The Boiling Frog Party
Come on in. The water's fine!
As a wise frog once sang,
“It’s not easy being Green.”
Boiling Frog Party founder Gary Swing is just a small frog from a large pond. He thinks outside the bog as he leapfrogs into the dismal swamp of electoral politics.
WTF?!? — Why the Frogs?
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.’
Dr. Kriger explains the critical ecological role played by frogs and the threats they face here:
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 more than doubled since 1970, from 3.7 billion to 7.7 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.
The Boiling Frog Party advocates Respect for Biological Diversity concerning sentient creatures 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!”
As the Boiling Frog Party candidate for President of Vermont, Gary Swing explains:
“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 sip 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 restaurants serving frog legs."
Gary Swing and his vice presidential hopping mate Dave Olszta need three registered Vermont voters to sign on as presidential electors in order to qualify for Vermont's 2020 general election ballot.
The Swing campaign budget consists entirely of dead flies. The campaign is neither accepting monetary contributions nor spending money.
The Boiling Frog Party has a Facebook page that now focuses on climate change issues. See:
Gary Swing endorses the green value of personal and global responsibility as expressed by the “Green Minute Rule:” http://xoearth.org/green-minute-rule/
Gary Swing for President of Vermont
June 26, 2020
Gary Swing is a perennial political gadfrog. He was a Green Party candidate on Colorado's ballot four times from 1996 to 2014, and on Arizona's ballot three times from 2012 to 2018.
In 2016, Gary hopped onto the Arizona Green Party's uncontested primary ballot as a "Boiling Frog Party" ballot. In the 2016 general election, he received a higher number and percentage of votes than any other Green Party candidate for any seat in the U.S. Senate received in the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 election cycles. (5.5% of the vote; 138,634 votes.)
In 2020, Gary will be simultaneously a Unity Party candidate for Colorado's Second Congressional ticket and a Boiling Frog Party candidate for President of Vermont.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Gary worked as a performing arts event promoter for two decades. Now he is leaving a stain by treating wood features on street posts.
Gary has hiked to the summits of all 661 summits over 13,000 feet in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. He has trekked more than 15,000 miles of hiking trails since 2014, including the Appalachian Trail (twice), the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the Colorado Trail, the Arizona Trail, the Ouachita Trail, and Te Araroa in New Zealand.
Dave Olszta for
President of Vice
Or Something Like That
Dave Olszta is the Boiling Frog Party candidate for President of Vice. He is a former Connecticut Green Party candidate for state representative. Dave will also be a Unity Party candidate for U.S. Representative this year, for Colorado's Seventh Congressional District.
Some people may find his name difficult to spell, so keep in mind that his name is "Dave" not "Daev."
If President Gary croaks while in office, Amphibian-Americans can count on President Daev to preserve the swamp.
All Frogs Are Created Equal
The Constitution of the United Wetlands of America has never represented "We The Frogs."
In 1787, fifty-five well-fed American Bullfrogs met secretly to draft a constitution. When thirty-nine bullfrogs signed it, they excluded 94 percent of the frogs from representation.
In a letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson ribbitted that a constitution should expire within one generation.
Corresponding with Samuel Kercheval, Jefferson croaked:
"Some frogs look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the lips of the princess, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the frogs of the preceding age a wisdom more than amphibian, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment...
But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the amphibian mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of climate, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a frog to wear still the membrane which fitted when a tadpole, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."
In 1776, John Adams croaked that a "representative assembly... should be in miniature an exact portrait of the frogs at large. It should think, feel, reason and eat flies like them."
In 1994, South Africa's Bishop Desmond Tutu ribbitted: "The system of proportional representation ensures that virtually every frog pond in the country will be heard croaking in the national and provincial legislatures."
At least ninety-four wetlands now use proportional representation to secure fair, inclusive representation for biologically diverse populations in their parliaments. Another thirty-four habitats mix proportional representation with some winner-take-all frog jumping contests.
Today, frogs representing fourteen political parties sit on lily pads in South Africa's National Assembly, which is elected by a froggy list system of proportional representation. Only two parties have lily pads in the United Wetlands Congress under our winner-take-all frog jumping system.
We still live under an archaic system of government designed to exclude frogs from representation. We are more than two hundred years overdue for a new constitutional convention to design a more inclusive, modern system of representative government.
The Boiling Frog Party
Leapfrogging towards Progress.
Come on in. The water's fine!
The Boiling Frog Party
Because there's more to life than just freezing toads.
Cast us a fly here: