Roseanne Barr on Presidential Run: Two Major Parties Are a 'Bunch of Prostitutes Who Work for Big Money'
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Another reason why we don’t have free elections is a thing called the Electoral College. The Electoral College was this thing forced on the American people, just like the Fed was forced on the American people, that came after the Declaration of Independence.
The Electoral College made sure that people do not elect their own representatives. That is like a Banana Republic way of having an election, and it needs to be corrected. Election after election goes by and nobody even mentions it. I’m running to shed light on things in the electoral process because it’s corrupt from top to bottom. I have suggestions on my Web site, RoseanneWorld.com. Those suggestions include a new way of tallying votes and paper ballots. As Stalin, who was a bad guy, said, “it isn’t who votes; it’s who counts the votes.” That’s number 1. Overturning the Electoral College.
A lot of people came to me because I got famous. A lot of them were lawyers. One man came to me who’s been working his whole life on a lawsuit that will be filed in federal court that shows the need for us to get rid of the Electoral College. He will be filing that lawsuit on July 4th, 2012 in Philadelphia. All of these things encompass the first reason, the first issue.
A new method of counting votes, a more intelligent method of counting votes. Say, for instance, say I get 3 percent of the vote, Obama gets 50 percent and Romney gets 47 percent. The winner-take-all system of counting the votes is completely ridiculous. What should happen, as it does in most civilized countries is that each of us receives a vote in the houses of power where public money is apportioned because we were voted by citizens. In other words it should be proportional, not-winner-take all. Every candidate who wins any kind of vote should be included in a parliamentary-style government.
I think this government is broken and unfixable, and it needs to be tossed out and replaced with a parliamentary government. This one is just a whored-out bunch of prostitutes who work for big money. Big money is what’s in the saddle and the citizens of this country are down on all fours.
JH: It’s interesting that in the wake of World War II it was American forces that helped draft the German and Japanese constitutions, and they both have parliamentary systems where if you win 10 percent of the vote your party gets 10 percent of the seats.
JH: They didn’t force onto them our own system.
RB: We turned all of their dead economies around also. We don’t seem to bring the good things we do there back here. I’m reminding you and everyone that the Electoral College once counted black people as three-fifths of a human being.
JH: Roseanne, whenever I talk to Green Party members I hear that we just have to overcome our fear. Jill Stein said that during our interview. I guess the idea is that if progressives -- or whatever you want to call us -- voted for the candidates who best reflected their positions they’d vote Green.
One thing that strikes me about this is the idea of lesser-evils. What’s wrong with the idea of voting for the lesser of two evils if the alternative is electing the eviler of two evils? When I look at what the GOP is doing in terms of domestic policy, from the Ryan budget, to all of these insane anti-woman laws, to voter disenfranchisement, and harsh anti-immigration legislation. Should one not be frightened of Mitt Romney appointing a couple more right wing justices to the Supreme Court?