It's not easy being Green.

Gary Swing has been a Green  since inception and run for office many times. The New Progressive Alliance has endorsed him four separate times for public office. Here he looks back at his experiences which can be useful guides going forward.

November 20, 2018

I have been asked to write a post-election statement to explain what I did, who I am, and what I have learned from my experiences.

In 2018, I filed independently as a write-in candidate for the Arizona Green Party's uncontested primary ballot for U.S. Representative in CD7. I saw that only Democratic candidates had filed to run for that office. I expected that a Green candidate could get a relatively high percentage of the vote in the general election for that seat if there were only two candidates listed on the ballot. The Green Party is Arizona's fourth largest political party. Republican state legislators passed a law in 2015 that kept the Libertarians (Arizona's third largest party) off the state's ballot for state and Congressional office in 2016 and 2018. This created an opportunity for Green candidates in Arizona to dramatically increase their vote turnout.

I filed a candidate statement with the Secretary of State's office and answered a couple of candidate surveys.  I never spent one cent on this candidacy. I did not campaign. I did not send out any press releases. I never asked anyone for their nomination, endorsement, or vote. I didn't make any campaign appearances. I received no media coverage.

Nevertheless, I received the third highest percentage of the vote cast for any Green Party candidate for U.S. Representative in the country for 2018. At the time of this writing (November 20, 2018), the Arizona Secretary of State's office reports that I have 14.2% of the vote, with a total of 18,706 votes.

Here is the platform I stood for as an independent Green candidate for Congress in 2018:

Uphold the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war. Abolish nuclear weapons. Reduce U.S. military budget by 90%. Close all foreign military bases. End foreign military aid. Fund humanitarian aid to end world hunger and secure drinking water worldwide. Abolish U.S. Senate. Elect Congress by open list proportional representation. Switch to a parliamentary system with weak chief executive selected by Congress. Support national initiative and referendum process, public campaign financing, campaign spending limits, ballot access reform, and verifiable ballots. Support “fair trade” policies, freedom of travel, and international work permits that are not tied to a specific employer. Abolish the CIA, ICE, NSA and Selective Service. Establish a guaranteed minimum income. Use carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in true cost pricing of new products. End corporate welfare. Medicare for all. Subsidize family planning programs. 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. Legalize cannabis. Support equal rights for all.

Technically, there was a third candidate in the race, but his vote count hasn't been reported yet. Republican candidate James Bond filed as a write-in for Congressional District 007. I sent him a meme of Dr. No saying "I never fail, Mr. Bond."
 
I have been a pacifist since I was a teenager. I attended Quaker meeting and Sunday school as a child, and went to a Quaker high school.

I have been interested in the Green Party since 1984 when I first read about European Green Parties as a political alliance between pacifists and ecologists. I read the book "Green Politics: The Global Promise" by Charlene Spretnak and Fritjof Capra in 1984. Then I read Petra Kelly's book "Fighting for Hope."

The Green Committees of Correspondence were established in 1984 as the first national "Green movement" organization in the United States. I joined the Green Committees of Correspondence as a high school student in 1985.

I was a political science student at American University in Washington, DC for two years. Petra Kelly had been a student there twenty years earlier. Petra and I had a common mentor in Professor Abdul Aziz Said at the School of International Studies. I met Petra Kelly and her lover Gert Bastian through Professor Said when I was one of his students. Petra Kelly and Gert Bastian were both Green Party members of parliament in West Germany. Gert Bastian later killed Petra Kelly and himself in a murder-suicide.

When I was a student at American University, I attended potlucks with the Potomac Green Alliance and I subscribed to Mark Satin's green political newsletter, "New Options."

Later, I transferred to the University of Colorado, where I was actively involved with the Campus Greens and participated in events with the Boulder Green Alliance. I completed a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration at the University of Colorado.

In 1994, I was the campaign treasurer for the first Green Party campaign in Colorado, Phil Hufford for Governor and Krista Paradise for Lieutenant Governor. In 1996, the Green Party of Colorado nominated me by consensus as a candidate for state representative in Denver. I petitioned onto the ballot, distributed campaign literature door to door throughout the district, and received 8.5% of the vote in a three way race.

