Sunday, May 8, 2016

With the likely nominees of the two major political parties being so unacceptable to so many of my friends, I thought that I would take some time each week from now until the election (or until I get board doing this) to highlight some of America's myriad third parties. This week the spotlight goes to America's oldest extent third party, the Prohibition Party. Started in 1869 the Prohibition Party has run a candidate in every presidential contest since 1872. This surprisingly persistent party has of course seen better days, like before the Franklin Roosevelt presidency, but non the less just keeps going. Last election cycle the Prohibition Party garnered 518 votes for its presidential candidate Jack Fellure of West Virginia, a retired engineer who won nomination at the party convention held at the Holliday Inn Express in Cullman, Alabama. This years nominee Jim Hedges of Pennsylvania received his nomination at the party connection held .... on a conference call. Oh well. Even though they are well established as the ultimate single issue party the Probie's official website shows that they do take stance on issues other then outlawing the sale of alcohol, most of the parties positions fall into the libertarian, constitutionalist and paleoconservative end of the political spectrum. Interestingly their 2012 party platform can be read as being open to medical marijuana. The Prohibition Party, responsible for more then a decade of wide spread lawlessness throughout the United States just might be your way out of a lesser of two evils situation.