Thursday, February 15, 2024

What Marianne Williamson Learned from Running for President

The following was first published February 9, 2024 on Marianne Williamson’s substack, Transform. Titled, “It’s More Simple Than It Appears: It’s Not Complicated; It’s Corrupt,” it was Marianne’s first substack posting following her February 7 suspension of her presidential campaign.


What did I learn running for President?

What I learned is that in the midst of a complicated drama involving money, power, and their relationship to politics, lies a fundamental basic theme. The major political parties are shills for the corporate matrix whose financial interests control this country.

The Republicans are worse, given that they are controlled through the auspices of one man, but being better than the Republicans on this issue is a very low bar.

In order to ensure no one gets past the velvet ropes to run as a challenge to the corporate control of this country, the DNC acts like a barker at the door. The party – along with its media minions and an assortment of “useful idiots” in the form of petty political operatives – is ready to beat up and throw to the sidewalk anyone who dares seek entrance to the inner sanctum from whence flows corporate power over Washington.

And we should not be fooled. The will of the people cannot exist in an amicable marriage with the purveyors of corporate tyranny. Either power lies in the hands of the people, or it lies in the hands of corporate lobbyists. When corporate money controls the way a party operates, the way mainstream media filters information and the way social media manipulates public opinion, we the people become quaint and powerless bystanders to the swirling forces that rule our lives.

The greatest challenge of our generation is to break the back of the soulless corporate behemoth that now holds Washington hostage, for it has weaponized the US government against the people of the United States. The acquiescence of so many to the DNC’s shadowy, Wizard of Oz-like directive that no challenge will be tolerated to its decision that Biden is the chosen one and that’s it – in some cases in the naïve belief that if Biden is reelected and the Democrats get two more seats in the Senate, then they could pass a version of Build Back Better and all will be well! – tells us everything we need to know about our ability to stage the peaceful revolution from within the party.

We must break the corporate duopoly and 2024 is the time to do it.

Even now, the President cannot remember that Macron is alive and Mitterrand is dead, Helmut Kohl was not Angela Merkel, and President Sisi governs Egypt and not Mexico. But I assure you, the corporate machine will pay no heed. It will, if necessary, replace one playing card with another like a magician well-practiced in his or her trickery.

The Republican and Democratic parties of my youth no longer exist. They have been hollowed out from within by the undue influence of corporate money, leaving America with two major categories of disturbed citizens. One is a majority now shackled by invisible chains of economic insecurity. Translation: “That should be enough to shut them up.” The other is a minority of decent Americans on both Left and Right who are ourselves economically unshackled, yet aware it’s a serious problem that so many are. Translation: “Keep them distracted by meaningless preoccupations, and punish severely anyone who dares question what’s happening.” Both are flummoxed in disbelief that things have gotten this bad. Some of us are numb, and some of us are about to blow.

Hundreds of millions of people live lives at risk of irredeemable damage because the juggernaut of privatization views their well-being, indeed their lives, as essentially dispensable. One way or the other, this will not stand. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” Whether that revolution is peaceful or violent is up to us.

As a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President, I tried to wage that peaceful revolution. There is no doubt in my mind that the desire to break the chains of corporate tyranny is a desire shared by millions of Americans. Our opponent is a wily one, audacious and even cruel. But the desire for freedom that lives in our hearts – freedom from the controlling hand of corporate dictates over our health care, our food, our safety, our education, our environment, indeed over the avenues to either war or peace – is a power that has illumined this country since its inception. Such power right now is inadequately harnessed for political purposes, but the story of America is in no way over. A sleeping giant is about to awaken and all of us must be its awakeners.

Let us not be defeated; let us be creative. While some have suggested I “go rest” now, I have little desire to do so beyond enjoying the luxury of sleeping in my own bed for longer than two days in a row. There is no time to lose. And while I don’t at this point have a formal role in staging the peaceful revolution, I still have the power of the pen at my command and I intend to use it.

Marianne Williamson
It’s More Simple Than It Appears:
It’s Not Complicated; It’s Corrupt

February 9, 2024

Marianne Williamson: Playing It Big

Related Off-site Links:
Candidate Marianne Williamson Exits Presidential Race – Mark Moran (United Press International News, February 7, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Ends Campaign to Secure Democratic Presidential NominationThe Guardian (February 7, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Ends Second Presidential Bid After Nevada’s Democratic Primary – Brendan Le (People, February 7, 2024).

UPDATE: How Marianne Williamson Rises Without Mass Media Attention – Thu Pham (Diggit Magazine, February 19, 2024).

For The Wild Reed’s coverage of Marianne Williamson’s 2024 presidential campaign, see the following chronologically-ordered posts:
Marianne 2024
Marianne Williamson Launches 2024 Presidential Campaign
Progressive Perspectives on Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Run
More Progressive Perspectives on Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Run
Ben Burgis: Quote of the Day – March 10, 2023
Despite the Undemocratic Antics of the DNC, Marianne Williamson Plans on “Winning the Nomination”
The Biblical Roots of “From Each According to Ability; To Each According to Need”
Marianne Williamson on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton – 05/30/23
Marianne Williamson’s Economic Bill of Rights
Three Progressive Voices on the War in Ukraine
Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – June 27, 2023
Marianne Williamson on The Issue Is with Elex Michaelson – 07/20/23
Voters, Not the DNC, Should Choose the Nominee
Marianne Williamson in New Hampshire
Marianne Williamson: “Repairing Our Hearts Is Essential to Repairing Our Country”
Marianne Williamson on Trump’s Day in Court
Marianne Williamson on NewsNation – 08/25/23
Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson Joins NYC’s March to End Fossil Fuels
Marianne Williamson on Your World – 10/6/23
Marianne Williamson’s “Radical Idea” of Putting People First
Marianne Williamson: “We Need to Disrupt the Corrupt”
“We Are Surging”
“Let the People Decide”: Marianne Williamson on the DNC’s Efforts to Deny and Suppress the Democratic Process
Democratic Presidential Debate: Marianne Williamson and Dean Phillips – 1/8/24
The Democrats Challenging Biden
Bannering for Marianne
Campaigning for Marianne Williamson in New Hampshire – Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Marianne Williamson: “I Have Decided to Continue”
Marianne Williamson in Nevada – 2/4/24
Forever Grateful

See also:
Marianne Williamson: “We Must Challenge the Entire System”
Marianne Williamson on the Current Condition of the U.S.
Marianne Williamson’s Politics of Love: The Rich Roll Interview
Now Here’s a Voice I’d Like to Hear Regularly on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows
A Deeper Perspective on What’s Really Attacking American Democracy
Marianne Williamson on the Tenth Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
Marianne Williamson on How Centrist Democrats Abuse Voters with False Promises
“Two of the Most Dedicated and Enlightened Heroes of Present Day America”
Deep Gratitude
“A Beautiful Message, So Full of Greatness”
Marianne Williamson: “Anything That Will Help People Thrive, I’m Interested In”
Caitlin Johnstone: “Status Quo Politicians Are Infinitely ‘Weirder’ Than Marianne Williamson”

Image: Marianne Williamson in Peterborough, New Hampshire – Saturday, January 21, 2024. (Photo: Michael J. Bayly)


Percy said...

She could run for mayor of wherever she lives, and start there.

Kate said...

There was a target on her back from the day she announced her candidacy.