An enthusiastic crowd gathered to hear 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate, Marianne Williamson, at Healing Hara Massage and Wellness on Sunday.
She officially announced her candidacy Jan. 28 in Los Angeles.
Williamson said she believes the nation needs to return to a basic sense of morality, ethics, and decency within both government and corporate America.
“I believe a moral and spiritual awakening in this country is necessary,” she said.
The 66-year-old touts a 35-year career as an internationally-acclaimed best-selling self-help author, lecturer, and activist, which she said gives her the knowledge and skills most needed now to foster a deeper discussion of issues facing the country.
According to Williamson, Americans must cultivate justice to engage citizens in our democracy, adding that once people get real, many miracles will happen.
“Our politics has Stage 4 cancer being addressed by topical ointments,” she said, reminding the audience the country can’t simultaneously have both a democracy and an aristocracy.
Williamson also addressed the nation’s huge income inequality and how the country’s moneyed interests rest in the hands of few.
“In 1776, the U.S. was founded on the idea of repudiating the aristocracy,” she said.
Williamson outlined her thoughts on how greed and the loss of democracy and justice hurt society in areas like the environment and healthcare, among others.
“Spirituality is the path of the heart. Our economics should have a heart,” she said.
Williamson also noted the need to expand educational opportunities, expressing her belief that if children don’t learn to read by age 8, high school graduation rates will decline and chances of incarceration will rise. She also said that because the U.S. funds education through property taxes, the only country to do so, some communities are left poorer than others.
“We’re not planning for the kid’s future—we’re too focused on short-term corporate profits,” Williamson said, adding that it is “an authoritarian corporatism” that’s a root cause for the country’s current moral wrongs.
Further into her talk, Williamson addressed other topics including the need to expand opportunities for women and ameliorate human suffering.
Ladson resident Kaye Blomquist was “ecstatic” when she heard Williamson was running for the country’s top role, saying there is finally someone with the courage to be a genuine person.
“Marianne presents the facts of where we are in this country and is coming from a place of love and true authenticity,” Blomquist said. “She presents an enlightened point of view.”
Williamson went on to state that “America has two character defects: racism and militarism.”
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court started chipping away at the Voting Rights Act, with voter suppression happening in various areas.
She stressed the need to atone and heal from racism by creating a plan to make reparations to African-Americans.
The advocated setting aside money for leaders in African-American communities for revitalization projects.
With regard to military, Williamson questioned why the U.S. is paying for one hundred B-21 raiders. The planes, by Northrop Grumman, have a price tag exceeding $550 million dollars apiece and carry both conventional and nuclear bombs.
“If you drop five of them, it’s over for the human civilization,” she said.
On the environment, Williamson told Sunday’s crowd that the country, thanks to the Trump Administration, has “lost our moral authority,” particularly by the president’s stating his intention in August 2017 to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. The U.S. will be legally eligible to do so, and plans to, on Nov. 14.
In addition to Summerville, statewide stops for Williamson over the weekend included Charleston, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, and Leesville.
But it’s not Williamson’s first run for office. In 2014 she sought the 33rd Congressional seat, securing a place among the top four of 16 candidates in that race.
Ted Lieu won the seat, replacing retiring Rep. Henry Waxman who had served 40 years in Congress.
Of her 12 books, four are No. 1 New York Times best-sellers, including her first book, “A Return to Love,” published in 1992. Some of her other literary works include “A Woman’s Worth,” “Healing the Soul of America,” “The Age of Miracles,” and her newest release, “Tears to Triumph.”
In the 1980s, Williamson founded the Los Angeles and Manhattan Centers for Living, which provide non-medical support services to people with AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses.
In 1990, she founded Project Angel Food, a meal-delivery service to homebound people suffering from AIDS.
Additionally, Williamson started Sister Giant, an organization which uplifts the tenor of citizen involvement and encourages women to run for public office, and co-founded The Peace Alliance, which promotes legislation to establish a U.S. Department of Peace.