No one’s going to just give us our democracy back.
If we want it, we need to go get it.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Los Angeles, CA – Marianne Williamson author, speaker and thought leader — today, in front of a crowd of nearly 1900 supporters at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles, announced her candidacy to represent California’s 33rd Congressional district as an Independent. The musical talent Alanis Morisette, kicked off the event with three songs before Williamson took the stage.
In an inspirational speech, Williamson called for a renewal of the American democracy at a time of the unprecedented influence of money on our politics.
She said, “It’s time for a politics of conscience, a new chapter of our history in which love is not minimized, the voices of women and children are not marginalized, and the future of the United States is not bartered for a pot of unrighteous gold.”
Referencing, Martin Luther King Jr. who called for a quantitative change in our circumstances as well as a qualitative change in our souls, Williamson said, “Now, as then, we must bring the fullness of our internal selves to the task of changing our country. Cynicism, complacency, disengagement and anger have no place in the politics that are called for now.”
As a lifelong Democrat, Williamson’s decision to run as an Independent was motivated by her belief that both parties are now too beholden to corporate interests. “I’m not just concerned by where the parties are different,” she said. “I’m even more concerned by where they are too much the same.”
Williamson’s main issue – what she calls the “issue underlying all other issues” – is the undue influence of moneyed interests on our political system. “We have developed, over the last few decades, a system of legalized corruption in the United States, in which those with money are accorded much more political influence than those who are without. And that is not democracy.”
According to Williamson, “The biggest threat to our country today is not from armies invading our shores. The biggest threat to our democracy is not bombs falling from the sky over an American city. No, our biggest threat is a pattern of a thousand cuts – the slow but now constant chipping away at our democratic freedoms.”
She explained that her entry into politics is not a departure from her current work, but rather an expansion of it by taking the transformational principles to which she has dedicated herself for the last thirty years into the political arena where they are sorely needed.
Williamson has dedicated the last thirty years to writing and speaking to millions of people around the globe. She has written 10 books, four of which have been on the New York Times bestseller list. Her book, Healing the Soul of America, published in 1997, was her first call to action for all Americans to become politically active. Today, with her announcement as a candidate for the United States Congress, she hopes to continue to ignite and motivate political action among those who have been disenfranchised, voiceless and marginalized. In 1989, Williamson founded one of Los Angeles’s premier AIDS charities, Project Angel Food.
Williamson spoke in her speech of several issues she will highlight throughout her campaign: money in politics and gerrymandering; the economy; climate change and sustainable energy; the corruption of America’s food supply; mass incarceration; ending the war on drugs; child poverty; higher education; our over-reliance on military force and the need to develop more enlightened methods of peace-building.
To rounds of applause, she concluded with,
“We cannot allow our government to continue drifting in a blind and heartless direction, and expect to bequeath to our children the blessings of liberty that were bequeathed to us,” she said. “But no one’s going to just give us our democracy back. If we want it, we need to go get it. That’s what elections are for.”