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I have donated money to Marianne Williamson's Presidential campaign a couple of times. No further donation by me will help her reach the 40,000 donations necessay for the DNC to take her seriously as a candidate so she can be included in the Presidential debates. Will you donate $1.00 so she can reach that goal and be included?
Marianne is an atypical politician who brings our UU principles to the macro-systemic world of politics and policy making. Her involvement in the Presidential campaign changes significantly the national conversation about policies that would uplift Americans and people around the world.
Please donate today, even if it is $1.00 and forward this post to your friends and family who might support her candidacy.
Thank you for your consideration and hoped for assistance.
I am sending this letter to you because you have donated to my candidacy. Because of you we have been able to mount a credible campaign, travel around the country, and begin communicating my message of moral and spiritual renewal in American politics.
I am writing to ask you a favor: in order for the money you already donated to have not been in vain, I need to be able to turn your investment into a powerful return. And for that, I need to be on the DNC debate stage this summer with the other candidates. I need 40,000 more unique contributors in order to get into the debates.
You yourself giving me another dollar would not help in this process, but if you make a personal commitment to asking at least one other person to contribute at least one dollar, that will get us over the finish line. Will you do that?Either with a phone call, a post, an email, or whatever — will you please commit to asking at least one other like-minded friend to send a dollar to make this happen?
It will not be difficult to do this, if all of us who want it will take this one next step. And as one of my donors, you hold the key to making it happen.
I will let you know the moment we hit our mark.
Thank you so much. This is a wonderful journey, and I know that together we can change the world.
Tim Folger writes in the forward to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 about the corruption of speech in our national conversations facilitated by cable news and social media. Mr. Folger points out that this corruption was foretold by George Orwell in his novel 1984 when he coined the term "Newspeak." This idea of the creation of propaganizing memes is at the heart of what is being called in the Trumpian age, "fake news."
"Early in 2017, for some strange reason, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four suddenly jumped to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. Orwell laced his dystopian novel with Newspeak, the language of Oceania, one of the story’s perpetually warring states.
Here’s a short sampler of its Big Brother–approved vocabulary: minipax—the Ministry of Peace (Oceania’s war department, not to be confused with our Department of Defense); prolefeed—mindless mass entertainment; malquoted—what today’s authoritarians would call fake news. And then there’s blackwhite, a synecdoche for all the perversions of Newspeak: to believe that black is white. Our own leaders have given us “enhanced interrogation,” “collateral damage,” “clean coal,” and so many more."
Kean, Sam. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 (The Best American Series ®) . HMH Books. Kindle Edition.
These propaganizing memes cannot be stopped because the means of dissemination are obiquitous. The best hope for restoring sanity to the members of our society is making them aware of the forces of communication which are being deployed to influence them so they can choose their own thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors and not just react in mindless ways.
In psychiatry, "psychosis" is a term of servere cognitive disorganization which places the person suffering from it out of touch with reality. It seems that we are witnesses to this daily in our news stories from politicians who express inaccurate ideas which do not correspond with any reality other than the one they are intending to create in their target audiences with their own dissembling.
Marianne Williamson, a Presidential candidate, tells us we have to "really see", "not just look, but really see." This ability to "really see" requires a maturity, a nonreactivity, an ability to apprehend a spiritual vision of self, community, and society which far exceeds what we have been led to hope for from politics.