In 1995 and 1997, I lobbied Colorado's state legislature for two successful bills for ballot access reform. The first bill decreased petition signatures for independent candidates for county, state, and federal offices. It also enabled presidential candidates to qualify for the general election ballot by paying a $500 filing fee. The second bill enabled minor parties to nominate candidates by party assembly for all county, state, and federal offices if they met one of three criteria: registering 1,000 party members; getting five percent of the vote for any statewide office; or filing a party qualification petition with at least 10,000 valid signatures. These bills changed Colorado's minor party ballot access laws from the worst in the western United States to the best in the west.

During the time frame when I was lobbying for ballot access reform, I was the Vice Chair of the Colorado Coalition for Fair and Open Elections, which represented all of Colorado's alternative parties in lobbying for election reform. I was also a co-chair of the Denver Region Greens, representing Greens from five urban counties. I later became a National Advisory Board Member of the Center for Voting and Democracy (now called Fairvote).

The Green Party of Colorado has had automatic ballot status since 1998 as a result of the ballot access reform bill that we lobbied for in 1997.

In 2010, 2012, and 2014, the Green Party of Colorado nominated me by consensus as a candidate for U.S. Representative. By 2014, I had become convinced that the human race is on the fast track to destroying the sustainability of life on Earth through its environmental impact. I created a Facebook page called the "Boiling Frog Party," originally as a place to share my thoughts about converging ecological crises, presented in a humorous vein. My intention was never for the Boiling Frog Party to become an actual political party. The Boiling Frog Party page is now being run by Kevin Hester, a climate change researcher and former Green Party activist from New Zealand: www.facebook.com/BoilingFrogParty  

Between 1990 and 2007, I climbed Colorado's 637 mountains over 13,000 feet. Then I went on to thru hike the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail, the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and the 800 mile Arizona Trail. I completed the 480 mile Colorado Trail, the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail, and the 225 mile Ouachita Trail. I spent six months trekking around New Zealand by myself. Between 2003 and 2018, I walked more than fifteen thousand miles of wilderness trails around the United States and New Zealand.

I typically spend part of each year on extended backpacking and mountaineering trips. Technically, I could be labelled homeless, but I prefer the term "homefree." I have a room in my family's home in Arizona, where I have lived at times. When I do promotional work for performing arts events, museums, and festivals in Denver, I sleep on the floor of an office supply closet.

In April 2017, three days after I returned to Denver from a three month walk around New Zealand, I participated in a protest against U.S. military intervention in Syria. A local Green Party activist who had volunteered for my past campaigns for Congress tried to convince me to run for Green Party of Colorado State Co-Chair against Andrea Merida Cuellar, who is also a co-chair of the Denver Green Party, and a national co-chair of the Green Party. I declined at first. Ultimately, I agreed to run at the last minute, to speak out against hate speech, character assassination, authoritarianism, and corruption within the state Green Party.

In August 2017, I was elected as one of the Green Party of Colorado's State Co-Chairs. Andrea was re-elected as the other co-chair. I quckly realized that there was no way the faction that had taken over the state party would allow me to function as a state co-chair. I left in late September to backpack the Appalachian Trail southbound from Vermont to Georgia. I resigned as state co-chair by email in December. In January, 2018, I was expelled from the Green Party of Colorado by an online council on a closed, censored forum, even though I was living in Tucson at the time. I am one of at least fifteen Green Party activists, candidates, and organizers who has been expelled from Colorado's Green Party within the past two years. I am banned from attending Green Party of Colorado meetings, voting on Green Party of Colorado business, or seeking the Green Party of Colorado's nomination for any office. Andrea and her supporters have tried to destroy my reputation by publicly branding me as a misogynist white supremacist.

What I liked most about my experiences as a Green Party candidate for Congress in 2010, 2012, and 2014 was injecting some humor into my campaigns to present a serious message. After my father died, my mother asked me "Why don't you run for office in Arizona sometime, so I can vote for you?" In 2012, I read that the Tucson Weekly was encouraging people to file as candidates for Arizona's Republican and Green Party presidential preference elections as part of a political reality competition. (The Democrats and Libertarians chose not to hold presidential primaries.) So I filed as a "Project White House" candidate for Arizona's 2012 Green Party presidential primary.

In 2016, I filed as a write-in candidate for the Arizona Green Party's uncontested primary ballot for John McCain's seat in the U.S. Senate. Richard Grayson and I had discussed running in the primary against each other like we did with Project White House in 2012. However, the day after the filing deadline, Richard sent me a message that he had decided not to file, leaving me as the only registered write-in candidate for the Arizona Green Party's 2016 primary for U.S. Senator. I ran a zero dollar, internet-only campaign for U.S. Senator with a "Boiling Frog Party" theme. I never sought the Green Party's nomination or endorsement. In the general election, I received 5.5% of the vote and 138,634 total votes. No other Green Party candidate for U.S. Senator in the country received more than 3.3% of the vote for 2016. I received more total votes than any other Green candidate for either House of Congress in 2016.

