Many of us remember Roseanne Barr from her small screen days as domestic Goddess on the Roseanne Show. The Roseanne Show lasted 9 seasons from 1988 to 1997 and garnered her an Emmy and Golden Globe. Prior to the Roseanne Show – she was a stand-up comedian. Roseanne has worn many hats; actress, comedian, writer, television producer and director. But what many people don’t know, is that Roseanne was also a presidential candidate in the 2012 race. She ran as nominee for the California-based Peace and Freedom Party. It’s too bad that the United States of America only knows and elects one of the two major parties – Democratic or Republican, like most other democratic countries. It would have been great if Roseanne had more publicity and support surrounding her presidential run as she is a voice for many disenfranchised American’s that are not affiliated with either Democratic or Republican policies. Roseanne is a voice for so many (not only in America) but around the world who feel their governments are not working for the people but for the corporations that keep them in power to ensure that government policies are to their best interests.
Roseanne is a feminist who really isn’t afraid to speak her mind and get her messages across, whether through stand-up, her television sitcom and her short-run as talk show host. Here are some of my favourite Roseanne quotes:
“It was always important to me because I have a gay brother and a gay sister, and we were raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and they went through a significant amount of bullying and so, it was always important to me, cause – you know, it was always a big issue in my life and it was very, very difficult to get it on television and it was a very hard fight. But you know, it’s proven to have been the right thing to do.” On gay characters on television (and on-screen lesbian kiss on her sitcom – Roseanne
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”
“My hope is that gays will be running the world, because then there would be no war. Just a greater emphasis on military apparel.”
“There’s a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there’s a hell of a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect.”
“One of the first things I bought when I made ‘Roseanne Show’ money was a farm in Iowa.”
“You know, I’m blessed. ‘Blessed’ is a better way of saying ‘rich’.”
“Both the Democratic and Republican parties are bought and paid for by corporate America and cater to the needs of the highest bidder as opposed to the people they claim to represent. I cannot be bought.”
“Facts and data, rather than opinion, are the two cornerstones of problem solving, and yet they are consistently withheld from the people by American media. We must have facts and data in order to recognize where there is a problem!”
“I meditate so I know how to find a peaceful place within to be calm and peaceful.”
“I’m God because I have the power to control my mind.”
“I’m not a politician. I think that uniquely qualifies me to become president of the U.S.”
“There is no real third-party in America. There’s this one party that has two sides to it – the Democratic and Republican side. It’s one party that has two heads.”
“I know that I pay 48 percent of my income to taxes. You know, I wouldn’t mind so much if it wasn’t going just to export war. If it was actually going to help the people of the United States, I would gladly pay more.”
“It’s not really the job of a public servant to inspire, but to get the job that the people demand done. The Democrats think that if they have hope and are inspired, things will get better, but they actually won’t.”
“When I want to lose weight, I have a simple solution; I eat less and move more.”
“It’s a perfect protein and it has no carbohydrates, it’s full of fat – but it’s the right kind of fat that the human body needs. So if we would start getting our protein from macadamia nuts, we could suspend all cheeseburger farming and hence, do away with greenhouse gas effects.”
“Women of this planet need some essential resources: wells, seeds and roads. That is primarily all we have ever needed. Added to that, women need righteous and strong men who will help us to use our most cherished gifts: the ability to multitask and problem solve.”
The problem with our society today is that we believe all the hype that is fed to us daily by celebrity gossip newspapers, magazines and television shows. Also, mainstream media has lost all journalistic integrity because it consistently reports the news that they want you to see and not what is really going on around the world. This is why Roseanne did not receive news coverage about her presidential campaign that wasn’t biased or taken seriously. How is it that the Republican party glorified Sarah Palin (a virtual nobody) as a potential Vice President? But a smart intelligent women who has great ideas, understands foreign policy, genuinely cares for the disenfranchised and not big corporations or Wall Street be deemed unfit to run for president? Something is definitely wrong with the democratic system, not only in the United States – but everywhere.
The Occupy Movement was successful in relaying their message to everyone on how the distribution of wealth is not reaching the 99 percent – that movement was revolutionary. Yet Wall Street and the CEO’s of those who robbed so many innocent people have yet to be punished – they continue to be protected by the government. Roseanne rallied during the Occupy Movement. So many celebrities are talking about ‘starting their own revolution’ – let’s hope they put their money where their mouth is. Will they be out marching with the disenfranchised – will they run for office so that they can create legislation that will help the disenfranchised and not the 1 percent. Will they fight for the environment, equality and justice for all? Only time will tell. Right now – I know that Roseanne has put her money where her mouth is and I am sure – will do so again!
Roseanne – continue to create positive change in the world because, many of us are still listening.
Together, we can make the world a more positive one!