibition Party Platform
We, the representatives of the Prohibition Party, assembled in national convention at Indianapolis, Indiana, November 13, 14, and 15, 1951, recognizing Almighty God as the source of all just government and with faith in the teachings of the Prince of Peace, do solemnly promise that, if our party is chosen to administer the affairs of this nation, we will use all the powers of our administration to serve the people of the United States.
We reaffirm our loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. We have supreme confidence in this form of Government to meet all changing national and world conditions.
We are strongly opposed to atheistic communism and every other form of totalitarianism. We deplore their infiltration throughout the nation. We challenge all loyal citizens to work against this menace to civilization. We are convinced that the best safeguard against these dangerous doctrines is to protect the rights of our citizens by enforcing the provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Extravagant spending has set an example of wasteful governmental operation. We believe it is unjust for any government to take nearly one-third of the total income of its citizens to pay the expense of government. We believe that government ought not to do for the people what they can do for themselves. We promise to reorganize the federal government, abolishing all departments and bureaus that cannot qualify when measured by this principle.
The constant increase in taxation is approaching the point of confiscation and economic bankruptcy. With proper economy, governmental costs will be lowered, making it possible to reduce the public debt and lighten the tax load for the average citizen.
World Peace and Order
We believe in World Peace.
Having united with other nations to restore world order and preserve world peace, our nation should lead in subordinating selfish interests for the common good.
The leadership to be entrusted with this task should be men whose dependence for wisdom and guideance is upon Almighty God.
We believe in religious liberty.
By religious liberty we mean the freedom of individual worship and fellowship and the right to evangelize, and educate, and establish religious institutions. When religious liberty is lost political liberty perishes with it.
Universal Military Training
Believing that compulsory military training in peacetime in our country would not represent a safeguard for world peace, would be contrary in principle to our American way of life, would place an unnecessary burden upon our peacetime economy, would lead only to military dictatorship, and would, under existing conditions, lead to the moral and spiritual deterioration of our youth, we declare our opposition to any program of peacetime compulsory military training.
Public Morality and Law Enforcement
Moral and spiritual considerations should be primary factors in determining national policies. We will strengthen and enforce laws against gambling, narcotics, and commercialized vice, now so openly violated and nullified by the inaction of the parties in power, and thus prevent further disintigration of the public morals. We oppose the present nullification of law by non-enforcement and will maintain the integrity of democracy by enforcing the Constitution and the laws enacted under it.
Honesty in Government
There is a law of cause and effect which rules in the affairs of men. With the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment there has been a rapid decline in the moral standards of the nation, culminating in such revelations as those made by the Senate Crime Investigating Committee. We pledge ourselves to break this unholy alliance between organized crime and those in positions of trust in the government at all levels.
We deplore the current trend toward a socialistic state, with its increasing emphasis upon governmental restraint of free enterprise, regulation of our economic life, and federal interference with individual freedom. We declare ourselves in favor of freedom of opportunity, private industry financed within the structure of the present anti-trust laws, and an economic program based upon sound business practice.
Labor and Industry
Labor organizations are entitled to great credit for improving the status of the workers and for their constructive contributions to the general welfare. It is our purpose to give the public welfare paramount consideration. Neither capital nor labor can be permitted to dominate at the expense of the other or of the common good. We favor the compulsory arbitration of labor disputes.
Social Security and Old Age Pensions
We endorse the general principle of social security, including all employed groups. We deplore, however, the widespread current abuses of its privileges and the maladministration of its provisions for political ends, and pledge ourselves to correct these evils.
The Constitution provides that Congress shall have the power to 'coin money' and 'regulate the value thereof.' This is a sound and feasible monetary policy which we promise to re-establish and enforce.
No Racial Discrimination
Recognizing that 'God created of one blood all nations to dwell upon the face of the earth,' we declare in favor of full justice and equal opportunity for all people, regardless of race, creed, or national origin.
Marriage and Divorce
We favor the enactment of uniform marriage and divorce laws as a help toward maintaining the sanctity of the home.
Separation of Church and State
The American principle of separation of Church and State must be maintained. We are opposed to the appropriation of public money for any sectarian purpose.
Ballot Law Reform
We demand the repeal of the many state ballot laws which have been enacted to make the two-party system a bipartisan political monopoly by keeping minor parties off the ballot, thus denying to independent voters and minority groups the fundamental right of free political expression.
As the result of the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment the government now endorses an industry whose product deranges the mind of the user and whose propaganda perverts the judgement of its citizens.
We do not believe that our nation can long survive if this trend continues.
No other political issue confronting our citizens compares in magnitude with the necessity for suppressing the alcohol beverage traffic.
The present liquor conditions, which are far worse than ever before, are due in large measure to the action of the two major parties when they adopted platform planks designed to destroy the Eighteenth Amendment.
The moral forces have to contend with the liquor power which is well financed, competently organized, and is creating an ever-growing appetite for its products among youth and adults through its promotion of the sale of alcoholic beverages. This power dominates our politics and government. It controls large numbers of voters. Every saloon or tavern is a center for mobilizing and controlling votes. Both parties are subservient to the liquor power. As long as good citizens continue to give their votes to the liquor parties, as long as they continue to be yoked by party membership with the liquor interests and the underworld, they will be incapable of making moral principles prevail.
What is needed is a re-alignment of voters and the union of good citizens in a party unitedly committed to prohibition.
We summon the voters of America to help elect
the Prohibition Party to power. We will then marshal the resources of
the government — executive, legislative and judicial — to
overthrow the liquor traffic and usher in a new day for America.