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"Those other guys, they're full of shit."

Aneb Jah Rasta has a smile as big as his dreams, and both are unwavering. The 34-year old Milwaukee resident will appear on the November 5 ballot as an Independent candidate for governor. He’s not fazed by his underdog status.

“It’s my mission to run for president in 2004,” Rasta said. “I ain’t bullshitting. I know what the hell I’m doing. People think it’s a damn game. It ain’t no damn game. I understand that, I’ve studied all that shit. I’m qualified. I’m a damn doctor. I’m a damn doctor in every area of the humanities, so I know what the hell I’m dealing with.”

Running for nation’s top job
makes perfect sense to Rasta.
“I’m already the governor,” he said matter-of-factly during an interview inside Milwaukee’s Grand Avenue Mall. “Those other guys, they don’t give a shit about us. I’ve already won.” 

“I’m the fucking governor!” Rasta repeated time and again, growing slightly louder in each instance, breaking into wide grins and hearty laughs and raising his arms in victory as mall customers boarded the escalator or sampled baked goods from the Original Cookie Company. 

The road to the White House 
Rasta’s journey to the White House began as the young Billy Joe Perry, the youngest of six siblings growing up in Milwaukee. He attended James Madison High School and holds a Ph.D. in metaphysics -- the study of abstract philosophical ideas -- from American University of Metaphysical Theology in Minnesota. 

“I’m a doctor in the highest form of theology, highest form of metaphysics, highest form of humanities, highest form of education and law. Metaphysics covers every form of medicine, every form of ontology, every form of herbology, every form of cardiology, every form of veterinary medicine, every form of the whole health field.”

“The degree cost a couple hundred dollars, but I’m qualified.”

He rails on modern heath care practices. Bi-polar disorder, for example, “is not an illness, but a heavenly gift of wisdom.”

A self-described consultant and attorney to the poor, Rasta says he has nearly 50 court cases pending in Washington D.C. and another 30 in Milwaukee, though he alluded to having had difficulties appearing before the bench due to a variety of conspiracies. In his spare time, Rasta officiates high school and adult sports leagues. 

His full title and name is Rev. Dr. Aneb Jah Rasta Sensas Utcha Nefer-1. Before you break out your Bob Marley albums and spark a fatty, the candidate is not a Rastafarian in the tradition of Haile Selassie and reggae musician Marley. In fact, Rasta does not claim any organized religion. “The people are my church,” he says. The Rasta Movement designation listed on the November ballot is a reflection of his name, his “personal movement.” 

Nefer 1 means “perfect one.”
“Aneb means one with all,” the candidate explained. “Jah means power of God, then Rasta, it means one who knows life force.” Sensas Utcha translates into “God’s power to heal” and Nefer 1 means “perfect one.”

“So when you put everything down in order, it means God’s power to heal.”

Rasta’s philosophy is a complicated -- some might say convoluted -- mix of Scripture, metaphysics, conspiracy theories, and blunt talk.

“It’s fucked up,” he says of the current political scene in Madison. “It’s like a commode that’s been used a thousand times without ever being flushed. It’s clogged up. It’s as simple as that.”

Rasta initially planned to run for state Assembly. The ease in collecting nominating signatures prompted him to aim for the governorship. He says he filed more than 7,000 signatures with the State Elections Board, well above the 2,000 required. Rasta collected more than 30,000 votes in the primary, according to his count. 

Let the voters decide
As governor, Rasta says he would serve as chief executive and chief legislator. “The governor should write the damn bills and make their asses (legislators) go out and deliver.”

He offers few specifics on issues such as the budget deficit, taxes or spending, in part because Rasta believes other candidates will steal his ideas. When voters ask for policy positions, he responds with questions. “What are you for? What are you against? I’m going to let them (the voters) decide. The people need to let me know.” 

“See, this is what the deal is…I have never said what I’m going to do. I have studied everyone in the Blue Book. All of their qualifications and all of their accomplishments are the flaws of the state of Wisconsin today.” 

Rasta points to Robert M. La Follette’s degree in organic chemistry and asks rhetorically, “What the hell is going on with anthrax?” 

“I’m going to get on everyone’s ass to make sure they do what the hell they should do.” 

The candidate roared with laughter, sending an echo through the second floor of the mall and attracting curious looks from shoppers.

Rasta does, however, have specific ideas about the millions of dollars being raised and spent by political campaigns in Wisconsin. 

“Just give it to the damn poor, take your ass out to the houses and buy a food basket, buy a family some damn clothes instead of giving back to Hell. They’re going to waste it.” 

Rasta isn’t bothering
with the machinations of a political campaign.
“Campaigning is just living your life. No pressure. Just being out here with the people, enjoying myself, doing what I got to do. Campaigning is not about this, about that. Campaigning is living your life. Why campaign? If you live your life, people fucking know.” 

He says he does not distribute campaign literature because people opposed to him had been practicing witchcraft with his photo. 

Rasta’s plans on election night?

“I don’t know. I’ll probably fucking referee. I ain’t giving a fuck about that. I ain’t giving a fuck about that. I’m being honest. I’ll probably fucking work. I ain’t full of shit. Why have a big-ass campaign? Why have a big-ass crusade? Why? I don’t give damn because I’ve already won.”

As the interview drew to a close, Rasta had hit his stride, grinning, raising his arms to the Heavens and offering his proclamation to people hurrying by. 

“I’m the governor of the fucking state of Wisconsin! 

“I’m the governor of the fucking state of Wisconsin! 

“I’m the governor of the fucking state of Wisconsin!”

The candidate graciously thanked classicwisconsin for the interview and pointed his campaign toward the Original Cookie Company.

“I’m going to hang-out now. I’m hungry as hell.” 

   

Aneb Jah Rasta, Independent candidate for governor, received 939 votes in his bid for the statehouse, falling shy of victory. He did, however, earn 836 more votes than his September primary showing, no doubt creating the kind of momentum needed to launch his anticipated bid for the presidency in 2004. 

 

“I’m a doctor in the highest form of theology, highest form of metaphysics, highest form of humanities, highest form of education and law. Metaphysics covers every form of medicine, every form of ontology, every form of herbology, every form of cardiology, every form of veterinary medicine, every form of the whole health field.”

“Campaigning is just living your life. No pressure. Just being out here with the people, enjoying myself, doing what I got to do. Campaigning is not about this, about that. Campaigning is living your life. Why campaign? If you live your life, people fucking know.”  





 
                 
                       
       

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