Why she’s running…and how you can help

I am running for Congress because I believe America has gone off the democratic rails. A toxic brew of shrinking civil liberties, expanded corporate influence and domestic surveillance is poisoning our democracy.

We are currently in the process of dismantling the most basic social contract between the American people and our government, as “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has transitioned before our eyes into ” a government of a few of the people, by a few of the people, and for a few of the people.” A purpose of American progress is to expand the democratic franchise, not constrict it. Yet today, that franchise is being narrowed for everyone.

That’s the bad news, but there is good news as well: we can change this!

But we must do so quickly, for the trajectory of corporatism is already wreaking havoc on our environment, our economy and even our food supply. When banks, oil companies, chemical companies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, food companies, military manufacturers and prison builders are able to influence our lawmakers so disproportionately to the influence wielded by average citizens, we have a problem. Let us not be the first generation to wimp out on the work necessary to protect and foster our democracy.

Politics isn’t something that only a few people should relate to. There should be no “political class” or “political elite” in America. In the words of President Eisenhower, “politics should be the part time profession of every American.” The fact that it has in some ways become a spectator sport is unhealthy for our democracy, and I hope you will join with me in changing that. Let’s all of us — not just those of us “interested in politics” — now awaken to both the perils and opportunities of this time, and the responsibility of each of us to be good stewards of our democracy.

A stale, inside-the-box conversation is inadequate to the challenges that we face now. Other candidates in the race will offer their ideas in this election as well, of course. But while the political status quo addresses the symptoms of our deeper problems, it’s time to address the disease itself. Treating the effects of a problem is not the same as treating its cause.

The undue influence of money on our politics is the issue underlying all other issues, and we need a national movement supporting a Constitutional Amendment outlawing the undue influence of money on our politics. If elected, I will work with those in and outside Congress who are working on this already– for I feel, as many people do, that getting money out of politics is the greatest moral challenge of our generation.

I hope you will get involved in the campaign. Please visit our website at www.marianneforcongress.com, sign up for email updates, attend our upcoming events, become a volunteer, spread the word to your friends, and donate what you can to support a campaign that is doing all we can do to provide a genuine alternative to the political status quo. This is not simply a good idea. I believe that it is critical.

Please join us.

All my best,


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  • Michael L

    Well hello Marianne,

    We will see if this gets through the monitor!!!

    I have just one question as you Stated that We the People, are not running the show anymore. That’s true.
    Corporate lobbyists are, but you didn’t mention the other side of the special interests groups, unions.
    I would find it difficult having a conversation with you, if your not seeing both sides of the problem.

  • Debra O’Bryant Haworth

    We definitely need a fresh look from a spiritual perspective in politics. There are no more morals than define “what’s good for the one and the all”. Without that we have been forever destined to fail.

  • Blake


    I bless you for wanting to change a system that is broken
    and I am angry at this culture of money buys any politician to easily.

    There is a joke going around:

    “The Koch brothers are having a bad year forcing them
    to layoff 17 Congressmen.”

    This joke is true about our political culture that Congress
    is in the back pockets of the 1% while people like me who are struggling living
    on $800 a month cannot possibly see that a free market capitalistic system
    actually serves anyone but the so called rich.

    I see why white people are arming themselves in the United
    States they listen to the White Privileged 1% that black and brown people are
    going to rob, rape, and murder whites in their beds unless we go back to the
    old system of Jim Crow and white prosperity of the Nineteen and Twentieth

    The poorest white family in America has 20% more wealth than
    the poorest black or brown family all because of white privileged rules that
    discriminate against minorities in a financial system that is written and
    designed by banks run by white good ole’ boy networks that have been in power for

    Do you really think Obama got elected without the wink of
    white privilege in this country? The proof is that Obama knows that the white
    race has brought death a destruction to people of color since the writing of the
    Constitution and he had to throw his best friend Reverend Wright under the bus
    because white people were threatened by the real truth of white injustices’ against non white peoples in the world. Our foreign policy is truth enough of white supremacy in the world.

    Marianne, if your going to change the system in any way I
    suggest you become militant and begin working for minority justice instead of
    wasting your time getting involved with a political culture that will bribe you
    into submission after your first term with lobbyist money.

    You’re not the first politician with a dream of change and
    you’re not going to be the last. Neale Donald Walsch talks about spiritual
    change and that politics is a spiritual problem he could be right on the other
    hand until white people in this country of ours start to accept that we are the
    problem nothing will change.

    An author by the name of Tim Wise changed my
    perception of myself and my white privilege you should read his book “White
    Like Me” and go to YouTube and see his videos you might be surprised to find
    out that politics is politics and that civil rights is change.


    • Michael L

      Hi Blake.
      Could you prove this statement? or is it just hyperbole.
      (The poorest white family in America has 20% more wealth than
      the poorest black or brown family )
      And one more question?
      Do you believe that the color of your skin is the deciding factor in the troubles that afflict this world?

      • Blake

        Tim Wise his book “White like Me” and this linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SIINVfqnxw&feature=youtu.be

        • Michael L

          Ok on it. but just one guys book?

          • Blake

            People of color would have a tough time seeing past their race because of white privilege.

            Google Peggy McIntosh and White Privilege check list


      • Blake

        Read Tim Wise’s book “White like me” and go to this link on
        YouTube for “Tim Wise on White Privilege” I can’t give you the link because these idiot’s that run this sight are greedy and don’t want links shared away from their sight….