We, the representatives of the Prohibition
Party, assembled in National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June
25 - 26, 1991, recognizing Almighty God as the Source of all just government
and with faith in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, promise that,
if our party is chosen to administer the affairs of our nation, we will
seek to serve the needs and to preserve the prerogatives and the freedoms
of the citizens of the United States of America.
We affirm our loyalty to the Constitution of
the United States of America. We will protect it from violation by legislation,
by evasion or through judicial usurpation of those rights belonging (sic)
the executive and legislative branches of government, to the states and
to the people.
We will conduct foreign affairs with the preservation
of American Liberty and Independence as our chief objective. Foreign aid
should usually be in the form of loans at commercial rates of interest
and given only to nations which share our devotion to freedom. We favor
free trade on a truly reciprocal basis. We rejoice that many nations have
won their freedom from Communism and other totalitarian systems. We urge
our government and other free nations to help others who are seeking the
same freedom from oppression.
Americans have some forty percent of their
earnings taken away in taxes. Skyrocketing deficits threaten the financial
solvency of the federal government. We are mortgaging our children's and
grandchildren's future to pay for todays (sic) oondoggles and unconstitutional
programs. We favor a return to the gold standard to halt the dangerous
erosion of the American dollar. We will amend the Constitution to require:
1. a balanced budget, 2. a limit on the taxing powers of Congress, 3.
the sale of all government-owned businesses which compete with tax-paying
enterprises and 4. the systematic reduction of the national debt.
We will protect the free enterprise system
by preventing both monoply and excessive government regulation. We will
seek to protect the consuming public from irresponsible and deceptive
The Constitution provides that Congress shall
have the power to coin money and regulate its value. Therefore we call
upon Congress to terminate the Federal Reserve System and withdraw the
United States from the World Bank.
Anti-trust laws must be applied to both business
and labor. We will end governmental discrimination in favor of unions
in the awarding of contracts. We will vigorously enforce laws against
strikes by federal employees and local and state police and fire fighting
personnel. We will protect the right of any person to work for an employer
willing to hire him and his freedom to join or not to join a union. Governmental
interference in collective bargaining and violence by either management
or labor must be prohibited.
The Federal Government has usurped many of
the states' Constitutional rights. We will take action to preserve and,
where necessary, restore the states' Constitutional rights. We reject
regional government as unconstitutional and unresponsive to the will
of the electorate.
We support the equality of treatment of all
American citizens before the law. We call on Congress to take action to
end all discriminatory quotas in employment, education, and housing. Congressional
districts and other political subdivisions should be apportioned without
reference to the race or religion of the citizenry.
The God-given Right to Life mentioned in our
Declaration of Independence is being violated as more than 1,500,000 Americans
are killed each year by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia We urge enactment
of a Human Life Amendment to protect all innocent human life from the
moment of conception until the time of natural death.
We pray for peace and will do all we can to
preserve peace. We favor a sound program of military preparedness based
upon well-paid, highly motivated, peacetime, volunteer armed forces. We
also favor the immediate implementation of a space-based anti-,ballistic
(sic) missile defense system.
We believe in national sovereignty and oppose
full or partial surrender of this sovereignty to any international program.
Our party favors assistance to the handicapped,
the aged, the chronically ill, and families without a breadwinner. However,
action must be taken to remove the undeserving now on our welfare rolls
and to encourage more recipients to become self-supporting. Public works
projects and job training programs are two possible means of achieving
To protect and preserve marriage, an institution
ordained by God, we favor: 1. more stringent uniform marriage and divorce
laws; 2. an end to all present tax structures which discriminate against
married people; 3. disallowance of any legal benefits of marriage to persons
living together in an unmarried state.
Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,
education is clearly a state and local matter. Federal financial support
leads to federal intervention and control. We encourage states and individual
school districts to regain control of the schools, thus allowing local
standards of morality and academia (sic) proficiency to be re-established.
We urge local school districts to set high academic standards.
Our founding fathers, who set forth the principle
of the Separation of Church and State, showed by word and deed that they
did NOT favor the separation of God and Biblical principles from the operation
of Government. We favor tax-exemption for all non-profit religious institutions
including parsonages, church publishing houses, and religious schools.
