Gary Swing – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for U.S. House Of Representatives Congressional District 6, Colorado

Green Party of Colorado
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Speaking truth to power. End American imperialism. Anti-war and 9/11 truth candidate. End U.S. militarism, restrict the military to territorial non-offensive defense, prosecute American war criminals, establish a National Truth Commission to publicly expose the crimes of the U.S. government, restore civil liberties at home and respect human rights abroad, establish a legitimate election process using proportional representation voting systems, end corporate welfare, initiate a powerdown strategy for an ecologically sustainable steady-state economy, and implement a single payer national health insurance program.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Unmarried 42 year old male in open relationship, childfree by choice. Resident of Colorado since 1990, Denver since 1994. Grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey, youngest of six children in family.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Cultural events promoter in Denver. Former research assistant for a public policy research program at the University of Colorado's Graduate School of Public Affairs.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Member of Colorado 9/11 Visibility. Former member of Campus Greens, World Citizens, Oxfam Hunger Action, Boulder Green Alliance, former secretary and former co-chair of Denver Region Greens.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Student campaign coordinator, Robin Heid for Governor (Republican), 1990.

Colorado state campaign coordinator, Larry Agran for President (Democrat), 1992.

Campaign director, Jim Harrington for Congress (Democrat), 1992.

Campaign treasurer, Phil Hufford for Governor, (Green Party), 1994.

Green Party candidate for state representative, 1996.

Pacifist Party candidate for U.S. Senate, 1998.

Natural Law Party candidate for Congress, 2002.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Atheist, humanist. The two books that best embody my beliefs about religion are "Ethics Without God" by Kai Nielsen and "Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist", by Dan Barker. The book "Ethics Without God" explains why it is logically impossible to base values on power or authority. "Losing Faith in Faith" is the story of a former fundamentalist Christian minister. It is a humorous, well-reasoned account which debunks Christian mythology.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Most Creative Gorilla Award, Denver Gorilla Run 2004.

11th person to reach all 64 Colorado county highpoints.

16th person to climb all 637 Colorado mountains over 13,000 feet, September 2007.

Thru hiked the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail, April 20 to September 6, 2008.

Fished hiking the 481 mile Colorado Trail, 2009.

Hiked northernmost 465 miles of the Continental Divide Trail in Montana, July-August, 2010.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Masters degree in public administration, University of Colorado, Denver. Bachelors Degree in political science, University of Colorado, Boulder. Mullica Hill Friends School (Quaker high school), Mullica Hill, New Jersey.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)

Anti-war activist. Founder and former director of the Mercy Force Project, which advocated converting the U.S. military into a nonviolent defense and humanitarian service corps. Former activist in the Rocky Mountain Peace Center, Stop the War, and Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace. Winner of the Dean Reed Peace Essay Prize, 1990.

Reasons & Objectives
Why I Am Running for Public Office

I am running as a Green Party candidate to express my opposition to American imperialism and advocate political reform to create a sustainable and just society.

Source: Gary Swing (08/22/2010)

Goals If Elected

End all foreign military intervention by the U.S. military. Stop all wars that the United States is currently waging against other nations, close overseas military bases, and withdraw U.S. troops, restricting them to non-offensive territorial defense of the United States. Prosecute American war criminals and the criminals responsible for orchestrating the 9/11 false flag operation.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Achievements If Elected

I want to achieve a revolution in moral values. A reporter once asked Mohandas Gandhi what he thought of western civilization. Gandhi replied that he thought "It would be a very good idea." I agree. Western civilization would be an excellent goal to achieve.

(10/22/2008)

Areas to Concentrate On

Global security: End U.S. militarism, respect human rights, protect civil liberties, stop American genocide and fascism, restrict the military to non-offensive defense, prosecute American war criminals.

Environment: create an environmentally sustainable economy.

Health Care: implement a single payer universal health insurance system.

(10/22/2008)

Immigration
Immigration, a General Statement

I oppose the racist scapegoating of immigrants. We must address the real causes of high immigration levels: an unsustainable, high consumption lifestyle in the United States; globalist economic policies that exploit Third World nations for the benefit of transnational corporations; and labor policies designed to drive down wages. We must reform international trade policies to protect labor, human rights, and the environment. Fair trade should promote local self-reliance, not foreign corporate domination. Permanent border passes should be granted to citizens of Mexico and Canada. It should be easy to get work permits that are not tied to a specific employer.

Tom Tancredo is the only minor party candidate who has received significant media attention

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Immigration Reform

I support a reasonable pathway to citizenship.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Border Security

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Federal Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

State Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws

Opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

State and Local Immigration Laws

Opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Guest Worker Program

This is the modern equivalent of indentured servitude. I oppose the program.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Securing Our Borders

We should demilitarize the borders.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Visa Enforcement

I understand that is already a $25 late fee for missing a VISA card payment, and your interest rate can also be jacked up dramatically.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Arizona's Strict New Immigration Law

I oppose this.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

English-Only Laws

I oppose this.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Deportation

It depends upon where you want to deport me to.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

I support reasonable opportunities for undocumented resident aliens to apply for citizenship.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Self-Deportation

Currently, I do not have sufficient financial resources available to deport myself. I would need to be able to obtain legal, gainful employment overseas before I could seriously consider living in another country. The "love it or leave it" argument is idiotic. Nevertheless, I would like to expatriate some day a country that is more sane than the United States. If someone were to offer me gainful employment in Western Europe, South America, or New Zealand, I would be happy to consider the offer.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Real ID Act

I oppose the real ID act.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Database Of Foreigners

I absolutely oppose this.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Americanization

Opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Immigration Application Fees

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Using National Guard Troops to Secure Mexican Border

Absolutely opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Employers Who Hire Illegals

It should be easy to apply for legal employment.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Illegal Immigration as a Felony

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

Support

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Criminalize Assistance to Illegal Immigrants

Absolutely opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Immigrant Troops

I oppose the practice of recruiting foreign mercenaries to participate in American war crimes.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Legal Status for Undocumented Farm Workers

Support

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

English as the Official National Language

No. I oppose racism and bigotry.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Alien Minors

Extraterrestrials should not be forced to work in mines.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Minutemen Project

Opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

National Security & Terrorism
Homeland Security, a General Statement

The Homeland Security Act must be repealed. The various agencies that have been joined together under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security should be separated again, or in some cases, abolished. I advocate abolition of the FBI, NSA, IRS, ATF, and the Selective Service System.

