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Rocky Anderson accepts his newly-formed party's presidential nomination

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 7:22 p.m.

    I love it when a circus comes to town, and Rocky never disappoints!

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    Why did they keep the pizza a secret? If I had only known.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 1:22 a.m.

    Well, the two major parties are more alike than they are different. They are both tools of capital to stick it to labor. We have in essence the Republicans and the Slightly Less Republicans. It's time to revive the socialist parties along the lines of Eugene Debs. But I wish Rocky well. I'll always appreciate his opposition to the Iraq invasion. In Utah he was completely alone. Now we know that war was a fraud and not worth the cost. Go Rocky!

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Jan. 14, 2012 5:14 a.m.

    I dont live in Utah...but always heard this dude was a clown. Is this a serious article? Or did he lose a drinking bet?

    Seriously?

  • cris Hamilton, IL
    Jan. 14, 2012 5:16 a.m.

    Heaven help us!

  • md Cache, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 6:05 a.m.

    "Twenty minutes before, the auditorium was a classroom for an intro to children√Ęs literature class for approximately 30 students. The crowd more than doubled before Anderson took the stage."

    How in the world did they keep this mass of people under control?

    DNews, quit giving this guy any coverage. I could draw 5 times that crowd to a rally, with pizza. haha

  • Sand Flea FALLING WATERS, WV
    Jan. 14, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    So Rocky's campaign slogan "...to each according to his needs and from each according to his ability..." You guys in SLC continue to amaze me.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Jan. 14, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    One flew over the cuckoo's nest!! Rocky fits that character (played by Jack Nicholson)!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    From the article: This is a campaign of, for and by the people..." Rocky's own words.
    If that were true, would they have more than 60 people at the kick-off?
    Would they be worried about getting 2,000 signatures?
    Methinks Anderson needs another 15 minutes and this is the way to do it.
    Perhaps he will siphon away a few thousand Obama votes. That's a good thing, but not very important in red state Utah.

  • Locro Mexican hat, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    Instead of voting for the lesser of two evils , Rocky is getting into this race, hoping that you'll vote for the greater of three evils.

  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Jan. 14, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    It's official; Ron Paul is no longer the craziest presidential candidate.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    Hey Rocky the Nut and Bolt store called said they were short a nut. You fit the description!

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    I disagree with Rocky's views, but I support his right to form a 3rd-party. I hope he is successful in getting his name on the ballot in Utah and other states.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Maybe he will take votes away from Oboma. People that run as third party candidates what are they thinking? When has a third party candidate won an election? Not very many anyway they have won. What they do is take votes away from someone that resembles them more.

  • GoldieZ Eureka, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Well, at least we know who we WON'T vote for!

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    I think they misnamed their political party. Here are some more appropriate titles: , "Hey Everyone Look At Me", "No Crazier Than Charles Manson", "We Hope Someday to Have a Dozen Members", "Home of the Drum Circlers".

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    With God, all things are possible. Even Rocky.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    @Marxist

    "They are both tools of capital to stick it to labor."

    What century are you living in? Eugene Debs?? You imagine that most people still work on farms or in crowded factories and there is a man in a top hat with a bushy mustache forcing the workers into more hours for less pay.

    Come with us to the 21st century, Marxist! There are offices owned by big corporations with soft chairs and AIR CONDITIONING!!! And not only do most of these companies offer health insurance, they offer crazy things like GYM reimbursements to encourage you to stay healthy. They offer tuition reimbursements to encourage you to go to school and get even FURTHER ahead! Sure, you can still CHOOSE to work in one of those industries that are so put upon by capital...Like the Auto Industry, for example, where workers only make $29/hour (according to the UAW). And when you add in benefits, it's more like $70/hour. So you can stay with Rocky in the 18th century, or come and enjoy America in the 21st century. And in America, you still have a CHOICE!!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    Comic relief at its best.....

  • Be Practical Sandy, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    Yawn

  • danielgeery Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    For anyone truly interested in what's going on with America and where we're headed, why not listen to what Rocky actually said? Just Google "Rocky Anderson acceptance speech" on YouTube.

  • Common Sense Czar Sandy, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    I never was a big Rocky guy...always preferred Bullwinkel.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Re: A1994 - "What century are you living in? Eugene Debs?? " Real wages in the United States have been STAGNANT for 30 years overall. Household debt has exploded, and families' major asset (real estate) is shot. What, pray, A1994 world are you living in?

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    This is all about his tremendous ego! He just loves to see his name in print. I, too, am bored by this. He is old news, at best.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    Most of you are wont to treat Rocky Anderson as some kind of a nut. Far from it. Do any of you remember the Iraq War (they don't call us the United States of Amnesia for nothing)? IF you recall that sorry episode, a fine man, Colin Powell was persuaded to testify before the UN as to the threats posed by Hussein's Iraq. Everything he said was a fraud and a fabrication (largely from Bush's VP). In Utah Rocky was virtually alone in understanding this charade. Those of you who dismiss him as a comic or fool display your own ignorance, conformity and bias.

  • Pragmatic One Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 14, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    Wait let me guess... The running mate is the punchline to this joke right?!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 14, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    I think of Ross Anderson every time I see Main Street Plaza and the Main Street Sky Bridge. He lost both fights and Salt Lake City is better because of it.

    Ross Anderson's run for president will be a blessing for conservatives. Go Rocky go!!

