I’ve never been so moved by anyone! Hannah looks at me with tears in her eyes. Inspired by Marianne Williamson myself, I ask her, Anyone? It’s a resounding Anyone! No hyperbole, Marianne gives us hope for 2020.
Living across the Piscataqua River from New Hampshire in Maine, Hannah and I have access to the current Democratic candidates running for president. Having donated to Marianne’s campaign, I get daily emails about her positions and appearances. Not many people know that she is actually running for president since she is polling at 1%.
With such low numbers, she has not been invited to the latest television debates; or just this past weekend in Iowa was not allowed on the stage because she couldn’t pony up the required $160,000. Yet she comes to towns throughout New Hampshire, as she did November 3, 2019 when we saw her at South Church (UU) in Portsmouth, to speak her piece (It’s not peace, I checked.) with a plan to be the president of these United States.
Now, we have friends who think she has no chance; perhaps, they wonder why we waste our money or why we are so naive. Think about it, how long of a long shot was the current president!
And what about JC! Last week, Hannah and I were in the American South and spent time at the Carter Center (museum and library) in Atlanta. When Jimmy Carter announced for president, the leading newspaper in the state had this headline – Jimmy Who is Running for What!?
As a spiritual leader whom we’ve known through our association with Unity (spiritual movement), Marianne has written extensively on personal transformation and growth.
Here are five nuggets from our Sunday with Marianne that might spark you to give her a look. Click here for her full platform.
One, she speaks to a subject close to my heart – teachers. She says, each time we see a teacher we should be thanking them for their service as we rightfully do our military. It’s immoral that public education is funded by property taxes, giving the upper middle class (like our three kids) 21st century schools, and the poor decrepit ones.
Two, she values conversation over the demonization of the other side.
Three, she unconditionally supports the full rights, freedom, and safety of our LGBT+ Americans.
Four, she wants a referendum for all 18-26 year-olds to determine their support for mandatory national service. If this generation is for it, she would implement it at the government level.
Five, she promotes doable tax increases to pay for infrastructure, addressing the climate crises, universal health (not health care!), a Department of Peace, a Department of Children and Youth, tuition-free state colleges and universities, and a $15/hr. minimum wage. Aligning with billionaire Warren Buffet who believes he pays too little in taxes, she would repeal the 2017 tax cuts and have those making over a billion pay an additional 3% tax. Those over $50,000,000 2% more. Would they even notice?
So where do Hannah and I begin? We donate. We display our Marianne sign on our busy country road. I post this blog. Hannah tells everyone she meets how Marianne has affected her.
Marianne Williamson just might be worth a second look. And yeah, Matt Santos was a long shot, too!