The concept of "Homeland Security" was taken straight from Nazi Germany by American fascists as part of their plan for transforming the United States from a republic into a fascist state.

The number one threat to American national security today is the American national security establishment. "People should not be afraid of their government. The government should be afraid of its people."

(10/22/2008)

NSA Surveillance of Citizens

End it now! Prosecute NSA officials for their crimes against the people of the United States. Abolish the NSA.

(10/22/2008)

Al-Qaeda

"Al-Qaeda" was originally the file name of a database of terrorists who were recruited, armed, trained, and financed by the CIA. See below, full text at www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=3836

Al Qaeda -- The Database

Wayne Madsen Report -- 11/18/05

Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that "Al Qaeda" is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan....

"[According to a Pakistani major] the database was divided into two parts, the information file where the participants in the meetings could pick up and send information they needed,

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Making Our Homeland More Secure

The best way to protect our freedom is to respect civil liberties and the rule of constitutional law. The United States today is in the grip of political fascism. This has become an authoritarian police state. We need to vastly reduce the power and authority of the president, the military, the FBI, the NSA, and the police. The role of the armed forces must be strictly limited to defense, and the military budget should be cut by at least 90% immediately. A non-offensive defense system could include a military component, but it should also include training of civilians in tactics of nonviolent resistance and noncooperation (social defense). The United States has the heaviest concentration of guns in the hands of private citizens. "Second Amendment Defense" can be part of a total non-offensive defense strategy. The biggest threat to our security is our own government. Americans must be prepared to defend their nation against their government.

(10/22/2008)

National Security Agency (NSA) Examinining Domestic Phone Records

I support prosecution of George W. Bush, the NSA officials, and telecommunications corporation who carried out a program of illegal warrantless wiretapping surveillance on U.S. citizens as a part of the fake "war on terrorism." Constitutional law and protection of civil liberties must be restored to the United States.

I adamantly oppose amnesty for telecommunications corporations that have engaged in illegal wiretapping surveillance.

(10/22/2008)

Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission

The real purpose of the 9/11 Commission was to cover up the truth about what really happened on 9/11. The report they produced was a falsification of history. Read David Ray Griffin's book: "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions." It thoroughly debunks the commission's account of events. Also see Griffin's more recent book: "Debunking 9/11 Debunking." A more readily accessible resource is the website www.911truth.org

The 9/11 Commission was created under pressure from victims' families after President Bush blocked a Congressional inquiry for 441 days. Bush initially appointed war criminal Henry Kissinger to chair the commission. Senator Max Cleland, the only commission member without serious conflicts of interest, resigned and

(10/22/2008)

Radical Fundamentalism

A radical is someone who goes to the "root" of a problem. A radical is "a person who advocates fundamental political, social, and economic reforms." I am a radical.

Fundamentalism traditionally refers to movement in Christian Protestantism which "stresses the infallibility of the Bible not only in matters of faith and morals but also as a literal historic record." Fundamentalism can also refer to strict adherence to any set of basic ideas and principles.

I am an atheist. I understand that religious fundamentalism is nonsense. However, people do have a fundamental right to frredom of thought, religion and philosophy, speech, and conscience.

I support the separation of church and state and the first amendment right to freedom of speech and

(10/22/2008)

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Abolish weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Dick Cheney and other people who became top Bush Administration officials were involved in the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). Their September, 2000 report "Rebuilding America's Defenses" said that: "advanced forms of biological warfare that can target specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool." In 1996, Dr. Vivienne Nathanson, the British Medical Association's Head of Science and Ethics reported to a conference of the World Medical Association that ethnically targeted genetic weapons are now possible.

Genetic weapons would use small variations in DNA that distinguish individuals

(10/22/2008)

Bioterrorism

The United States government must not be allowed to manufacture, stockpile, or use biological weapons. Anyone who is involved in the development of genetically targeted biological weapons should be prosecuted for committing crimes against humanity.

(10/22/2008)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Repeal the Homeland Security Act. Abolish the Department of Homeland Security and either return its constituent agencies to independent authority, or in some cases abolish them. The so-called "war on terrorism" is a fraud, providing a false pretext for transforming our society into a fascist state.

(10/22/2008)

National Guard in the Department of Homeland Security vs. Defense

The National Guard should be used for defense and disaster relief, not for genocide or suppression of dissent.

(10/22/2008)

Intelligence

Military intelligence is an oxymoron. The CIA is a criminal, terrorist organization that must be abolished. The NSA is also a criminal organization that must be abolished.

(10/22/2008)

Domestic Intelligence Agencies

The FBI has become a police state agency. Its COINTELPRO program must be shut down. I believe the FBI itself should also be shut down. Fundamental reform would be needed for the FBI to ever become a legitimate law enforcement agency.

(10/22/2008)

Color-Coded Warning System

The color coded warning system is a transparent load of crap. Get rid of it. The purpose of this system is to make the people afraid and convince them that they need heavy-handed government security measures to protect them from an imaginary external threat.

(10/22/2008)

Air Security

"Home Run" remote control technology was developed in the 1970s. This technology was designed to make it impossible to hijack airliners. However, this technology was most likely used by rogue intelligence operatives on 9/11/01 to remotely pilot three Boeing aircraft into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Properly used remote control technology under the civilian authority of the FAA could be used to prevent future hijackings.

