The latest issue of The National Prohibitionist, the official publication of the Prohibition Party, provides the following update on ballot access for the party’s presidential ticket:
There is hardly anyone on sidewalks and
in other traditional places for petitioning.
Going door-to-door exposes both the peti-
tioners and the residents to germs picked
up elsewhere. Many courthouses and other governmental offices are closed, making it difficult to obtain and return documents. The Prohibition ticket is “on” already in Arkansas. The Mississippi paperwork has been finished and submitted.
Getting on the ballot in our other three
target states (Colorado, Louisiana, and Tennessee) is uncertain. Little has been done in any of those, and, as the Covid-19 panic grows, less and less will be possible.
Our local candidate in Massachusetts
was prevented from finishing his petitions
when his city officials forbade him to con-
tinue petitioning. We may be able to obtain a governor candidate in Tennessee by endorsing an independent. (Tennessee election laws make it easy to qualify as an “independent” but prohibitive to qualify as a third-party candidate.)
In addition, the publication defends newly-minted national chairman and 2020 presidential nominee Phil Collins; addressing the controversy surrounding his victory in the nonbinding American Independent Party (AIP) primary in California last month:
Some commentators have suggested
that, lacking information to the contrary,
many AIP voters believed they were voting
for a different “Phil Collins” – an English
popular musician with a large following in
the United States. However, “our” Collins
lived in California 14 years and has many
Be that as it may, the person behind
that name was our own Phil Collins, and
“our Phil” won.
The AIP has ballot access in California so Collins inquired as to whether his victory ensured he would receive the party’s presidential nomination. He sent emails on March 4 and March 30 to the party’s leadership but did not receive a response before the publication of the Prohibitionist. The AIP did not honor the results of the 2016 primary and gave then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump its ballot line.
Prohibitionist editor and 2016 Prohibition Party presidential nominee Jim Hedges adds the following thought about hypocrisy:
I have an axe to grind. I’ve brought this up
at other times, also, but the axe becomes
dull from use, and I have to sharpen it often:
People concerned with social evils should
set personal examples of righteousness in
their own conduct. Too often, we find that
opponents of marijuana use tobacco, that
governmental agencies working against
drug abuse sponsor cocktail parties, that
churches opposed to gambling hold bingo
“In order to be heard and believed – in
order to believe yourself – the [advocate]
must achieve a heightened personal au-
thenticity. It is never enough to bear the
message; you must enact the message.”
(Richard Todd, writing in Civilization, Jun/
Jul 99, p.52)
Prohibitionists do set examples in their
personal lives. Too often, nominal reform-
ers elsewhere are hypocrites.