CALIFORNIA, March 31, 2014 — The primary in California District 33 is shaping up to be the most profound and most interesting House race anywhere in the country. And it isn’t just a good (Marianne Williamson) vs evil (Wendy Greuel) contest.
Greuel, a former Republican who stands for nothing whatsoever beyond her own ambitions, is certainly counting on other progressives in the race, particularly, state Senator Ted Lieu, to split the progressive vote and let her slip in through name recognition alone.
Is there any candidate for Congress anywhere like Marianne Williamson? Short answer: “No.” Slightly longer answer, “Alas, no.”
Williamson, running for California District 33, just released a remarkable video explaining why she’s running for Congress and what she expects to achieve if she gets there. It’s almost Grayson-like or Bernie Sanders-like in its scope.
We don’t do that in America. No, no, no… we repudiated an aristocracy 200 years ago. And I have the sense that we need to repudiate it again… Both of [the parties] are beholden to the same monied interests. As long as this is the case, we will never be able to deal adequately with global climate change because fossil fuel companies continue to dominate the system. We will never be able to deal adequately with GMOs, herbicides, pesticides, and other ways that our food supply is being corrupted. Chemical companies and big agricultural companies dominate the system. And we will never have universal health care as long as health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies dominate the system.
We have shrinking civil liberties; we have expanding corporate influence; and we have domestic surveillance. This is a very toxic brew. This can put American democracy into a death spiral. We need a serious pattern interruption. It is not enough to just tweak it here and tweak it there. We’re past that. We can’t any longer just deal with the effects without dealing with the cause of all this. We can’t any longer just deal with the symptoms without calling the disease what it is. There is a cancer that is eating our democracy. There is an issue that is underlying all these other issues– and that is the issue of money in politics. That’s why getting the money out of politics is the greatest moral challenge of our generation.
It is highly unlikely that her opponent Wendy Greuel, the Big Money Establishment favored candidate, has even ever thought about the issues Marianne talks about.
Greuel is the worst kind of business-as-usual exemplar of political dysfunction at the heart of everything that’s wrong with the system Marianne wants to course correct.