The men the FBI identified as piloting hijacked airplanes on 9/11 were described by their flight instructors as incompetent to fly crop dusters. None of them had ever flown a jet. BBC reported that several of the 19 alleged hijackers were still alive after 9/11. No airport video or other credible evidence placed

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

War on Terror, a General Statement

There is no "war on terror." The United States government is the number one purveyor of terrorism throughout the world. As historian Michael Parenti has documented: "From 1945 to 2000, the U.S. government attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist movements struggling against oppressive regimes. Recent decades have been marked by the U.S. waging devastatingly one-sided wars against small, weak, impoverished nations while filling the media with propaganda designed to inflame war fever."

The U.S. has supported death squads and dictatorships in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Indonesia and many other nations. The people of Panama, Haiti, Laos, Angola, Mozambique and Yugoslavia

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

War on Terrorism Policies

The Patriot Act must be repealed. I oppose the fake "War on Terror" and the authoritarian policies that have been enacted or proposed in its name.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

National Intelligence Estimate Assessment

My assessment is that there is very little national intelligence.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Guantanamo Bay Prison (GITMO)

The political prison and military base at Guantanamo Bay must be shut down. The political prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were kidnapped, imprisoned, and tortured illegally in an illegal war. The people responsible for these acts are war criminals who must be prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced appropriately for their crimes. The United States should not be allowed to have military bases in foreign countries.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Terrorist Prisoner Rights Under Geneva Conventions

The rights of prisoners of war are protected by the Geneva Convention. Period. The U.S. military conquests of Iraq and Afghanistan are acts of genocide, not war.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Torture of Terrorists

Torture is a crime against humanity. U.S. military and political leaders are terrorists.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Waterboarding

The local YMCA has foam water boards that can be used as floatation devices. They can be very helpful in teaching children how to swim. Generally, they are known as kickboards, not waterboards.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Trials of Terrorist and Combantant Detainees

How can you possibly have trials of people who have been illegally kidnapped and imprisoned by people who are engaged in an illegal war? It's patently absurd. We need to establish a government that respects the rule of law. The government must follow due process of law, both at home and in foreign affairs.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Habeas Corpus and Legal Rights for Combatant Detainees

The constitutional guaranteed right to habeas corpus was suspended by the Bush Administration. It must be restored.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Gay & Lesbian
Gay Marriage

Sure. Marriage is a voluntary social contract between consenting adults.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

The Military Don't Ask/Don't Tell Policy

Repeal it.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Prohibiting Same Sex Marriage Recognition between States (Defense of Marriage Act)

Rubbish

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

I oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Homosexuality as a Choice or Genetics

I don't know. Why should that be a public policy question?

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Homosexuality as being Immoral or a Sin

Nonsense

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Exposing Children to Gay Couples

Wouldn't that be child pornography? Or do you just mean having children around gay couples? There's nothing wrong with that.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Marriage Left Solely to the States

Marriage is a decision for the individuals involved. Governments should respect the legal rights of those consenting adults who choose to marry.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Sexual Orientation in Anti-Discrimination Laws

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Federal Constitutional Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Absolutely not.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Equal Tax Treatment of Same Sex Couples

Yes.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Domestic Partnerships

Support

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Civil Unions

Support

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Gays Serving in the Military

I'm morally opposed to the U.S. military.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Gays Adopting Children

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy, a General Statement

The United States has built the most powerful, most extensive empire in history, with contempt for freedom, human rights and international law. The real mission of the U.S. military and the CIA is to establish and protect right-wing client states around the world, serving the economic interests of transnational corporations, often sponsoring proxy wars and mercenary forces to oppress the populations of Third World nations.

A reporter once asked Mohandas Gandhi what he thought of western civilization. Gandhi replied: "I think it would be a very good idea." I agree.

It is time to end the American war against humanity. We need a revolution to create a society in which Americans respect the value of human life, including the lives of non-Americans.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Foreign Aid

End foreign military aid. Stop international arms sales. Use humanitarian foreign aid to feed people, provide health care and disaster relief, and to help other nations develop environmentally sustainable economies.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

North Korea

No nation should be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction. The United States has no standing to complain about WMDs in other countries unless it first eliminates its own WMDs.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Latin America (South & Central)

End the U.S. war in Columbia.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Nuclear Weapons & Non-Proliferation Treaty

The United States must comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by abolishing its nuclear weapons.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Promotion of Democracy Around World

The United States does not export democracy. It subverts and destroys democracy. The "National Endowment for Democracy" is a front group for the CIA whose mission is to undermine and disrupt elections in other countries. Funding for the NED must be eliminated.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

America's Image Abroad

The United States has been responsible for the mass murder of millions of people in dozens of countries over the past six decades. It might help to improve the image of the United States abroad if the United States stopped committing the mass murder of people in other countries, stopped supporting dictatorships and terrorists, apologized for its crimes against humanity, and prosecuted those responsible.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

CIA

Abolish the CIA

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

United Nations (UN)

The headquarters of the United Nations should be moved to a third world country, possibly Venezuela. No nation should have veto power and no nation should have a permanent seat on the Security Council. Ideally, the members of the United Nations should be democratically elected by proportional representation rather than being appointed by national governments as their representatives.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

International Criminal Court (ICC)

I support the creation of permanent international war crimes tribunal. The United States must abide by international law.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Abolish NATO.

NATO attacked Yugoslavia without the consent of any of its own parliaments, violating the NATO treaty, Article One of the U.S. Constitution, the United Nations Charter, the Geneva Conventions, and the Nuremberg Principles.

