(A series on little-known Presidential candidates)

What is America’s third oldest political party?

The Prohibition Party.

One would think that with the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1933, the Prohibition Party would have died long ago. Not quite. It is still twitching.

The Prohibition Party has run candidates in every Presidential election since 1872. Its best showing was 1892 when John Bidwell pulled 271,058 votes or 2.3%.

In 2003, five time Presidential nominee Earl Dodge split from the Prohibition Party to form the National Prohibition Party. At that time, some members accused Dodge of financial irregularities and refusing to accept new members because they would vote against him.  The split was precipitated when Dodge held the 2003 nominating convention at his home by invitation only. Dodge was nominated for a sixth time by eight people, including himself and his two daughters.

Word leaked out of Dodge’s actions, and a new national convention formed that selected Gene Amondson as its candidate.

The two competing factions continued to squabble with both parties separately nominating Dodge and Amondson for 2008. Dodge was nominated in a secret convention rumored to number about three attendees. Amondson was nominated by about two or three dozen. The death of Dodge last year has apparently ended the secession. Dodge’s faction then nominated Amondson for President as well.

The Prohibition Party is on the ballot in Colorado, Florida, and Louisiana. Leroy Pletten is the Vice-Presidential candidate.

The Prohibition Party’s platform is against foreign involvement by the United States in the affairs of other nations and supports the withdrawal of the United States from the World Bank. It has a “We pray for peace” plank in its platform.

The Prohibition Party seeks to abolish the Federal Reserve System. The party is against death taxes. It is against funding to the National Endowment for the Arts. It is against illegal immigration. It appears to oppose agricultural subsidies. The party opposes the sale, advertising and use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and illegal drugs. It opposes gambling, state lotteries, pornography and commercialized vice. The Prohibition Party also opposes the promotion of unnatural lifestyles.

In the 2004 Presidential election, Amondson received 1,944 votes while Dodge gathered 140.

(from Foolocracy.com)

(Note from Glenn Church: Within two hours of posting this article, Calvin Dodge, Earl Dodge’s son, commented that I had only given one side of the Prohibiition Party split. As an ardent anti-prohibitionist myself, I do not want to be perceived as biased towards one prohibiitionist faction over the other. Here are Calvin Dodge’s comments.)

Calvin Dodge said,
in October 24th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

You have only one part of the “split” story there. One other reason for the split was Leroy Pletten (this year’s VP candidate). He engineered a takeover of the party, resorting to such tactics as threatening board members with lawsuits, then getting his own people those positions after the existing members resigned to avoid those lawsuit threats.

Since Dad’s (Earl Dodge) death, Mr. Pletten has dedicated at least part of his time to posting his slanders on Dad’s Wikipedia page, using “sock puppet” identities

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