We oppose the appropriation of tax money for private, religious or sectarian
purposes. We favor the restoration of our traditional rights to enjoy
Bible reading, voluntary prayer and voluntary participation in Christian
traditions in all public institutions, including our schools. We support
repeal of the Social Security tax imposed on religious institutions in
1983. This tax set a dangerous precedent which can and will be used to
further tax and weaken our churches.
We believe in the right of the individual to
believe, fellowship, worship, evangelize, educate and establish religious
institutions in accordance with his beliefs. Christian schools, religious
broadcasters and other religious groups and individuals have suffered
discrimination at the hands of the Internal Revenue service (sic), the
Federal Commun- ications (sic)
Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court, and various federal, state and local
agencies and officials. We pledge to safeguard the precious right of religious
We will strength (sic) and enforce laws against
gambling, narcotics, pornography, and commercialized vice and seek to
provide the moral leadership so sadly lacking in both the Democratic and
Republican parties. We oppose the promotion of unnatural lifestyles. We
oppose state lotteries and other publicly suported forms of gambling because
they encourage the vice of gambling under the guise of 'helping the environment,'
'supporting the schools' etc.
Republicans and Democrats have enacted laws
which deny other political parties and independents fair access to the
ballot. We will end this unconstitutional two-party monopoly and restore
to all legitimate parties and to independents their Constitutional rights.
The present Social Security system is discriminatory,
actuarially unsound and destructive of individual initiative. We will
reform the sytem and will: 1. allow workers the option of enrolling in
private retirement plans in lieu of paying Social Security taxes, 2. place
the system on a sound actuarial basis and 3. restore Social Security to
its original purpose by placing the Medicare and Medicaid programs in
a separate system.
We propose a return to the free market and
the orderly elimination of all governmental production controls and subsidies.
This will free farmers from government coercion and spare consumers from
paying artificially higher food prices.
We favor continued prohibition of such harmful
drugs as heroin, LSD, cocaine and marijuana. We oppose promotional advertising
and governmental subsidies for tobacco productcs, which now kill over
350,000 Americans yearly. We urge state legislatures to ban the sale of
candy containing beverage alcohol. We will protect citizens from unjust
incarceration in mental institutions. We oppose socialized medicine and
federal interference in the operation of hospitals, nursing homes and
other care facilities. We favor government action to facilitate medical
answers to the AIDS plague. We also call upon our government to combat
the immoral sexual conduct and illegal drug usage responsible for most
American AIDS cases.
Each American citizen should do all within
his or her power to protect our environment. Goverment, especially at
the state and local levels, should act vigorously to protect the air and
water we all share. Since God has given man dominion over the earth, we
reject extremists views which assign equal value to people and the animal
and vegetable kingdoms. Programs to improve the environment must be carefully
drafted to avoid causing widespread unemployment and large increases in
the price of food and other consumer necessitites.
We favor imposition of long-term prison sentences
for those convicted of using firearms in the commission of a crime.
We will end the massive illegal immigration
now tolerated by our government. We will provide for prison terms for
repeat violators of our immigration laws. Illegal immigration can be stopped,
and illegal immigrants can bedeported (sic), by a government with the
will to protect our borders and our economic and social welfare.
Beverage alcohol is the Number One Drug Problem,
the chief cause of poverty, broken homes, juvenile delinquency, vice,
crime, political corruption, wasted manpower and highway accidents in
America. At least 36,000,000 Americans are now alcoholics, pre-alcoholics
or problem drinkers. An estimated 400,000 Americans die yearly because
of accidents, homicides, and health problems which can be traced directly
to the use of alcoholic beverages. The liquor traffic is linked with,
and supports a nationwide network of gambling, vice and crime. It also
exercises a great measure of control over both the Democratic and Republican
parties and much of the governmental life of our nation. Our party alone
offers a program of publicity, education, legislation, and administration
leading to the prohibition of the manufacture, distribution and sale of
all alcoholic beverages.
concerned about the erosion of our freedoms and the low level of morality
in government should cease supporting the two political parties which
have done so little to deal with these vital issues. Our party, with a
proud record of over 122 years of service to America, invites the support
of all citizens who believe in a program of good government.