Just when you thought that the 2012 election was getting boring, Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan have emerged to put that sparkle back in our eyes and return that grin to our faces.
The two radical lefty fruit and nut cases have teamed up to run for the presidency of the United States on the Peace and Freedom party ticket.
The what? Not yet a household name, the Peace and Freedom party will almost certainly raise their profile now that they have two, genuine washed up celebrities at the top of the ticket.
In case you had a hankering to vote for Roseanne Barr, you might want to know a little about the Peace and Freedom party. From their website:
The Peace and Freedom Party is an open, multi-tendency, movement-oriented socialist party. We are united in our common commitment to socialism, democracy, feminism and unionism and our common opposition to capitalism, imperialism, racism, sexism and elitism.
These by-laws do not define socialism, nor do they identify the strategies and tactics of how to achieve socialism. We agree that socialism is necessary and that it will open up a democratic decision-making process for appropriate use of resources and distribution of labor.
They don’t know what socialism is, but they’re for it anyway.
And wouldn’t you love to know what their idea of the “appropriate use of resources and distribution of labor” means? My guess is that it would probably involve work camps and gulags for us old mossbacks who actually believe in stuff like “capitalism.” After all, Ms. Barr once famously suggested that the guillotine be revived and used on Wall Street bankers.
Cindy Sheehan will be the perfect foil for Barr, although one wonders if either one will stop talking long enough for their running mate to get a word in edgewise. Sheehan, last seen in New Orleans declaring that the city was “occupied” by the government following hurricane Katrina, can certainly claim more mainstream support than Barr. Most of the Democratic party cheered her on when she was camped out in front of George Bush’s Crawford, TX ranch, wanting to confront him and ask “Why did you kill my son?” in Iraq. Of Bush, she never pulled any punches:
We are not waging a war on terror in this country. We’re waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush.
After touring the country telling mothers of soldiers that “This country isn’t worth dying for,” she slipped into obscurity as Democrats who once genuflected before her, tip toed away hoping no one would remember their support.
Now, Barr and Sheehan are preparing to make a run for the highest office in the land.
Exactly one year after announcing her White House bid on “The Tonight Show,” actress and comedian Roseanne Barr won the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party Saturday in Los Angeles.
Barr’s vice presidential running-mate is Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq and anti-war activist best known for her protest outside of then-President George W. Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch.
“Cindy and I are the ‘Throw the Bums Out’ ticket and the ‘Ballot Access’ ticket. The American people are sick and tired of this ‘lesser evil’ garbage they get fed every election year,” said Barr before the party’s convention vote, which was held at the United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. “Both the Democrats and the Republicans do the same evils once they’re in office.”
Barr had originally sought the Green Party presidential nomination but lost that contest last month to Dr. Jill Stein.
As of now, Barr will not appear on enough ballots in November to have a mathematical chance of winning the White House or having much of an effect on the final outcome. The Peace and Freedom Party, based in California, historically has had little ballot presence outside the state.
However, Barr’s campaign also serves as a high-profile voter registration drive to secure the party’s ballot status for future elections.
High profile, indeed. No doubt the entertainment value of the Barr/Sheehan ticket will offset any loony remarks made by the pair as they take to the hustings in search of glory — and attention.