Here is the campaign message I used when I was a candidate on the Arizona Green Party's ballot line for U.S. Senator in 2016:

As a wise frog once sang, “It’s not easy being Green.” The Arizona Green Party didn’t nominate a candidate for U.S. Senate this year. So Boiling Frog Party candidate Gary Swing hopped into the Green Party primary. He received 238 write-in votes in the primary, enabling him to repurpose the Green Party’s ballot line for an unauthorized “deep green, dark humor” cyber-campaign.

In Phoenician, the indigenous language of the people of Phoenix, “Boiling Frog” translates as “Green.” After all, frogs are green. Unless, of course, they’re red, or yellow, or blue, or some other color.

In public statements, the Swing campaign declared:

“Boiling Frog Party founder Gary Swing is just a small frog from a large pond. He thinks outside the bog as he leaps into the dismal swamp of electoral politics.

We are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction of animal species, resulting from human impact on the ecosystem.

About 58% of the global wildlife population of vertebrate species has died off since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970.

Vertebrate species are animals that have backbones. This includes mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. Invertebrate species are spineless creatures like jellyfish, sponges, tape worms, leeches, sea urchins, insects, and members of Congress.

Meanwhile, the Earth’s human population has doubled since 1970, from 3.7 billion to 7.4 billion people. Per capita ecological footprints have dramatically overshot the sustainable limits of growth. The Living Planet Report ecological overshoot study estimates that the Earth could not sustain a population of more than 1.5 billion people if the average person on Earth had as much environmental impact as the average person in the United States does today.

About one third of frog species worldwide are now threatened with extinction as their habitats are destroyed. As ecological indicator species, frogs are especially sensitive to changes in both aquatic and terrestrial environments.

The Boiling Frog Party seeks to unite amphibious citizens of the world who prefer to have the thermostat turned down slightly on the global hot tub we all share, before we all croak.

The Boiling Frog Party is concerned about global warming, stovetop warming, amphibian rights, preservation of endangered species, water pollution, conservation of wetlands and other natural habitats, human overpopulation, and the disturbing habit of Peruvian street vendors sticking live frogs in blenders. We demand a global ban on restaurants serving frog legs. It’s time to end this holocaust of amphibian amputation!

The United States is a nation of sheep, ruled by wolves for the benefit of pigs. Congress is a den of vipers. All we are saying is… give frogs a chance!

Other politicians claim to represent the people. Gary Swing strives to represent the neglected interests of frogs and other endangered species whose continued existence is gravely threatened by human impact on the environment.

Quoting Dr. Kerry Kriger, the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!: ‘When we save the frogs, we’re protecting all our wildlife, all our ecosystems and all humans.’ See: www.savethefrogs.com/why-frogs/index.html

The Boiling Frog Party advocates Respect for Biological Diversity concerning people of all species. We must all swim together to preserve our wetlands for our tadpoles, and for our tadpoles’ tadpoles.

The Boiling Frog Party: because there’s more to life than just freezing toads. Come on in. The water’s fine!”

Gary Swing openly admits to being a sham candidate. He writes: “The term ‘sham candidate’ may be unfamiliar to some people, so further explanation may be in order.

In the United States, a ‘sham’ is defined as a ‘decorative cover for a pillow.’”

Urban Dictionary reports that the word “sham” is a slang term used in the County of Cork, Ireland.

They explain that “a ‘sham’ is primarily the term used to describe a young male knacker, specifically the ones who walk around with a chip on their shoulder, thinking they own everything in sight, and that they are the greatest thing on god’s green earth. It can also be used to show genuine praise, much to the same affect as ‘the shit.’”

Therefore, in order to cover his bases as a sham candidate, Gary Swing proposed to campaign by walking around with decorative pillow covers pinned to his shoulders.

In the same statement, this sham candidate explained:

“People ask me why I’m running.

I don’t plan to run, per se.

I ran when I was younger. I even ran a marathon when I was seventeen. But I got tired of running. It takes too much effort. It’s hard on the knees.

I prefer to walk. If I get tired of walking, I may relax in a hot tub and have a pina colada.

Maybe I’ll try standing for office.

