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Crazy Love: Marianne Williamson Superstar

01 August 2019 @ 17:45

Crazy love, people say I’m crazy in love.
Just a fool, sighing sighs to the skies up above
It isn’t normal or real, to feel heaven’s right inside your door.
But somehow that’s how I feel, and I’ve never felt this way before.

Crazy dreams, keep me clinging to this affair.
I’m insane to keep dreaming that you could care.
But I am a kind of a fool who stayed after school.
I’ve learned my lessons well,
And if this crazy love is such a crazy love, I’m glad I fell.

—Phil Tuminello and Sammy Cahn

After Tuesday Night’s Democratic Debate, the highest amount of Google searches for one of the candidates was for Mzzz. Williamson.

From The Hollywood Reporter, Abid Rahman reporting, we learn:

Before the debate began, Williamson was the top-searched candidate in only two states, but at its conclusion was the most searched for in 49 of the 50 states, with Gov. Steve Bullock capturing his home state of Montana.

What Magick did she perform [after all, she wore a big-honking crystal around her neck]?

Let’s turn to Stacy McCain [emphasis his]:

…she got the biggest applause of the night with her advocacy of slavery reparation and her line blaming Trump’s success on “dark psychic forces”:

We have an administration that has gutted the Clean Water Act. We have communities particularly communities of color and disadvantaged communities all over this country who are suffering from environmental injustice. I assure you I lived in Grosse Point [Michigan], what happened in Flint would not have happened in Gross Point, this is part of the dark underbelly of American society, the racism, the bigotry, and the entire conversation that we’re having here tonight, if you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with the dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this President is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days. We need to say it like it is, it’s bigger than Flint. It’s all over this country. It’s particularly people of color. It’s particularly people who do not have the money to fight back, and if the Democrats don’t start saying it, why would those people feel they’re there for us? And if those people don’t feel it, they won’t vote for us and Donald Trump will win.

As David Catron commented:

Her solution to defeating the forces of darkness was received by the audience as a combination of the Sermon on the Mount and the Gettysburg Address, but it will perhaps seem a little trite to those who have thus far been unequal to the task of balancing their chakras.

I would comfortably venture to guess that the New-Age, Oprah Types don’t see her as Trite.

Stacy believes the Democratic Party should take her seriously:

People who calculate the odds according to standard political analysis always miss the rising forces of a new era, which is why almost none of the pundits took Donald Trump seriously when he came riding down that escalator in June 2015….

Perhaps, but the following is certainly true:

Here is the thing I keep reminding my conservative friends: You have to keep in mind that this is about Democratic primary voters, the kind of highly motivated hard-core leftists who will turn out on a snowy February night to participate in an Iowa precinct caucus. If you tell me that Marianne Williamson is “too crazy” to win, my answer is, “You’re telling me Elizabeth Warren is not crazy? Bernie Sanders is not crazy?”

If candidates like Warren and Sanders now define what is “mainstream” for Democrats, there is no feasible limit on what is “mainstream,” and the only reason Marianne Williamson is considered a long-shot candidate is because the extremist left-wing fringe has become overcrowded.

When the winnowing starts, will Marianne be left standing like Stevie Nicks in her best Witchy Woman dress?

Raven hair and ruby lips
Sparks fly from her finger tips
Echoed voices in the night

She’s a restless spirit on an endless flight
Wooo hooo, witchy woman, see how high she flies
Woo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

More Stacy:

…Marianne Williamson doesn’t talk like a politician. There were points in that rant where the audience began to applaud, but she didn’t pause for the applause line, as any experienced politician would. Instead, she kept going in a rapid-fire manner, building up the tension until she chose to release it, at which point the audience went crazy with cheers.

Very effective — like an evangelical preacher.

Interesting observation by Adobe Walls in the Comments section:

She may be crazy, but not-in the narrow technical sense of the term. She is onto something. Trump did not win on policy, he won because he sounded genuinely angry about what had been done to this country and it’s common people. This was something folks on this side of the great divide had been longing to hear for decades.

She sounds like she cares, that’s how Obama won re-election. Romney beat out Obama in the exit polls on almost every policy but many of those same people felt that Obama cared about them and pulled the lever for him.

JUST WHO IS THIS WOMAN?

Friend-In-The-Ether KC Duffy went in search of information of this gal who she calls the ‘Chakra Lady’.  This led her to an article in the Essential California Newsletter of the LA Times, which is written by Julia Wick.

A few highlights to provide some background on Crystal Mari:

There was only one presidential candidate on stage during last night’s debates who has ever lived in a geodesic dome, led a room of hand-holding moguls in prayer at David Geffen’s 48th birthday party or officiated a wedding at Neverland Ranch. The bride was Elizabeth Taylor …and the candidate in question is, of course, Marianne Williamson.

Williamson, who is based in Los Angeles (though she recently set up shop in Des Moines) and has spent the better part of her adult life in the state, is a uniquely California creature.

She operates at the nexus of celebrity, pop psychology and potential salvation, where shrewd business acumen and astral planes collide. The 67-year-old is a self-help author, motivational lecturer and new age guru who believes that performing miracles is her life’s work, and delivers her love-based philosophy at sold-out seminars.

She came west in 1970, for a two-year stint at Pomona College that helped shape her very California candidacy. “We read Ram Dass and Alan Watts in the morning,” she recalled to the audience at an L.A. event, according to a recent profile. “And went to Vietnam antiwar protests in the afternoon.”

Williamson, who was raised Jewish, first encountered “A Course in Miracles,” the thousand-plus page spiritual tome that has shaped her teachings, on a friend’s Manhattan coffee table in 1977.

Los Angeles — a city that specializes in the brand of post-denomination, choose-your-own-adventure spirituality necessary to casually accessorize a red string Kabbalah bracelet with a crucifix necklace — was a natural destination for a Jew to riff on a book that purports to be the words of Jesus, as dictated directly to a New York shrink. (Yes, that is literally the background on “A Course in Miracles.”)

Williamson began giving her talks in 1983 at the Philosophical Research Society on Los Feliz Boulevard (the nonprofit, which gets a name-check in McWilliam’s chapter on the abundant flowering of Southern California occultism, is still in operation). She started to gain an L.A. audience in the mid-’80s, particularly with Hollywood’s gay community in relation to her AIDS activism.

She launched her political career in 2014 with a glitzy bid for California’s 33rd Congressional District (Henry Waxman’s old seat, now represented by Ted Lieu). The campaign was unsuccessful but drew support from multiple Kardashians and spawned “Mermaids for Marianne” lawn signs.

,,,

“In many ways, Williamson is the left’s answer to Trump — an outlier candidate who celebrates her lack of political acumen with the language of popular culture and believes, at some level, that feelings are the same as facts,” my colleague Mary McNamara wrote in a column last month. In an election season with an incumbent president who has never before held elected office, McNamara suggested that Americans ignore Williamson at their own peril.

What about the Mermen?

Some of her fans have started an Occult Task Force.

I thought the 2016 Election Season was the craziest period I’d ever seen in Politics, but, who knows?

What have we wrought?

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