United States Pacifist Party
The party was founded in 1983 by Bradford Lyttle. Lyttle ran in the 1984 Presidential Election and got enough support to continue the party running again as a write-in candidate in the 1996 Presidential Election and the 2000 Presidential Election. In 1998, Gary Swing ran in the 1998 Colorado Senate election as a member of the Pacifist Party but got the fewest votes of any candidate. He received 1,903 votes, or 0.14%.
In 2008 Lyttle ran for U.S. President and was on the ballot in Colorado. He received 110 votes. Nationally he came in last out of 23 candidates who were on the ballot in at least one state.
Following the September 11 attacks interest in the party grew and Lyttle appeared on a special for CNN and The O'Reilly Factor explaining the party's response to the attacks in a pacifist sense and getting threats for it.
The Pacifist Party is against nuclear weapons, biological warfare, and chemical weapons as well as all foreign military aid. It supports reducing the military budget to zero and abolishing weapons through treaties.
The Pacifist Party supports funding alternatives to abortion but not making abortion illegal.
The Pacifist Party opposes all forms of discrimination and supports a Constitutional amendment banning it. It supports free and unrestricted travel across the border, family planning, and banning handguns and assault rifles. It opposes the death penalty and supports prison reform.
- "The United States Pacifist Party 2008 Platform". USPacifistParty.org.
- Lyttle, Bradford. "The United States Pacifist Party's Position on Abortion". USPacifistParty.org.
- Kelly, Kathy. "An Alternative Approach to Criminal Justice". USPacifistParty.org.