EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Presidential Candidate, Roseanne Barr
Roseanne talks Peace and Freedom, Israel, Marijuana, Anti-Semitism and the future of America.
AB: You have been criticized, mostly on Twitter, for being anti-Semitic. I know you’ve defended yourself by claiming your Jewish heritage, but do you not believe it’s possible to discriminate your own culture? Do you believe you’re comments are excusable because of your background as a comedian?
RB: For one Jew to call another Jew anti-semitic is a tired, insulting, overused propagandist device, a generally groundless way to discredit ANYONE who dares to question the warlike policies of Israel's Right Wing Gov't, but mostly to discredit the wonderful Israeli socialists who built Israel. I stand with millions of Jews, worldwide, who also do not wish to march in lockstep with the Netanyahu regime. Where there are two Jews, there are THREE opinions. I'm pretty traditional in that sense, don't you think?
AB: Do you believe you “get away” with certain beliefs and bold statements because you’re known to the world as a comedian, instead of coming from a background in politics?
RB: I am, first and foremost, a human being of conscience, and a citizen of a great nation that prides itself on being a bastion of free speech. On top of that, Yes, I AM a comic, a member of a profession that's known for brazen, thought-provoking speech. I'm a law-abiding American - I don't "get away" with anything; I speak my mind with the best of intentions, and in all honesty, and I face the consequences. I dish it out, and I take it.
AB: After reading all of your policies, many people might call you an “idealist”. What would you do as President to implement concepts such as “equal rights for all” or “forgiving all student loans”?
RB: This nation, and all great humanitarian undertakings were started by idealists. Really, there's nothing particularly naive or unrealistic about asking our country and its institutions to walk the talk. There certainly has to be an alternative to making young students and graduates carry backbreaking debt that grows larger with interest, for decades, in an economy that doesn't allow them a means to pay that debt down. Everyone is being asked to tighten their belts and lower their expectations during this worldwide economic crisis. Why should bankers be any different? If super-wealthy banks, flush with assets and not embarrassed to ask for and receive a bailout can't take a hit - who CAN?
AB: Why did you select Cindy Sheehan as your running mate?
RB: Cindy's credentials are unquestionable. She, as a mother, paid the ultimate price for what history is showing to be the greatest foreign policy debacle in American History; but what makes her different than thousands of other citizens in her situation is that she has never stopped confronting the forces that have caused this ongoing horrific loss. She has continued to educate and disseminate and speak truth to power. More and more Americans are seeing the tragic folly of waging these wasteful distant wars while claiming that we can't afford to take care of essential needs at home. Peace and Freedom IS Cindy Sheehan!
AB: If you had to summarize your message in just one sentence, what would it be?
RB: We need to hold our country up to the standards it professes, end slavery and war in all its forms, and make peace and freedom a reality, starting NOW!
AB: The United States has never voted someone into power outside the Republican or Democratic party. Knowing this, are you hoping to be the first, or simply using your global influence to make issues normally avoided in the media made known to the public?
RB: Well, it wouldn't be very inspiring to tell people I think there's no chance I'll be elected. Having said that, yes, I'm raising consciousness on issues that are NOT receiving the attention they should: The destructive War on Drugs, The burning need for Campaign Finance Reform and term limits, ending slavery in all its forms, Monsanto's Frankenstein-ing of our food supply and seeds, the shameful under-representation of women and the attack on their reproductive rights, the removal of the Electoral College, the auditing of the Fed, Debt forgiveness, Iceland-style - the list goes on, and so do I!
AB: However, if you did win the Presidency, not only would you be the first outside of the two-party system, but the first woman and the first Jew. Which of these three “firsts” would mean the most to you?
RB: They would all be landmarks and milestones, but we need to maintain separation of Church and State, so I don't know how much weight should be given to Religion or ethnicity, although almost 200 years of White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant MEN DOES seem like a pattern that needed to be broken. The first woman President would be a BIG deal, obviously, but the goal is to keep moving forward to the time when it WON'T be a big deal, just like the color of President Obama's skin should not be. However, the TRUTH is-that if elected, I would be the FIRST President of the USA not related by BLOODLINE to the Royal Family of England- including Obama. That would be a TRUE FIRST.
AB: Do you plan on running again in 2016?
RB: Please, I HATE this idea whereby campaigns start BEFORE the election in our face, THIS cycle, has even been decided. The European model should serve as an example. Our, tiresome, mud-slinging, non-stop campaigning is NOT productive.
AB: How do you want to be remembered?
RB: As the first person to live forever, and one who finally received the adoration she deserved. Oh, and for my pragmatism and humility, too. Get THAT in there!
AB: What are you currently working on, you know, other than running for President of the United States? Any upcoming tours, TV shows, films?
RB: For a change, I'm not looking past what's on my plate next, which I hope is some lovely angel hair pasta, a delightful salad with a plummy red wine on the side, some fresh, fragrant garlic bread, and then a big, cozy nap! Doesn't that sound heavenly?
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