Marianne Williamson is far from an ordinary politician. The 67-year-old activist rose to prominence late in the 20th Century as a spiritual leader, writing various New York Times best-selling books on topics such as change, hope, and love. She even appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” many times and was often called Oprah’s spiritual advisor.
Yet today, she might be one of the most important politicians out there. Allow me to explain…
Nowadays, politics is filled with nothing but hatred. Nearly 100,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19, 36 million people have filed for unemployment in the past month, and Congress has yet to guarantee income, healthcare, or housing for the millions who are in desperate need of protection. The American people are suffering horribly, and politicians are nonchalantly gifting corporations trillions of dollars in bailout money.
Today’s political landscape is particularly brutal, but upon reflection, we’ve had significant warning signs throughout the past decade indicating this treachery could occur.
One of the biggest warnings, which has dominated national headlines for the past decade, is school shootings. For me, the first time it really caught my attention was with the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, when a 20-year-old shot and killed 26 people at an elementary school, including 20 children between the ages of six and seven. I remember watching the families grieving on the news and thinking about how awful they must’ve felt. I thought, surely something will be done to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again, right? Especially since it occurred at a freaking elementary school? Wrong.
Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting, 2,463 mass shootings have occured in America. This included a 2016 incident at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida where 50 people died, a 2017 shooting where a gunman in Las Vegas fired into a crowd killing 59 people, and another in 2018 in which a gunman at a high school in Parkland, Florida shot and killed 17 people. Despite all of this death, travesty, and untreated mental illness, there has been minimal progress made to stop these shootings. In fact, this past March was the first month without a school shooting in the U.S. since 2002 — which was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 quarantines.
We are on a recurring cycle where Democrats work to push gun control bills through Congress, and Republicans — many of whom take in thousands of dollars from the National Rifle Association (NRA) — block their implementation. Thus, the continuation of mass shootings makes it crystal clear: our government, as a whole, is tolerant of mass death.
School shootings are far from the only example. We’ve become desensitized to atrocities such as white supremacist violence, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Until we have a system that staunchly prioritizes people over profits, our society will continue to suffer immensely.
In essence, this is where Marianne Williamson can come in and help save the day. Williamson brings a fresh approach, as she hasn’t been involved in politics for very long. She started in 2014, when she unsuccessfully ran as an independent for California’s 33rd congressional district in the House of Representatives. Then, in 2019, she announced her campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election. Her goal, she said in a statement, was “to engage voters in a more meaningful conversation about America, about our history, about how each of us fit into it, and how to create a sustainable future.”
Williamson failed to gain much support, with many people seeming to dub her as a ‘crazy’ person who had no business belonging in politics. She ended up dropping out early in 2020 before any primaries were held. Even so, her platform has only continued to grow. Every day, more and more people are waking up to the fact that our political system does not work for the people, with Marianne playing a major role.
Just last week, she endorsed Shahid Buttar, a Democratic Socialist running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, claiming that “we need a show of compassion for the American people that is simply not the agenda these days for the corporate-backed Democratic Party.” Furthermore, she’s endorsed 30 other progressive candidates who are all running to help shake up the system toward equality.
Her progressive activism has provided a major boost at a much needed time, but ultimately, it’s Williamson’s vision that makes her so special. Because she has not been involved with politics for long, she’s able to more intimately grasp the tremendous pain that’s being inflicted upon the American people. She sees how the political establishment ignores the interests of people due to the extreme influence of corporations and money. And she knows that in order for it to be truly fixed, we must re-instill the value of love into our institution of government. As she puts it,“We have to fall in love again with what this country can mean.”
Not just any love, but a love that treats one person killed by a gun as far too many. A love that treats every human as capable of making the world a better place. A love that appreciates the natural beauty of the Earth, and protects and nourishes it at all costs. That is the core message of Marianne Williamson.
You may laugh at her outlandishness, and you may think she sounds funny. Nevertheless, she’s correct. Our political system has become dangerously poisoned, and the only way it can be saved is by spreading as much love as possible throughout our government and society.