To the casual celebrity gossip and 90s TV watcher, Roseanne Barr seeking the nomination of the Green Party to run for president may seem odd. Indeed, CNN's headline ends with "(not a joke)".
But it's all a perfect progression for the comedian-macadamia nut farmer-activist. Throughout her career Barr has highlighted similar issues to those she's increasingly spoken out about since the Occupy Wall Street movement began building momentum last September.
In announcing her run for the nomination, Barr said:
The Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants, bought and paid for by the 1%, who are not doing what's in the best interest of the American people.
Huffington Post summarizes Barr's proposed policy priorities:
Forgive student loans, homeowner debt and credit card debt by "kicking out" the Federal Reserve; institute single-payer healthcare within 100 days of her inauguration; pursue those she calls "financial terrorists"; reconfigure American diets, shifting away from animal protein and toward protein from nuts (she owns a large macadamia nut farm in Hawaii); and fight for gay rights. Barr has also long been in favor of legalizing marijuana, and has said in the past that she'd abolish all taxes.
I will run until the convention in July in Baltimore-I fully expect Jill Stein 2b the nominee& I will support her, but til then-I'll serve.
Follow Barr's run for the nomination: Roseanne Barr for President 2012.
Incidentally, for those people skipping Latin class, the motto on her logo means "the whole is one".