Marianne Williamson’s Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Marianne Williamson Writes to Hillary ClintonHi, Hillary. You know me. I mean, we’re not friends, exactly, but we’re acquaintances. You were wonderful to me back in 1994 when you invited me to the White House. It’s a memory I will treasure always, and you gave it to me. I thank you.

Now, about your presidential run — if indeed you make it. I’m writing you this letter because I think the topic might figure into your decision-making, or maybe not.

I admit that in 2008 I went with Obama, feeling at the time that he was carrying the real spirit of things, yada, yada, yada. Yeah, well. Anyway.

That was then and this is now.

I want a woman president — really, I do. A lot of us do. And yes, you’re so qualified, and yes, we’ve known you forever, and yes, you’d know what to do from Day 1. We all get that.

But none of that is enough to get my vote, or the vote of a lot of people I know. We only want to vote for you if you run like hell away from that corporate box you’ve landed in. I’m telling you, Hillary. The American people have become hip to what’s happening. We know now that Wall Street runs the country, and we don’t like it. And for many of us, we don’t want to vote for you if Wall Street runs you too.

Stop cozying up to the banks, to the chemical companies, to the military-industrial complex, to the party machine, and to all the various financiers who make up the plutocracy now ruining this country.

There are the seeds of political revolution in the air — a rebelliousness, a rambunctiousness — that America has been sorely missing. It’s faint, at least on the left, but it is there. As a matter of fact, as tragic as it is for a lifelong Democrat to have to admit this, the one place where we have been seeing it manifest recently is on the political right. The Tea Party, sans a codependent relationship with the Republican Party, is causing a real problem for establishment Republicans. And once progressives break free of their codependent relationship with the corporate Democrats, you’re going to have a real problem on your hands too.

That’s why I’m writing. I have a feeling you’re getting most of your advice from people who think that everything I’m saying here is nonsense. So I’ll say it as loudly as I can.

STOP NOW. Stop cozying up to the banks, to the chemical companies, to the military-industrial complex, to the party machine, and to all the various financiers who make up the plutocracy now ruining this country. Yeah, I know a lot of them are nice people and that’s cool. But they should not be able to turn the elected representatives of the American people into mere inconveniences they can buy off election after election. And if we have a sense that you’d be just another puppet of the elite, then I don’t believe that you will win. We were fooled once, but I don’t think we’re going to be fooled again.

marianne-williamsonIn the final analysis, we really do love democracy — and watching it dismantled as it’s being dismantled, and corrupted like it’s being corrupted, has taken a lot of us from denial to real depression to a collective “Hell, no!” that will have electoral consequences in 2016.

Years ago, George Lakoff compared Republicans to a critical father and Democrats to a nurturing mother. I pointed out a bit later that the critical father had become an abusive one — but that as anyone with any psychotherapeutic understanding knows, the child will ultimately put a lot of his or her blame on the mother who stood by and allowed the abuse to happen! That’s the Democratic Party machine today, Hillary. Please don’t be one of them.

I know you know exactly what I’m saying, because I remember you — a lot of us remember you — when you were raging against the Establishment machine on top of which you’re now so sweetly perched. That machine is not our salvation; it’s our problem. Corporate Democrats might have gained some power for the party, but at the cost of its soul.

marianne-williamson-200I‘d love to clamor for you, to work for you, to cheer you on. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines longing for Elizabeth or Bernie. I want to hear what’s true from you. I want you to rail against the chemical companies and their GMO’s — not support them. I want you to decry the military industrial complex — not assure them you’re their girl. I want you to support reinstating Glass-Steagall — not just wink at Wall Street while sipping its champagne. In short, I want you to name the real problems so we can trust you’d provide some real solutions.

But maybe that’s just me wanting you to change, to be someone different than who you are. If that’s true, please forgive my presumption and ignore this letter. But if anything I’m saying rings any kind of true at all, then I hope you’ll start saying so.

And quickly please, Hillary. People are starting to despair.

Marianne Williamson

Republished with the author’s permission from Huffington Post.


  1. Ryder says

    I have an idea… why not just be *against* her? If she is doing things you don’t like, why are you feeding her information so that she can *fool you* by saying what you want to hear?

    What I thought we were supposed to do, is look at politicians, and support the ones that do what we like, and then not support those that do what we don’t like.

    When did it become a game of “change the candidate”… ?

    You can’t.

    She didn’t get to the point of making over $2000 per *minute* giving speeches, by doing the right thing. And certainly foreign policy on her watch has been a huge stack of catastrophe and failure.

