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Marianne Williamson has been on a tear recently. She said she would take Andrew Jackson’s picture down from the Oval Office which President Trump placed there. This isn’t a huge issue for me as President’s normally pick who which portraits are hung in the office. But what I didn’t like that she said was that she would rescind military medals that were awarded to people who fought against Native Americans. Instead of doing that and stripping someone of a medal for their fight, why not award medals to Native American’s who also fought against the Americans? I’m not sure why this is even being a conversation. I guess that’s what being America’s crazy aunt does to people. 

But her recent “Department of Peace” proposal is laughable at best. Her campaign website reads:

 Through support of my candidacy for president of the United States, you can help alter the course of our nation and model peace for our world. This campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace is the first step in dismantling our systemically entrenched perpetuation of violence.

It continues by saying the department would “…focus on restorative and healing oriented approaches.” What? This isn’t a yoga studio or a group therapy session. We aren’t sitting around holding crystals to our foreheads.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely believe we shouldn’t be blowing as much money in the military as we do. This does not mean a pay cut for our service men and women, but there are constant reports about how much ammunition is destroyed because it isn’t going to be used or was old. But the idea that we should create another government institution to create peace talks is ridiculous. What we should be doing is bringing in people who understand the regions and culture we’re dealing with. We should be asking them for advice on a situation while keeping our interests at the forefront. 

The Department of Peace is a monumental joke. In fact, it wouldn’t be taken seriously on a world stage. A Department of Peace wasn’t going to prevent something like 9/11 or the Boston Bombings. Throwing more money at a government that has been wholly inefficient in literally every other aspect. 

Marianne Williamson wants to make an academy, much like a military academy, of a five year training that would teach non-violent conflict resolution. My version of non-violent conflict resolutions looks a lot like self control, but no matter how much self control I have doesn’t mean that enemies have it. 

I’m not sure what this is, but this isn’t it.

Caroline C.
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