Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall
On January 10th of this year, Marianne Williamson ended her presidential campaign and while it was not entirely unexpected, it threw me for a loop. All of the sudden where I once had plans, hopes and visions for the future, there were a bunch of question marks.
Some of my fellow Marianne 2020 grassroots volunteers were quick to shift their support to Bernie Sanders but that didn’t feel right to me at that time. In my mind, Bernie was still Marianne’s competition and I was still seeing where they were different, more than the similar policies and principles they both stood for.
I kept my mind open, listening and posing questions to my friends who supported Bernie but I also found myself commenting on Senator Sanders tweets with more challenging questions, for example: If he was for ending wars, why wasn’t he for waging peace by establishing a cabinet level US Department of Peace? Or, if he believed in economic equality, why wasn’t he proposing reparations for slavery?
These questions were never answered but I felt that of all the remaining candidates, Bernie was the one most aligned with the peace and equality they represented so that by the time Marianne endorsed him, I was ready to sign up to support him too.
Supporting the Sanders campaign, even though it was just for a short time, was highly educational on many levels. Yet, I believe the most important thing I learned was just how corrupt the Democratic Party is and how deeply embedded Joe Biden was and is with corporate forces and the military industrial complex.
So many things that didn’t make sense to me before about American foreign policy and economic equality were made even clearer to me so that by the time Biden became the presumptive nominee and Marianne Williamson shifted her support to him, I could not in good conscience violate my own principles by doing the same. (Nor could I support Donald Trump, who clearly represented the same corrupt forces).
Many of my fellow Marianne 2020 friends understood or at least accepted this. Others were less understanding and some of them cancelled me or got cancelled by me when I felt they were being unreasonable or abusive in their disagreement. Some of them questioned why I would “go against” Marianne which puzzled me because it was from Marianne that I had learned to stick to my principles and follow my own heart and inner wisdom above what the world expected of me.
Those teachings have proved to be incredibly valuable to me throughout my life and especially in navigating a rapidly changing political landscape (during a pandemic, no less). They have turned a dark year into an opportunity to finally learn how to follow my own star.
Being raised Christian and it being a week away from Christmas, I can’t help but think of the story of The Three Kings or Magi, who followed their star to a manger where a child had just been born. And I remember that they didn’t take that journey to be saved but to offer their gifts to that child who represented so much hope for the world.
I choose to hope that if we all follow our own stars we will end up in the right place and with the right people, not where we necessarily find what we want, but where we find our gifts are needed.
We discussed Jimmy Dore’s plan for getting a House vote on Medicare for All which he proposed in this video from his show:
Jesse talked about David Sirota’s expanded plan for this issue, which he wrote about in this article: Five Things House Progressives Can Do to Advance Medicare for All
Jesse also mentioned this interview with AOC with The Intercept: AOC on Ending the Pelosi Era, Biden’s Corporate Cabinet, and the Battle for Medicare for All
Watch/listen to our full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at: https://soundcloud.com/wondergalaxy13/corporation-coup
A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm. Now pursuing a master’s degree in writing at NYU, he splits his time between Studio City and Manhattan. https://linktr.ee/jessecrall
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.