Tuesday, June 11, 2024

“What I Want to Remember Are the Moments of Love”

Earlier today, Marianne Williamson shared the following on her various social media platforms.

Now that the primaries are complete, I’m no longer a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president.

Deep thanks to all the donors, volunteers and supporters who stood for the radically humanitarian agenda that was the core of my campaign. We articulated an analysis of our history as well as a regenerative path forward that I believe in my heart is the most powerful antidote to authoritarianism and national decline. I hope our message will continue to resonate and impact our political conversation for many years to come.

[For although] the primary is over, what is not over is the need for a more fair economy – for universal healthcare, a guaranteed living wage, an Economic Bill of Rights, a U.S. Department of Peace, subsidized child care, and a society where humans can more easily thrive. Having been on the ground for the last year and a half talking to voters, I have seen what people go through; the political elites and talking heads are in a bubble and it shows. I will continue in every way possible to be a voice for Americans whose hardships are too little addressed in this country, the adequate response to which remains the key to our winning in November.

With deep appreciation to all. 💙🙏

I want to take this opportunity to extend my deep appreciation to Marianne. She and her presidential campaign inspired me in powerful ways – both politically and spiritually. It’s an inspiration that lives on.

Right: With Marianne and my friend Kate in New Hampshire – January 20, 2024. For more images and commentary of our time in the Granite State for the “First in the Nation” presidential primary, click here.

Left: With my friend Deandre who also supported Marianne’s 2024 presidential campaign.

This past weekend, as the primary season wound down, Marianne shared a message about this “transitional point” in her life. Before I re-share this message (and the beautiful video that accompanies it) I want to reiterate my previous message of gratitude to Marianne.

Thank you, Marianne! . . . Thank you for all you’ve done in running for president. I trust you made a difference . . . and will continue to make a difference; it’s just who you are. You certainly continue to inform and inspire me.

Through your presence, words, and actions on the campaign trail, you not only advanced a much-needed progressive agenda but also embodied the shift in consciousness that I believe the Sacred is calling all of humanity to manifest in and through our individual and communal actions.

It’s a shift that invites all to consciously choose love over and above fear. You remind us, Marianne, that when such a choice is realized in our politics as well as in our individual lives, we will bring to birth in our world an era of justice, peace and healing.

So, again, thank you!

Half a Million Votes and
Millions More Moments of Love

By Marianne Williamson

June 8, 2024

As the polls closed on Saturday in both Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the presidential primary season came to an end. Having participated in those elections, the end of the season marks a transitional point in my life as well.

The U.S. political system should not be, and does not have to be, as corrupt as it is. The dichotomy between the decency of the American people (the kind of goodness on display in the video above) and the electoral process as it now exists, is very sad to me. I think politics should be an act of collective creativity, and a chance for all of us to make the world a better place. In fact, my experiences running for president twice have assured me that it’s not only possible – it’s what the American people by and large would want.

But the forces arrayed against that are huge. Our politics is in the grip of a greedy matrix that has turned Washington into a system of legalized bribery. And I learned first hand what that system will do to someone who has the audacity to challenge it. Our political and media establishment have seemingly no recognition of their sacred responsibility to facilitate the will of the people. The goal of that system is not democracy, but power; its operatives seek to damage anyone not a part of their club.

I don’t want to write or speak further about the details of that – at least not yet. And I’m thrilled to now transition back to my work as an author and teacher. The book I wrote before my campaign, The Mystic Jesus, is published now. . . . My work has always been for me a single endeavor, whether we’re talking about peace in our hearts or peace on the planet.

I know some people think politics and spirituality are opposites, but they shouldn’t be. Gandhi said “politics should be sacred,” by which he didn’t mean dogmatic or doctrinaire but rather coming from a deep soulfulness. And I agree. Thomas Jefferson wrote his own Bible, remember! And no one can read Lincoln’s Second Inaugural and not see references to God’s will all over it.