A complaint filed by international human rights lawyers charging 67 NATO leaders with war crimes is reprinted at www.balkanpeace.org. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which is financed almost entirely by the United States, refused to consider these charges.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

US Treaties

The United States must honor its treaties whenever possible, and try to renegotiate those historic treaties that cannot be honored.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro

The United States should normalize relations with Cuba, end the trade embargo, and permit U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba. The United States must stop sponsoring coup attempts against the democratically elected government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Balkans

U.S. led NATO forces bombed civilian targets in Serbia and Kosovo for 78 days in 1999.

The U.S. sought to dismember Yugoslavia and privatize its state-run industries and financial sector. The 1991 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act mandated that Yugoslavian provinces would lose U.S. financing unless they seceded. The U.S. funded separatist movements in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Kosovo, backing fascist elements in a strategy of divide and conquer.

Bill Clinton labeled Milosevic "a new Hitler," but supported Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic (a World War II Nazi war criminal) and Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, whose book, Wastelands of Historical Truth, praised Hitler and advocated genocide.

The Kosovo Liberation Army

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement

Hire me to be your Congressman.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Affirmative Action

Support

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Economy
Economy, a General Statement

Quotation: "The cheap oil age created an artificial bubble of plenitude for a period not much longer than a human lifetime, a hundred years. So, I hazard to assert that as oil ceases to be cheap and the world reserves are toward depletion, we will indeed suddenly be left with an enormous surplus population that the ecology of the earth will not support. No political program of birth control will avail. The people are already here. The journey back to non-oil population homeostasis will not be pretty. We will discover the hard way that population hypergrowth was simply a side effect of the oil age. It was a condition, not a problem with a solution. That is what happened and we are stuck with it."

-- James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency (2005)

The

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Federal Reserve

The United States has surrendered the power to create currency to a private bank. That power should be taken back and restored to the U.S. Treasury. The Federal Reserve should have no authority over monetary policy.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Aging of Population

Overpopulation is the most critical problem facing the world today. Birth rates and consumption both need to be reduced, so inevitably, a higher proportion of the population will shift into older age groups.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Taxes
Taxes, a General Statement

The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never legally ratified. There is no law requiring Americans to pay a federal income tax on their labor. The federal income tax should be abolished and replaced with a national "fair tax" (progressive national sales tax).

About 48 percent of the federal income tax revenue is now budgeted for past and present military costs plus the military portion of the national debt. This accounts for $1,398 billion in Fiscal Year 2011, including $721 billion for the misnamed "Department of Defense," $155 billion for the military portions of other departments, $123 billion for veterans benefits, and $399 billion for interest on the military portion of the national debt. See www.warresisters.org for details.

I

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

National Sales Tax

I support replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Child Tax Credit

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Oil Company Tax Breaks

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Internal Revenu Service (IRS)

Abolish the IRS.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Education
No Child Left Behind Act, a General Statement

I oppose the military recruitment provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Sex Education and Birth Control Options

I support age appropriate education about human sexuality, birth control, family planning and the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Evolution and Intelligent Design Education

Evolution is a scientific fact that should be taught in public schools. Creationism is myth.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Gay and Lesbian Orientation Education

I would support age appropriate education.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Religion in Public Schools

I support separation of church and state. Religious indoctrination has no place in public education. There can be an appropriate role for comparative study of world religious beliefs, philosophy, atheism, humanism and other ethical systems as a part of cultural studies.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

"Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance

I strongly oppose political indoctrination such as the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. I have refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance since I was in the sixth grade.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Charter Schools

Support.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Federal Funding of Private Schools

Public funding should not be used for religious indoctrination. I see no problem with public funding for private, non-religious education.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

School Choice

I support school choice options within the public school system and for private, non-religious education.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Magnet Schools

Support.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Bilingual Education

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Elections & Politics
Elections, a General Statement

There are many serious barriers to having legitimate elections in the United States:

Massive vote fraud has corrupted at least the last two U.S. presidential elections.

The winner-take-all voting system effectively shuts out any candidates who don't represent the status quo. Legitimate elections require the adoption of proportional representative voting systems for legislative and council elections and instant run-off voting or parliamentary government for single occupant offices.

Campaign financing corrupts the political process. Without campaign spending caps or a fair system of public campaign financing, establishment candidates are essentially bought and paid for by corporate lobbyists. Perhaps candidates should be required to wear race

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Campaign Spending Limits

Absolutely!

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Voter Photo ID and Other Requirements

No thank you.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Tea Party Movement

I like chai. The Tea Party movement is a fascist, reactionary distraction from reality. It is not a real political party but an extremist faction of the already extremist Republican Party. The media has given an absurd amount of coverage to the imaginary "Tea Party" while ignoring real political parties that represent genuine reform.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Election Reform

Stop the U.S. government's political interference in foreign elections, including the funding of political parties and candidates. Eliminate public funding for the CIA's political front organization, the "National Endowment for Democracy."

Abolish the U.S. Senate. Elect the U.S. House of Representatives by a national system of open party list proportional representation, using a single transferable vote ballot and regional party lists.

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.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Campaign Finance Reform

The campaign finance reform proposals I've seen would accomplish little or nothing. We need to reduce the amount of campaign spending and open up the election system to meaningful competition from independent and minor party candidates.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Public Funding of Political Campaigns

I would support a fair system of public campaign financing.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Reform of Redistricting (Gerrymandering)

Eliminate gerrymandering by eliminating single member districts for legislative and council elections. Elect candidates for multi-member bopdies by proportional representation.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Voting and Election Reform

Open party list system of proportional representation using a single transferable vote.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Voting Machines and Paper Ballots

Verifiable paper ballots are needed.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Election-day Registration

Okay

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Voting Right of Felons & Ex-Prisoners

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

DC Voting Representation in Congress

The people of the District of Columbia should have voting representation in both house of Congress either through statehood or by having the district included in the state of Maryland.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Environment
Carbon Tax

