Growing up in a political family, Tessa joined her first political party at 14. Her interest in progressive politics & economics continues.
Unfit to Be President
Nice people are often confused with good people, and good people are often confused with capable and knowledgeable people. In this case, Marianne Williamson may or may not be nice, can be considered to be good by the evidence of her many good works, but her grasp of reality, as evidenced in her many books, makes her unfit for the presidency of the United States of America.
Marianne Williamson on Love Conquering Evil
In a recent debate, Williamson appealed to the president with these words “Mr. President, if you’re listening, I want you to hear me, please: You have harnessed fear for political purposes, and only love can cast that out.”
She further continues with the words, “I’m going to harness love for political purposes. I will meet you on that field. And, sir, love will win.”
In all the millennia of humankind’s existence, love has never won. Why on earth would it win now? Yet Williamson believes that it will. To further quote her, “When you're tempted to judge someone, make an effort to see their goodness. Your willingness to look for the best in people will subconsciously bring it forth.”
So Ms. Williamson believes that by showing good faith to Trump, he will somehow turn from the sociopathy and narcissism he emits to become a responsible and saintly citizen. Does Ms. Williamson seriously believe that a plea for love will cure the psychopathy that is dominating the world?
In an article entitled Beware the Psychopath, My Son, Clinton Callahan makes the point that psychopaths have dominated human leadership for almost as long as civilization has existed. He says, “Eighteen percent of any given population is active in the creation and imposition of a Pathocracy. The 6% group constitutes the Pathocratic nobility and the 12% group forms the new bourgeoisie, whose economic situation is the most advantageous.”
It is one thing to advise a woman in an abusive marriage to love her husband (it doesn’t work). It is quite another to want to govern a country on the basis that there is some sort of power in love that will magically convert all evil to good.
Williamson believes a 'change in our souls' will change the politics of the nation.
Williamson's Erroneous Assumptions
Williamson firmly believes in a pseudo-bible that was published in 1976. It was authored by Helen Schucman. The name of the book is A Course in Miracles. This philosophy teaches that nothing in this world is real, that the real journey is spiritual. She says “The spiritual path - is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don't know it.”
Those who pursue secular paths would disagree with this. They would be inclined to think that there is no spiritual path (myself included), that there is no magical power in love, that there is no power in the law of attraction which converts one’s wishes into reality, and that this life is the only life we have.
It is an argument that cannot be settled because we do not have any definitive proof either way. However, in all the wars, genocides, and tyranny inflicted on the common man by the psychopaths that so frequently take power, it has never been love that has removed it. Nor has any great spirit in the sky revealed itself to remove the evil.
Rather it was the French that beheaded their ruling class, and it was the Russians that shot the Czar. And, of course, it was the British that went to war with Hitler. No evil was ever conquered by magic.
And therein lies the danger of Marianne Williamson. She firmly believes that magic will cure the world.
Marianne Williamson May Believe She Is the Messiah
Williamson said, “Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”
In other words, Williamson believes that her personal transformation will save the world, and the danger is that just as Trumps supporters believed that he would "make America great again," so Williamson’s supporters (and they are numerous) believe that she can save not only America, but the world.
Just as Trump now appears to be searching for a way to make himself a dictator, then pass the mantle to his children, so it may be that in a religious country like America, Williamson will ultimately promote herself as some sort of Messiah.
Williamson grew up in Houston in an upper middle class Jewish family. She spent two years at Pomona College in California studying towards a liberal arts degree. Her majors were intended to be acting and philosophy, but she dropped out after two years, read many metaphysical books, and lived, for a while, in a geodesic dome in New Mexico. She then relocated to New York where she was employed part-time as a cabaret singer. While there, in a state of mild depression, she discovered A Course in Miracles. In 1979, she returned to Houston where she managed a combination metaphysics bookstore and coffee shop. Thereafter she went to Los Angeles and started teaching from A Course in Miracles. Ten years later, she published A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles.
