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Williamson swings through North Country



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Self help guru and author Marianne Williamson answered questions at Fuller's Sugarhouse on August 26. The Lancaster business was one of many North Country stops for the presidential hopeful that also included a stop in Berlin. (Photo by Angel Larcom) (click for larger version)
September 05, 2019
LANCASTER — Marianne Williamson, a self-help guru and author turned Democratic Presidential hopeful, recently made several stops in the North Country in her bid for the White House. She started by leading a Sunday morning sermon at the Community Church of Christ in Franconia, followed by a Meet and Greet session at Dow Field.

The next day, she made an appearance at the Littleton Diner before moving north to Lancaster and Berlin. While some argue that a political candidate leading a church service is inappropriate and too closely blurs the lines between church and state, others have been charmed by her message.

Williamson was in high spirits despite a small turnout at the Lancaster event. She has just been informed that her poll rankings had improved at the national level, despite standing against more substantial and well-funded campaigns.

According to the Monmouth University Poll released on August 26, Williamson made the top ten candidate list, alongside such heavy hitters as Biden (19 percent), Sanders (20 percent) and Warren (20 percent). Williamson secured two percent. Conversely, Gillibrand, who has faced challenges resonating with female voters, announced her resignation from the race the next day.

Williamson, who announced her candidacy on Jan. 26, addressed funding gaps while speaking in Lancaster.

"This is where we belong; talking to the voters," she said. "Unfortunately, the answer to the question is money. I look at my campaign as a bonsai tree. We have everything that all other campaigns have, we just have less of it."

She continued, "We are going to win by love in a polarizing environment. We can harness love and change the world. The haters have become politicized; their character traits have been collectivized. That is dangerous."

When asked to describe her views on the division within the Democratic Party, Williamson said, "This whole conversation of left versus moderate is not helpful. It does not define what is really happening. The real discussion is stale versus fresh. Its twentieth-century paradigm versus twenty-first-century thinking. It's the old, mechanistic model of incremental change versus an integrative holistic perspective that includes the whole person just like we do in every other area of life."

Williamson also tackled the topic of corruption and lobbyist money on Capitol Hill. "This is the cancer underlying all cancers; the undue influence of money on our politics," she stated. "The undue influence of money on our politics has eroded our democracy to the point where we operate like a corporatocracy or oligarchy. It is a reversion to an aristocratic paradigm. We repudiated that in 1776 and we need to repudiate it again."

According to a press release issued by the Monmouth University Poll Institute, "the main takeaway from this poll is that the Democratic race has become volatile. Liberal voters are starting to cast about for a candidate they can identify with."

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