If the success of a primary candidate’s debate performance is measured by the difference in interest and awareness by the political class from before and after the debates, then there is no question that self-described “bitch for god” Marianne Williamson is the easy winner even if, and maybe because, few had any idea of what she was doing there or what she was saying. She definitely got the attention of New Zealanders with her response to the question of what would be her first priority as president. Rather than the expected items of climate change or health care or gun control or relations with China, she threw down a challenge to their prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
“My first call [as president] is to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who said that her goal is to make New Zealand the place where it’s the best place in the world for a child to grow up,” she said.
“And I would tell her ‘girlfriend, you are so on’, because the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up.”
A race to see which country is going to be the best to grow up in is definitely something I can get behind. Whether it might violate the ANZUS treaty is something that diplomats will have to figure out.
But her views on other issues as expressed in her past tweets collected by Andrew Kirell are … interesting. They are full of the kind of loopy musings that one would expect from someone described as a new age spiritual guru.
Yin is feminine, earth; yang is masculine, sky. When God is seen as He, the soul is seen as She. Just archetypes. Spirit impregnates soul.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) May 20, 2009
Her plans to deal with catastrophes seem a little optimistic.
Visualize the oil spill plugged. Close your eyes for 5 minutes and see angels coming over it, filling it with sane and sacred thoughts. #fb
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) May 30, 2010
Her knowledge of science is shaky to say the least.
Let's see angels surrounding the nuclear reactors, pouring cold water over them, keeping radiation from escaping into the atmosphere.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) March 13, 2011
This lack of scientific awareness goes hand in hand with her anti-vaxxer stance. She seems to be also fiercely opposed to treating depression with pharmaceuticals.
There is a blood test for diabetes. There is no blood test for depression. Anti-depressants are overprescribed, often for situational depression that is part of a normal range of human despair. As far as brain chemistry is concerned, meditation is known to affect/change it.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) November 14, 2018
On the plus side, she seems to be against war, though it is a depressing sign of the times that such a stance is considered noteworthy
The same planes that deliver bombs also drop food. We could change the military-industrial complex into a humanitarian-industrial complex.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) July 29, 2009
However, her plans for dealing with war seem less than practical.
Let's meditate on peace in Syria. Pray for an an angelic invasion, a wave of love and peace, blessing and protection on all living things…
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 23, 2012
Four writers at Rolling Stone rated the candidates’ performances and gave them the uusual letter ratings but for Williamson they had to invent a decidedly unacademic WTF grade which they explained thusly.
We’re not sure what to make of Williamson’s performance on Thursday night. Speaking with a lilting mid-century accent, the self-help guru made a series of bizarre points and references, ultimately arguing that love, not policy, will be the key to defeating Trump next November. Though some will dismiss her as too out-there to be taken seriously as a candidate, her first turn behind the podium got people talking, which is what any longshot campaign needs most.
But my personal favorite tweet, mainly for its surprise ending, is this one.
Jews believe the Messiah is coming; Christians say the Messiah came; Einstein said that time itself is an illusion.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) June 1, 2011
I mean, like, that’s really deep, man.
Since the second round of debates in July has the same criteria for qualifying as required in the first round, we can look forward to more deep thoughts from her.