Perhaps I should stand FOR something. Like nonviolence, ecology, social justice, respect for biological diversity, personal and global responsibility. You know, stuff like that.

Sometimes, I might feel like standing AGAINST things. Things like war crimes, environmental destruction, mass extinction of animal species, mass incarceration, and the reprehensible practice of sticking live frogs in blenders to create a phony aphrodisiac.”

According to financial disclosure statements filed with the Federal Election Commission, the Swing campaign budget consists entirely of cracker crumbs and belly button lint. The campaign is neither accepting monetary contributions nor spending money.

Gary Swing endorses the green value of personal and global responsibility as expressed by the “Green Minute Rule:” http://xoearth.org/green-minute-rule/

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During the 2018 election cycle, I watched Arizona primary election candidate filings for Congress on the Secretary of State's website. I saw that Angela Green had filed as a write-in candidate for the Democratic Party primarty for U.S. Senator against two prominent elected officials who were on the ballot. Angela's candidate statement advocated organic farming and marijuana legalization. Her statement included the phrase "love not war" and the slogan "Make America Green Again, Because It's Already Great."

I wrote to Angela to ask her why she was running as a Democrat, rather than as a Green. I gave her information about Arizona ballot access laws and about the Green Party, which influenced her to switch from the Democratic primary to the Green Party primary. Despite Angela's eleventh hour decision to withdraw from the race and endorse the Democratic Party's nominee Kyrsten Sinema (a former Green Party organizer and candidate), Angela still received the highest percentage of the vote cast for any Green candidate for a real seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018 (2.4%). She has received the highest total number of votes cast for any Green candidate for either House of Congress in 2018 (57,442 votes as of November 20).

My perception over the years has been that the biggest factor in vote turnout for Green Party candidates for partisan offices has been the number of candidates on the ballot. The reality is that the United States has a two party system. The use of single member plurality elections tends to divide the electorate into two major parties. I do not believe the Green Party can ever achieve a significant measure of success in American politics without implementing proportional representation voting systems. There is virtually no movement in this direction, which would require a monumental effort to achieve.

There have been more than a thousand minor parties in the history of the United States, but only one of them succeeded in becoming a major national party -- the Republican Party. The Republicans succeeded by having many elected officials switch their party affiliation from the Whig Party to the Republican Party. I don't foresee a similar process happening in the 21st Century with large numbers of Democratic elected officials switching their affiliation to the Green Party and getting re-elected as Greens. Nor do I see the Greens growing from the grassroots into a major party.

Green Party candidates began running for local offices in the United States in 1985. Green candidates started running for Congress in 1990. No Green candidate has ever been elected to any of the 535 seats in Congress or to any of fifty Governor's offices. No Greens hold any other statewide offices.

There are 7,383 seats in state legislatures around the United States. Only one of these seats is currently held by a Green Party member -- Henry John Bear. He was elected as a Democrat to a non-voting tribal seat representing the Maliseet people in Maine's state house of representatives. He switched his affiliation to the Green Party.

Only six other people have ever held seats in state legislatures as Green Party members. Two of them were term limited state legislators who switched to the Green Party after they were elected. Matt Ahern was elected as a Democrat to New Jersey's state legislature. Maine state representative Ralph Chapman was elected as a Democrat. He switched to unaffiliated, then to Green in 2017 for the remainder of his term. Three others won two way races when their only opponent self-destructed or was disqualified as the result of a scandal. All three left the Green Party after being elected. Two of them switched to the Democratic Party (Richard Carroll and Fred Smith in Arkansas). Audie Bock went independent seven months after she was elected to California's state legislature.

John Eder is the only person who has ever been elected as a Green state legislator without his only opponent self-destructing in a scandal. He was elected in a two way race for a tiny district in Maine with public campaign financing. John Eder is also the only person who has ever been re-elected as a Green Party state legislator. He was elected in 2002. He was re-elected once in 2004, but he lost in 2006. His vote percentage dropped each time.

According to a study by political scientist Jenifer Lawless, there were 519,682 elected officials in the United States as of 2012. The Green Party claimed to have 161 elected Greens in the nation as of 2018. Most of these candidates were elected to small, local, nonpartisan offices. I was unable to find information on how many (if any) of these candidates were elected with the label "Green Party" on the ballot beside their name.