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Higher Gasoline Tax

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Kyoto Protocol

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Interior Department

Prohibit farmed animal grazing, logging, mining and oil drilling on public lands. Support a public lands use strategy of conservation, not industrial tourism. Preserve roadless areas.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Factory Farms

Support the dismantlement of the animal agriculture industry. Apply animal cruelty laws to farmed animals, ban veal crates, wire chicken cages and cannibalistic feeding practices. Eliminate public subsidies for animal agriculture.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Military & Defense
Military, a General Statement

The U.S. military should be strictly limited to non-offensive territorial defense of the United States. All foreign military bases should be closed and all U.S. troops should be brought home to this country. The United States government should be permanently banned from participating in any foreign wars. All foreign military aid and international arms sales should be prohibited. Nuclear, biological and chemical weapons must be abolished. Depleted uranium weapons, land mines, fuel air explosives, cluster bombs, and other "conventional" weapons that are indiscriminate or are weapons of mass destruction should be abolished. Military service must be voluntary. The president of the United States has no legal authority to commit U.S. troops to combat

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Defense, a General Statement

The biggest threat to our national security is our national security establishment. I support a social defense program training citizens in tactics of nonviolent resistance and noncooperation as part of a non-offensive defense system to protect our society not only against the possibility of outside threats, but also against the much more serious threat of government tyranny at home. An armed citizenry can also provide a "Second Amendment Defense" component of a non-offensive defense system.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Missile Defense System

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Defense and Military Budget

The U.S. military budget for Fiscal Year 2009 includes $965 billion for current military spending, and $484 billion for past military spending, including the military portion of interest on the national debt. Together, this is a total of $1,449 billion for the military budget, or 54 percent of current federal income tax funds. The Department of Defense budget is $653 billion. An estimated $200 billion more funding for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan is not included in the official DoD budget. Other military expenditures are dispersed amongst other departments, including Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, State Department, and NASA.(See www.warresisters.org/pages/piechart.htm for details.) The United States spends as much on current military expenditures as the countries with the next 15 highest military budgets combined. Twelve of those countries are U.S. allies. The current U.S. military budget should be cut by at least 90 percent immediately.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Military Policy

Non-offensive defense

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Military Adequacy

If they didn't feel so inadequate, why do they feel the need to build so many big missiles? And why do they feel so insecure about allowing gay people to join the military?

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Military Industrial Establishment

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Cluster Bombs

Abolish cluster bombs.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Reducing Military Costs

Cut the military budget by at last 90 percent.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Re-instituting the Draft

Conscription is slavery, prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment. The Selective Service System and registration for the draft must be abolished.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Military Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC Commission)

Close all military bases outside of the United States.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Gays in the Military

I oppose discrimination of the basis of sexual orientation.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty

Restore U.S. adherence to the ABM treaty.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Middle East
Israel

End U.S. aid to Israel. Support democratic self-determination and respect for the human rights of both Palestinians and Israelis.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Palestinian West Bank and Gaza

Support the right to self-determination and human rights for all concerned.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq
Afghanistan, a General Statement

CIA intervention in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1999 created a war that destroyed President Taraki's reformist government, induced Soviet intervention, killed more than a million Afghans, and trained an army of terrorists, including CIA operative Osama bin Laden. The history of this intervention is explained in the books "The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond" by political analyst Michael Parenti and "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" by investigative journalist William Blum.

On July 3, 1979, President Carter instructed the CIA to provide military aid to Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in Afghanistan to overthrow the moderate socialist government.

The U.S. provided military aid to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the head of the

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Pakistan, a General Statement

The United States should withdraw all of its troops from Pakistan, withdraw its support from the government of Pakistan, and stop interfering in their internal politics. Pakistan's ISI security agency is a creation of the CIA that has been used for funneling money and weapons to mercenary terrorists. U.S. funding for the ISI must be cut off.

I support an international investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Iraq, a General Statement

Iraq's alleged failure to disarm its weapons of mass destruction was a false pretext for George W. Bush's conquest of Iraq. Bush wanted to install a new puppet regime that would serve the economic interests of transnational corporations.

The American war against Iraq that began in 1990-91 was not motivated by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. On July 25, 1990, Saddam Hussein asked April Glaspie, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, if the U.S. had a position on Iraq's longstanding claim to Kuwait. She replied: "We have no opinion on Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait." Glaspie assured Hussein that the U.S. would not intervene militarily if Iraq invaded Kuwait. Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 1.

The first Bush Administration accused

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Timetable for Withdrawal

Withdraw all U.S. troops immediately.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

US Military Presence in Afghanistan

The United States must withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan immediately.

The American conquest of Afghanistan was planned before the September 11th attacks. The original purpose of the planned U.S. conquest of Afghanistan was to secure the construction of an oil pipeline that was proposed by UNOCAL. The Guardian reported: "In 1998, Dick Cheney, now US vice-president but then chief executive of a major oil services company, remarked: 'I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian. But the oil and gas there is worthless until it is moved. The only route which makes both political and economic sense is through Afghanistan.'"

The Bush Administration told the Taliban

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Predator Drone Strikes

Absolutely opposed.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Taliban & Radical Islamic Jihadists

The Soviets left Afghanistan in February 1989. The PDP government fought CIA mercenaries until it fell in 1992. When the mujahideen took over, they fought among themselves. They ravaged Afghanistan, conducted mass executions, closed schools, and raped thousands of women and girls. Amnesty International reported that they used rape as "a method of intimidating vanquished populations and rewarding soldiers." The CIA-backed mujahideen ordered farmers to grow opium poppy. Arundhati Roy reported in The Guardian that "within two years of the CIA's arrival, the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderland had become the biggest producer of heroin in the world, and the single biggest source of the heroin on American streets."