The separation of Church and State was never intended to suppress the spiritual or even religious conversation; in fact it was meant to protect it. The First Amendment protects the government from encroachment by religious authorities, and protects religion from encroachment by governmental authorities. But neither should ever be separate from love.

Reading Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., I became deeply inspired by the idea that political change could lead to what King called “the establishment of the beloved community.” (You can read more about that in my book Healing the Soul of America) And I still am. In politics there are people dedicated to some very dark pursuits. But there are also people with such beautiful hearts that I can scarcely contain my gratitude for having had the chance to know them.

That is what I want to take way from my experience running for president. Not the lies or injustices or corruption of our politics. What I want to remember are the moments of love. And they were there. From donors sending their support, to volunteers spending countless hours trying to rally voters, to staff members who were there for all the right reasons, to advisors and friends who shared the vision, I have memories that live and breathe in my heart and will remain forever.

As a writer, thinker, philosopher, and political activist whatever that might mean in my future, my prayer is that somehow what I have been through will make me a better woman – and thus better at all of them. Through it all, I remain convinced that many miracles lie ahead.

Marianne Williamson
June 8, 2024

Above: With my friend Kate in New Hampshire, campaigning for Marianne – January 23, 2024. For more images and commentary of our time in the Granite State for the “First in the Nation” presidential primary, click here.

Above: Summer 2023.

Above: Super Tuesday in Minnesota – March 5, 2024. For more on Marianne Williamson as the ceasefire candidate in relation to the conflict in Gaza, click here, here, and here.

A New Beginning

Related Off-site Links:
Marianne Williamson Signals End of 2024 Bid Now That Presidential Primaries Have Ended – Isabella Murray (ABC News, June 12, 2024).
Biden Wins Guam Democratic Caucuses as 2024 Presidential Primary Season Wraps Up – Paul Steinhauser (Fox News, June 8, 2024).
Biden and Trump Win Democratic, Republican Elections in Some of 2024’s Last Primary Contests – Michelle L. Price (AP News, June 4, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Says Campaign Was Sabotaged by DNC – Victor Hahan (USA Today, May 28, 2024).
Marianne Williamson: “The System is Bleeding Voters” – Urja Sinha (NewsNation, May 19, 2024).
Marianne Williamson: “The Presidential Debate on June 27th Should Include More Than Trump and Biden”YouTube (May 16, 2024).
Love, Democracy, and Gangster Politics – Marianne Williamson (Transform, May 5, 2024).
Marianne Williamson on Why She’s Fighting for Gen Z in This Election – Julia Merola (Her Campus, May 3, 2024).
One Season Passes and Another Begins – Marianne Williamson (Transform, April 11, 2024).
Marianne Williamson, Still in Democratic Presidential Bid, Says Campaign Isn’t About Winning: “There’s More Than the Horse Race” – Isabella Murray (ABC News, March 29, 2024).
Why I Keep Going – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 16, 2024).
In Hopes of a Future Harvest – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 13, 2024).
How Marianne Williamson’s Name Became the Placeholder for “Uncommitted” Protesters in Arizona – Alex Tabet (NBC News, March 19, 2024).
Primary Purpose and Power – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 12, 2024).

See also: Marianne 2024 Official Site | About | Issues | News

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
What Marianne Williamson Learned from Running for President
Marianne Williamson: Playing It Big
Minnesotans Launch Super Tuesday Push for “Suspended But Not Ended” Candidate Marianne Williamson
A Welcome Return
This Super Tuesday, Don’t Be “Uncommitted” . . .
Super Tuesday in Minnesota
Marianne Williamson, the Cassandra of U.S. Politics, on the “True State of the Union”
Marianne Williamson in Arizona – 3/17/24
“This Is the Moment”
Marianne Williamson on Washington Journal (4/2/24) and The Letterhack (4/4/24)
For Marianne Williamson, One Season Passes and Another Begins
Cylvia Hayes: “Why I’m Voting for Marianne Williamson”
Marianne Williamson on NewsNation – 5/19/24

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”

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