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Gary Swing for Congress Campaign Platform

Updated: Mar 25

Springer Mountain, Georgia. December 23, 2017. My second completion of the Appalachian Trail.

Uphold the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which outlaws war as a tool of foreign policy. End US foreign military interventions and restrict the US armed forces to non-offensive defense of US territory. Abolish nuclear weapons. Eliminate foreign military aid. Create a nonviolent, humanitarian foreign policy. Develop a global food security program designed to end world hunger and ensure that people have access to safe drinking water.

Eliminate the electoral college. The president of the United States should either be directly elected by a national popular vote, or a chief executive with strictly limited powers should by appointed by a unicameral Congress under a parliamentary system of government.

Abolish the US Senate, which represents "the imaginary beings called states." Land doesn't vote. People vote. People should have equal voting rights regardless of where they live. Elect the US House of Representatives by proportional representation so that nearly all voters will be able to elect representatives of their choice, with a multi-party government that provides fair and inclusive representation for a politically diverse population.

Support a national initiative and referendum process with online petitioning for citizen initiatives, public campaign financing, campaign spending limits, equal time for qualified candidates, open debates including ballot-qualified minor party candidates and verifiable ballots. Hold a new Constitutional Convention at least once every twenty years so that each generation can create its own system of government.

Support “fair trade” policies, freedom of travel, and international work permits that are not tied to a specific employer.

Institute a universal basic income.

Use carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in the cost of new products.

Oppose corporate welfare.

Create a single payer "Medicare for All" national health insurance system.

Support public funding for age appropriate sex education, family planning, and voluntary birth control.

Protect the right to safe and legal abortion. Reduce our per capita ecological footprint and develop a “steady-state” economy based on principles of environmental sustainability.

Support international climate 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, small-scale hydroelectric power.

End livestock grazing on public lands. Eliminate federal subsidies for animal agriculture. Extend animal cruelty laws to farmed animals. Support equal rights regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

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