Electoral politics might not be the solution to the mess we’re in… but it certainly can’t hurt by having Roseanne & VP-Candidate Cindy Sheehan… who protested outside George Bush’s vacation ranch in Texas after her son died in Iraq… in the White House and being able to pick a truly PROGRESSIVE CABINET. They’re both for REALLY ending the wars at home and abroad and they are THE ONLY 3rd Party candidates, as far we know, advocating for the freeing of US-held political prisoners. More on the their party’s platform, THE PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY HERE. Roseanne actually lost the Green Party’s nomination to Jill Stein in the Green Party National Convention this past July. Click HERE for the scoop on all the 2012 3rd party candidates, and to understand why we so desperately need REAL debates with REAL candidates who are proposing REAL solutions! And for these debates to be SEEN BY THE ENTIRE AMERICAN PUBLIC! Candidates who have the COURAGE to speak truth to power and more openly engage the American public. And if they can’t get on the ballot for the official “elections” on Nov. 6th, then WE THE PEOPLE should have OUR OWN LEGITIMATE elections! (with Score Voting , Instant Run-off Voting? (IRV))
Here’s more on Roseanne’s running mate, Cindy Sheehan:
Sheehan attracted international attention in early August 2005, when she traveled to President Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch, just outside Crawford, Texas, demanding a second meeting with the President. She told members of Veterans for Peace, “I’m gonna say, ‘And you tell me, what the noble cause is that my son died for.’ And if he even starts to say freedom and democracy, I’m gonna say, bullshit. You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich…You tell me that, you don’t tell me my son died for freedom and democracy.” She also vowed not to pay her federal income tax for 2004 because that was the year her son was killed.
Sheehan is being sued by the IRS for failure to pay taxes. Sheehan said “I feel like I gave my son to this country in an illegal and immoral war. I’ll never get him back,” Sheehan said. “And, so, if they can give me my son back, then I’ll pay my taxes. And that’s not going to happen.”
On August 6, 2005, Sheehan created a makeshift camp in a ditch by the side of the road about three miles (5 km) from President Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas and announced her intention to stay (sleeping in a pup tent at night) until she was granted a face-to-face meeting with the President. Sheehan started her protest the day the President started a planned five-week vacation. The encampment was publicized widely by the Mintwood Media Collective on behalf of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out. A few days later, the media began referring to Sheehan’s camp as “Camp Casey.”
Members of White House vigil on August 17, 2005 in support of Cindy Sheehan’s protest at President Bush’s Crawford ranch
Sheehan spent most of the next four weeks in Crawford. On some days as many as 1,500 supporters visited Camp Casey, including members of the U.S. Congress, as well as several notable actors, singers, and civil rights activists.
Gold Star Families for Peace, of which Sheehan is a founding member, released a TV commercial featuring Sheehan, broadcast on Crawford and Waco cable channels near Bush’s ranch. The group conducted a walk to a police station just outside Bush’s ranch and delivered a bundle of oversized letters written by them to First Lady Laura Bush, appealing to her as a mother to support their movement.
On August 16, Sheehan moved her camp closer to the Bush ranch after being offered the use of a piece of land owned by a supporter, Fred Mattlage.
In late August, Sheehan stated that she would continue to campaign against the Iraq war even if granted a meeting with Bush. She also announced the Bring Them Home Now Tour, to depart on September 1 and arrive in Washington, DC, on September 24 for three days of demonstrations. The tour, which covered 42 cities in 26 states, was publicized by the Mintwood Media Collective, and garnered international media coverage. On the third day, Sheehan and about 370 other anti-war activists were arrested for demonstrating on the White House sidewalk.
Sheehan’s actions led supporters such as Rev. Lennox Yearwood, CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, to describe her as “the Rosa Parks of the antiwar movement.” Sheehan also gained the label of “Peace Mom” from the mainstream media.