In short, Marianne Williamson has never studied science and has little concept of reality outside of large American cities. She has no idea that her philosophy only works because it is built on the infrastructure of hard science and advanced technology. None of her success (or anyone else’s success) has anything to do with the law of attraction. Because she has never studied the principles of scientific reasoning, she has erroneously attributed various outcomes to the wrong cause.
That is not only a distinct disadvantage in any position that deals with reality, but it is a dangerous and life-threatening concept in the White House. POTUS cannot afford to be wrong. In our current troubled times, with the Doomsday Clock set permanently to two minutes to midnight, it is way past time that the qualifications for a president of the United States be re-examined. When it comes to this job, not everybody will do.
I do not fault the progressive agenda of Williamson. She supports:
- A minimum wage of $15
- Medicare for all
- DACA and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
- Supports the Green New Deal
- Student debt forgiveness and free college tuition
- Higher taxes for those who earn more.
I do not support her wacky ideas, though!
She is an anti-vaxxer and has stated that vaccine mandates in the United States are Draconian and Orwellian. She believes that people should be able to make their own decisions about being vaccinated. This rather defeats the purpose of being vaccinated (preventing an epidemic), doesn’t it?
She also wants to make available $100 billion to make reparations for slavery. To quote from the Washington Post, “Williamson traces many of our nation’s psychic wounds to slavery, for which she believes we need to make reparations in the form of a $100 billion, 10-year investment disseminated by a panel of black leaders across fields.” She upped that amount later at a talk at the Breakfast Club to $500 billion.
When someone wants to make reparations for a "psychic" wound, then anything goes. Shouldn’t America then make reparations for the "psychic" wounds caused to all those who suffered in Vietnam, Iraq, and the many other wars that the military complex "arranged."
Where does one stop making reparations for "psychic wounds?"
Williamson has also been reported to be a very bad boss. She is, apparently, a bully, and she screams at people. I think that’s interesting in that leopards don’t change their spots, and the current POTUS is a bully as well.
Politics and Pitfalls
To date, Marianne Williamson has never found herself dealing with psychopaths in powerful positions. So she has no idea that these types of people do not respond to her message of love. Her philosophies have never been tested in the fields where they will be shown up for what they are—bullarkey.
She has no in-depth information about the deadly wars being fought or the workings of the global community. If she had, she would have been aware of a far more secular world, and she most certainly would have realized that she would not be taken seriously.
Williamson has been living in the land of woo and making millions from dealing out (false) hope to the desperate. She is, of course, far from being the only self-help guru who has been teaching the gullible that magic (and love) will get them out of their situation.
This is the type of talk that will win Marianne Williamson the presidency
A Desperate Nation in Search of a Miracle
In one respect Williamson is far from posing the same danger to humanity (and America) that Trump does. Yet being elected to the presidency directly after Trump would once more put a deluded individual into, arguably, the most powerful position in the world.
Neither America nor the other 193 countries can afford that.
America needs a highly skilled politician who understand law-making, money-making, power-mongering, the current pathocracy, precariat, plutocracy, and oligarchy, and who has a doable plan in place.
When all is said and done, Trump was elected because decades of government have not provided the necessary infrastructure for we-the-people to survive without chronic stress. Americans (and the people of many countries in the world) are still enduring existential stress. Williamson has provided (false) hope to many. It is not inconceivable that she will be the next president of the USA, based simply on the fact that she makes people feel hopeful.
She is, however, not fit for the presidency.
We live on earth—not in Oz.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2019 Tessa Schlesinger
Holley Hyler from Upstate New York on July 15, 2020:
I supported her after I first found out about her campaign, but since before she ended it, I have been reconsidering a lot. I have to agree with much of what you have said here. We do need someone with real-life and world experience, and it is problematic when bringing religious or spiritual views into a campaign or a position of power. Better to leave those out. Her spiritual views may be ones I agree with, but I would not want to be in the position of a religious or secular person when someone is incorporating those beliefs while running a country. Nicely written and articulated.