“As of today, we cannot afford a traditional campaign staff. I am not suspending my candidacy, however. . . . The point of my candidacy has been to tell the heart’s truth and that does not cost money.”
She may have laid off the entirety of her national campaign staff, but author Marianne Williamson is continuing her unconventional yet much-needed candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election. After the announced withdrawal today of Julián Castro, Marianne remains as one of 14 Democratic candidates for president.
Following is the e-mail message that I and other supporters of Marianne's candidacy received from her today.
I’m extremely grateful for the contributions that poured into the campaign over the last two days of 2019. They have enabled us to pay down an accumulating campaign debt.
We've had a wonderful team, and I am deeply grateful for their energy and talents. But as of today, we cannot afford a traditional campaign staff.
I am not suspending my candidacy, however; a campaign not having a huge war chest should not be what determines its fate. The point of my candidacy has been to tell the heart’s truth and that does not cost money. Forging a new path for campaigns is going to be necessary, if we’re ever to forge a new path for our country.
The conversation between candidate and voter is what matters. As long as I feel a connection with voters that gets to the heart of things, bringing forth the conversation that would win the 2020 election and help transform this country, I will remain in the race.
Why? For these reasons . . .
Because I'm talking about the challenges and vulnerabilities of millions of American children, way beyond the ability of our government agencies to absorb or our current infrastructure to adequately respond to.
Because I’m talking about our need to proactively wage peace and not just endlessly prepare for war.
Because I’m talking about ways to incentivize health, not just treat sickness, and to add integrative health modalities to a universal health insurance system.
Because I'm talking about societal wellness in all its forms, including racial and economic justice.
Because I’m talking about the meaning of the Declaration of Independence and the corruption of our democracy over the last forty years.
Because I'm talking about the amoral economics of a corporate aristocracy.
Because I'm talking about a World War II level mass mobilization to reverse climate change over the next seven years.
Because we will not defeat Donald Trump with mere policy prescriptions; we will defeat him with a moral vision for the nation.
Because I’m talking about a politics of love.
There is an inherent value in talking about those things as a presidential candidate. In my mind, the fact that they couldn’t make it into the machine of modern politics is not a reason to stop talking; if anything, it's a reason to KEEP talking.
And that is what I’ll do, as long as we have the resources to do it. I’m in this race if you’re in it with me. In the meantime, it’s amazing what you can do with volunteers.
Thank you for your faith in my candidacy. Your financial support is now more important than ever.
This is not an easy journey, but it’s a critically important one.
If you have six minutes to spare, the following video is well worth watching. For one thing, it does a wonderful job of demonstrating the relevance, uniqueness, and vitality of Marianne's candidacy.
Related Off-site Links:
The U.S. Should Listen to Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson – Olivier Loose (The Brussels Times, December 17, 2019).
The Gospel According to Marianne Williamson – Taffy Brodesser-Akner (The New York Times via Marianne2020.com, September 3, 2019).
Holistic Politics: A Conversation with Marianne Williamson – Scott London (1999).
Marianne 2020 – The official Marianne Williamson for President website.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• The Relevance and Vitality of Marianne Williamson’s 2020 Presidential Campaign
• Quote of the Day – December 14, 2019
• Marianne Williamson and the Power of Politicized Love
• Marianne Williamson: “Anything That Will Help People Thrive, I’m Interested In”
• Quote of the Day – November 4, 2019
• Quote of the Day – November 11, 2019
• Something to Think About (and Embody!)
• “This Woman Is Going to Win the Nomination”: Matt Taibbi on Marianne Williamson in Iowa
• Marianne Williamson On What It Will Take to Defeat Donald Trump
• Caitlin Johnstone: “Status Quo Politicians Are Infinitely ‘Weirder’ Than Marianne Williamson”
• Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson: “We’re Living at a Critical Moment in Our Democracy”
• Friar André Maria: Quote of the Day – June 28, 2019
• Marianne Williamson Plans on Sharing Some “Big Truths” on Tonight's Debate Stage
• Sometimes You Just Have to Take Matters Into Your Own Hands . . .
• “A Lefty With Soul”: Why Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson Deserves Some Serious Attention
• Marianne Williamson: Reaching for Higher Ground
• Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – April 24, 2019
• Why Marianne Williamson Is a Serious and Credible Presidential Candidate
• Talkin’ ’Bout An Evolution: Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid
• Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – November 5, 2018
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Marianne Williamson
• Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – August 29, 2017
She is indefatigable.
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