Many of the CIA mercenaries graduated

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Iraq Policy

During the George H.W. Bush and Clinton Administrations, the United States and its coalition partners were responsible for the murder of somewhere between two to three million people in Iraq through the combined effects of military attacks, systematic destruction of Iraq's infrastructure, blockade, invasion and occupation. Prior to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, Saddam had been a key U.S. ally. Saddam's party was installed in power through a CIA-sponsored military coup. The U.S. government armed and supported Saddam Hussein's brutal dictatorship until 1989, providing many of the raw materials and plans for Iraq's biological and chemical weapons programs. The current administration has been responsible for the murder of more than 1.2 million more

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Iraq Reconstruction

The United States owes reparations to the people of Iraq. There is no way that the U.S. can ever undo the harm that it has done.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Iraq Political Progress

Highly unlikely.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Private Security like Blackwater

Stop funding mercenaries.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Cutting Off War Funding

Funding for the American genocide against the people of Iraq must be cut off immediately.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Federalizing Iraq into Kurd, Shiite and Sunni States

The people of Iraq should determine their own affairs without interference from the United States government.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Humanitarian Situation in Iraq

Desperate -- but isn't that what Americans wanted?

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Length of Deployments

End all U.S. military deployments outside of U.S. territory immediately.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Continued US Military Presence in Iraq

Any continued U.S. military presence in Iraq is absolutely unacceptable.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Deadline for US Pullout

Eighteen years ago.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Troop Surge

There is no excuse for the American genocide against the people of Iraq.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Iraq's Role in War on Terror

There is no "war on terror." It is a delusion created to keep Americans in fear and to create a false pretext for U.S. military and economic world domination.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Loss of American Lives in Iraq

Some people fought back against American invaders.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Staying in Iraq for "as long as it takes to do the job"

The "job" is genocide. The "job" is seizing control of Iraq's oil resources. Those who carry out this job are war criminals and they deserve the death penalty.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Iraq Role in Making Americans Safer

You must be joking, right?

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Iran
Iran, a General Statement

In 1953, the CIA and British intelligence carried out a military coup against the democratically elected government of Iran in order to seize control of the nation's oil supply. Today, history is about to repeat itself as the U.S. positions itself to take over Iran again in another grab for their oil.

In 1953, the U.S. installed the brutal, fascist dictatorship of the Shah in Iran, sponsoring his repressive SAVAK security forces until the 1979 revolution. Then the United States encouraged Iraq to start the bloody Iran-Iraq War, which devastated both nations. The United States provided weapons to both sides to keep the conflict going.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Iran Nuclear Deal

It is not at all clear that Iran is pursuing weapons of mass destruction. It is very clear that the United States government is planning to attack Iran and take control of its oil supply.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Military Strike

I oppose any military attack or invasion against Iran. The United States has been posturing to attack Iran in order to create a false pretext for its planned military conquest of the country to seize control of its oil supply in the wake of the peak of global oil production.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Economic Sanctions Against Iran

How about some economic sanctions against the United States? The United States is trying to establish a global fascist dictatorship under its control.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Guns
Guns, a General Statement

I have mixed feelings about the gun issue. I am neither pro-gun nor pro-gun control. I don't like guns. I have never owned or fired a gun. I think there a lot of bad arguments that have been used on both sides of the gun issue. However, the Second Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights. I believe most gun control laws are unconstitutional. Moreover, I am more concerned about getting guns out of the hands of the government than I am concerned about getting them out of the hands of private citizens. There is at least a theoretically valid argument for the Second Amendment as a citizen defense against government tyranny.

If I were an elected official, I would probably vote with the NRA most of the time, but I would not be carrying legislation for them, and I probably wouldn't be going out for dinner and drinks with their lobbyists.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment

Yes, it's protected by the Second Amendment.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Gun Control Legislation

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Renewal of Ban on Assault Weapons Purchases

Oppose

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

National Rifle Association (NRA)

I'm not the NRA.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

DC Gun Ban

Opposed

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Gun Shows

I have attended gun shows to petition for non-partisan ballot issues on election reform issues.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Trade
Trade, a General Statement

Support fair trade policies and local self-reliance.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Oppose

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Globalization

Oppose globalization policies.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Free Market Vision

Pure fantasy.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Global Workers' Rights

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Global Environmental Standards

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

World Trade Organization / General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (WTO/GATT)

Oppose

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)

Oppose

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

North American Union

Oppose

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Internet, Media & Communications
Spamming

Spam, eggs, bacon, Spam and Spam.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Internet Pornography

www.domai.com

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Media, a General Statement

Kill your television.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Federal Budget & Debt

The imperialists created it. Let them pay it off.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Deficit Spending

Oppose

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Balanced Budget & Constitutional Amendment

This should not require a Constitutional amendment. If you can't get elected officials to balance a budget, how can you get them to pass a Constitutional amendment requiring them to balance a budget?

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Presidential Line-item Veto Power

Oppose

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement

I support a single payer universal health insurance program.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

I oppose this corporate wealthcare policy.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Universal Medical Care / Insurance

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Employers' Medical Insurance

Health insurance should not be tied to employment.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Legality of Abortion - Roe v. Wade

Row versus wade? It depends. How deep is the water? If I don't have a canoe, then the question is moot anyway.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

Yes. I am pro-life and pro-choice. I am pro-life because I oppose war, genocide, and militarism in general. I support universal health care and environmental responsibility. I am pro-choice on the abortion issue. I think it's absurd that people who are pro-gun, pro-war, pro-genocide, pro-military, pro-death penalty, anti-environment, and opposed to national health insurance call themselves pro-life because they oppose abortion.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Abortion, a General Statement

I support the right to abortion. This should not be an issue.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Parental Notification

This should not be a public policy issue.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Life Beginning at Conception

Life is continuous. Eggs and sperm are alive. So are embryos. None of them have a "right to life." Life forms must have an independent existence in order to have a "right to life." Eggs, sperms, and embryos only exist within the host's body. The anti-abortion position is silly. Let's get past this nonsense and focus on things that are truly important.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Criminalizing Out-of-State Abortions

