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CD6 Race 2014: It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing!
I have run as a Colorado Green Party candidate three times in the past: once for state representative and twice for US Representative. In those elections, I ran in safe Democratic districts where Republicans had no chance of winning. This year, I am asking for the Green Party’s nomination to run for US Representative in a district that is pretty evenly split between the Republicans and the Democrats. The Sixth Congressional district wraps around the eastern half of Denver, from the north, to the east, to the south. This includes most of Arapahoe County, Douglas County, and part of Adams County.
This seat is currently held by a right wing Republican militarist, Mike Coffman. When he was first elected to this office in 2008, it was a safe Republican district. But ...
Gary Swing is a cultural events promoter who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Gary grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey in 1968 and moved to Colorado in 1990. Gary worked previously as a public policy researcher. He has a BA in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Gary is a bicycle commuter, a vegetarian, and childfree by choice.
In 2007, Gary became the sixteenth person to climb all of Colorado’s 637 mountains over 13,000 feet.
Gary has backpacked more than 10,000 miles. He has backpacked the length of the "Triple Crown Trails" (Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails), as well as the Colorado and Arizona Trails. Between October 31, 2013 and January 20, 2014 he walked more than 1100 miles through New Zealand, mostly along the route of the Te Araroa Trail.
Gary Swing was a Green Party candidate for state representative in Denver in 1996 and a Green Party candidate for US Representative in 2010.
THE SWING VOTE CAMPAIGN PLATFORM:
Uphold the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war.
Establish a National Truth Commission to publicly expose the crimes of the US government. Prosecute war criminals. Convict Barack Obama and George W. Bush for their crimes against humanity.
Abolish all weapons of mass destruction.
Reduce the current US military budget by 90%. Remove all US armed forces from foreign nations and restrict them to non-offensive territorial defense of the United States.
End foreign military aid. Prohibit international military arms sales by the US government and US corporations.
Stop the US government’s political interference in foreign elections, including the funding of political parties and candidates. Eliminate public funding for the CIA front, the “National Endowment for Democracy,” which has spent more than $1 billion to rig foreign elections.
Eliminate presidential elections, which are meaningless shams, and decentralize political authority. Switch to a parliamentary system with a weak chief executive selected by Congress. Congress should be able to remove the executive at any time on a vote of “no confidence.”
Abolish the U.S. Senate, which is one of the world's most misrepresentative legislative bodies. Elect the U.S. House of Representatives by an open party list system of proportional representation.
Support a national initiative and referendum process, public campaign financing, campaign spending limits, equal time for qualified candidates, open debates including ballot-qualified minor party candidates and verifiable ballots.
Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Rescind NAFTA and GATT. Support “fair trade” policies, freedom of travel, and international work permits that are not tied to a specific employer.
Abolish the CIA, NSA, and Selective Service System. Repeal the Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act.
Replace the federal income tax with a “fair tax” (national sales tax) to discourage consumption while encouraging saving and investment. Secure a baseline income with monthly rebates. Use carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in the cost of new products.
End the private Federal Reserve Bank’s control over US monetary policy and restore it to the Treasury Department.
End corporate welfare bailouts that transfer wealth from the poor to the rich while generating trillions of dollars in national debt.
Create a single payer national health insurance system.
We should fully fund family planning programs at all levels and promote public education about the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis. World population has grown rapidly from 1 billion in 1804 to 2 billion in 1927, 3 billion in 1960 and 7 billion in 2011. World population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2040. In 2010, a World Wildlife Foundation study estimated that human ecological impact now exceeds the Earth’s carrying capacity by 50%. About 5% of the world’s population lives in the United States, but the US accounts for 25% of global consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. If the average human had the same ecological impact as the average American, the Earth could not sustain a population of more than 1.5 billion people. Achieving a sustainable human population requires both a reduction in global birth rates substantially below replacement level and a major reduction in our per capita ecological impact.
The peak of global oil production will have profound consequences for a global economy that is deeply dependent upon petroleum products for energy, transportation, food production and many consumer products. We must reduce consumption and develop a “steady-state” (sustainable) economy.
Support international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Stop subsidizing fossil fuels and nuclear energy. No oil from tar sands or shale oil development. Support conservation and energy efficiency. Convert to solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal power. Decentralize energy production.
Stop subsidizing petrochemical agriculture and animal farming. Apply cruelty laws to farmed animals. Promote permaculture, organic farming and urban agriculture.
Fully legalize marijuana. Decriminalize possession of small quantities of other drugs for personal use. No new prisons.
No more logging in old growth forests. Support reforesting.
Support equal rights regardless of gender or sexual orientation
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