Looking at the Green Party from a global perspective, Green Party candidates have run in more than ninety nations around the world. Greens have been elected to at least thirty national parliaments, mostly under party list systems of proportional representation. This means that each party is alotted seats in the parliament in proportion to the share of the vote cast for each party's list of candidates. In the history of the global Green Party movement the highest perecent of the vote I found for any Green Party list for a national parliament was 13.1% for Australia's Senate in 2010. The second highest percentage was 12.4% for Austria's federal parliament in 2013. Austria's Green Party consistently held some seats in the federal parliament for thirty years, before they lost all such seats in 2017. The Green Party is politically marginal everywhere. Under the winner-take-all single member voting system used in the United States, the Green Party is an ineffective protest vote at best.

My interest in the Green Party was sparked by Petra Kelly and West Germany's Green Party, organizing as a political alliance of pacifists and ecologists. West Germany's Green Party was fomed in 1980. Their party list won 1.5% of the vote for the Bundestag that year. In their second federal election in 1983, 27 Green Party parliamentarians were elected to the Bundestag with 5.5% of the vote. We don't have such a process in the United States.

However, Germany's Green Party abandoned its professed belief in nonviolence when it formed a "Red-Green" coalition to join the government. Green Party leader Joschka Fischer, who was described as Germany's most popular leader, became the Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany. Under his leadership, the overwhelming majority of Germany's Green Party delegates and members of parliament voted to support NATO war crimes against the people of Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. In 2001, more than two thirds of German Green conference delegates voted to commit German soldiers to war (in Afghanistan) for the first time since World War Two.

I see no path that leads to the Green Party becoming a viable, effective political force for peace and justice through electoral politics in the United States. I believe in the maxim that "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." I believe that Colorado's Green Party has already become absolutely corrupt, even though "it has no more political power than an average sized bridge club," as Arn Menconi, the 2016 Green Party of Colorado nominee for U.S. Senator stated. I see the national Green Party moving in the same direction.  I do believe the Green Party can be used as one platform on which people can stand for peace, justice, and ecology, but only if Green Party members reject hate and treat each other with respect. 

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(I submitted this commentary about the 2018 Arizona Senate race to the Arizona Republic on November 2. They did not reply.)

SPOILER ALERT: Arizona Elections Are Rotten 
By Gary Swing

First time candidate Angela Green has been viciously attacked and vilified because she dared to stand as a Green Party candidate for public office outside of a thoroughly rigged two party system. She was bullied into withdrawing from Arizona's election for U.S. Senator and endorsing the Democratic Party nominee. When she did, Angela was attacked both for withdrawing and for being a potential "spoiler" in a close race. Angela Green is not the problem. The problem is a terrible political system.

Alternative party candidates do not spoil Arizona elections. Arizona's state legislature has created a political system that is rotten to the core.

Republican state legislators have imposed severe ballot access restrictions to keep Libertarian candidates representing the state's third largest party out of Arizona elections. No Libertarian candidates qualified for Arizona's ballot for state or Congressional offices in 2016 or 2018.

Arizona Democrats have challenged petition signatures of Green Party nominees to kick candidates representing the state's fourth largest party off the ballot.

The Arizona Republican Party has tried to "game the vote" by sending out mailers to Democrats with information about Green candidates in close races as a cynical ploy to siphon votes away from Democrats to Greens.

The idea of alternative candidates "spoiling" elections for major party candidates under the United States' rigged, corrupt, and archaic single member plurality voting system is largely a mythical phenomenon that Democrats and Republicans use as a lame excuse for shutting alternative parties and perspectives out of the political process entirely.

Green candidates would not be in a position to "spoil" Arizona elections if Republican state legislators had not blocked Libertarians from running for public office. Green Party primary write-in candidates could not "spoil" Arizona elections if Democrats didn't kick Green Party nominees off the ballot.

Angela Green may receive the highest percentage of votes cast for any 2018 Green Party candidate for U.S. Senator in the United States because the Libertarian candidate was disqualified. I received the most votes for any Green Party candidate for U.S. Senator in the country in 2016 (with a zero dollar campaign budget) for the same reason. Same race, two consecutive elections.

This happened because different rules applied to the Green Party than to the Libertarian Party. A Socialist Workers Party lawsuit created a crack in Arizona's oppressive ballot access laws. This court ruling enables candidates of a "new" party to qualify for the general election by filing as write-ins for an uncontested party primary.

In 2018, Arizona was the only state in which a Green was one of three candidates on the ballot for U.S. Senator. Every other Green candidate for U.S. Senator was one of four or more candidates on the ballot.