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    My only question for Rocky Anderson is, why did he feel the need to start a new political third party from scratch when there's already the Green Party?

    In the past, Anderson has openly endorsed Green Party candidates such as Ralph Nader for President and Bob Brister for Congress in 2006 against Jim Matheson.

    On top of that, I've read over the Green Party's political platform and in many ways it is similar to Anderson's Justice Party.

    The Green Party is already well established with websites and membership throughout the country. They have had presidential candidates each year since 1996, and also, they have already elected a few of their candidates in places such as California, Oregon, Maine and the District of Columbia.

    So again, Mayor Anderson, why did you not turn to the Green Party and be their candidate for U.S. President?

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    "More than 100 third party and independent candidates" and Rocky says we have a two party system? Weve got 2,000 signatures to get in the next 35 days in Utah. I don't think SUWA has that many members in Utah.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    Every vote Rocky aasails cements a larger landslide defeat for Obama and the Libs!!!

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    In my view, Rocky Anderson would not be a good U.S. President. Not because of his progressive views, but more because of his style as an administrator.

    Wasn't it only three or four months after being sworn in as SLC mayor that Anderson fired a large number of his staff, with a number of other staffers resigning in protest?

    During his eight years as mayor of Salt Lake City, Anderson went through nearly a dozen Chiefs of Staff and nearly a dozen mayoral spokespersons.

    With turnover like that, you have to really wonder how effective he would be in higher office.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    Generally I like Anderson... but like heck am I going to mess around by throwing my vote away in a presidential race. I am not going to help a candidate Romney or Santorum win.

  • sg newhall, CA
    Jan. 14, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    What a waste of time and energy. I think Ron Paul has captured this market of Liberty and Freedom. Rocky, why? What a foolish idea and I'm sure he's not even qualified to be on many ballots. He doesn't have the financial structure/base. It's all empty words. It's all about ego. If Rocky wanted to make a difference, run against Hatch.

  • GoldieZ Eureka, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    I am wondering who reviews these comments. I have sent in comments a whole lot less offensive than the ones I am reading, and they don't get published. But I could never say, go Rocky go,unless it means get out of town.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    Just so Rocky attracts the liberal vote to split the progressive party to insure that Obama is a one-term "president."

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Jan. 14, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    These comments and the DN article itself reveal a snarky dislike for Rocky Anderson. I am satisfied that he has been a painful thorn in the side of the DN and its overseers, and so I understand why this article seems intended to provoke ridicule, but neither the DN nor those that have commented do much to fairly consider the problems that Rocky describes. Has either party done much to solve the problems that he mentions? No. Are those problems real? Yes, if recent history is any measure. Could Rocky Anderson a modern example of a "prophet crying out in the wilderness"... well he just might be DN, he just might be.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    Alfred E. Newman ran for president several times. At least I could take him seriously.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 4:06 p.m.

    @Mike in Cedar City 3:17

    No doubt Anderson and his supporters are serious in what they stand for. No one is disputing that.

    But when was the last time a serious third party candidate for major office got elected and truly got things done?

    Look at Jesse Ventura, who in 1998 was elected Governor of Minnesota as a third party candidate. His administration started strong, but by the end he was left virtually powerless, most of the bills he voted being overridden by the Minnesota legislature. He left after one term with a low approval rating.

    Lowell Weicker was elected Governor of Connecticut in 1990 as an independent. Weicker implemented very unpopular tax increases which some argue hurt the state's economy. Like Ventura, he only served one term.

    If Anderson and his supporters really want to change government, they're better off doing it within the two party system.

    After all, did Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign help the liberal, progressive cause?

    If Al Gore had gotten half of Nader's votes in Florida ... well, you know the rest.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    @ marxist

    Don't forget that the current head of State, plus the former Speaker of the House and the ranking Democrat in the Senate along with the other Democrats in Congress also voted to go to war. Were they duped too? And if they were, why would you want them to represent you?

    Face it, Iraq was a dictitorial regime. Have you conveniently forgotten about Kuwait during your lecture to the rest of us about "amnesia?" Or is it that you believe in "revisionist history?"

    Don't forget the Vietnam War and Lyndon Johnson and John Kennedy when it comes to having the United States in a questionable war. History is not on your side in this argument.

  • Ogdenite Lincoln, NE
    Jan. 14, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    I wish him the best. We need more political outsiders challenging the status quo in this country. There is a fine line between brilliant and insane. Rocky isn't quite insane, and I respect that.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:37 p.m.

    TO: ClarkHippo
    Tooele, UT

    You make some good points.

    In response to your question (directed to Mr. Anderson), "why did you not turn to the Green Party and be their candidate for U.S. President?

    The answer is simple. The Green Party has its own organization and its own candidates. That's not what Anderson wants. If he went with the Green Party, he would be just another member. With his own "party," he is right where he likes to be - in the limelight. This particular candidacy is not about what's right for the country, or even for justice. It's all about Ross Anderson personally.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    @Marxist

    You say that wages have been stagnant for 30 years. That's debatable. But let's say that is the case. Can you name me one economy that is better off for having socialism or Marxism? Do you really think the government can raise wages?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 15, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    Re: marxist | 11:09 a.m. Jan. 14, 2012

    "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" Karl Marx
    The concept works well in North Korea ...... where the leaders have everything and the workers eat crumbs if they are lucky.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    Rocky provides great comic relief. It's too bad that's all he can provide. What a waste of time and resources.