I oppose criminalizing abortion.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Abortion Protesters

Grow up.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Right to Life Constitutional Amendment

Rubbish

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Access to Contraception

This is very important. I support public funding for contraceptives and family planning services as part of a national health insurance system.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

The Morning After Pill (Plan B)

I support legal access to the morning after pill and public financing for it under a national health insurance system.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Partial-birth Abortions

This should not be a public policy issue.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Federal Funding for Abortion

I support public funding for abortion under a national health insurance program.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

I am not familiar with this.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Abortion for Rape and Incest

It should remain legal.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Stem-cell Research for Medical Advancements

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Using Embryos in Stem Cell Research

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Cloning, a General Statement

Send in the clones.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Human Cloning

"I Think I'm A Clone Now"

by Weird Al Yankovic

Isn't it strange

Feels like I'm lookin' in the mirror

What would people say

If only they knew that I was

Part of some geneticist's plan (plan-plan-plan)

Born to be a carbon copy man (man-man-man)

There in a petri dish late one night

They took a donor's body cell and fertilized a human egg and so I say

I think I'm a clone now

There's always two of me just a-hangin' around

I think I'm a clone now

'Cause every chromosome is a hand-me-down

Look at the way

We go out walking close together

I guess you could say

I'm really beside myself

I still remember how it began (gan-gan-gan)

They produced a carbon copy man (man-man-man)

Born in a science lab late one night

Without a mother or a father, just a

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Crime
Crime, a General Statement

I'm a Thought Criminal.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Victimless Crimes

I am generally opposed to imprisoning people for victimless crimes. People should not be jailed for using or possessing drugs. The drug trafficking issue is a bit more complicated.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Courts, Laws & Justice
Death Penalty

I support the death penalty as a punishment for crimes of state including war crimes, acts of terrorism, and other crimes against humanity. I oppose imposition of the death penalty by the state against private citizens who commit acts that are not crimes of state.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Justice Department

A "Justice Department" would be a very good idea.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Criminals Serving Their Full Terms

I oppose term limits for elected officials. They should be required to serve the full prison terms that are appropriate for the crimes they have committed while in public office.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Three Strikes Criminal Sentencing Standard

I don't think it's a very good idea to base criminal justice guidelines on baseball analogies.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Voting Rights for X-Felons

Ex-felons should have the right to vote.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Obscenity Laws

"Take away the right to say "FUCK" and you take away the right to say "FUCK THE GOVERNMENT."

-- Lenny Bruce

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Conservative / Liberal Balance on Supreme Court

Only civil libertarians should be appointed as Supreme Court Justices. The courts must respect the rule of Constitutional law and individual rights. This "conservative/liberal balance" issue is a cockeyed way of looking at the situation. Abortion should not be a public policy issue.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Government
Government, a General Statement

To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-ridden, regulated, penned up, indoctrinated, preached at, checked, appraised, seized, censured, commanded by beings who have neither title, knowledge nor virtue." -- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French radical

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Government Reform

It's difficult to reform an organized crime syndicate.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Bureaucracy & Regulations

Department of Redundancy Department

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

States' Rights

States don't have rights. People have rights.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Government Ethics

Oxymoron

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Earmarks

This piercing fad is getting out of hand.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Single 6 Year Term for US President

No. At a minimum, American presidents should be sentenced to life terms in prison with no possibility of parole.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Term Limits for US Representatives and Senators

I oppose term limits for members of Congress. They should be required to serve the full length of the prison terms that are appropriate for the crimes that they commit while in office.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

FEMA and Hurricane Katrina

The flooding of New Orleans would probably not have occurred if the Bush Administration hadn't diverted funding mandated for levy repair under the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project to spend it instead on the U.S. military conquest and occupation of Iraq and on Homeland Security projects in Wyoming and Oregon.

Despite President Bush's assertion that nobody could have "anticipated the breach of [New Orleans] levees," it had been anticipated by a major Scientific American study, "Drowning New Orleans," in October 2001, by a National Geographic study in October 2004, and by an extensive analysis published by the New Orleans Times-Picayune in June, 2002.

FEMA had a disaster plan for a major hurricane hitting New Orleans, but did not

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Health & Medical
Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

I support a single-payer Medicare for all national health insurance policy that is not tied to employment.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Mental Health

Remove genocidal sociopaths from public office.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Autism

This Texas state capitol has a lively music scene.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Energy, a General Statement

The real motive behind 9/11 was to create a false pretext for a previously planned series of military conquests to seize control of the world's major remaining fossil fuel reserves in the face of the peak of global oil production. The underlying issue behind peak oil is overpopulation -- the unsustainability of the world's current human population. The current human population of the Earth is about 6.7 billion people. At current growth rates, that population is projected to increase to 9 billion by 2050. However, the estimated sustainable human carrying capacity of the Earth is somewhere between one to two billion people. A temporary abundance of cheap fossil fuels (primarily petroleum) has enabled the human race to greatly exceed its sustainable

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Labor Wages & Unions
Minimum Wage

Create a livable wage.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Values, Religion & Family
Family, a General Statement

Everybody comes from one.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Family Values

Some are good. Some are bad. What does the word "family" add to the word "values?" The term "family values" is typically used by the religious right, but there are no family values in the Bible.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

School & Public Prayer

God, I sure hope I pass this test. Prayer should not be a part of the public school curriculum.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

American Values

American values would be a very good idea.

Source: Gary Swing (08/22/2010)

Religion, a General Statement

A person needs a god like a fish needs a bicycle.