    It’s silly to want someone that does what you don’t want… just because they have a name you like, of have the gender bits you admire… and then try to change them to fit your vision.

    Notice who they are, then vote for them or not.

    If you have to talk them into it, they are just going to say what you want to hear… and how much trouble does that already get us into?

  2. Sameera Thurmond says

    While being an admitted die-hard democrat, I also admit to not looking and listening hard to what Hillary has been saying. It’s probably because I’m tired of hearing so many untruths and an inactive congress. Moreover, it’s probably because I’m going to vote for Hillary no matter who runs against her. Like Marianne Williamson, I want a woman as president. Men have demonstrated that their world views are self-serving, partial and dysfunctional to the causes of our once-great country. In fact, males are the reason why we are no longer great. Life consists of two halves: males and females. Life would be unwholistic without the input of women. To date, only males have had the opportunity to make constructive changes. I also want more women in the legislature because it will do not any good if we have a female president with a congress filed with more power hungry and financially greedy men.
    As spiritualists, both Marianne and I and others like us understand those values that are necessary on this planet in order to make us, as individuals, and our nation spiritually whole again. LET’S ROCK THAT FEMALE VOTE!!!!!

  3. Clifford J. Tasner says

    It’s good that Marianne Williamson is asking Hillary Clinton these questions. Sadly, Marianne’s lost a ton of credibility with me when she endorsed the corporatist centrist candidate for LA County Supervisor, Bobby Shriver, over a powerful, committed progressive with an impressive track record fighting for things like Single-Payer healthcare, Sheila Kuehl. The big money interests are all backing Shriver. Why is Marianne doing so as well?

  4. Gary Corseri says

    It’s a nice open letter, Marianne, but I truly believe and regret that it’s far too late for this! Hillary Shrillary sold out long ago. Do you really think that someone who left the White House with a “mere” 2 million bucks in the family’s coffers, and then climbs into the $100 million stratosphere hasn’t sold out 50 times over?

    I am glad you are no longer in Obama’s camp! This is a great problem with modern politics, as with much of our modern “Art” world, “culture”–so much is about appearances. Should we really vote for a smooth-talker because he’s black and keeps chanting “Yes, we can, yes we can”? Should we vote for a person because she’s a she and it’s time we had a woman in the White House? Let’s recall what Einstein said about insanity: doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Let’s probe deeper!

    I, too, feel revolutionary stirrings in the land. Americans are getting sick of our blind support of Israel, our corporate politics. Nobody (not Elizabeth Warren either, btw) has all the answers, but some people are making new connections and getting stronger and clearer. In his new book, Ralph Nader suggests Left and Right (Tea Partiers and Progressives, if you will) can find points of agreement. People as diverse as Paul Craig Roberts and Cynthia McKinney (both of whom I’ve interviewed) bemoan our rigidified, stultifying status quo–sucking the life’s blood from the American zombie.

    We can revive. We must believe so. But we’ll need a lot more original thinking than Hillary or anyone like her is likely to deliver.

    • Sameera Thurmond says

      I that being overly critical of President Obama has not served his attempts well. From what I have determined, he really is for the American People but the white male component of congress has thwarted every proposal he has made. Pay close attention to what they have done to oppress the American people. Our nation has a triumvirate that oversees our democracy: legislative, executive and judicial. It is the former and the latter that has disserved this country. Mr. Obama has tried but he is not a monarchist; he doesn’t have absolute authority. The three branches of government MUST work together for a positive outcome. Our votes must act as a single voice to dislodge those members who represent the corporations. If most of us put them in their, then we deserve what we get!!

  5. Jo Green says

    THANK YOU Marianne Williamson for writing my thoughts and thank you LA Progressive for printing it. As a recently graduated seminarian from a liberal faith, I too have been in despair at the path our country is taking. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am grateful for your words.

  6. James Sylvester says

    I too would like nothing better than to stand up and cheer for Hillary. Every good thing Ms Williamson says about her is true. But it is also true that a lot of progressive are fed up with the way our government has been purchased. I believe that the most important thing we must do as a nation is fix our broken (that is, purchased) electoral system. We have a lot of fixing to do, after our 30 year slide into irrational conservatism, and it will take a lot of heavy lifting, but none of this can be truly accomplished unless it is clear that we, the people, are the ones who choose our elected representatives, and that the laws they pass and policies they promote are in OUR interest.

    So be cool, Hillary, and coy if you must for the next year and a half or so. But if you decide to run, RUN TO THE LEFT!

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