Major party national election campaigns have often been marred by mud-slinging and personal invective, epitomized this year by the speeches of (Republican) candidate Donald Trump.
Prohibition candidates have avoided criticizing individuals, preferring statesmanship to demagoguery. Earl Dodge title his Party newsletter The National Statesman and, at one point, even used “National Statesman Party” in an election campaign. We take to heart advice such as that in Proverbs 12:18, which says “Thoughtless speech is like the stabs of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is healing,” and that in Ephesians 4:31, which is “Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious.”
The Hedges campaign strives to conduct evidence-based debate of issues, heeding the advice of Paul when he wrote to the Philippians: “Let your reasonableness become known” (4:5)
•Already on: Arkansas, Mississippi
•Probably on: Colorado
•Filed but delayed: New Jersey
•Working in: Florida, Iowa, Tennessee
•Waiting for window to open: Louisiana
•”Declared Write-in” papers filed in: Arizona, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, and Utah.
Radio: Hedges has done one taped broadcast, and he has recorded his generic “stump speech” for campaign manager Rick Knox to use as needed.
He also did an interview for a fellow who is posting interviews with all of the announced presidential candidates. The interview may be heard at: http://wp.me/p4Wuot-9V. It’s impromptu and not a good job.
The radio tape is strictly alcohol. The speech, however, is wide-ranging, and the interview covered a lot of ground.
Our written statement is included on the website www.OnTheIssues.org.
Bill Bayes has done an interview on www.freedomizerradio.com. Listen to it at any time by going to that site. After half an hour of rambling introduction, the program moderator asks him several questions about current national issues.
Bayes has also recorded a speech.
The most precious resource in a noisy, crowded marketplace is people’s attention. Knox is doing his best to draw attention to the Prohibition Party “brand.” After we get the voters’ attention, we must then remember that voters are not just seeking utility, they are also searching for meaning. Our platform’s emphasis on the rights and welfare of American families and American communities gives their votes meaning.
We are on the ballot in Arkansas. The cost was $4600, for a professional field worker.
Without a large membership base to furnish volunteers, we have to rely on hired help. These people are found by our Chairman, Rick Knox, who is a professional political operative. (Before he was elected Chairman,) Knox was given a $5000 retainer to manage the 2016 campaign. Available funds can get us on the ballot in about 5 more states with easy ballot access rules. This will be our largest electoral presence since the Bubar campaigns of 1976 (9 states) and 1980 (8 states).
We will also file “declared write-in” papers in the states which allow that – about half of them. This will get us additional publicity and a scattering of additional votes. The list of write-in states will be published, and we hope all of our readers in those states will vote for the Hedges and Bayes ticket.
There is now a Florida Prohibition Party website: www.floridaprohibition.org. We thank C.L. “Connie” Gammon, a long-time Party supporter, for setting this up. It is required by Florida regulations on ballot access for “recognized parties.” The National Committee shared the cost with Mr. Gammon. Editing will be done by Alabama Prohibitionist Don Webb.