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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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Healing the Soul of America
20th Anniversary Edition

by Marianne Williamson



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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

OnTheIssues now covers 20 Democratic contenders, including our latest addition, Marianne Williamson. Twenty is the maximum allowed by the rules of the early Democratic debates. The first two scheduled debates -- of about a dozen anticipated debates -- will be held in June and July. The rules for the early debates are:

  1. There will be two debates, of ten candidates each, on two consecutive evenings.
  2. The ten participants in each debate will be selected randomly (unlike the "two-tiered" system of the Republicans in 2016, which led to accusations of having "the kiddie table.")
  3. A candidate qualifies for the debates by exceeding 1% in three Democratic-party-approved polls, OR they can show "grassroots support"...
  4. A candidate shows "grassroots support" by exceeding 65,000 donors in at least 20 states, with at least 200 unique donors per state.
  5. If the number of qualifying candidates exceeds 20, then the "poll-based qualifiers" get preference over the "donor-based qualifiers," ranked by polling results.
The 20th candidate is Marianne Wilson, who lists her number of donors on the homepage of her website -- at 80% of the required total this week, and expected to reach the required total soon.

Here's the catch for Marianne Williamson and the other less-well-known candidates: Rule #5 above will exclude candidates if any more candidates now join. When the 21st candidate joins the race, the struggle begins to NOT be cut out. The list of likely candidates to still join the race? Here are the candidates we expect may announce by the end of May:

  • Joe Biden, former Vice President (candidate #21 announced on April 25th)
  • Steve Bullock, Montana Governor
  • Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayor
  • Terry McAuliffe, former Virginia Governor
  • Wayne Messam, Miramar FL Mayor
We read Williamson's book on the assumption that she may make it into at least one of the debates. This book is a "20th Anniversary edition," first published in 1997, but updated for the 2020 presidential race. She has several other books, which we will excerpt and review if she stays in the race. We consider her a stronger candidate than many other possible 21st candidates because she ran for Congress in 2014 (for CA-33 district against Ted Lieu), and finished fourth out of 16 candidates.

-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, April 2019

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Marianne Williamson: Ask for soul's wisdom on abortion, and surrender to God.
Civil Rights
    Marianne Williamson: You don't have to LIKE people to allow their equal rights.
    Marianne Williamson: Reparations is a sign of America's racial healing.
Corporations
    Marianne Williamson: Corporate interests control the political process.
Crime
    Marianne Williamson: Tougher sentencing laws led to mass incarceration.
Drugs
    Marianne Williamson: Opioid crisis results from pharma companies drugging America.
Education
    Marianne Williamson: Teach children HOW to think, not WHAT to think.
Energy & Oil
    Marianne Williamson: Massive effort to combat effects of climate change.
Environment
    Marianne Williamson: Clean air and water are environmental justice.
    Richard Nixon: EPA was created as protector of earth's resources.
    Scott Pruitt: Reversed Obama's ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: OpEd: Dismantled State Department to fund corporate advocacy.
    Marianne Williamson: Ask ourselves why we are so disliked around the globe.
Homeland Security
    Dwight Eisenhower: 1961: Permanent armaments industry has grave implications.
    Marianne Williamson: Remove pathological romanization of the military.
    Marianne Williamson: Military expenditures are 54% of all discretionary funding.
Principles & Values
    Marianne Williamson: Separation of church and state supports spiritual flowering.
War & Peace
    Lyndon Johnson: Secretary of Defense called Vietnam "a terrible mistake".
    Marianne Williamson: Vietnam was a huge black gash wounding America.
    Marianne Williamson: U.S. imperialistically devastated both Vietnam and Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty
    Dwight Eisenhower: 1953: Every warship launched is theft from the hungry.
    Marianne Williamson: Welfare is social justice, not charity.


The above quotations are from Healing the Soul of America
20th Anniversary Edition

by Marianne Williamson
.

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