Source: Gary Swing (08/22/2010)

Values, a General Statement

Freedom, justice, nonviolence, ecology, compassion.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Personal choice. The state should not play a role in this.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Mosque Near Ground Zero

I strongly oppose the racism and bigotry of fascists who have made the construction of an Islamic cultural center into a political issue. I support the freedom of religion established by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. This bogus issue is based on the false belief that Muslim terrorists were responsible for the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. This attack was carried out by the US government against its own people.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Religion & State - First Amendment

I support the First Amendment.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Religion in Government

I support the separation of church and state.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Religious Tolerance

Everyone has the right to be wrong, so long as they don't persecute others for having different beliefs.

Source: Gary Swing (08/22/2010)

A Candidate's Religious Beliefs

Irrelevant.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Atheists and Agnostics

I'm an atheist.

Source: Gary Swing (08/22/2010)

Mormon Religion and Polygamy

Polygamy's cool as long as it is a voluntary agreement between consenting adults. The traditional Mormon practice of polygamy was a patriarchal institution. Mormon Church doctrine now prohibits polygamy. I oppose arrangements that exploit underage individuals or use coercion.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Ordination of Gay Clergy

This is not a public policy issue. It is an issue to be decided by the members of a given religious denomination.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Ordination of Women Clergy

This is not a public policy issue. It is an issue to be decided by the members of a given religious denomination.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

Evolution is fact. Intelligent design is neither intelligent nor design.

Source: Gary Swing (08/22/2010)

Faith-Based Volunteer Efforts

Religious activities should not be publicly funded.

Source: Gary Swing (08/22/2010)

Fatherhood

Vasectomy prevents abortion.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Teen Pregnancy

Promote birth control, family planning programs, and public education about the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis. The Earth cannot sustain anywhere near its current human population, nor can it sustain the high ecological impact of the current American lifestyle.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Prejudice

I can't stand people who are intolerant of others.

Source: Gary Swing (08/22/2010)

Indecency in the Media

Turn off Fox News.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Media Violence and Sex

Violence is bad. Sex is good.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Pornography and Adult Oriented Media

Playboy Magazine really does have some good articles in it.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Desecration of Flag Constitutional Amendment

Burn it!

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Foley Page Scandal

I don't follow such things in the media.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

I was kicked out of the Cub Scouts for eating a Brownie.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Civil Rights
Civil Rights, a General Statement

No, you can't have my civil rights. I'm still using them.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

USA Patriot Act

Repeal the anti-Constitutional "Patriot Act."

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Hate Crimes

I can't stand people who are intolerant of others.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Human Rights

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Equal Rights Amendment

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

National Security Agency (NSA) Electronic Surveillance of US Citizens

Abolish the NSA. End illegal surveillance programs. Prosecute those responsible for illegal warrantless wiretapping surveillance programs.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

African, Latino & Native Americans
US Treaties with Native Americans

Treaties should be upheld wherever feasible. Otherwise they should be renegotiated.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Illegal Drugs & Marijuana
Illegal Drugs, a General Statement

Legalize marijuana. Decriminalize possession of small quantities of other drugs for personal use. Focus drug control efforts on prosecuting traffickers of hard drugs and financiers involved in laundering drug money. Crack down on drug-related political corruption. The war on drugs is a fraud, not a failure. The CIA and U.S. backed narco-terrorists have historically held controlling interests in the heroin and cocaine trades.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Medical Use of Marijuana

Support

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Legalization of Marijuana

Support.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

War on Drugs

End the fraudulent "war on drugs."

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Punishments for Drug Crimes

Decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use. Focus enforcement on traffickers of hard drugs.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Marijuana, a General Statement

Legalize marijuana.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Doping in Sports

This should not be a public policy issue. It is an issue for athletic associations.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Public Service
Mandate Public Service

Voluntary, nonviolent public service is wonderful. Mandatory public service is slavery, prohibited by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Science, Technology & Space
Space, a General Statement

It's big. I mean really big. So vastly, enormously big, you can't even wrap your mind around it.

Source: Gary Swing (10/26/2010)

Food & Agriculture
Food, a General Statement

About ten billion animals are slaughtered for food each year in the United States. Factory farming means intense crowding of animals in cages or stalls with unsanitary conditions, methodical mutilation, and total disruption of natural behavior of animals who are pumped full of hormones, antibiotics and drugs. Cattle, pigs, chickens, and goats are not the property of humans.

According to the Vegetarian Society of Colorado (www.vsc.org/), livestock agriculture is the leading cause of water pollution, dumping billions of tons of manure into the U.S. water supply each year. This industry uses more than half the land area of the United States and hundreds of billions of gallons of water every day. The U.S. uses more than twice as much energy per

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/23/2008)

Alcohol, Cigarettes & Gambling
Alcohol, a General Statement

I like beer.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Lower Drinking Age from 21

Yes

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Requiring States Set the Legal Drinking Age to 21 to Receive Federal Funds

No

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Cigarettes, a General Statement

I don't like tobacco.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Gambling, a General Statement

You bet.

Source: Gary Swing (Write-in) (10/22/2008)

Financial Crisis
Financial Crisis, a General Statement

The modern industrial world economy is not sustainable. We have passed the limits to growth. There are too many people in the world today consuming and wasting too much for the Earth to support. This problem is most severe in the United States. The United States has the second highest per capita ecological footprint (impact) of any nation (9.4 hectares per person). According to the World Wildlife Foundation's "Living Planet Report, 2008" the US has an ecological footprint about twice its carrying capacity. 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. The "American way of life" that George H.W. Bush said is "not negotiable" is made possible by extracting

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

$700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Bailout

I oppose corporate welfare bailouts that transfer wealth from the poor to the rich while generating trillions of dollars in debt.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Financial Industry Regulation

Re-regulate the banking industry.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

Financial Meltdown

Collapse of the existing economy is inevitable. We must restructure our way of life to survive the coming transition.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

America's Brand of Capitalism

It is time to end American imperialism and replace it with a steady-state (sustainable) economy.

Source: Gary Swing (09/03/2010)

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