Guest, Marianne Williamson

Guest Name: 
Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson
Guest Occupation: 
Author, Motivational Speaker and 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Guest Biography: 

Marianne Williamson has appeared on CNN and MSNBC. Now come listen as we discuss her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination. Best-selling author, social activist, spiritual leader, former congressional candidate, currently running for President of the United States, Williamson will share her ideas for creating a better America. Marianne began reading a set of books called “A Course in Miracles,” a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy based on universal spiritual themes — including on how to forgive. Her study of the course, plus writing and speaking about it, turned into a 35-year career. Williamson became deeply involved in the HIV/AIDS crisis, facilitating counseling and support groups; non-profit organizations in Los Angeles and New York to provide non-medical support to people living with life-challenging illnesses. 

In 1992, she published her first book, “A RETURN TO LOVE: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles.” Oprah Winfrey embraced her book, which became the 5th largest selling book in America that year. 
Marianne has since published 12 other books — four of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, “A POLITICS OF LOVE: Handbook for a New American Revolution,” will be published this month. 
In 2014, Williamson ran for Congress in Los Angeles’ 33rd district and finished 4th in a field of 16 hopefuls. She is now a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. 

Why I'm Running

Just as it’s been said that war is far too serious a topic to be left in the hands of generals,  the future of our country is far too serious to be left in the hands of traditional politicians. I have great respect for political experts, but the idea that only experienced politicians can lead us at this point in our history is preposterous. Experienced politicians led us into the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Experienced politicians have led us to the largest income inequality since 1929. Experienced politicians have led us to the brink of environmental disaster. Experienced politicians have led us to where we are today. There are many other kinds of experiences needed in order to prepare the leader of tomorrow.

What we most need now is a political visionary -- someone with a deep understanding of where we have been and where we need to be going. While car mechanics are important, they aren't necessarily the ones who know how to drive you to where you want to go. It is unreasonable to expect the mindset that drove us into the ditch, to be able to pull us out of it. It's not enough now to just know what's happening inside Washington; we need someone who also knows what's happening inside us.

My campaign provides the American people with the option of choosing another way -- not just a better version of same old, same old politics, but a genuine pattern disruption that allows for breakthroughs and possibilities that will not otherwise occur. It is for those who want the person sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office to be someone with an expanded sense of what is necessary, as well as what's possible, in the 21st Century.

From what is essentially a sociopathic economic system, to a government that has become little more than a handmaiden to that system, to the dark influence of money on our politics, to the systematic neglect of millions of chronically traumatized children, to our need to fundamentally address issues of racial injustice, to our need to wage peace as well as to be prepared for war, to the sacrifice of America's moral values within the public sphere -- we need to do more than water the leaves of our democracy. We need to water the roots. We need to address the deep emotional and psychological dynamics within the average citizen that have led to the erosion of our political system. In order to have a moral and spiritual awakening in America, we need a leader who is a moral and spiritual awakener.

I believe I am that person.

Marianne Williamson