What I Stand For
The Perils of Groupthink
"This country should be a full expression of the angels of our better nature, not just a cash cow for billion dollar empires and multi-national corporate forces. We can make this happen. We really can. And the time is now." Marianne Williamson
A New Conversation, For A New America
DENNIS KUCINICH ENDORSES MARIANNE WILLIAMSON FOR CONGRESS
CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 33
JANE LYNCH ENDORSES MARIANNE WILLIAMSON FOR CONGRESS
CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 33
"MARIANNE CAN" MUSIC VIDEO
I am running for Congress because I believe America has gone off the democratic rails. We are currently in the process of dismantling the most basic social contract between the American people and our government, a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people" has transitioned before our eyes into a government "of a few of the people, by a few of the people, and for a few of the people." A toxic brew of shrinking civil liberties, expanding corporate influence and domestic surveillance is poisoning our democracy.
That's the bad news, but there is good news as well: we can change this! Anything is possible in America. And with elections, we have the opportunity to prove it.
Moneyed forces now wield an influence on our political functioning totally disproportionate to the influence wielded by the average American citizen. And this issue -- the issue underlying most all others -- is responsible for huge amounts of unnecessary suffering in the United States and elsewhere. From child poverty to untenable college loan debt to massive incarceration, Americans are weighed down by unjust social and economic forces. In response to this, we must develop a new, independent conversation and display our commitment to it at the polls. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew." As someone who is not a politician, I feel qualified to help break the current political mold and move our country beyond it.
Slavery ended because abolitionists began the move to abolish it. Women got the vote because suffragettes rose up to achieve it. Legalized segregation ended because the civil rights movement paved the way for civil rights legislation. Now, in our era, it’s time for the people of the United States to rise up and once more do what is necessary to correct our country’s course.
The political status quo cannot be trusted to fix a problem that they themselves created. Many politicians address the symptoms of our deeper problems, but it's time to address the disease itself: the system of legalized corruption that now threatens to replace the will of the people – intended by our Founders to be the true governing force in America -- with the will of a moneyed few. If elected to Congress, I will take a stand for human values, not economic ones, as the ordering principle of our society. I will promote a politics of conscience and a new bottom line. I will put the health and wellbeing of our children above the health and wellbeing of Wall Street. I will add my voice to the movement supporting a Constitutional amendment that outlaws the undue influence of money on our politics, and foster a more enlightened perspective about America and our role in the world today.
On June 3, we have the chance to introduce a new spirit and a new feel into the politics of our community. I hope you will join with me in taking a stand for a new conversation, a new politics, and in time a new and better world.
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Congressman Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus on the US House of Representatives,has endorsed Marianne's candidacy.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Today, Marianne Williamson, candidate for Congress in California’s 33rd District, announced the endorsement of U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, serving since 2007.
"I proudly endorse Marianne Williamson. She is a progressive leader who offers to inject a spirit of love, generosity and inclusion into politics as usual. We sure need it,” he said.
He continued, “Not only does she challenge conventional politics, but she also challenges spiritual activists because she invites them to bring mindfulness and love into the profane world of politics where knotty problems like campaign finance, stagnant wages, and climate change need solving. Of course, the spiritual activists, like Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and Bishop Desmond Tutu, have always incorporated the sacred into their activism, and achieved results. So in a way, her candidacy is reminding us of how true and meaningful change really happens."
“Keith Ellison's endorsement is very meaningful. He recognizes a larger historical narrative that is involved in social change, and I am grateful for his support."
Ellison is the first Muslim to be elected to the Congress. He is also the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota. Ellison is a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Chief Deputy Whip for the 113th Congress, also notably serving in the House Committee on Financial Services.