If the two major parties really cared about the "spoiler issue," it would be a very simple "problem" to fix. Implement election reforms like proportional representation for legislative offices and approval voting for single winner executive offices. Give everyone the freedom to vote sincerely for candidates and parties who represent their values, without structural pressure to vote "strategically" for the "lesser of two evils."

People have the right to vote or not vote for any candidate they choose. Your vote belongs to you, not to anyone else. Nobody has the right to demand that you must vote for their candidate or their party. Legitimate elections would provide genuine representation for the people who cast the ballots. Trying to shame, bully, or intimidate people into casting votes for candidates or parties they don't support is pathetic. If the Democrats or Republicans want your support, they should earn it by demonstrating that they represent your values, not by destroying the reputations of their opponents.

Arizona's political system is a huge mess, with some of the screwiest ballot access laws in the nation. The United States, in turn, has the world's worst ballot access laws, and the world's most backwards political system. Rather than continuing to design new schemes to shut people out of the political process entirely, we should create a better political system to maximize inclusion, freedom of opportunity, and fair representation.

The United States Constitution was designed as a compact to preserve slavery, originally excluding more than 93 percent of the adult population from the right to vote for political representation. The U.S. Senate and the Electoral College skew the U.S. political system to the right by giving disproportionate representation to rural, conservative states.

Thomas Jefferson believed that future generations could not be bound to the structures created by their ancestors. Every generation should have the right to design their own form of government. It is time for a new Constitutional Convention to establish a new form of government with fair representation for everyone.

Most modern representative democracies have adopted "proportional representation" voting methods that are designed to provide fair representation to everyone, not just to the demographic majority in gerrymandered single member districts.

The United States Senate is the most unrepresentative legislative body in any nation that porports to have a representative form of government. The U.S. Senate should be abolished. A unicameral Congress should be elected by an open party list system of proportional representation with fair and meaningful representation for a diverse population. Any elections for single winner executive offices should be conducted by approval voting to ensure that the candidate with the broadest popular support is elected.

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Other Commentaries and Videos from Gary Swing:



1-The Boiling Frog Party Response to the Green Party Response to President Obama's State of Delusion Address (2016)


2-50 Real Green Party Candidate and One Sham Candidate Profiles for 2016 (Gary Swing's  campaign profile is last):


3-Gary Swing on Election Reform and the Green Party (2014 onward) Here Gary Swing also goes into different types of voting such as ranked choice voting, instant runoff voting, and proportional representation.

4-Restoring Sanity to the Green Party (Gary's Speech as a Candidate for Green Party of Colorado State Co-Chair, August 12, 2017)

5-Gary's Resignation as Green Party of Colorado State Co-Chair (December 2, 2017)

6-We Are Women Rally (2012 Campaign Speech)

7-An Apology from a Racist Scumbag (2017)

8-Gary Swing for Congress 2012 Campaign Video

9-Campaign Speech at Green Spaces (October, 2010)

10-End the U.S. War Against Humanity (2010)

11-Overpopulation in the Year of Seven Billion (Earth Day, 2011)


12-Project White House Page on Gary Swing (2012)

13-Arizona Green Party Candidates Swing and Grayson Trade Zingers


14-Afghanistan: An American Holocaust

15-When Clinton Lied, Yugoslavia Died

16-Green Progress Requires Proportional Representation (2012)

17-Introduction to the Green Party (2011) - Presentation to a Metropolitan State University political science class

18-Rally to Restore Sanity speech (2010) 

19-Stomping On Haiti (2004)


Other References:

20-Gary Swing, Standing for Progress

21-The Boiling Frog Party. Come on in. The water's fine! 

22-Nature Bats Last Massive Climate Change Essay

23-The 9 Limits of Our Planet… and How We’ve Raced Past Four of Them (John Carey)

24-Civilization to Take Some Time Off From Having Any More Kids (The Onion)

25-The Green Minute Rule

26-Best Democracy (advocates fine grain proportional representation)

27-Caucus to Restore Green Values (Colorado)

28-Music video "Revolution" (The Beatles)

29- Election Reform Is Needed 

30-Gary Swing on the Green Party 

31-Climate Change and the Green Party by Gary Swing 

32-A Hard Look at Where We Are After the 2016 Election 

33-Black Agenda Report on Georgia Election Fraud 

34-2018 Green Party Election Results by Gary Swing  

35-Gary Swing on Election Reform and the Green Party  (2018)

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