Words and Illustrations by Sarah Logan
With 2018 already long gone and 2019 steadily racing along, many have been thinking about the next presidential election. Who will run? What will their policies be? Will their proposed changes help the future of America at all?
Marianne Williamson, an author and spiritual advocate from Houston, Texas, is running for president in 2020. Standing tall at 66 years old, she plans to transform the future of America by adding in spiritually and morally infused proposals.
The Democratic candidate grew up with her parents, her siblings, and her four grandparents who were immigrants from Eastern Europe. Her parents were well off, her mother a stay at home mom and her father an immigration lawyer.
She was aware of the problems that plagued Americans at a young age. Driven to rid America of these issues, she boldly decided to run for presidency. On her campaign website, she writes, “Where I saw something wrong, I was taught it’s my responsibility to make it right.” She is running because she finds pride in fixing what has been broken. Additionally, she states that shifting America’s focus from money to moral values will repair it even further.
Williamson stresses the idea that America must be fixed not only from the outside, but from the inside as well. In order to remedy economic, environmental, and educational issues, the moral values of Americans need to be changed, she claims. To make sense of this idea, she uses the metaphor: “We care not only about what is happening to our bodies, but also what is happening to our souls.”
Williamson provides many solutions to today’s education system. She emphasizes the need for universal education from a young age as it decreases the chances of incarceration for uneducated Americans. She also believes that the high cost of college education is not allowing students the fundamental opportunity to further their educational path. She proposes, if granted to qualified students, that free college and higher education tuition can solve this problem. She writes that “if we cannot find ideal offsets for this expense, (college/technical school tuition) I’m open to exploring ways that students can repay some of these costs with a small payroll tax once they start working or through reasonable amounts of public service.”
Williamson’s ideas to refashion the educational system seem promising for both college students and the younger generation of learners.