Democratic ("Dixiecrat") Party
August 14, 1948
Unanimously Adopted at Oklahoma City, August 14, 1948
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We believe that the Constitution of the United States is the greatest charter of human liberty ever
conceived by the mind of man.
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We oppose all efforts to invade or destroy the rights guaranteed by it to every citizen of this
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We stand for social and economic justice, which, we believe can be guaranteed to all citizens only
by a strict adherence to our Constitution and the avoidance of any invasion or destruction of the
constitutional rights of the states and individuals. We oppose the totallitarian, centralized
bureaucratic government and the police nation called for by the platforms adopted by the
Democratic and Republican Conventions.
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We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race; the constitutional
right to choose one's associates; to accept private employment without governmental interference,
and to learn one's living in any lawful way. We oppose the elimination of segregation, the repeal of
miscegenation statutes, the control of private employment by Federal bureaucrats called for by the
misnamed civil rights program. We favor home-rule, local self-government and a minimum
interference with individual rights.
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We oppose and condemn the action of the Democratic Convention in sponsoring a civil rights
program calling for the elimination of segregation, social equality by Federal fiat, regulations of
private employment practices, voting, and local law enforcement.
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We affirm that the effective enforcement of such a program would be utterly destructive of the
social, economic and political life of the Southern people, and of other localities in which there may
be differences in race, creed or national origin in appreciable numbers.
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We stand for the check and balances provided by the three departments of our government. We
oppose the usurpation of legislative functions by the executive and judicial departments. We
unreservedly condemn the effort to establish in the United States a police nation that would destroy
the last vestige of liberty enjoyed by a citizen.
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We demand that there be returned to the people to whom of right they belong, those powers
needed for the preservation of human rights and the discharge of our responsibility as democrats
for human welfare. We oppose a denial of those by political parties, a barter or sale of those rights
by a political convention, as well as any invasion or violation of those rights by the Federal
Government. We call upon all Democrats and upon all other loyal Americans who are opposed to
totalitarianism at home and abroad to unite with us in ignominiously defeating Harry S. Truman,
Thomas E. Dewey and every other candidate for public office who would establish a Police
Nation in the United States of America.
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We, therefore, urge that this Convention endorse the candidacies of J. Strom Thurmond and
Fielding H. Wright for the President and Vice-president, respectively, of the United States of